LSU head coach Les Miles didn't talk about Erin Andrews or eating grass Thursday at SEC Media Days, but the Tigers' boss did provide a new set of classic quotes, while also updating the situation regarding his suspended star running back.
Before giving a lesson in linguistics from down under, Miles talked a bit of serious business regarding running back Jeremy Hill. The LSU coach confirmed that Hill is still suspended indefinitely and that he hasn't been involved in any team workouts.
Miles: "We've visited with Jeremy Hill on a routine basis, but he hasn't been involved in workouts. He hasn't been allowed in our building."— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 18, 2013
With running backs J.C. Copeland, Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard in the fold, Miles said he Tigers will be fine if Hill doesn't return.
MILES ON JEREMY HILL: Miles said FB JC Copeland could play TB, but after Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Terrance Magee.— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) July 18, 2013
The jovial coach was a bit subdued early in his 20-minute meeting with the press, but seemed to wake up later, which led to him doing an incredible impression of new Australian punter Jamie Keehn.
In addition to his impression, he also talked about learning to speak Australian.
Apparently, Miles has missed the last decade of Foster's beer commercials.
Watching Les Miles mimic his Australian punter. This show just hit a new level.— Ryan Wood (@AUBlog) July 18, 2013
Les Miles just went full Crocodile Dundee— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) July 18, 2013
Miles on Australian kickers: You have to learn the language. You just can't speak to those guys. You've got to learn to speak Australian.— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) July 18, 2013
Miles was also asked about banning Twitter, which led to a hilarious lesson from the coach on technology that traversed from the horse-drawn buggy to pocket computers and even included a mention of the Harlem shake.
Les Miles on computers: "You can put them in your pocket. If you hit the right buttons, you can talk to people"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 18, 2013
Les Miles: "20 years ago there was not a policy on Twitter. There was not a Facebook. 20 years ago, not one team did a Harlem Shake."— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) July 18, 2013
Les Miles comparing coaches banning Twitter to coaches banning cars. "No, I like the horse and buggy."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) July 18, 2013
Les Miles, sans context: "I like the old buggy. It's safer. As long as you keep the horse pointed in the right direction, it's OK."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 18, 2013
After peaking with the horse-drawn buggy, Miles took a more topical question about scheduling.
In 2013, the Tigers will take on Florida and Georgia, the top two teams in the East division from last season. Meanwhile, Alabama will face Kentucky and Tennessee, which finished at the bottom of the East in 2012.
Miles chose his words carefully and didn't directly attack the SEC scheduling, but said that the schedule shouldn't decide a championship.
#LSU coach Les Miles: Scheduling should not in any way decide championships repeatedly. A team should not have an advantage over time.— Jim Kleinpeter (@JimKleinpeter) July 18, 2013
He also compared the tough SEC slate to playing the Green Bay Packers for 12 straight weeks.
Les Miles comparing difficulty of SEC schedule to playing Green Bay Packers 12 consecutive weeks— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 18, 2013
Miles always gives interesting interviews and press conferences, and the 2013 SEC Media Days were no different for the "Mad Hatter."
Don't change, Les.