After years of rolling out one formidable football squad after another, LSU head coach Les Miles has decided that it’s time his security detail followed suit:
While most head coaches typically rely on one or two security officials to accompany them during their halftime on-field interviews, Miles had six.
State troopers, U.S. Marshals, former Secret Service agents; your guess is as good as mine. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys turned out to be the real-life version of The Expendables.
Not surprisingly, the Twittersphere was on top of it.
One fan pointed out an officer’s uncanny resemblance to a popular ‘90s mascot:
Why Les Miles got smokey the bear for his security guard pic.twitter.com/M8ATcCHsH2— Mr. Baker ︻╦╤─ (@Cir_Rock6) November 10, 2013
Given the overall size and build of the security detail, the Florida Times-Union’s Ryan O’Halloran tweeted about the potential interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars:
The #jaguars are signing one of Les Miles' security guards to play left guard tomorrow.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) November 10, 2013
But let’s be honest, even they wouldn’t be able to do enough to make Blaine Gabbert look like an NFL quarterback.
Others even compared the size of Miles’ entourage to that of popular political figures:
Does Les Miles have as much security as Governor Jindal? #geauxtigers— David Patterson (@ibdp3) November 10, 2013
Les Miles has more security than President Obama.— Pat White (@PatWhiteSports) November 10, 2013
Who knows? Maybe the 59-year-old is preparing himself for a career in politics?
Then again, it’s most likely any potential political opponent would tear him apart for his colorful language and ignorance of common traffic laws. Not to mention, I’m sure eating grass wouldn’t really fly with the undecided voters either.
Whatever the case, it all made up for one intimidating line of defense for Miles.
That's something he didn’t get from his Tigers in Saturday’s 38-17 loss to Alabama. A game in which LSU’s defense was picked apart for nearly 400 yards of total offense—including 193 yards on the ground.
But while it’s safe to say Miles won’t be entering his 60th birthday (Nov. 10) in a good mood, there’s no doubt he’ll be well protected.