POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 12:28am
BATON ROUGE — Les Miles says his annual talk to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club is one of his favorite public speaking engagements of the offseason.
“It’s my favorite one because it’s my last one (before the season),” he joked.
The LSU football head coach enters his ninth year as the leader of the Tiger program. Each year he addresses the large crowd of about 500 people at Boudreaux’s on Government Street. It’s always the largest turnout of the year for the Rotary Club. It’s obvious they’re hungry for football season.
Wednesday Miles hit on a wide range of topics. He told the story of his daughters “love at first sight” encounter with Georgia’s head coach Mark Richt. “Dad, he is such a nice man. Do you guys get along?” Miles said recalling his youngest kid Maci’s first time meeting with the SEC coach. The audience burst into laughter.
He also addressed issues about his other kids. That group is the LSU football team. He went into detail about one in particular, Jeremy Hill. “We are required to do the right things. I met with him recently and said I would get every piece of information before I make a decision,” Miles said to a nearly silent room.
As usual, Miles fielded questions from the crowd. One asked “What’s the backup behind Mettenberger look like?” A witty Miles responded quickly “He’s a handsome guy, nice waist, big shoulder.” Once again the room was amused. He then mentioned Anthony Jennings as someone who “may be that guy.” Miles then talked about Stephen Rivers as a potential backup for Zach Mettenberger.
Most of the other questions asked were specific to each position and who the head coach expects to perform well at each spot.
Last but not least, the big one came. “Who will call the plays this year,” one fan asked. For many years Tiger fans have wondered who calls the offensive plays. Many of those fans think Miles has control and holds the offensive coordinator back from making the right call at the right time.
Wednesday, Miles revealed the answer. “The offensive coordinator, who called the offense every other year,” he said frankly. “But I promise there will be a guy with a headset on saying ‘No, not that one’ or, ‘okay that’s good.’ But I don’t call the play” Before the room could quiet down completely, Miles said his goodbye and turned his attention from the podium to the playing field.
The LSU players report to campus August 4. They will hold their first practice of fall camp on Monday, August 5.