Glenn Guilbeau, GANNETT LOUISIANA
HOOVER, Ala. – One of Les Miles’ boyhood dreams was to become the next Johnny Carson, the late comedian who hosted The Tonight Show on NBC for decades until the 1990s.
Miles, now 60 and about to enter his 10th season as LSU’s football coach, will have to settle for center stage at the Southeastern Conference Media Days and other podiums across the land at press conferences and other football venues.
On the new SEC Network that just added Cox Cable, which is in Louisiana, he said, “I won’t have to change my cable provider.”
On his vacation to Austin, Texas, and the University of Texas, where his daughter Smacker goes to college and competes on the swim team, Miles said, “I hated it. I mean, it was not a beach. It was not sand.”
On leading the nation in putting underclassmen into the NFL Draft, Miles said, “I keep approaching the NFL for an opportunity to draft back the players they take.”
On more serious notes, such as his football team, Miles said his offensive tackles La’el Collins and Jerald Hawkins may be the finest in the country as will defensive ends Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter.