Glenn Guilbeau / Gannett Louisiana
HOOVER, Ala. – LSU tailback Terrence Magee does not buy the suddenly popular outcry for stipends for college football players that has been sweeping the nation for several months as coaches’ salaries continue to soar into the several millions of dollars.
“The opportunity to play football at a great school like LSU and get a free education is enough pay for me,” the senior from Franklinton, La., said at the Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday.
Magee also said he knows of no teammates who go around hungry in light of comments by national champion Connecticut basketball star Shabazz Napier at the Final Four last spring. Napier said he often went to bed starving.
Magee said if teammates were hungry, the team is so close that other players would find them food. Gumbo does tend to stretch, he said.
Meanwhile, LSU coach Les Miles tried to soften his original comments about his unpleasant vacation in Austin, Texas, where his daughter Smacker is on the University of Texas swim team.
“I took a vacation. I went to Austin,” Miles said in his opening remarks. “It was miserable. I hated it. I mean, it was not a beach. It was not sand.”
Asked a follow-up question by Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Miles suddenly tried to crawfish.
“I loved it,” he said. “My daughter’s doing wonderfully there. I enjoy the experience she’s having, okay? But it was not a beach. There was no hotel that I walked out and jumped into the surf. We rented bikes. It just happened to rain like hell. There was a bunch of hills down there.”
When Miles exited, he passed a writer and said, “I’m going to catch hell from Texas.”
Miles may need to be more careful about Louisiana’s western neighbor. He has always recruited the state of Texas. There are 13 players from Texas currently on LSU’s roster.