On Thursday, LSU coach Les Miles chatted football and sent words of encouragement to Alabama resident and Tiger super fan Sid Ortis, a 16-year-old teen battling bone cancer who has returned home to be under hospice care, according to an AL.com report.
In the conversation, Miles shared some of the finer points of the Tigers' game plan vs. Western Kentucky and told Ortis "I'm for you, babe ... how spectacular to be with your mom and dad at this time," according to a snippet of the conversation posted online.
According to the report, Miles also told Ortis "when you get to Heaven, save a spot for me."
Miles and Ortis have maintained a relationship over the past few months. Ortis and his family attended LSU's Southeastern Conference opener in Tiger Stadium against Auburn as a special guest of Miles.
This past March, Miles and Ortis spoke over the phone. They again talked football --- and prayed together. And that's when Miles invited Ortis and his family to watch a game in Miles' family's suite this season.
Ortis' parents are hopeful their son will live a bit longer to see LSU play at Alabama on Nov. 7. They said if their son is up for it, they'd love for him to attend the game. Miles pledged to help make it happen.
In August 2014, Ortis was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor common in teenagers. Sid's mother, Lynn, told AL.com the family decided to bring Sid home this past Sunday after learning medicine could no longer stop his cancer from spreading.
The Tigers play the Hilltoppers at 6 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium then have a bye the following week before traveling the Alabama.