LSU is moving on.
That was the theme of coach Les Miles’ weekly press luncheon in the wake of the Tigers’ 30-16 loss to Alabama last Saturday. A home game against Arkansas awaits LSU, which surrendered is SEC West lead to the Tide.
“The key piece for us is to recognize that (we get) 48 hours, whether we won or lost that game. We’re moving on,” Miles said Monday. “We’ll watch that thing today and put it behind us and go from there.
“To let that game define us is certainly not something I’m willing to let happen.”
Here are more news nuggets from Miles’ presser:
Moore out for season: Check out the Tigers’ injury update here.
The highest bidder: Sophomore RB Leonard Fournette’s game-worn jersey against South Carolina, along with helmets signed by Miles and Gamecocks’ coach Steve Spurrier, sold for $101,000when the auction for the package wrapped up Monday morning. “It’s good for college football. It’s good for the flood relief,” Miles said. “It’s a great piece.” The name of the winning bidder will be released later today, per LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette.
‘Social responsibility': University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigned Monday morning in response to the school’s football team’s announcement Saturday that it would go on strike until he stepped down. The team called for his resignation due to his inaction amid allegations of racist and sexual remarks being made around campus. “I think there’s a social responsibility, that if something is happening awry in this country you stand your ground,” Miles said. “I don’t know the real specifics of the Missouri president, but our country was built on the ability to protest and to do so in a right, straightforward manner.”
Special teams: LSU’s special teams woes are far from solved. Miles said the kickoff return team is “a source of concern for me” after return man Derrius Guice took several hard hits from unblocked Alabama players. “Really, this kickoff return team has got to come of age,” Miles said. “We’ve got guys back there who are capable of returning it, we’ve just got to give them some seams.” The coach, however, said he felt the kickoff and punt teams improved against the Tide. Though sophomore kickoff specialist Cameron Gamble has had consistent issues with kicking out of bounds, Miles maintained the coaches want him to angle his kicks toward the sideline. Trent Domingue, the Tigers’ field goal kicker, is also in the mix to handle kickoff duties, Miles said.