LSU football coach Les Miles’ mother died Friday night, a team spokesman confirmed Saturday.
Martha Miles’ cause of death was not immediately known.
She was 91.
Her passing came a day before No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) was to host No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0) in a showdown nationally televised by ESPN. The teams kick off at 6:21 p.m. from Tiger Stadium.
Miles lost his father, Hope “Bubba” Miles, to a stroke in 2000, and his sister, Ann Hope Browne, in a car wreck in 2011. Miles’ mother lived in an assisted living home in Baton Rouge.
Miles was notified of her death at about 8 p.m. Friday.
Karl Malone, the former NBA star and father of LSU offensive lineman K.J. Malone, was one of the first to tweet condolences to LSU’s 10th-year coach.
“I would like to say to my grasshoppers, please have a moment of silence for Coach Les Miles, (whose) mother passed last night,” Malone tweeted at about noon Saturday.
Miles on Saturday morning appeared on ESPN’s “College GameDay” show, which originated from Baton Rouge. He was scheduled be on at 8:30 a.m. but pushed his appearance back to 9:30. Reporter Samantha Ponder interviewed Miles for about 10 minutes from the LSU Parade Grounds.
Former LSU defensive lineman and SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears tweeted, “My condolences go out to Coach Les miles! Prayers up for you and your family!!”
Miles addressed the team Saturday morning about his mother passing and received a round of hugs, he told ESPN before the game. He then told the team, “I appreciate the support, but I assure you, my focus is on the game,” according to the network.
Martha and Hope Miles each had a daughter from previous marriages, but Les was their first child together. Three more children followed: Mark, Ann Hope and Eric.