HOOVER, ALABAMA - Trent Domingue didn’t give Les Miles enough time.
That’s, at least, according to the LSU coach.
Domingue announced Wednesday that he was transferring because the program did not renew his scholarship, but Miles said Thursday that he would have likely found a scholarship for his starting kicker by August.
“It was a one-year award. By way of a one-year award, we did not renew his scholarship for the next (year),” Miles said. “Really, all I told him was to give me a few days, some time, and we’ll make this work. I could not resign him until the day before the first class so, but that’s just how I did it the year before.
“He was probably going to end up with a grant-and-aid,” the coach later said. “He never came here with a promise of grant-in-aid. He walked on. He competed, did what he was supposed to do and he earned a grant. I told him, ‘If we’re in a position where we have a grant, it’s going to be yours.’ He just didn’t want to give me time to do that.”
LSU kicker Trent Domingue is leaving the Tigers.
Domingue, on the Lou Groza Award watch list, made 13 of 17 field goals last season. He earned a scholarship last year after walking onto the team in 2012. In his announcement message, Domingue wrote that it was an “honor to play for the Mad Hatter,” a nickname some have bestowed on the coach. Domingue has not responded to a message for further comment.
Miles suggested Domingue also had other reasons for leaving Baton Rouge.
“I think he had other reasons so he needed to go,” the coach said, “but, in any event, we wish him well. He was a quality guy for us in the middle of our team.”
Miles said the Tigers have “a number of guys who will kick field goals.” The list likely includes Colby Delahoussaye, a starter in 2013-14 before Domingue beat him out last year, and freshman Connor Culp. Cameron Gamble, a 2014 signee, split time with Domingue as LSU’s kickoff specialist.
Fournette on Doak Walker watch list
LSU running back Leonard Fournette was selected to the Doak Walker Award watch list for the second consecutive season.
Last season, Fournette was one of three finalists for the award that is presented to the nation’s top college running back each year. Fournette also landed on the Maxwell Award watch list earlier this month. That award is given to college football’s player of the year.
LSU will start preseason camp on Aug. 4, a day after players report to campus, the school announced on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, the program announced that its fan day would be on Aug. 14.