LSU coach Les Miles was back at the football operations building Monday afternoon after visiting the hospital earlier in the day for an illness, a team spokesman confirmed.
Miles' first press conference of the season, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday, was canceled after the coach felt “under the weather” Monday morning and needed brief hospitilization, athletic director Joe Alleva said.
Miles returned to his office at about 2:15 p.m. Monday. WBRZ recorded a video of the coach walking from his car into the football operations building. Team spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed Miles had returned to work.
It capped a bizarre start to LSU’s first game week. The Tigers open the season against McNeese State on Saturday.
Miles, 61, was scheduled to meet with reporters for his first weekly press conference at 12:30 p.m. At about 1:10 p.m., Alleva addressed the media about Miles’ condition.
Alleva said “we feel like he’s fine,” when speaking about Miles. Alleva said Miles was working in his office Monday morning when he began to feel bad. He visited LSU athletic trainers, and trainers “thought it would be best for” Miles to visit a hospital, Alleva said. Miles is scheduled to meet with reporters after drills at about 6:45 p.m.
Speaking live on 104.5 FM this afternoon, Charles Hanagriff said Miles’ hospital visit involved a migraine.
Alleva said Miles transported himself to a hospital. EMS spokesman Mike Chustz confirmed that.
“EMS was not involved in the treatment or transport of Coach Miles,” Chustz said.
Miles’ illness comes a few days after offensive coordinator Cam Cameron revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cameron has been treated for the cancer and received a “clean bill of health” two weeks ago.
This is not the first health-related issue for Miles since becoming a head coach.
In December 2001, shortly after completing his first season at Oklahoma State, Miles suffered from severe headaches after taking a morning run.
It was found that he had a cyst on his brain that caused a buildup of fluid resulting in what was termed “increased intra-cranial pressure.”
On Dec. 24, 2001, Miles underwent surgery in Cleveland, near his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. He returned to his coaching duties shortly after Christmas.