LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.
- Fournette investigation: Miles said he knows little about LSU’s investigation into whether Leonard Fournette’s family committed an NCAA violation by creating a website to sell “BUGA Nation” merchandise. “What I do know is it’s positive. That’s all I can say,” he said. The website was launched days before Fournette’s first college game in 2014 and was shut down one day later. Miles said he spoke with Fournette about “the perimeter” of the issue and that he thinks the running back “gets it.”
- Fill-in fullbacks: With sophomore fullback JD Moore sidelined for
the season with a knee injury, Miles is sticking with the three fullbacks who served in his stead. True freshman Bry’Kiethon Mouton started in place of Moore, but Miles said David Ducre and converted linebacker Ronnie Feist “are right there, ready to play.”
- Happy birthday, coach: Miles said he had a “morning celebration” with his family for his 62nd birthday Tuesday. “I had four cards from my children and got a card from my wife,” the coach said. “I had a wonderful omelette with some bacon and ham and egg whites.”
- Fournette follow-up: Miles said he doesn’t think sophomore RB
Leonard Fournette will continue to struggle followingan awful outing against Alabamalast week. The Tide held Fournette 160 yards below his per-game average this season, putting his status as Heisman Trophy frontrunner in jeopardy. “I think Leonard Fournette is a guy that understands football, first and foremost,” Miles said. “I think he recognized that there’s another Saturday and an opportunity to show your body of work is on display routinely through these falls. I don’t think he has put much into the last game.”
- The Golden Boot: The winner of the LSU and Arkansas rivalry, which will renew this Saturday, takes home the Golden Boot, a trophy in the shape of Louisiana and Arkansas. Following the Razorbacks’ 17-0 win in Fayetteville, Arkansas, last season, the team and its fans rushed the field to claim the trophy for the first time in four years. “Certainly it’s a very important piece,” Miles said of the trophy. “We recognize we don’t have it. We recognize we’re playing for it. It is certainly an important rival and one that befits a trophy of the magnitude of the Boot.”
- Veterans Day: Miles opened the teleconference by thanking military veterans for their service. “I’d like to just mention the fact that it’s Veterans Day,” he said. “How fortunate we are to have a group of men and women that ensure our way of life.” LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette tweeted a picture of Miles speaking to a group of veterans Wednesday morning.
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