LSU's Miles pens 'love letter' to BR for Huffington Post _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Les Miles fields questions from local and statewide media in the Shirley and Bill Lawton Room at the team's football operations facility during LSU Football's annual media day, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Les Miles has eaten grass, scaled a skyscraper and kissed a pig.

The LSU football coach has now written a love letter to a city he adores.

Miles marked the beginning of his 10th season as the Tigers’ coach by writing a 230-word letter to Baton Rouge. The letter was published Wednesday in the Huffington Post, a national online news publication.

Miles’ 13th-ranked Tigers meet No. 14 Wisconsin to open the 2014 season Saturday night in Houston’s NRG Stadium.

The coach’s letter begins, “Dear Baton Rouge.” He addresses the city as if it were a stranger who welcomed the Miles family into its home in 2005.

Miles, a Michigan native who played for the Wolverines, hasn’t hidden his love for the University of Michigan, but he’s declined overtures over the last decade from multiple schools, including Michigan.

Miles has become synonymous with the purple and gold of LSU. He’s known nationally as a quirky coach who wears his hat funny and wins much more than he loses.

In the first nine seasons under Miles, LSU has won two Southeastern Conference championships, a national title and played for another.

The school is on its longest streak of double-digit win seasons in history at four. Miles is the longest-tenured coach since Charlie McClendon (1962-79) and is the second-winningest coach in history behind McClendon.

He’s said multiple times that he has no immediate plans to retire or leave LSU. He emphasized that again in the letter.

“From the food, the people, and of course LSU,” he wrote, “I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”

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