Dig, an independent publication in Baton Rouge, LA, absolutely crucifies LSU football coach Les Miles in an article entitled, “Sweet Little Lies.”
It is must read.
Miles is excoriated for what the paper regards as deception in handling the quarterback controversy surrounding the BCS Championship game and the 21-0 loss to Alabama.
Dig covers the quarterback controversy, the Hebert rant, the conspiracy theories cropping up in the weeks after the game, the whole Jambalaya, y’all.
Here are a few appetizing snippets from the somewhat long piece:
Imagine a man walks up to you on the street and says, “I’m a pathological liar.”
What can you make of such a statement? If the man is a liar, why is he being honest about his lies? If he’s not a pathological liar, why is he dishonestly saying he is?
In the hypothetical above it stands to reason that this man would be difficult to trust, whichever case is true.
Now, imagine a football coach is hired at a major university, and his first words to the public are: “The only thing that I can tell you is that I am relatively honest and somewhat deceptive.
For [Bobby] Hebert, playing [Jarrett] Lee in the game wasn’t a matter of reward, or even redemption. It was just common sense. To get technical, Alabama was playing Zone Two behind heavy pressure, sealing the edges where Jefferson thrives but leaving gaps in the secondary for an accurate, quick-thinking quarterback like Lee to exploit. More simply, forgetting prejudice or redemption or anything else media members invented to sell papers: for the sake of the offense, it was time to put the ball back in Lee’s hands.
LSU fans, meanwhile, weren’t buying Miles’ pass-rush excuse. Callers flooded radio talk shows with complaints, which eventually berthed conspiracy theories about why Lee didn’t play. At first, these ranged from the academic (Lee was being punished for bad grades) to the pandemic (Lee was sick), but as time wore on, the theories became more twisted, even sinister.
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