Les Miles is entertaining and a better football coach than probably he receives credit for being, but the LSU head man has once again put himself in position for heavy criticism after allowing running back Jeremy Hill back on the team.
Hill has plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges in the last 20 months, but Miles lifted Hill’s suspension last week. The coach said the team voted to allow Hill to return.
That drew criticism from TCU coach Garry Patterson, whose Horned Frogs play LSU in the season opener August 31 at Cowboys Stadium.
“I’m sure if it was some kind of opponent they’d beat by 100 points, they wouldn’t have a vote,” Patterson said.
Hill, who led the Tigers with 755 rushing yards last season as a freshman, was allowed to talk to the press at LSU’s Media Day on Sunday.
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is this is all bigger than me,” he said. “This program, everything is bigger than me. I can’t make selfish decisions. That’s just not smart. I’ve just got to continue on and learn from it.”
As for Miles, he addressed the Hill situation on Sunday, as well.
“The idea that you have a discipline that is reflective of in‑house, it’s team in nature, and it doesn’t reflect outside opinion,” said the coach. “Outside opinion can be self‑serving, depending on the location that you live in. It’s really egregious or it’s not that bad at all. So what we’re going to do is talk about our culture, and punishment will be dealt in an appropriate fashion.”
The question of course is who’s running the LSU program, Les Miles or his players?