Les Miles goes on rant after reporter's question: 'I resent that'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday October 12, 2013
Les Miles went on a little rant like only he could following Saturday’s win over Florida.
Last year, Florida defeated the Tigers 14-6 in Gainesville. This year, it was a 17-6 LSU win in Baton Rouge.
While asking a question, a reporter said Florida was the hammer and LSU was the nail last season, and that it was reversed this year. Miles interrupted him.
“I’ve got a question for you,” he said. “It was a 14-6 game. We played our asses off. How anybody could pick the hammer and the nail, when in fact, that hammer or nail, we catch a ball down there, we’re fixing to take the lead, and we turn it over. Explain to me how Kevin Minter, who set the damn near career tackle record in that game, how anybody could say hammer and nail?
“I can tell you right now, here’s what happens: Two very quality teams take the field an compete like a son of a bitch for victory. You know what? It’s not a hammer and a nail relationship. It’s an opportunity for an opponent to be equal and to raise their level of play in such a fashion that they win. That’s how this thing works. In fact, you respect the opponent. He’s not the hammer and he’s not the frickin’ nail, OK? He’s the opponent. You understand?
“I’m just letting you know, I resent that. I resent the fact that suddenly, we were nail, you got it? Honest to Pete. We were a pretty good team last year. I thought we played like a son of a bitch in that stadium. I’m just letting you know, I felt differently than the nail, so you know.”
Miles wasn’t confrontational, but he was clearly trying to make a point, and he didn’t want the hammer-nail narrative to be out there.