Wednesday, 09 November 2011 09:40
Les Miles Outclassed Saban In LSU-Alabama Match
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LSUNick Saban is the highest-paid coach in Collegiate America, has no equal as a recruiter, prominent elevator of football programs, lost to LSU last Saturday night in a "big game" advertised as the "SEC's Best Game"' ever.

Tide players know they could have -- and should have -- won the game, but didn't because of poor game-time coaching. The Tide failed on six opportunities to win the game. They missed on three field goal tries, got tricky after their running game was working with Trent Richardson in the first half, having a receiver throw a pass on a trick play that was intercepted.   

You run trick plays when nothing else is working. Miles was conservative and didn't try any fake field goals or punts which have resulted in the "Mad Hatter" nickname.  Saban's game plan was terrible and the best game-day coach won.

The Tide lost to LSU and Auburn last season, Utah in a recent Sugar Bowl, and to Louisiana-Monroe in 2007.

LSU made plays when they mattered. Alabama couldn't. Even though Saban may go down as one of the best college coaches of all time, I'll take "The Mad Hatter" on game days.

The Tide players know they were good enough to win, but lost. 

If Nick Saban doesn't start winning the "big ones" Alabama boosters could begin yelling that he'll have to go even though he could write books on recruiting, elevating football programs, winning national championships. They were yelling for Bear Bryant to go as he was nearing the end of his legendary coaching career with the Crimson Tide.

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The Seahawks have cut DT Al Woods and signed  DT Pep Livingston, both former LSU players...Falcons coach Mike Smith on Saints RBs: "They have a group of RBs they can throw at you and have  different skill sets.;

 The  Hornets will probably wait another two full seasons before using  Emeka Okafor's ridiculous three-year, $40 million contract as a trade asset.  Okafor signed a six-year, $72 million deal back in 2008. He's a consistent double double guy, but he's a career 13 ppg and 10 rpg guy making $14.5 million the last year of his lists the five best sports venues: 1) Madison Square Garden. 2) Lambeau Field. 3) Fenway Park 4)Wrigley Field and  5) Cowboys Stadium...I covered Joe Frazier's heavyweight fight with Terry Daniels at the Hilton Hotel in 1972 for CBS Radio. Frazier retained his title with a fourth-round knockout...LSU has two first-round draft projections: WR Rueben Randle and CB Mo Claiborne...

Michael Vick tops the list of disliked NFL players, according to a poll conducted by Nielsen. The list is full: 1) Michael Vick. 2) Plaxico Burress  3) Ben Roethlisberger. 4) Albert Haynesworth  5) Jay Cutler  6) Chad Cohocino 7) Vince Young 8) Carson Palmer 9) Tony Romo and 10) Jeremy Shockey...

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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