Updates on two 2016 signees who’ve yet to enroll
By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Les Miles bear-hugged Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson, explained his plan to revolutionize the “socialistic and communistic” Cuban economy, and told a story about the time he, tired of losing his lunch money, followed his father’s advice to stand up to elementary-school bully Bobby Piper.
The LSU coach also discussed the upcoming football season for roughly three minutes. Yup, just another annual Baton Rouge Rotary Club address for the Mad Hatter.
Supporting Louisiana law enforcement in light of the recent shooting that left three dead served as the crux of the meeting and Miles’ address before it veered off the rails. Edmonson, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie were all in attendance and given a standing ovation when acknowledged.
Miles, who spoke about growing up the son of a law enforcement officer in Ohio, mentioned he visited two injured EBRP sheriff’s deputies in the hospital after the attack.
“This had nothing to do with my job,” Miles said. “This had to do with serving my community.”
The coach continued about the city he’s called home for 11 years: “We’ve got a special place here, and we don’t want some son of….. son of a somebody from another city … The gunman died in anonymity to me. The guys who wore blue are the heroes.”
After his speech, Miles spoke to a small gather of reporters about the status of kicker Colby Delahoussaye and other bits of news. He also mentioned, while on the podium, that alcohol wasn’t involved in fatal weekend crash that killed two and sent Delahoussaye to the hospital.
Miles expressed doubt Delahoussaye would be ready to practice when LSU opens Fall Camp next Thursday, Aug. 4, and provided little detail on the kicker’s physical recovery.
“I don’t think his injuries will consume his time,” Miles said. “So he’ll take some time to get healthy, but he’ll be fine. Obviously he’s been through a real trauma.”
In other news, Miles said signee Ed Alexander “should have the opportunity to report on time,” if not shortly thereafter. The defensive lineman has been working through the summer to qualify academically.
Miles gave more or less the same prognosis for the other member of the 24-man signing class who’s yet to enroll, Andre Anthony. Though, as Miles said at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Anthony’s case may require LSU to file an appeal.
“I don’t know if we’re in an appeal position with him yet or not,” Miles said, adding he’d appeal “if need be.”