TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Les Miles wasn't letting go of that game ball, his left hand wrapped right around it, inside the locker room and out if it, in front of the media and even back out on the field where his friends waited to pat his back.
He kept saying, as he had all week, that this was just another game; that it wasn't about beating Nick Saban, or, more accurately, the ghost of Nick Saban that will hang around Baton Rouge at least until he wins the big one himself.
He didn't want to hear it. He didn't want to talk about it. But everyone else did. The only two people who wouldn't acknowledge the creation of the SEC's newest blood feud were the central participants, LSU's coaches present and past.
It was Saban, people kept saying, who resurrected the LSU program. It was Saban who recruited all this talent Miles is blessed to be coaching.
It was Saban, some had even claimed, who wouldn't have lost at Kentucky, or two games last year, or even needed last-second finishes to beat FloridaRead More »from Miles ahead