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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Cowboys helped prepare Les Miles for LSU

By ESPNDallas.com

When two LSU players, including the starting quarterback, were suspended leading up to the Tigers' season opener against Oregon at Cowboys Stadium, coach Les Miles must have been sweating.

If you think that's true, you probably don't remember Miles' history. A history that includes three years as tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

Columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor writes that Miles' time at Valley Ranch helped prepare him for the scrutiny and adversity he's had to deal with in the spotlight at LSU.

Here's an excerpt:
Do you think the scandal with quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns, who were suspended indefinitely for their alleged role in a bar fight last month, is any more intense than scissor-gate that dominated the headlines at the Cowboys' training camp in 1998?

For of those of you who don't remember, that's when Michael Irvin stabbed starting guard Everett McIver in the neck with a pair of scissors during a dorm-room dispute while several players were getting haircuts.

Miles saw a player revolt lead to head coach Chan Gailey's firing and he saw how Gailey's replacement, Dave Campo, dealt with the scrutiny of the job.

Those experiences forged the man you see leading LSU today. It's why he knew LSU would play well Saturday.

In case you missed it, No. 4 LSU throttled No. 3 Oregon, 40-27.

Read Taylor's full column here.