3-point stance: Where is LSU's leadership?

August, 23, 2011
1. LSU head coach Les Miles awaits the decision of Baton Rouge police on whether or not to arrest Tigers' players for participating in a wee-hours brawl outside of a nightclub last week. The brawl sent four people to a hospital. The police say they will go where the investigation goes. Here’s my question: where is the senior leadership on a team that decides to celebrate the end of two-a-days by breaking curfew at a nightclub? One senior leader, quarterback Jordan Jefferson, is among the Tigers whom police want to interview.

2. Colorado coach Jon Embree released a depth chart Monday filled with surprises. The defense is lined up as a 3-4 for the first time since 1994, the last season that Embree’s mentor, Bill McCartney, coached the Buffs. There are 14 true freshmen on the three-deep, four of them starters. One of the latter, punter Darragh O’Neill, has never played football. He did make all-state in basketball at Fairview (Colo.) High. “He’s an athletic kid that’s good in those pressure situations,” special teams coach J.D. Brookhart said.

3. I read several days worth of tweets and headlines regarding the uproar in the state of Iowa over the new Cy-Hawk Trophy, awarded to the winner of the annual Iowa-Iowa State football game. I expected to see some grotesque combination of weather and predator. I finally clicked on a link for the the trophy. It’s a sculpture of a farm family at day’s end. It’s as sweet as an ear of Silver Queen. Iowans should be proud to win it.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com



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