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

August, 23, 2011
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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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