Les Miles Tuesday chat wrap

June, 20, 2012
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LSU coach Les Miles stopped by ESPN's campus Tuesday to go through the popular ESPN carwash. While in Bristol, he took some time to sit down and host a chat.

The Tigers coach didn't stick around for too long, but here's a little bit of what he had to say:
MikeDaTiger (Baton Rouge)
Les, Whose idea was it to put "#2 Nationally" on the SEC Championship rings, and are the players using that as motivation for this coming season?

Les Miles (3:00 PM)
I think it was really a number of people. I think we understand that it's a season where a lot was accomplished and we fell short. I think the guys recognize what it all means.

Mike (Mandeville, LA)
Any comment about Smacker's upcoming Olympic trials? Will you be in attendance? (Section 242 would love to see an on-side kick to start one of the home games in November...)

Les Miles (3:01 PM)
I will be in attendance. I don't know if she will swim, she had shoulder surgery. She earned the right to be there so I will attend with her.

Tony (Richmond, CA)
Coach, what are you main areas of concern/focus right now as you prepare for the upcoming season that you want to see improvement, and development in, leading up to the opener?

Les Miles (3:02 PM)
I just want to make sure our guys recall our culture and what makes us a better team. As long as they approach this season one game at a time one practice at a time and use the summer to prepare, we'll be fine.

Clay (Birmingham, AL)
Coach Miles, I have always wondered what head coaches talk about when they meet at the 50 yard line before the game. Both coaches are usually smiling but is it really that pleasant?

Les Miles (3:02 PM)
Generally it's that pleasant. It's in anticipation of your team playing well and competing at a high level. And really you hope that both teams come away without injury.

Les Miles (3:02 PM)
Generally it's that pleasant. It's in anticipation of your team playing well and competing at a high level. And really you hope that both teams come away without injury.

David Messerly (Chattanooga,TN)
How did you think Zach Mettenberger performed this past spring? What do you like about him?

Les Miles (3:03 PM)
Zach had a very good spring. He's a very talented thrower. He worked hard in initiating how the team would throw the ball this spring. If he maintains that effort and enthusiasm, I think he'll have a very good fall.

Matt (Chicago)
What do you want to see happen with post season play and the BCS?

Les Miles (3:04 PM)
I just want to make sure the best teams get the opportunity to play. I don't want there to be too much weight or too little weight put on a conference championship. I think it's imperative, if they're going to a four team playoff, they have to make sure they get the right guys and the right teams in a position to participate.

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