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Dallas was Les Miles' proving ground

Time as Cowboys assistant taught LSU coach how to handle adversity, scrutiny

Updated: September 5, 2011, 2:55 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- For three years, just as the Dallas Cowboys' dynasty of the '90s was crashing and burning, Les Miles was an anonymous tight ends coach.

Is there any other kind?

These days, he's known as The Mad Hatter or The Grass Eater. Or simply Coach.

Rest assured, there's nowhere in Louisiana that Miles can go without signing an autograph or taking a picture.

And after the way fourth-ranked LSU pummeled third-ranked Oregon 40-27 Saturday night in the Cowboys ...

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