Les Miles planning 'championship season'

LSU head football coach Les Miles at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)
LSU head football coach Les Miles at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - LSU head football coach Les Miles is very clear about his expectations for the upcoming football season.

"I can tell you this: it will only be a championship season, and that's the only point and direction of this program. That's where we're headed."

Miles spoke to reporters Friday at SEC Media Days.  Miles said he and the coaches spent a lot of time in the spring analyzing the program, coming up with some new ideas and ways to improve the team.

"We looked at those things that we need to do to put this team in a position to win a championship," Miles said. "We looked at everything we did. We hired three coaches. Our weight/strength position, you know, adjusted. What we do on offense and defense we adjusted. We practiced a little differently. We've done a lot of great things."

Miles said he has also made changes in the way he and his team prepare for clock management at the end of games.

"I scrutinized the coaching - me, and others," Miles said. "I can promise you that those situations, some of those situations I'd never run into in coaching. Some of those situations I was, even though prepared for, had not envisioned the time constraints.

"We've added that to our game week preparation. Maybe we're a little more prepared, a little bit more ready to play in those situations.

Miles said the results of the off-season changes have impressed him.

"I like this team," Miles said. "This team is going to be fun to coach. They're an aggressive group. They want to come together. Be a great start and then finish fast."

The LSU Tigers begin football practice on August 5. The team plays its first football game on September 4 against North Carolina.

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