Tiger fans wondered how Saban might have fared with the same players — players Saban recruited. But when Saban moved to an SEC West rival, he went from revered to reviled — and Miles' status was immediately more secure. Not being Saban was suddenly a good thing. And Miles knows a good thing when he sees it. Again last month at a fan banquet in Pensacola, Fla., Miles couldn't help himself. "It's funny, my entire coaching career, I've never enjoyed the color red,” Miles said. "Ohio State, Indiana. Shoot, when I was with the (Dallas) Cowboys, it was the Redskins. I just see it as another opportunity to go back to my roots and kick the crap out of another team in red.” Miles left out one particular shade of red. But all of this certainly sounds familiar, doesn't it? Recall Miles' sparring with Bob Stoops along the rubber-chicken circuit. Miles says this. Stoops says that. Fans on both sides get mad. Bedlam ratchets up a notch or two. Miles' volleys were all the more incendiary because the Cowboys beat OU two straight years (2001 and 2002). And this is why the first big showdown between Miles and Saban wasn't in Destin last week. Instead, circle Nov. 3, when LSU visits Tuscaloosa. By the way, Miles later apologized for using the expletive at the LSU recruiting bash, saying the "remark was out of character for me.” Expletive aside, we'd say the remark was perfectly in character — at least, the character Miles keeps playing with rivalries.
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Louisiana State football coach Les Miles. Associated press