Why is LSU interested in dodging Florida? This and other topics are tackled in the Stuff Coaches Say segment from TCS hosted by Melanie Collins and featuring Tim Doyle.
At around the 1:50 mark in the above video, the LSU-Florida situation is discussed. Doyle wonders since LSU played Florida for 40 consecutive seasons, why is it now such a big deal for LSU to avoid playing Florida? (An additional note not discussed in the video, but LSU and Florida have met a total of 58 times and played every year between 1954 and 1967 before a hiatus until 1971 when the present streak of the two rivals playing began. It sure looks like a rivalry to everyone outside of athletic departments. Also, Miles said the rivalry is a tradition because LSU enjoys playing Florida. No kidding. The Alabama-Tennessee rivalry is a rivalry because Alabama likes to play Tennessee and the Volunteers enjoy playing the Crimson Tide.)
So, what does TCS expert Tim Doyle believe is behind the desire to get rid of the traditional LSU-Florida game? A desire to play a “lesser opponent.”
Instead of worrying about the schedule, Doyle suggests LSU has a bigger problem that Miles should focus on—getting a quarterback. “How bad were they offensively last year?” Doyle asked.
As for the future of college football, Michigan coach Brady Hoke provided a glimpse of what the future could bring.
Hoke said, “I think really in about three years you’ll see four super conferences, and I think the Big East will go away and maybe the ACC.”
You can watch the video for Doyle’s reaction to this. My thoughts–we knew Hoke was a good coach based on his impressive work on the field last year for Michigan, but clearly Hoke also has a firm grasp on the business of college football.
What do you think? Is Miles afraid to play Florida? Will the Big East vanish in just a few years?