Let him play or cut him loose.
|From Twitter Account @LSUCoachMiles|
With the mindset that many people have now when it comes to troublesome athletes no one would fault him if he cut him loose. An argument could easily be made that Hill does not care about how his actions affect others or the legality of them since he got in this fight when he was already on probation.
He's shown that he can't be trusted; that he's a live wire. Do you really want to put your faith in someone that you can't trust to stay out trouble and be there when you need him? I think not.
At the same time he has to think about his offense. He needs the guy that ran for a team high 755 yards and 12 touchdowns on the roster--but can he afford to have him due to all the baggage he carries?
For the lay person it may seem like a tough decision, but keep in mind that in the high stakes, ultra-competitive world of college football any coach is a losing season--or in some cases a 'good' season--away from being fired.
Now someone like Miles would get picked up in a heart beat, but what's to say he'll have the talent base there (wherever it may be) to succeed? A great coach will get the most out of his players, but he can't get out what isn't there.
So when you factor in everything it is not an easy decision. Morally it seems clear, but from an objective/business standpoint it does as well. What's a coach to do?
You let the team decide.
Coach Miles: The team voted to allow Jeremy Hill back, and he practiced this afternoon.
— LSU Football (@LSUfball) August 5, 2013
Okay. I get why he would be willing to put it in the hands of the team, although you have to think he knew what the end result would be long before doing so. It did keep him from having to make the call, and if the critics want to complain he can point to the team.
If they can accept him so can he.
I have no issue with this, but I have to wonder about one of the comments he made:
“The guy is a good college student, a good person. He’s not a guy who has constant bad behavior.”
Hmm...Miles must have forgotten that Hill was already on probation for forcing a 14-year old girl to perform oral sex. That charge was eventually plead down to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a minor.
Sounds like bad behavior to me Coach.