What it is IS FOOTBALL!!!!!

FINALLY, the long days of summer are over and “the boys” are back on the Ponderosa!!!


by James Varney, The Times-Picayune
Thursday August 06, 2009, 1:28 AM

John McCusker/The Times-Picayune

John McCusker/The Times-Picayune

BATON ROUGE — LSU put down a marker Wednesday that an 8-5 record in football is unacceptable.

“We want to play dominant football, and I think this team understands that,” Coach Les Miles said as he welcomed 105 players to a preseason camp. Practice begins Thursday morning. “We used to play, and are used to playing, for championships.”

Looking bronzed and fit, clad in shorts and a crisp, sky-blue LSU beach shirt, Miles stood on the indoor practice field graced by banners representing the Southeastern Conference and three national titles LSU has won.

“This program is designed to hang banners in this building,” he said. “Look around. That’s what we want to do.”

There is no banner in the indoor facility marking the 2008 season, one that finished 8-5, including a 38-3 win over physically outclassed Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Tigers, seeking to avenge that mediocrity, start camp with new defensive coaches and a more settled atmosphere around the critical position of quarterback.

New defensive coordinator John Chavis starts his first regular season in Baton Rouge after almost 14 years crafting well-respected defenses at Tennessee. In 10 of those years, the Volunteers finished as one of the four best defensive units in the SEC; last season Tennessee ranked third nationally in total defense despite a 5-7 record.

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