Congratulations to Les Miles and LSU

Les WinsOnce again the SEC is the dominant conference in college football. While I am happy that they beat the Buckeyes, I hate the fact that it just shows that the Big 10 needs to make some changes to compete. I think the hiring of Rich Rodriguez at Michigan is a big step forward.

I honestly do feel bad for the Buckeye fans because this makes 3 National Championship in a row that they have lost. And as much I dislike them I know it is tough and so I do feel for the athletes and fans. Even though I never liked the Buffalo Bills I felt bad for them when they lost 4 Super Bowls in a row.

But my hat off to Les Miles and his LSU Tigers for winning the National Championship game. They played with class and pride, which I would not expect anything less from a team coached by a Michigan man. It was no secret that I wanted Les as the head coach at Michigan and that I was not happy when he didn’t take the job. I even made the comment that his true colors were green and not maize and blue. I want to take that back. I read an article in the USA Today and when I came to this quote I realized how wrong I was.

“The timing just wasn’t there,” his wife said. “He put the team first, even in front of what may have been a professional dream of his, because this is such a great team and a great program. There was no way he was going to do anything to jeopardize anything these kids have put forth.

“From the time they started mentioning his name for the Michigan job, he said nothing would interfere with this team until the last second goes off the clock on whatever the last game is. The thing he learned from Bo Schembechler was the team, the team, the team.

Les was simply doing what it is that Bo had taught him. He was truly being a Michigan man by staying and caring about “the team, the team, the team”, which was Bo’s mantra. Thank you, Les, for being a true Michigan man. I am sad you are not here, but I am happy to know you are staying true to the ideals of a Michigan man.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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