Notebook: LSU, Auburn game to be played under lights

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- UAB coach Garrick McGee, left, shakes hands with LSU coach Les Miles after the game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- UAB coach Garrick McGee, left, shakes hands with LSU coach Les Miles after the game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

CBS passes, ESPN pounces on LSU’s home game against Auburn

The Tigers and Fighting Tigers will battle under the lights.

CBS passed on LSU’s Sept. 21 home game with Auburn on Monday, which was then snapped up by ESPN for a 6:45 p.m. kickoff.

CBS will instead televise Tennessee at Florida, which the network told LSU officials last week was the only other game seriously under consideration.

This Saturday’s LSU-Kent State game will be at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

It appears likely if LSU beats Kent State this week and Georgia takes care of North Texas, CBS will jump on LSU’s Sept. 28 game at Georgia for its 2:30 p.m. time slot. That game is currently the only one between top-10 Southeastern Conference teams.

Here is the SEC television schedule for this weekend (all times CDT):

Danielson: Kudos for Cam

CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson said LSU coach Les Miles was “very bright” to bring in new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to develop an NFL-caliber talent in senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

“I was very high on what Zach would eventually be last year,” Danielson said during a Tuesday teleconference to kickoff CBS’s coverage of SEC football.

“Les was very bright to bring in another tutor, not to say anything bad about the (other coaches), but to take Zach to the next step and to realize he had a special talent on his hands. They don’t come around that often.

“It’s good to bring in an NFL guy to tap into that.”

Injury report

Miles said senior strong safety Craig Loston, who left Saturday’s game with a lower leg injury, was questionable for practice Monday but that he expects him to play against Kent State.

Defensive tackle Anthony Johnson is one of “five or six” banged up players on his team, Miles said. Johnson, who has six tackles in two games, is believed to have suffered a “stinger” type shoulder injury against Alabama-Birmingham.

Miles mentions Dietzel

Miles opened his news conference by sending out good wishes to former LSU coach and athletic director Paul Dietzel.

The 89-year-old Dietzel was recently hospitalized and has been battling health issues.

“First and foremost, I’d like to mention Paul Dietzel and recognize that he’s home from the hospital and resting,” Miles said.

“And what a magnificent man he is and how important he is to these Tigers. Just wanted to say hi.”

Dietzel coached LSU from 1955-61, leading the Tigers to the 1958 national championship and a second SEC title in 1961. He later returned to serve as athletic director from 1978-82.

Purple reigns again

As is customary for its second nonconference home game, LSU will break out its purple jerseys for the Kent State game, according to LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette.

Lagniappe

LSU has never played Kent State in football. … The Tigers are 4-1 against teams from Kent State’s Mid-American Conference. … LSU is looking to extend its Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) nonconference regular-season winning streak to 44 straight games. … The Tigers have won 28 straight games in September. … This week marks LSU’s 67th straight appearance in The Associated Press Top 25. Only Alabama, with 83 weeks, has a longer streak nationally.

The quotable Les Miles

“I really don’t want to recall. It was a larger number than we’re used to, I can tell you that.”

— Miles when asked about the number of missed tackles against UAB