Miles hints guard’s playing days at LSU might be over
Apparently the prognosis for LSU senior guard Josh Williford in the wake of his concussion Aug. 8 during preseason camp makes him a better candidate for being a student coach than a player going forward.
While LSU coach Les Miles didn’t use the term “career ending” during his season-opening news conference Monday to describe Williford’s injury, he gave his strongest indication to date that Williford won’t play for the Tigers again.
“There is disappointment, certainly his personal disappointment and for his teammates that he cannot continue,” Miles said. “But he is a guy that I saw (Monday) and will be in our meeting rooms and operate as a student coach and be involved. We will enjoy his participation.”
Williford suffered a concussion Oct. 6 at Florida last season that kept him out of the rest of the season.
His injury led LSU to shuffle its starting offensive line, moving sophomore Vadal Alexander from right tackle to left guard and resulting in the promotion of redshirt freshman Jerald Hawkins in Alexander’s old spot.
Nothing new on Hill
Miles was asked several questions Monday about sophomore running back Jeremy Hill and his status in the wake of his offseason legal issues.
Miles reiterated that Hill will “sustain discipline” and “would be withheld from play,” but declined to say whether or not he will play in No. 12-ranked LSU’s season opener Saturday against No. 20 TCU in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.
Asked if Hill would travel with the team, Miles replied: “I would not be surprised that he make the trip.”
In a somewhat heated exchange, Miles was asked by a media member whether Hill would play Saturday. The response: “Again, the discipline will be internal, will be something that we deal with as a team. No further comment.”
LSU continues to wait for the NCAA Clearinghouse to approve incoming freshman cornerback Rashard Robinson, though Miles is optimistic he will be OK’d soon.
“We anticipate that there will be positive news here, really any day,” he said.
Robinson, from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely, is the only member of LSU’s 2013 class who hasn’t been cleared to participate yet this season.
NFL bag policy for game
The NFL’s new more stringent bag policy is in effect for fans attending Saturday’s LSU-TCU game at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
The only types of bags that are approved are clear bags measuring no more than 12 by six by 12 inches, one gallon clear plastic freezer bags and small one compartment clutch bags that do not exceed 8.5 by 5.5 inches.
Coolers briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, computer bags, camera bags and luggage of any kind is prohibited.
Necessary medical supplies will be allowed after a gate inspection.
For more information, visit www.DallasCowboys.com/bags.
LSU-TCU tickets dwindling
Tickets for Saturday’s game are no longer available through the LSU Athletic Ticket Office.
Individual tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.com, starting at $81.13 in the LSU section.
Tigers-Horned Frogs series
Saturday’s game will be the ninth meeting in football between LSU and TCU and the first in 45 years.
LSU holds a 5-2-1 lead in the series, which began with a 3-0 win by TCU in 1931 in Fort Worth.
The teams tied 3-3 a year later in Baton Rouge, then TCU (led by Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh) beat the Tigers 3-2 in the 1936 Sugar Bowl.
LSU won the next five meetings, all in Baton Rouge, most recently by a 10-7 score in 1968.
The Tigers have won a school record 10 straight season openers and an FBS record 41 straight regular season non-conference games, both dating to LSU’s 26-8 loss at Virginia Tech in 2002.
Hope the roof is closed
Saturday’s forecast in Dallas-Fort Worth is for a high of 101 degrees with no chance of rain.
Fortunately, fans can expect the retractable roof on AT&T Stadium will be closed, and the facility fully air conditioned for the 8 p.m. kickoff.
Advocate on the road
Traveling to watch the Cowboys Classic doesn’t mean being without a copy of the newspaper.
Saturday’s edition of The Advocate will be available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at the following locations, courtesy of Manda: the Omni Fort Worth (LSU team hotel), Worthington Renaissance (Fort Worth), Marriott DFW Airport South (Fort Worth), the Warwick Melrose (Dallas), The Joule (Dallas) and the Ritz-Carlton (Dallas).