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Former LSU head coach Les Miles was on the Dan Patrick show Tuesday morning and was asked about Leonard Fournette who will not play in the Citrus Bowl.

Since announcing last week that he will not play in LSU's Bowl game due to a lingering ankle injury, Fournette has signed with Roc Nation Sports Agency and is no longer a part of the LSU Football program. He can also not travel with the team to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Eve.

Here is what Miles had to say about the situation, per The Advocate:
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"I would want to know exactly what’s going on," Miles said. "If Leonard came and said, ‘I should really not play' or if the doctor who treats Leonard says, ‘He’s 70 percent’ or ‘He’s 80 percent’ or ‘He’s really not as a good as he should be,' maybe it’s a wise position to take to put him on the sideline and put him in a position he needs to know, the team knows now that we’re not going to play him.

"Certainly," Miles continued, "if Leonard was healthy, I don’t think there would be any question in his heart that he’d want to play his last college game with his teammates, wear the purple and gold and enjoy taking the field with his lifetime friends."

"This is not an easy position, certainly not for Leonard, certainly not Christian McCaffrey," Miles said. "Those people who are advising ... 'You have to be careful not to be injured.' Certainly, there are advisers that are saying that. To some degree, if that ankle is banged up and they don’t have the ability to play as well as they’re capable, to not protect themselves, then they need to be removed. But if they, the player says, ‘No, I’m good. I’m ready to play,' ..." Read more.

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El Campo Tiger90 months
Les Miles means a lot to me as an LSU fan. I didn't disagree with Alleva's decision to remove him, but it's hard for me to speak poorly in regards to that man.
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Wolfhound4590 months
I am glad he made the business decision not to play. There is nothing to gain and everything to lose. Best wishes to LF7 in the NFL.
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Tigerbythetale90 months
Miles can certainly identify with the no upside decision, much like his going through the motions of an employment search while riding the golden parachute provided by LSU AD.
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Mike da Tigah90 months
Leonard Fournette missed four games this year because of an injury but only now are people upset at him for not playing in a pretty meaningless bowl game, and I get the distinct impression it is more selfishly motivated out of a desire to see him run again than concern for Leonard Fournette's injury or long term health as he enters the NFL. Seriously people, get over yourself.
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Oyster90 months
Why dwell on either? Les and Leonard are water under the bridge. Thanks to both of them. Now it is time to say good bye and let them go.
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whoisnickdoobs90 months
Under the bridge downtown Is were I drew some blood Under the bridge downtown I could not get enough
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SamuelClemens90 months
Speculation only, however is it among the majority thoughts of Tiger fans LF7's injury was worsened due to Miles putting him now when he should have been sitting healing?
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Grim90 months
Seeing Miles quotes is like seeing Facebook posts from an ex girlfriend. Makes you wonder why you didn't dump them sooner
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bradwieser90 months
Unsurprisingly, it was an incoherent, 500-word rambling.
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DEG90 months
If you found what Les said to be incoherent you mind need to be looked at
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LSUintheNW90 months
But LM will leave him in the Auburn game when it was obvious he was hurting. He couldn't even block.
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TigerB890 months
Exactly. Fournette couldn't walk with out a hitch in his giddy up...in on the pass play and couldn't block his man causing etling to get plowed over. Les is not the person to ask on this.
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Mouche33790 months
If he cared about LF7 so much, he wouldn't have ran him into the ground those first 4 games this year trying to save his job...
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earl keese90 months
Fournette carried the ball 69 times in the first 4 games. He had 9 receptions in those games. 78 total touches is less than 20 a game. How in the hell is that running him into the ground? You people and your hated for Miles is amazing.
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Lexman190 months
I'm so glad we don't have to listen to this garbled up verbage any more. I like Les as a person, but does he ever actually answer a question? I think not!
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biglego90 months
All coaches use coach-speak. It makes for very boring interviews. I turn the channel as soon as any interview airs. Les' coach-speak is probably even worse than the usual.
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dgnx690 months
Class act.
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Shrike6390 months
Why does anyone care about what this moron has to say?
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twoliter90 months
You have your opinion and no one even asked for it. What makes you think anyone cares about what you say?
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atltiger648790 months
"What makes you think anyone cares about what you say?"...... well, this IS a message board, after all. Where people give, you know, their opinions and stuff.
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idlewatcher90 months
Well according to tRant, Miles ruined LF7's career bwhahahahhaha
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km90 months
tRant is filled with idiots.
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baobabtiger90 months
I'm not going to say that. But I do know this, Leonard Fournette wouldn't have gotten hurt in a scrimmage 2 weeks before he start of the season if I were HBC of the tigers. He would have been watching that practice.
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LSU31690 months
Other than pay for his education and allow him to play....What favors did he do him?
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