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AlwysATgr
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Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
Hoping others can weigh-in on 'older' misses as well as basketball.

1) Hiring Mike Archer instead of Steve Spurrier in '87.

Arnsparger left after '86 and our program was approaching natty competing status. The pieces were in place. I think it's well known that Spurrier wanted the job. The players prevailed, Archer was promoted from DC, and he hastily dismantled things. FTR, Spurrier would not become UF's coach until '90 and wasn't as proven as is viewed in hindsight. But he was ours for the taking. And the thought of LA WR talent playing fun-n-gun is the stuff of fantasy.

2) Losing Pat Henry to A&M after '04
Henry was a natty producing machine. Shaver has done ok since but nowhere near what Henry accomplished. For example, under Henry we won 10 straight women's outdoor NCAA titles. We've won once ('08) since - and no men's titles. A&M has won 4 men and 4 women's outdoor under Henry. I like Skip. But he whiffed big time on this.

3) Losing Ryan Perrilloux after '07
The reverberations of this are felt to this very day. How so you ask. Let me 'splain. In all of Les's asst coaching hires, the one outlier is Crowton. Why would Les ever hire him as OC is a mystery. His reputation was playing wide-open on offense. And it worked to perfection in '07. If you want to watch magic on offense go back and watch the Va Tech or tOSU games in '07. And it was to get better with Ryan in '08. But Perrilloux is dismissed and we start '08 with Andrew Hatch and RS Fr Jarrett Lee. Hatch would get injured and it was all on JL as defending national champions. You know the story. After '08, Les installed restrictor plates on Crowton and from which he (Les) would go to his Tiger grave with. If Ryan plays in '08, we likely still lose to UF and maybe OM (they were a force in late '08). And if so, Les has no need to go into a shell on offense. And if he doesn't we would probably have NCs in '11 and '12. And Les would still be coaching here . . .

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4) Not beating FSU in '79. See Ponchy Tiger's explanation on p. 2. He explains it well.
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Tiger Voodoo
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
Jimbo 2015


9th Green At 9
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
Perilloux is the biggest, IMHO. He has jinxed us since. I wish Colt McCoy would have stayed.


TheCaterpillar
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
Oklahoma St. losing to Iowa State in 2011.

We could've gone down as the best team in history.


PenguinPubes
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
I still think about colt McCoy every time perrilloux’s arse is mentioned on here


beauxroux
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
4) Bo Rein's plane going down on LSU recruiting trip.

5) Paul Dietzel leaving LSU to coach at Army.


ell_13
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
1) Eric Walker torn UCL in '17


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cj35
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
The annual opportunity to replace baseball with men's soccer or lacrosse.


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JawjaTigah
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
1/9/12


AlwysATgr
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
quote:

4) Bo Rein's plane going down on LSU recruiting trip. 



Yep. Thought about this one as well. I tempered it some by the Arnsparger hire in '84 which mitigated its effects some.


AlwysATgr
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
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Oklahoma St. losing to Iowa State in 2011. 



That was beyond our control and external to us.


L S Usetheforce
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
1/9/12 changed our course of history...we win that game we have a bigger chance of a dynasty.


The Truth 34
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
Not letting Saban come back after the Dolphins fiasco.


Mayhawman
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
quote:

You know the story. After '08, Les and from which he (Les) would go to his Tiger grave with. If Ryan plays in '08, we likely still lose to UF and maybe OM (they were a force in late '08). And if so, Les has no need to go into a shell on offense.
Losing RP was a blow, but Miles teams threw for pretty much the same yds and att when he had the right QBs in '05, '06, '07, '12 and '13, with '08 being a deadly outlier for "right QB".
I agree he installed restrictor plates on Crowton after '08 due to forcing a passing game without proper QB, but opened it back up some in '12 and '13.


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Tiger1988
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
Rudy Macklin ripping his shooting hand open when going up for a rebound in the elite 8 final final at the Dome.
That team with him healthy rolls through Philly.


kingsdokingthings
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
Chris Jackson, Shaq, and Stanley Roberts


Tiger1988
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Chris Jackson, Shaq, and Stanley Roberts


Vernel, Maurice Williamson.


Lazy But Talented
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
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I still think about colt McCoy every time perrilloux’s arse is mentioned on here





Can someone explain the McCoy angle here? What am I forgetting?


nitwit
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
I have to go with the tragic Bo Rein ghost flight.


ibleedprplngld
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re: Biggest Missed Opportunities in LSU Sports History
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3) Losing Ryan Perrilloux after '07


Perrilloux wasn’t lost, he did it to himself. Hard to call it a missed opportunity for the program when the player was just a jackass that couldn’t get it together off the field.


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