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Big 3: Miles learns A&M rivalry

10/17/2012

Since Les Miles has been head coach at LSU, the Tigers have not played Texas A&M in a regular-season football game. But Miles is learning that there is a history between the Tigers and Aggies and he talked about it on the SEC teleconference Wednesday morning.

1. Old rivals: Under Miles, LSU and Texas A&M have met just once -- LSU's 41-24 win in the 2011 Cotton Bowl -- and Miles naturally thinks of A&M more as a program he got to know as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys and as head coach at Oklahoma State before coming to LSU. He said on the call that he's becoming more aware of the long-standing rivalry between the two programs.

"I do recognize the history between our two schools," Miles said. "It's been brought to me by our fan base."

Never in the same conference until now, LSU and A&M used to play each other regularly, most recently in a 10-year stretch from 1986-1995. Before that, they played 15 straight years from 1960-75. Saturday's game will be the 51st meeting between the two schools separated by about a five-hour drive. LSU leads the series 27-20-3.

2. No update on Hurst: Miles said he didn't have an update on offensive tackle Alex Hurst, who left the team because of undisclosed personal reasons last week.

"I know he's been nicked (injured)," Miles said. "But I don't know the chances of him returning this year."

Hurst, a returning starter, started the first six games of this year before missing the South Carolina game. He was replaced at left tackle last week by sixth-year senior Josh Dworaczyk, who returned from injury and played well in the South Carolina game.

3. Night clubbing: A Sports Illustrated article out this week alleged that former LSU player Tyrann Mathieu, who is seeking eventual reinstatement on the team, promoted a night club party and a hip-hop group in video and on posters in violation of NCAA rules. One poster for the nightclub also featured current Tiger Anthony Johnson.

Miles said Johnson did not give the club permission to use his likeness for the party, which happened in March.

"He participated in the party," Miles said. "But he said he did not know they would use his likeness on a poster and asked that it be taken off."

Miles said he was told that his players handled the nightclub issue correctly.

"I'm told our guys did the right thing and did not participate in the promotional piece," he said.