When Les Miles is in front of a microphone you best pay attention as the head coach of the LSU Tigers is as quotable as they come in college football and he didn’t disappoint today.
Speaking at today’s SEC annual meetings in Destin, Fla, Miles was asked about potential alcohol sales at Tiger Stadium and gave a classic response and taking a subtle jab at the officials.
Per the Twitter account of Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph and the Columbus Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Les Miles said he had no opinion on alcohol sales at games: “I just don’t want the officials to be able to drink before.”
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva spoke in March about the possibility of beer being sold inside Tiger Stadium and how it would enhance the fan experience and with the SEC reviewing its policy on prohibiting the sale of alcohol at games, it’s likely a matter of if rather than when we see beer and wine being sold at college football games.
“As we talk about the fan experience, which is very important, I think there may come a day that we may sell beer at college events at LSU,” Alleva said, per USA Today. “I think at some point – I don’t know if it will be five years from now, 10 years from now – but I think at some point, I think it’s going to happen.”
In 2011, Miles was asked about the prospect of selling beer prior to the Tigers game against West Virginia.
“I certainly want to be politically correct and not be against serving beer in Tiger Stadium,” he said. “Certainly the athletic director and the chancellor would have to make that decision. But I promise you, we would enjoy playing in front of a Tiger Stadium that occasionally had a beer.”
If you thought Death Valley was a tough place to before, just wait til you have 92,542 Tiger fans who can bring in the party from the tailgate to the stadium.