Les Miles again hoists The Coaches Trophy
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Thousands Brave Cold to Attend Championship Celebration
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Published: January 19, 2008, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:31 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- Two week ago, LSU celebrated in New Orleans by winning its second BCS National Championship at the Louisiana Superdome with a victory over Ohio State. On Saturday, the celebration came home as the Tigers, along with an estimated 25,000 fans, cheered and re-lived LSU march to the 2007 national title in Tiger Stadium.

Under overcast skies and with temperatures hovering in the 30s, LSU was officially presented its four 2007 national championship trophies. Among the trophies handed out to the undisputed national champion Tigers were the MacArthur Bowl National Championship, the Football Writers Trophy, the Associated Press Trophy and the BCS National Championship Trophy.

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive presented the BCS trophy, as well as the SEC Championship trophy, to Les Miles and the Tigers. Slive had the following comments prior to presenting the national championship trophy to the Tigers.

“The 2007 LSU Tiger football team was a team of destiny; a team that exhibited extraordinary skill, leadership, courage and fortitude time and time again; a team that exemplified all that we hope for in collegiate athletics: teamwork, enthusiasm, confidence, belief in one another and a never-say-die attitude.

“This is the third time I’ve had the privilege of sharing the podium with these great athletes and these great coaches, and I can tell you that there is a special aura about them. They have earned your respect and your admiration as they have mine.

“And now, on behalf of the American Football Coaches Association, I am pleased to present the coaches’ National Championship Trophy to Head Coach Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.”

Also on hand at the event were Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish Kip Holden.

“I want to congratulate Coach Miles and his players,” Jindal said during his remarks at the celebration. “This is a team that never gave up. They didn’t care what anybody said about them. They didn’t care if they were winning or losing. They gave their best efforts on the field and off the field. They showed the nation that Louisiana is No. 1 in the entire country.

“We will be No. 1 not only in sports. We will be No. 1 in jobs, ethics, roads and schools as well, and Coach Miles has already promised me they are going to win us yet another national championship.”

All but three members – Jacob Hester, Chevis Jackson and Andrew Decker - of the LSU football team attended the event. Among those in attendance included quarterback Matt Flynn and cornerback Jonathan Zenon, who both turned down opportunities to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game to be at the celebration.

“On behalf of the rest of the team I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming out here in the cold weather and also coming out here to cheer for this team one more time,” Flynn said. “It’s been a crazy year and a lot of close games. With the toughness of this team and coaching staff and the support every week we could not be where we are right now. I want to thank you and we are extremely happy to make Louisiana proud. Thank you.”

Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, the most decorated defender in school history, was also recognized for winning four national awards during the 2007 season. Dorsey, who was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, won the Nagurski, Lombardi, Outland and Lott Awards as a senior.

“We have the best fans in the nation and we have the best student section in the nation,” Dorsey told the crowd on Saturday. “You have supported us through thick and thin. Whether we were losing or winning we had support. Thank you again. I am honored and privileged to be a Tiger now and forever.”

Miles was the final speaker on Saturday as he put in perspective what made the 2007 Tigers so special.

“I have to give it to this team, it was a pleasure to coach you,” Miles said. “From your assistant coaches and me, you certainly are the most competitive football team I have ever been around. There was never a time where an injury had to be played around, but this football team did anything to find a way to win.

“I hope, when this team separates, when those seniors go on to their careers and this football team resumes practice in the spring – that the one thing they leave us is the legacy of hard work, improvement, a great feel for their teammates and a great chemistry that develops a great team because that’s what they were. Above all else, this was a great team.”

The ceremony concluded with the raising of the 2007 National Championship Flag, which will fly above Tiger Stadium for every LSU football game in the future, as well as the singing of the LSU Alma Mater.

LSU National Championship Celebration
January 19, 2008

HEAD COACH LES MILES QUOTES

“This could not have been accomplished by just a team. The team, as strong and powerful as they are, needed help. Everybody that has touched this team’s life, from the professors on this campus to the administration at this school, has made it possible for these guys to succeed. I have to thank the training staff, the managerial staff, our weight, strength and conditioning staff – it could not have been done without you. Everybody who has touched this team’s life has had impact, and I can tell you on Saturday evening in Tiger Stadium the best band in the land was also present. Our coaching staff works hard and long. Our coaching staff gets up early, and they work until late. They don’t do it for me. They do it for the guys that they coach. They give them the best plan. They coach them in the best technique. If they don’t have the answer, they find it. They work until they get it. This coaching staff was very much a part of this team’s success. I want you to give all the support groups a great round of applause.

“This team is a special group of men. We show up here (in 2005), win 11 games, win the (SEC) West and finish fifth (in the rankings). The next year we graduated a really talented senior class. We won 11 games, beat Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl and finished third (in the rankings). I put it to them (the players). There really is only one odd number left – No. 1. The leadership of the team took it to heart, and they started right away. Guys who had their first opportunity to lead stepped forward, and the leadership of this team was tremendous. Through the length of this season, guys got hurt. Another guy stepped up. With each passing game there were different challenges and hurdles. I have to go back once to Kentucky. The first-ranked team in the nation falls at Kentucky. We played 94 plays on defense, 91 plays on offense. Our football team was fatigued. Our football team was as low as I’ve seen them. Our football team was going to respond and rebound.

“The toughest part of our schedule was in front of us. It was Auburn and Alabama. The deciding factor of the West was after the loss at Kentucky. It didn’t matter to this club. This club was going to play and play well. In the same exact vein, we fought very well against Arkansas. We fought very well, but it was their running back’s night and they got us in triple overtime. Our quarterback and defensive line were fatigued, pained. We were going to have to go to the (SEC) title game and play a great Tennessee team and play well to win, and we did. We overcame that hurdle. There was no question that once this team got in the (BCS championship) game that we would play extremely well in New Orleans in front of our friends, family and for the great state of Louisiana.

“I have to give it to this team. It was a pleasure to coach you. From your assistant coaches and myself, you certainly are the most competitive football team I have ever been around. There was never a time where an injury had to be played around, but this football team did anything to find a way to win. I hope – when this team separates, when those seniors go on to their careers and this football team resumes practice in the spring – that the one thing they leave us is the legacy of hard work, improvement, a great feel for their teammates and a great chemistry that develops a great team because that’s what they were. Above all else, this was a great team.

“I have to thank you as well. As we traveled this country and this league, every place we traveled there was purple and gold. When we take the field in Tiger Stadium, there is a passion that surrounds the stadium and surrounds this football team that is like no other in college football. And it’s you – it’s the fans of LSU. The championship is shared by this team, the administration, the staff, the coaches and those people that support this football team’s periphery, but it’s also shared by you. This is our championship – the state of Louisiana. It’s a great time to be a Tiger. God bless you all.”

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL QUOTES
“What a great honor to be here celebrating LSU’s national championship. As a young student, I used to sell hot dogs to come watch these games. Never in a million years would I have dreamt that we would be the first team in the country to win not one, but two BCS national championships. I want to congratulate Coach Miles and his players. This is a team that never gave up. They didn’t care what anybody said about them. They didn’t care if they were winning or losing. They gave their best efforts on the field and off the field. They showed the country that Louisiana is No. 1 in the entire country. We will be No. 1 not only in sports. We will be No. 1 in jobs, ethics, roads and schools as well, and Coach Miles has already promised me they are going to win us yet another national championship. Go LSU. Go Tigers. God bless you.”

LSU Athletic Director Skip Bertman
“In a coach’s career and the careers of assistant coaches, it’s not very often that a group of guys come along whose chemistry, determination, ability and execution are just right. This was such a team. I am so happy for Coach Miles and his staff. Over 200 people put together the correct blending of human forces at the right time and at the right degree, so that they could go through what has to be the greatest football season in the history of Louisiana State University. Thank you very much to the fans and the students that are always there for us. Remember, all of the staff that were a part of this for one time, you’ll be able to say for this year that you were the best at what you did in the United States of America.”

LSU TEAM CAPTAINS’ QUOTES

P Patrick Fisher

“One year ago this team came together and we wrote out our goals that we wanted to accomplish. Through our hard work and determination we over came adversity to bring the title back to Baton Rouge. We just want to say thanks to the coaches, family and all of you, the best fans in college football. You made all this possible. GEAUX TIGERS!”

DB Craig Steltz

“Wow! I still get that feeling coming out in Tiger Stadium, even though I don’t have the pads on. There is no place like Tiger Stadium. Thank you for the support all year. No matter what adversity this team faced, whether it was injuries or triple overtime we bounced back because of your support. I want to say thank you for the memories and God Bless.”

QB Matt Flynn

“On behalf of the rest of the team I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming out here in the cold weather and also coming out here to cheer for this team one more time. Before I came out here I received a call from another team captain Jacob Hester, who wishes he could be here. I just want to recognize him. Taking a look at the film earlier, it’s been a crazy year and a lot of close games. With the toughness of this team and coaching staff and the support every week we could not be where we are right now. I want to thank you and we are extremely happy to make Louisiana proud. Thank you.”

DT Glenn Dorsey

“I want to thank everyone who has bought us here today. We have the best fans in the Nation. We have the best student section in the Nation. You have supported us through thick and thin. Whether we were loosing or winning we had support. Thank you again. I am honored and privileged to be a Tiger now and forever.”  

LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe
“To Coach Miles, to this tremendous, unbelievable group of student athletes, to all the friends, alums and fans of Louisiana State University: Congratulations on a National Championship! I’m a Louisianian, but I had never ever been to Tiger Stadium on a game night until I became chancellor of Louisiana State University. Les Miles and I began at exactly the same span of time. I asked him, ‘Coach, you ever been in this stadium on a game night?’ He said, ‘No, I never have.’ I said, ‘Well, I understand we’re in for a real treat.’ I had no idea what we were in for. This is the most remarkable place. This spot, this place is the most remarkable place to be on any Saturday night in the fall. What we saw during this year was the unbelievable tenacity, the courage and the ability to stand up to every adversity that these student athletes put up and worked through and succeeded. But what they were supported by was the spirit, the enthusiasm and the unbelievable drive of all of you. Thank you to the Louisiana State University faithful for this amazing achievement. Go Tigers!”

BCS AND SEC COMMISSIONER MIKE SLIVE QUOTES

Presenting the BCS National Championship Trophy...
“Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. The 2007 LSU Tiger football team was a team of destiny; a team that exhibited extraordinary skill, leadership, courage and fortitude time and time again; a team that exemplified all that we hope for in collegiate athletics: teamwork, enthusiasm, confidence, belief in one another and a never-say-die attitude.

“This is the third time I’ve had the privilege of sharing the podium with these great athletes and these great coaches, and I can tell you that there is a special aura about them. They have earned your respect and your admiration as they have mine.

“And now, on behalf of the American Football Coaches Association, I am pleased to present the coaches’ National Championship Trophy to Head Coach Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.”

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