Miles may be quirky, but has Mullen’s respect

LSU head coach Les Miles gets media attention for his sometimes-eccentric behavior, but there's no arguing with his results – 89-22 in nine seasons in Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

LSU head coach Les Miles gets media attention for his sometimes-eccentric behavior, but there’s no arguing with his results – 89-22 in nine seasons in Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – The unusual habits of Les Miles have been well documented over the years.

The LSU coach can always be found on the sidelines in his trademark purple jacket and adorning white hat sitting high atop his head. Miles has also been known to munch on blades of grass from the turf at Tiger Stadium.

Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has his share of peculiarities as well and does not let Miles’ unorthodox methods or playcalling on occasion deter his regard for one of the elite coaches in college football.

“I think he’s a very good coach,” Mullen said. “I think he’s got a lot of personality. Sometimes that can come off in a different way but we all have our quirks. I guess I chew my game plan sometimes and wear a visor. I guess I have my quirks.”

Miles is 89-22 during his nine-year tenure in Baton Rouge including two appearances in the BCS Championship game, two conference titles and a 2007 national championship. “The Hat” as he is affectionately known, is also 8-0 against MSU with the last four wins coming against Mullen-led teams.

“If you look at the success that they’ve had, it just shows the type of coach that he is,” Mullen said. “It’s not like it’s been one staff. He’s had turnover with different offensive and defensive coordinators and still had a lot of success with both over a long period of time.”

The two SEC West opponents will meet for the 107th time on Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN at Davis Wade Stadium. LSU has dominated the series 70-33-3 overall having won 13 straight and 20 of the last 21 meetings.

Mullen has been able to play the Tigers close so far in Starkville. The last two meetings at Davis Wade Stadium have been decided by an average of just 8.5 points.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com