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|Tigers talk of town Tuesday|
A new Twitter page. That is the newest hobby for LSU head football coach Les Miles.
Miles made that one of his many humorous talking points during a 20-minute talk in front of about 450 LSU supporters Tuesday night at the Monroe Civic Center.
"I am going to use a word I never thought I would," Miles said. "Micro-blogging. But, if it helps with appealing to people who are technology minded, then that is what I will do."
It was one of many chances for supporters to smile as alumni, fans and Tiger Athletic Foundation members got a chance to meet and hear from several of the LSU athletic departments biggest stars.
Chancellor Dr. Michael Martin was also in attendance to remind folks that the university was more than just one of the hottest athletic programs in the nation.
"We were selected this year as a Tier One school," Martin said. "As a public school, that is huge. We have the highest graduation rate in the state of Louisiana."
Master of ceremonies for the evening was LSU radio personality Jordy Holtburg, who interviewed each coach that was present along with athletic director Joe Alleva.
Alleva spoke about the changes he would like to see come to LSU in the near future. He said he would like to raise enough funds to do a face lift on Tiger Stadium as well as build a new locker room for the Track & Field teams.
"The track and field team does not have their own locker room," Alleva told the crowd. "You may find that hard to believe, but it is true."
Alleva went on to describe the aging football stadium "like a beautiful old woman in need of a face lift."
Many of the windows to the outside of the stadium are broken and the original structure on the ground is in need of revamping, according to LSU officials.
Women's basketball head coach Van Chancellor spoke to the crowd with his usual candid demeanor.
The long-time basketball coach joked with Hultburg at every turn and praised the job his staff did in graduating nine of their 10 seniors on the team last season.
LSU continually has one of the best graduation rates in all of the Southeastern Conference.
Men's head basketball coach Trent Johnson also spoke to the crowd while praising the many local basketball players who left Ouachita Parish to help contribute to the regular season SEC championship won by the Tigers in 2009.
"The sacrifices Terry Martin made ... he was a huge part of our team," Johnson said. " He was one of our best scorers with the basketball obviously after Marcus Thorton and Tasmin Mitchell."
Miles spoke last and talked about the great shape the football program is in and all the great talent the school has acquired from the area over the last few years.
He was especially excited to get talent like Barkevious Mingo and Reuben Randle on the team as part this year's recruiting class.
"The systems do not rank character," Miles said. "I think we got good players as well as good character people in this recruiting class as well."