This should be the best of times at Louisiana State, with the Tigers basking in the glow of a national championship. But Paul Finebaum of the Mobile Press-Register writes that LSU fans remain hung up on Nick Saban.
Finebaum points to LSU boosting Les Miles' salary to $3.751 million, $1,000 more than Alabama's Saban. Writes Finebaum:
"Nobody over in Louisiana cares about Saban, right? It sounds more like being on the schoolyard in third grade when some kid pushes another, saying: 'My daddy can beat up your daddy.' How petty."
"Why can't they embrace Miles? Perhaps the fact he desperately wanted out to leave for Michigan — that is until the story blew up on ESPN — might have something to do with the uneasiness and insecurity.
"Since taking over Saban's recruits, Miles is 34-6 and has finished No. 5, 3 and 1 in the final AP poll.
"Understandably, LSU fans are still obsessed with Saban and queasy with Miles.
"LSU fans may still yearn for the day when Saban roamed the sidelines. They remain embarrassed about Miles — even with the national title — like family members regard the crazy uncle stowed away in the attic.
"Don't forget people: Les Miles makes $1,000 more than Saban. Ain't it great to be on top?
"Nick Saban has been gone nearly four years. When will LSU fans get a life?"