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Les Miles in good spirits after hospital visit

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Each Monday during the college football season, dozens of media members from across the state head to LSU for a press conference with Les Miles. The 11th year Tiger Coach is known for his late arrival times, but today there was concern after 40 minutes of no show.

Then came this statement from Athletic Director Joe Alleva "Obviously Coach Miles is not here, he's a little under the weather. He was working this morning in his office. He didn't feel very well. He went down to see the trainers. They thought it was best for him to go to the hospital on a precautionary basis.

Many LSU Players were shocked to learn their head coach was taken to a hospital, but they felt relief when told that he would be okay "He's the leader of our football team. It's definitely frightening," junior defensive tackle Christian LaCouture said. "What they told us is that he's back here, ready to go for practice. Just to make sure it was precautionary, and when we heard that it was great news."

Junior linebacker Kendell Beckwith echoed the sentiment"It's something that you hold your breath on, you wonder if he's okay. I think as soon as he got checked out, we got the word that he was okay, so that's a blessing."

After his check up and release, Miles returned to campus before the team's afternoon meeting and practice. Following a quick stop in front of a few cameras, Miles formally addressed the media for the first time this evening and was in a jovial mood "The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I have a quality medical staff who decided I should get done testing and they did a great job and I appreciate it very much, and now I just want everyone to know that everything is fine, we're ready to roll."

And just like that the Tigers are back to work. It's been a wild few days for the LSU program health-wise. Just Friday, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron announced he had been treated for Prostate Cancer, and then came today's scare with Coach Miles, but he's says he's just fine and focused on Saturday's opener against McNeese State. He also officially announced that sophomore Brandon Harris will start at quarterback, a week after announcing that he was leading junior Anthony Jennings in the competition.

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