LSU's Miles says players' behavior 'unacceptable'
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Les Miles says players have "been involved in behavior that's unacceptable to me" after starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and several unidentified teammates were implicated in a fight at a local bar early Friday morning.
Miles addressed the media about the incident for the first time Saturday. A group of 22 players who make up the fourth-ranked Tigers' Unity Council accompanied Miles for a terse 6½-minute session that included an apology from senior offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk.
"I can tell you that the last couple of days have been miserable for us, that we've been involved in behavior that's unacceptable to me, certainly unacceptable to our team — guys that broke team rules and violated curfew," Miles said. "I can tell you and assure you that this will not happen again. I can tell you that there's a remorseful team here.
"I personally want to apologize for the actions of my team."
Miles said a "relatively large group" was involved in the incident, mentioning senior lineman T-Bob Hebert and Jefferson by name. Miles said all team members were accounted for at a 10:30 p.m. curfew check Thursday night.
No charges have been filed, nor have there been any arrests. The Baton Rouge Police Department's investigation was ongoing Saturday.
Police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said four people were taken to local hospitals after the fight, none of them football players. Stone also said the four people taken for medical attention indicated they intended to press charges.
Athletic director Joe Alleva released statement saying "we will not tolerate student-athletes whose irresponsible actions tarnish the good name of a great university."
"LSU student-athletes are expected to behave with the understanding that they represent their school, their fellow students and the long history of this program, regardless of the time of day," he said. "Coach Miles has already begun taking disciplinary action. It is critical that we are deliberate in determining the facts surrounding this incident and as coach Miles said, when the facts are clear, additional and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if necessary."
Miles said he already began disciplining the team Friday after a hastily called team meeting. He said the entire team was punished, not only the group of players involved.
"We've started disciplining our team because this was a team violation," Miles said. "This was not just a guy. This was the team. We ran them and we're running them."
Miles said he won't levy any punishments, including suspensions, against specific players until the details of the fight are collected and revealed.
"I want to find out more what went on," Miles said.
The fourth-ranked Tigers start the season playing No. 3 Oregon on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium.
"As miserable as I am about this, as disappointed and as mad, I recognize I've got a good group of men who understand the mistakes that were made and I suspect that they will make the appropriate changes," Miles said. "I will instruct them along those lines, I promise."