Did several LSU players, including T-Bob Hebert and Russell Shepard, approach Les Miles before the BCS title game asking that quarterback Jarrett Lee start over Jordan Jefferson? That's the rumor going around Baton Rouge, apparently, which also alleges that Miles was angered by the request, benching Hebert and Shepard as a result.
Given how poorly Jefferson played, it's not surprising the rumor exists, but Miles denied the confrontation occurred during a press conference Tuesday. From USA Today:
"Not at all," Miles said when asked if there was any truth to the circulated story. "We took the field just like we always have. There's never been any issue prior to a game. There has never been a player-coach interaction before or after a game that was negative."
Miles was also asked about losing top QB recruit Gunner Kiel to Notre Dame:
"There's a guy in the Midwest that's staying close to home. I understand that very much," he said. "This recruiting class will still be the style of class that we've had in years past."
For more, check out LSU blog And The Valley Shook.