BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU Football Coach Les Miles did not speak Monday afternoon at the first Lunch with Les of the season, but was back on campus around 2 p.m. after a visit to a hospital. He was driven back to campus by his wife, Kathy and joked with reporters that he likely overdosed on coffee.
Just minutes after Miles returned to campus from his unexpected trip to the hospital, his boss said he's fine, and there's nothing to worry about.
"He's fine. All the tests came back negative," said Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Joe Alleva, who took the podium two hours earlier when Miles was missing from his scheduled weekly press luncheon on the fifth floor of LSU's Athletic Administration Building.
According to Alleva, Miles was not feeling well this morning and spoke to the trainers who suggested he go to the hospital. He went to the hospital where some tests were administered.
Miles said the reason for his precautionary trip to get checked out at Our Lady of the Lake was "an awkward" feeling after he drank too much coffee. And Alleva scoffed at the idea that LSU fans should have any concerns about Miles health going into the season based on his age.
"He's young. He's only 61 years old, come on! It's young. 61 is young," said Alleva when asked about the pressure facing college coaches in general and Miles, who's coming off an 8-5 season, in particular.
"Heck, Mike Krzyzewski just won the national championship. He's 68. He's not slowing down and a lot of people keep going. Larry Brown's coaching over at SMU, I think he's a hundred. I think Les is in good shape. He's passionate about his job. He enjoys it. He relates well to the kids," said Alleva. "That's the thing you've got to be most concerned about is when guys get older, can they still relate to the kids? And I think he does a really good job."
During LSU player interviews Monday afternoon, Vadal Alexander said they were told Coach Miles was fine.
Click here to watch Alleva make the announcement at Lunch with Les: http://shout.lt/bbL2T