LSU fans have gotten accustomed to wacky endings in which our coaching staff manages to rescue defeat from the jaws of victory. The memories of the execution meltdowns against PSU and Ole Miss last season are still prominent in our minds. In the closing seconds of the TN game, it seemed as though our players and coaches had set a new record for dysfunctional game management by only executing one running play for a short gain when positioned 2nd and goal from the 2, on second down, with about 30 seconds remaining. After that second down run was stopped short of the end zone, chaos ensued. Neither the coaches nor the players knew what play to run, what personnel to use, whether to use third down to spike the ball and stop the clock. Instead the dysfunctional team, led by dysfunctional coaches, made a dysfunctional, inchoate play, sending the snap yards behind the line of scrimmage into doom. It was to be Coach Miles' finest moment of ridiculous management ineptitude.
Enter Tennessee. It was brazen effrontery for the Volunteers to pull an upset, outscoring LSU on its own home field. But, clearly, that accomplishment is not enough. No, Tennessee had the temerity to outdo LSU in dysfunctional management by mishandling its own personnel, committing a penalty that wiped away LSU's own new apex of dysfunction. Gone, now, is Coach Les Miles' new personal record for ineptitude, one-upped by Tennessee's own brazen display--the upstart underdog has outdone the master, and outdone the master who brought his best. In the past Coach Miles had twice mismanaged his team into not having the opportunity to win a game, but Coach Dooley has raised the bar by mismanaging to the extent of revoking a winning result into a loss. No doubt the master is in awe to see someone else beat him at his own game.