In obsessively detailed preparation for his team's visit to Baton Rouge, yesterday, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian placed a live tiger next to the practice gate to simulate what it will be like for his players when they walk out of the visitor's tunnel onto the field on Saturday night. This action assumes that Mike the Tiger, a live 500-pound tiger, willingly gets in his cage and makes the trip over to Tiger Stadium because, without tranquilizing drugs, 500-pound tigers usually determine what they do and don't do.
For reaction to such an unusual move, let's go live, via satellite, to Les Miles in his office at the LSU football complex:
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"Certainly, there's an attempt in which one prepares for a specific caliber of unknown events that may or may not occur when the time arrives, and to meet such a presence, you have to be have to be open and ready for the necessary twists and uncertainties for which you cannot always adequately prepare. But, yes, we have the expectation that they will all die."