Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/6/12
LSU coach Les Miles can be hard to take seriously, chomping on grass, jumbling phrases and words, wrestling with the game clock. Even with all his success, it's taken a while for Tigers fans to appreciate Miles. Alabama coach Nick Saban, on the other hand, often makes football seem as serious as surgery. Crimson Tide fans greeted him as a savior from Day 1 and their admiration for the man Miles replaced at LSU has only grown. Miles no longer coaches in the shadow of Saban, no longer gets compared to his predecessor. Heading into the BCS championship Monday between the top-ranked Tigers and No. 2 Tide, Miles has shed his Lucky Les nickname and is now viewed as a legitimate and formidable rival to Saban.
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