Sports roundup: Hebert defends rant/question aimed at Miles, bowl official apologizes … Brees, Saints keep 49ers coordinator up nights … Claiborne, Brockers confirm they're leaving LSU
Letting Les have it:Former New Orleans Saints quarterback and WWL radio host Bobby Hebert is laughing off criticism that he went too far in the part-rant, part-question he lobbed at LSU coach Les Miles immediately following the Tigers' loss to Alabama in Monday's BCS championship. "Oh, that really bothers me," Hebert said sarcastically on his radio show Tuesday when the subject arose. "If they're critical of me, I'm really going to lose sleep over that." Hebert says his rant/question—which can be viewed here—was representative of what the average LSU fan would have liked to ask Miles if they were at the press conference. Sugar Bowl spokesman John Sudsbury told USA Today on Tuesday he apologized to LSU associate athletics Director Michael Bonnette for Hebert's behavior. Read the full story here.
Sleep deprived: USA Today columnist Mike Lopresti was on the phone this week with the man who has perhaps the toughest job in all of sports heading into the NFL's second playoff weekend: San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. When Lopresti asked Fangio if Drew Brees is keeping him up at night, Fangio replied, "Yes," then paused, then said "Yes" once more. "I've been in the league the last 25 years. I've seen the Joe Montana 49ers. I had to prepare against them a lot. I had to prepare against Peyton Manning and the Colts when they were at their best. I had to prepare against Tom Brady and the Patriots when they were at their best," Fangio told Lopresti. "This team is right there with them." Read Lopresti's column here to find out what concerns Fangio the most about the Saints' potent offense as he prepares the 49ers to thwart it in San Francisco at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Thanks for the memories: Junior cornerback Morris Claiborne and sophomore defensive tackle Michael Brockers are headed for the NFL draft, LSU coach Les Miles confirmed at a press conference this afternoon. "I just want to thank everyone at LSU who has helped me throughout my career. It has been an amazing season," Brockers says. "I can't thank coach Miles enough. This program has done so much for me, and I am very thankful," Claiborne said. No official word yet on the future for junior wide receiver Russell Shepard, who has hinted on Twitter he is not returning to LSU.
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