The Touchdown Club of Houston hosted their first event of the 2012 football season featuring LSU head football coach Les Miles and newly hired men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones at their annual dinner at the J. W. Marriott Hotel in the Galleria.
The event, which was presented by Key Energy Services was filled to capacity with fans, alumni and guest of Louisiana State University.
Miles, who was named the 2011 Home Depot and Associated Press National Coach of the Year was the highlight of the event. Now in his seventh year at LSU, Miles has guided the Tigers football programs to its most successful stretch, both on and off the field, in the history of the sport at the school.
With 75 victories, two SEC titles and a second appearance in the BCS National Championship game, LSU’s success since the start of the 2005 season is unmatched in college football. In the classroom, the Tigers ranks second in the SEC in the most recent release of graduation rates as 139 Tigers have earned their degree under Miles watch. On the field, LSU’s 75 victories over the past seven years are the most in the SEC during that span.
In 2011, Miles guided LSU to a season full of firsts with a 13-0 record, a school-record eight wins over Top 25, a school-record 12 wins by double-figures and 11-straight weeks as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. Throw in five first-team All-Americas , two national award winners, and a Heisman Trophy finalist and the 2011 season ranks as the most successful in school history.
The results in his seven years with the program have been staggering as 139 players have graduated, 104 have earned SEC Academic Honor Roll distinction and countless hours have been spent in the community. Since the 2007 season, LSU has seen 76 of its 109 seniors get their diplomas, including 21 of 25 seniors from the 2007 national championship team, 17 of 19 from the 2008 squad, 19 of 24 from the 2009 team and 11 of 16 from last year’s club. Eleven players during that stretch who haven’t completed their requirements for graduation are currently playing in the NFL.
Coach Miles publically announced that on May 26th that the school and team will be receiving their SEC regular season and Championship season rings.
In addition to Les Miles speaking at the event, LSU Chancellor, Mike Martin and new head men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones also gave remarks.