SEC: Defending champs face tall task to repeat

The championship rings — all three of them — are packed away. The memories are as faded as the jeans drooping from the hips of some of the more fashion-conscious Tigers. The SEC’s saliva-inducing hype has been directed East toward Athens and Gainesville.
It seems like no one is asking LSU if it can repeat.

A series of events has made sure that question is at about No. 72 in importance on any preseason checklist. One of those events is the loss of No. 72, All-American defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. Couple that with the booting of quarterback Ryan Perrilloux and it seems LSU isn’t even entertaining the question itself.
It’s more like spin for coach Les Miles.
“We’re not defending,” Miles said. “We’re not dealing with rankings. This is a brand-new year. If we’re defending come see the trophy, it’s in our trophy case. We’re not defending it. It’s there. We have a brand-new team.”

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8/21/08