Les Miles and Urban Meyer have a national championship in common, but when it comes to musical tastes, well that's a whole different story. Here's how much Meyer knows about rap music. When Lil Wayne held a concert last year in Gainesville, Meyer didn't have a clue who he was. "Little who?" Meyer responded when asked if he was allowing his players to attend the concert (which incidentally was being held in the O'Connell Center as the players left the Florida practice field). "I don't think so." So with that in mind, we have to declare that when No. 11 Florida and No. 4 LSU meet Saturday night in Gainesville for a prime-time showdown between the nation's past two defending national champions, Miles will be the hippest head coach on the field. Meyer once said his ideal concert would be a session in his back yard with Jimmy Buffet. Miles, meanwhile, has hung out — and performed with — one of the nation's premier West Coast hip-hop, rap artists. Snoop Dogg. Fo Shizzle.
Yep, Miles, 54, who most often seems uptight and even stodgy, is good friends with 35-year-old rapper Snoop Dogg (real name: Calvin Broadus).
Well, sort of. The two made college football headlines at the beginning of the season when they had an impromptu rap session at a Baton Rouge Rotary Club gathering.
Miles' son Ben is a huge fan, as are many of his players. Here's what Miles told the Times about his boy, Snoop.
What is your relationship with Snoop Dogg and how did it all come about?
My players enjoy his music, among a number of other artists. And my kid's the same. And so he came to town and I had the opportunity to meet him. I enjoyed the few moments we spent together and the fact that he represented youth football in California and how he viewed his family. The people he introduced me to were all ex-coaches, and some players and quality people. So I had a very pleasant meeting.
Then the next day he got wind that I had an alumni function and he decided to stop in. So that's kind of the total. There are a couple of his songs I enjoy and still do.
How would you rate your Rotary Club performance with Snoop?
My performance, I think I'm the worst rapper in the history of rap. My performance was no more than a weak attempt at Snoop's style of music.
The newly-formed relationship is even more interesting because in 2007, Snoop, a hard-core USC fan, was none too happy with comments Miles made about the Trojans. Miles told LSU supporters he'd like to play them in the national title game and added, "I can tell you this, that they have a much easier road to travel. They're going to play real knockdown, drag-outs with UCLA, Washington, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford — some real juggernauts."
Of course, LSU went on to win the national championship last season, and apparently the Snoop is okay with that. Heck, he even has an LSU jersey.
No word on if he taught Miles how to concoct his signature "gin and juice."
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