BATON ROUGE -- After a week of public speculation, LSU coach Les Miles announced his program wouldn't be making history -- this spring, at least.
Miles confirmed to reporters Tuesday night that former Tiger soccer player Mo Isom, who was involved in open kicker tryouts for the past week, would not make the team this spring. Isom would have been the first female to play football for LSU if she had succeeded.
"Frankly there's probably about four guys on our team right now that would be ahead of anybody that tried out today, including Mo" Miles said. "I had a little sit down with her today. She's just a great person and she's looking forward to re-competing."
Miles said, among other things, he didn't feel entirely comfortable with Isom's grasp on the physicality of SEC football.
"The way we kick it off, into the corner, we count on our kicker to make some tackles," he said. "It's just not something I'm comfortable that she's ready to do, and I think that's one of those spots that you just can't put a person that cannot tackle."
Miles said Isom asked for another opportunity to try out when the team opens camp in August, and he obliged.
"I think she's going to go back and concentrate on extra point field goals. She did not want to take that she could not make the team," Miles said. "She said, 'Do I got another opportunity if I get a lot better?' and I said, 'Sure.'"