ATHENS - As it turns out, Tammy Mettenberger isn't the only LSU connection within the Georgia athletics department.
Much has been made (and deservedly so, because it's so unusual) of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger's mother being a longtime administrative assistant to Georgia head coach Mark Richt. But a little more below the radar is the fact Les Miles' niece is also at Georgia.
Katie Brown is a sophomore and a catcher on the Georgia softball team. She started all 61 games for the Bulldogs last season, hitting .257 with five home runs and 25 RBI.
So how did Browne, who attended high school in Louisiana, end up in Athens? Her high school coach, Leslie Efferson, pitched at Nicholls State, which was coached at the time by current Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer.
"I have a niece that goes to Georgia," Miles said Monday at his weekly news conference. "I'm going to have to call her later today and see her when I go up there."
Miles also said that his daughter, Macy, befriended Richt at SEC meetings in Destin, Fla.
"She came back after talking to Mark and said, 'Gee, daddy, he's a really nice guy,' " Miles recalled. "She said, Do you play those guys? I said, Yeah. So I also have to keep an eye on her this week. I want to make sure she's not mailing Coach Richt our game plans."
Tammy Mettenberger is getting the week off from work, because of the awkwardness involved. Miles joked about that too.
"We were really kind of hoping that we'd get the call sheet, several of the other key pieces of information, but Mark kind of knew that we needed to get that done," Miles said.
Miles on stopping Murray
On the topic of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Miles was asked how it was possible to rattle someone who was about to start his 46th straight time.
"You don't rattle a guy like that," Miles said. "You pressure him with coverage and disguise. You pressure him with pressure up the field in his face. It's the mixture. Certainly he also has an issue when he hands the ball off and they don't gain yards. If they don't gain yards on a running play, the pressure falls back to the signal caller. But to rattle him, yeah, that's not something that's in the plan."