Over the course of the past two months, LSU head coach Les Miles had cultivated a relationship with a recently-deceased teenager named Sid Ortis.
Although a native of Alabama, Ortis was a massive fan of the Tigers' program. He attended the contest versus Auburn in person, and spoke to Miles multiple times over the phone.
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He ultimately succumbed to bone cancer this past Saturday -- only one week before LSU was slated to come to his home-state of Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide.
Miles spoke to the media about the nature of his relationship with Ortis, and the admiration he had for him as a person.
"I was fortunate to meet Sid Ortis," said Miles. "He had so much spirit and excitement, and he loved his Tigers. Sid is in a better place."