Somebody tell LSU female soccer star Mo Isom that if she still wants to play football that Ed “Straight Arrow” Gennero and the Texas State University Fightin’ Armadillos are probably in the market for a new lady kicker. Kathy Ireland is closing in on 50 now, and I don’t think they really care much about whether or not you can tackle.
Apparently, LSU head coach Les Miles does though.
Miles told The Times Picayune on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if Isom would be a suitable defender once the ball was in the air, and that since his top two placekickers were coming back, Isom didn’t make the team. However, Miles was open to the opportunity of having the former Tigers’ goalie back for another tryout in the future.
Les Miles does things a little differently, and by a little I mean a lot, so it wouldn’t exactly have been surprising to have seen a female kicker roaming his sidelines this fall. Female kickers aren’t exactly unprecedented in college football either.
In 1995, Kathy Klop dressed for the University of Louisville and in ’99 Katie Hnida did the same for Colorado, though neither ever saw game action. However, in 2001, Ashley Martin of Jacksonville State made history by scoring points in a Division-I game, albeit D-IAA.
Mo Isom actually has the size to get the job done at 6-1, so perhaps we’ll still see her in that famed yellow helmet with the Bengal on the side after all. They should probably have her hit the sled a couple times first, because apparently chewing grass isn’t Les Miles’ only fetish.