Miles sends his condolences to Arkansas

LSU coach Les Miles began his Monday news conference by paying his respects to Arkansas and the family of redshirt tight end Garrett Uekman, who passed away Sunday.

"I really want to express my condolences for my team and our school in recognition of the death of tight end Garrett Uekman," Miles said. "The loss of him to the Arkansas team and to his family is certainly felt."

Miles said that he placed a phone call to Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, but it wasn't immediately returned, which Miles said was completely understandable considering the tragic circumstances.

"I wanted them to know that we share their pain and their grief," Miles said.

Miles added that he met Uekman when he visited LSU on a recruiting trip.

“He visited here and we thought the world of him," Miles said. "He conducted himself very well on our campus and I recall he came here with his mother. Again, it is very unfortunate."

Miles also sent his condolences to the Oklahoma State family, who lost women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna in a plane crash last week.

Miles was the head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001-2004.

"Those people are very special to me and that school is very special to me," Miles said. "Our families and certainly myself am very sad for those losses. I understand that there is a quality group of people there that are bound to do the things they needed to do certainly support those people that surround that tragedy.”

Several thousand also gathered for a candlelight vigil in Bud Walton Arena to remember Uekman Monday.