GameDay Greatness: LSU's 'Evil Twin' serves as Les Miles' happy hatchet man

Kent (left) and Scott DeJean have not missed a LSU home football game in 32 years, and they've attended 23 straight LSU bowl games. Courtesy of Scott DeJean

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Everyone who listens to LSU coach Les Miles' weekly radio show knows about the "Evil Twin." Aside from Miles and master of ceremonies Jim Hawthorne, the Evil Twin -- better known as Kent DeJean -- might be the star of the proceedings.

Each Wednesday, DeJean appears during the show's live Q&A segment and delivers what he calls his diatribe: a humorous monologue ridiculing the Tigers' upcoming opponent.

"Basically, I'm kind of Les Miles' hatchet man," DeJean said. "I get to say things that he probably wants to say, but can't. So I just go out and I'm kind of like the vice presidential candidate, where I'm the one that goes out and just chops up the opponent and says ugly things about them."

He has performed the routine for more than a decade, dating to when Nick Saban was the Tigers' coach. Believe it or not, the angsty Saban was not as receptive to DeJean's act as the jovial Miles.

"Nick Saban was very, very serious. He didn't particularly care for anyone discounting or disrespecting other teams. He was all business and he was about the game. He didn't like all the sideline circuses," DeJean said. "I think [Miles] finds it comical. I think he finds it like me: I don't take it very seriously, but I think there's also a very competitive streak to him. I think there's a part of him that really does like me jabbing at the opposing team and kind of stirring up the hornets' nest a little bit."

The Baton Rouge attorney is more than a mouthy fan who delivers weekly radio punchlines, however. He and his twin brother, Scott, rank among the most loyal LSU fans around.

The season-ticket holders have not missed a home football game in 32 years, they've attended 23 straight LSU bowl games, and they are regulars at other LSU sporting events, too.

Occasionally such loyalty can create conflicts at work, such as when USDA veterinarian Scott was directed to an emergency site two days before the 2003 BCS championship game, when LSU would attempt to claim its first national title since 1958.

"I get a phone call from my boss at the USDA. He said, 'We've got the first confirmed case in Yakima, Washington, of mad cow disease. You've got to get on a plane tomorrow,'" Scott recalled. "I was just fuming mad. This was Friday before the national championship game. I told my boss, 'Let me tell you something, I'm 42 years of age and I've never seen LSU play for a national title in football. If you think those cows are mad in the state of Washington, wait 'til you see me mad if I've got to get on that plane tomorrow.'

"He said, 'What about Monday?' I said, 'Monday's a good day.'"

The brothers became known as Evil Twins while serving as the emcees of a rambunctious LSU tailgating group known as the "Krewe of Ragoo." Their tailgate gatherings typically featured skits, reenactments of famous LSU football plays and of course a steady flow of libations.

They even learned the dance moves of LSU's Golden Girls dance line to make the parties even more lively.

"Every person has a Golden Girl inside," Kent said. "You just have to train them how to properly do the dance."

If you couldn't tell, the DeJean brothers are about having a good time, even if they are extremely serious about LSU sports.

"I don't hunt, I don't fish, but football season is my life," Scott said. "That is what I love."

But with their typical lighthearted silliness in mind, Kent was in unusual form when he took the microphone for Wednesday's diatribe on Miles' show.

This week's opponent, South Carolina, is an improper target for ridicule following the floods that overwhelmed the state in the past week. For one week and one week only, Kent decided to put down his hatchet -- particularly because of his recollections of how Hurricane Katrina devastated his home state a decade ago.

"I can say that we as a state can appreciate what these good people have gone through because 10 years ago, we experienced a natural disaster. What I would tell the people in South Carolina is there is hope," Kent said, pointing to New Orleans' recovery after the storm.

"And so, Coach, I do think it's very appropriate that this game was scheduled between Louisiana and South Carolina because we don't just share a game and a conference, we share an event together, although it's separated by 10 years," he added later. "What I wanted to say was, for this game I would say 'Geaux Tigers.' I'll say, 'Go Gamecocks,' too, but not from 2:30 to 5:30."

For at least this week, maybe LSU's Evil Twin isn't so evil after all.