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25 Sep 2016

LSU Fires Les Miles

The Les Miles era is over after 12 seasons in Baton Rouge. Miles survived an attempted coup late in 2015 but an underwhelming 2-2 start this year for a team with legitimate preseason playoff aspirations was enough evidence for LSU to pull the plug. The final moments of his final game as head coach perfectly encapsulated the elation and frustrations Tigers fans felt through most of his career. A go-ahead touchdown as time expired to conclude a frantic rally against Auburn... overturned after replay officials confirmed that time had, in fact, already expired before the play.

LSU was on the winning side of most of those late-game rallies, and was one of the most consistently successful programs in the nation for most of Miles' tenure. He leaves the program as the most successful coach it has ever had (.770 win percentage). His best team according to our F/+ ratings was the 2011 LSU Tigers that rolled through the regular season against elite competition, including a win over otherwise undefeated Alabama, before suffering an ugly rematch defeat in the BCS championship game to the Crimson Tide. LSU hasn't beaten Alabama since.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 25 Sep 2016

3 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2016, 12:22pm by rj1

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 8:35am

So, how many hours until Art Briles is hired?

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by Will Allen :: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:29am

My guess is that they want the guy in Houston, and they will be able to offer him so much money (5 or 6 million a year?) that he can't say no, given the recruiting base.

Meanwhile, of course, the players at LSU must be satisfied with about 20k a year in compensation, for 4-5 years,

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by rj1 :: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:22pm

"His best team according to our F/+ ratings was the 2011 LSU Tigers that rolled through the regular season against elite competition, including a win over otherwise undefeated Alabama, before suffering an ugly rematch defeat in the BCS championship game to the Crimson Tide. LSU hasn't beaten Alabama since."

I still half-believe Jefferson was paid to throw that game.

Was it Bobby Hebert that questioned Miles post-game with "what were you even trying to do?" pretty much?