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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.

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4 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2018, 4:17am

1 Re: LSU Fires Les Miles

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Sep 26, 2016 - 8:35am

So, how many hours until Art Briles is hired?

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2 Re: LSU Fires Les Miles

by Will Allen // Sep 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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3 Re: LSU Fires Les Miles

by rj1 // Sep 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?

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4 Re: LSU Fires Les Miles

by Somillow // Mar 14, 2018 - 4:17am

LSU team is one of my favorite. I enjoy watching their games. This month I will have a lot of free time as I received help from DoAHomework. I am planning to visit their game.

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