You know, LSU has been a solid SEC football team for a long time, but the Tigers haven’t been as dominant as you might think. So it’s odd the school gave head coach Les Miles a contract extension and raise heading into the 2012 season. The Mad Hatter has done some incredible things and made some great decisions in his career, but for every one of them, he has a bonehead mistake that kept LSU from achieving its ultimate goal at the time, namely a national championship. The school would have been wise to hold off on extending Miles’ contract to make him work for it.
LSU has a fantastic football program, let there be no mistake. However, the Tigers’ dominance as an SEC powerhouse has been blown a little out of proportion in recent years. Did you know that LSU hasn’t won an uncontested national championship since 1958? The Tigers have won a “national championship” twice during the BCS era, but both titles are still disputed to this day, and for good reason. USC had just as much claim to the 2003 title and LSU had no business being in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game as a two-loss team. You can argue those facts all you want, Tigers fans, but you know they’re true as well as I do.
Miles was the goat of the Tigers’ loss to Alabama in the 2011 title game as he simply refused to take the incompetent Jordan Jefferson out of the game and it cost his team. If I were the athletic director, Miles wouldn’t have coached another game at LSU, but that’s the thought process of an old-school football mind, which is the opposite of Miles’ outlandish, bizarre way of thinking. That’s also a good description of LSU’s mindset with this new 15 percent pay raise and extension that will keep Miles as the Tigers’ head coach through 2019. He knows he’s the man in Death Valley, regardless of how many times he comes up short and that will apparently never change.