During his tenure as the head coach of the LSU Tigers, Les Miles has proven to be one of the best minds in college football. Not only has he turned the Tigers into a perennial powerhouse, but he’s been an excellent recruiter and called some of the best plays in the program’s history.
And yet, for some strange reason, the Tigers are ready to move forward without him. According to reports, Miles has informed a group of LSU boosters that Saturday’s showdown with the Texas A&M Aggies will be his last in Baton Rouge.
Les Miles told the LSU Gridiron Club booster group on Friday that Saturday will be his last game, according to someone at the meeting.
— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) November 27, 2015
As the LSU head coach, Miles has tallied a 110-32 record (the highest winning percentage of any LSU head coach) while consistently leading the Tigers to Top-25 finishes in all but two of his 11 seasons (2015 would make it three). Prior to their late collapse this season, LSU was seen as one of the favorites for the Playoff while star running back Leonard Fournette was seen as a shoe-in for the Heisman Trophy. Although things didn’t quite pan out after three-straight losses, Miles was far from deserving of being fired.
Obviously, the Tigers will come to regret this decision.
There may be some capable options available this offseason to take over as LSU’s head honcho, but none of them will bring the mix of class, consistency and commitment that Miles did. It’s a huge blow for a program that hasn’t had a losing season since Miles took over in 2005.
“The Mad Hatter” is going to make some other college football program very happy this offseason, and the Tigers are going to hate the backlash that comes from this awful decision.