Les Miles, LSU Tigers Head Coach, Fired After Week 4 Loss to Auburn

Last season Les Miles was able to avoid being fired by LSU despite growing pressure, and emerge seemingly stronger than ever. However, a 2-2 start and falling out of the rankings despite being a top 10 team in preseason resulted in the one-time national champion with the Tigers to be fired.

After losing 18-13 to Auburn in Week 4, and to unranked Wisconsin in week 1 16-14, LSU fell out of the top 25, becoming the second team along with Notre Dame (firing their defensive coordinator) to begin the season in the top 10 (AP Poll) and find themselves out of the top 25 before the end of September. Both of LSU’s losses came against unranked teams, on the road. They haven’t beaten a ranked team this season so far, barely beating Mississippi State in week 3.

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Miles’ inability to find consistency on offense and especially a quarterback to help ease the load from the usually strong running game led by Leonard Fournette helped usher the end of his decade-long era in Baton Rouge. The Tigers are 112th in the nation with only 21 points per game, 119th with 147.8 passing yards per game and even their ground game isn’t that impressive, with 191.8 yards per game placing them outside the top 50. The promise that was Brandon Harris turned into disappointment, and Purdue transfer Danny Etling as a band aid at best, but not a very good one for the quarterback position.

However, going back to Saturday’s loss at Auburn, suggests that the cliche about what a difference one second or one inch makes hits the nail on the head sometimes: LSU scored a touchdown as time expired, supposedly winning the game. However, the officials reviewed the play and decided the snap came after time expired, which called off the touchdown and gave the win to Auburn. Would have Miles been fired had the snap came one second earlier?

Miles has been the head coach of LSU since 2005. He led them to the national title in 2007, but since then LSU have won the SEC just once (2011), losing in the national championship game to Alabama. Being unable to beat the Crimson Tide since 2011, and going just 10-8 in the SEC since the beginning of 2014, helped the LSU decision makers come to the decision of firing Miles. He also coached Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004. Overall, he was 114-34 at LSU and 62-28 in SEC play.