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Farewell, Les Miles: The End of An Era

[lead align=”default”]To nobody’s surprise, the LSU Tigers fired head coach Les Miles on Sunday.[/lead]

Following their bitter loss yesterday in which the game-winning touchdown came just after time expired, Miles’s egg timer dinged. Head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron officially fell on the sword the following day. The Tigers sit at 2-2, sporting losses to Wisconsin and Auburn while only defeating Mississippi State and Jacksonville State.

LSU replaced Miles with Ed Orgeron, who finds himself in yet another head coaching gig. The trouble is keeping it, but that all depends on how the Tigers finish. Chances are they will try to hit a home run, and Coach O ain’t a homer. Like Kramer at the Tony Awards, he’s a seat-filler.

Revisiting the Les Miles Days

Les Miles (literally) grazed the sidelines of LSU since 2005, when Nick Saban left for a failed attempt at becoming an NFL head coach. The Mad Hatter had some great times in Baton Rouge, going 114-34 as the top man. In 2007, LSU won the national championship, and played for another in 2011 but lost to Alabama. In total, Miles won seven bowl games with LSU, and had five teams finish with a top ten ranking.

Yet, Miles narrowly averted the end of his Tigers career last year. The media had him all but fired in the second-to-last game of the season, but after beating Texas A&M, a fan outcry resulted in him staying. However, the goodwill burnt up and it, and he, are gone. As others reported, the LSU offense did not keep up over the last few seasons, and two guys answered for it.

Les Miles will wait about a minute or so for his next head coaching job. It’s not like he’s a bad coach; he just fell out of favor with the athletic department. At a school like LSU, if you’re not winning, you’re screwing up big time. Expectations are very high for the program and the results declined after 2011. Yes, his worst season since then is better than a lot of teams, but not good enough at LSU.

This marks the end of an era for the Tigers and for the SEC. After 12 years, you get to know a guy, and Miles centered some epic battles in his heyday. Nevermore shall we see Les Miles stare down Nick Saban or pull some fourth down wild trickery for the Bayou Bengals. So long, Coach Miles, until we see you again at another Power Five school.

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