The coaching carousel has started making the rounds in the latter part of 2015 and a new name could be added to the list — Les Miles of LSU. According to a report by CBS Sports, LSU Board of Supervisors member Ronald Anderson thinks that Miles’ status as the head coach should be looked at no matter what the outcome of the last two regular season games are.
“I think if he wins the next two games, it’s still something that needs to be looked at,” Anderson said Friday. “It’s the way they lost the two games,” via CBSSports.com.
There seem to be questions about Miles’ use of the offense and it not being productive enough to win games, but the defense has given up more than its fair share of points to the last two opponents, Alabama and Arkansas. In those two games, LSU gave up 30 points to the Crimson Tide and 31 points to the Razorbacks. This season they are 61st in points per game with 33.60 and have given up a massive 24.30 points on the defensive side of the ball, which places them at 100th in the FBS.
The Tigers aren’t used to allowing that many points on defense and their offense has put up a respectable amount of points to help them win games. They have quality wins against No. 8 Florida and Mississippi State, but they needed a fake field goal to win the Florida game against a quality opponent. But again, they have allowed a lot of points in their wins, no matter how good the opponent is. LSU gave up 22 points per game in their non-conference wins against Syracuse, Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan, which is not the Tiger way, or at least not what they’ve been accustomed to under Miles.
An article by The Advocate breaks down the three scenarios that could happen for LSU this season, and they include LSU winning both games, splitting and losing them both. While each scenario plays itself out differently, it seems that they all involve Miles’ job being evaluated in the next one to 12 months.
Not all the talk has been that Miles will lose his job though, and it was a topic of discussion on “College Gameday” this morning. Lee Corso, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard discussed Miles’ future at LSU and appeared to think that all of the speculation was crazy — at least in 2015.
“He’s not coaching for his job,” said Howard, who played at Michigan for a coaching staff that included Miles and Cameron. “He’s going to be coaching in 2016. I think this is actually to try to set up to put him on the hot seat for 2016, so you start to get those rumors and things of that nature going right now. Because I think that he’s okay.
“When you talk to other players, like Rece Davis said, a lot of people are having a knee-jerk reaction to Alabama, losing to Nick Saban, but if that’s the way you’re gonna judge your coach, then a lot of coaches in the SEC are coaching for their job right now, because everyone’s losing to Alabama. What’s going on in Tuscaloosa is something rare and unique. We don’t see that that often,” via The Times-Picayune.
Believe what you want, but Les Miles needs to understand that his time at LSU could be ending sooner than later. There comes a point when no coach is safe, even when they have an overall coaching record of 138-52 (110-31 at LSU) and have the best 10-year stretch in school history.