It was reported early on Tuesday that LSU might see some coordinator changes after the season, which comes after the Tigers disappointed in consecutive weeks against Alabama and Arkansas. As it turns out, the coordinators are not the only ones on the hot seat; head coach Les Miles could be on his way out of Baton Rouge.
From the New Orleans Advocate writer Scott Rabalais:
“It’s early yet, relatively speaking, and as can be expected, no one is eager to go public regarding Miles’ future at this point. But 25 years of covering LSU, cultivating a variety of knowledgeable sources, have led this writer to believe that there is a serious threat to Miles’ tenure here.”
This seems like a shock coming out of LSU. The Tigers started the season 7-0 and they were the No. 2 team in the country before the two aforementioned losses. Miles also has a track record for success, claiming a BCS national title in 2007, and reaching the title game again in 2012. LSU has consistently been a top program under Miles, and this seems like a possible overreaction after two poor showings.
However, Rabalais makes some great points that go against Miles. Besides his quirky play-calling and poor clock management, Miles has not met great expectations over the past several years, with LSU teams consistently underperming after their loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS title game.
The positive for Miles? The buyout on is contract could reach as high $17 million paid out over eight years.
If LSU does indeed part with Miles, it would create another high-profile coaching opening. USC, Miami, and Maryland are already open jobs, and schools like Texas and Georgia could join that list.