For the last three weeks, LSU head coach Les Miles’s job was anything but secure with the team. The Tigers had dropped three straight games, the first time since 1999, and had fallen from the number 2 ranking in the country and completely out of the College Football Playoff rankings.
There was no question that the Tigers were frustrated with Miles and the way things had went. Leading up to Saturday’s game with Texas A&M, it was pretty much confirmed that Miles would be fired on Sunday or Monday, meaning the Tigers would name an interim coach for their bowl game.
However, after everything that happened on Saturday, which was capped off by LSU’s 19-7 win over the Aggies, athletic director Joe Alleva announced that Miles would be the football coach going forward. This was certainly the best choice the Tigers could have made for their future.
One big reason why the Tigers made the best decision in keeping Miles was what the fans and team did for him following the win. The Tigers did something you don’t usually see for a guy that is possibly about to lose his job after their win Saturday night.
Before the game, Miles was met with a standing ovation and during the game he was showered with the students chanting his name. It was an emotional scene in Tiger Stadium.
Before the game, there was even more pressure from the media to keep Miles around. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal tweeted his support for Miles.
The win over Texas A&M was Miles 111th at LSU in eleven years. He has won more than 70 percent of his games at LSU and the team has played for two national championships since his arrival in 2005.
You also have to look at what Miles has done recruiting wise. Yes, his team lost one of the best quarterbacks in the country for 2016 in Feleipe Franks, but the Tigers still have the number on recruiting class for next season.
The Tigers are nowhere near the bottom of the pack in the SEC. They didn’t have a bad season, they had a bad month, and they capped it off with their fourth straight win over Texas A&M.
LSU also had to cancel their season-opening game with McNeese State, which they would have undoubtedly won. The Tigers would be playing for ten wins in their bowl game if that game hadn’t have gotten cancelled.
Does Miles have some things to work on? Yes. So does Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney, and all the other great coaches in the country. Miles is one of the best coaches in the country and LSU knows that, in the end, they made the right choice.
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