LSU president King Alexander has indeed confirmed that the decision to retain longtime coach Les Miles was made right after halftime of the Tigers’ regular season finale against Texas A&M.
Stephanie Riegel of the Baton Rouge Business Report reported the story.
The report offered the following:
“Alexander confirms reports that the final decision on Miles’ future did not come until after a halftime meeting.” Per Alexander, he met with Joe Alleva and “several members of the LSU Board of Supervisors” and “we weighed all the factors in all this and it was a joint decision between many of our board members, our AD and many of us decided this was the wrong time and wrong place (to replace Miles).”
“We don’t need to go into the next legislative session with a black eye,” Alexander told Riegel.
Miles’ job security had been at the center of many rumors last week, with LSU’s collapse putting him right in the crosshairs. The team was 8-3 on the year, but never looked the same after a loss to Alabama. Just the same, Miles is 111-32 in 11 seasons in Baton Rouge and won a national title in 2007.
Thus, though first reaction may have been to hit the reset button, Alexander and his colleagues did the right thing in retaining Miles.
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