Was Les Miles’ firing at LSU disappointing?
That’s the perspective shared by CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval. In a long piece published Monday, Kercheval labeled LSU’s firing of Miles as one of the most disappointing moves of the season’s first half.
Here’s how Kercheval broke down the issue:
The decision to fire Miles after four games may not have been surprising, but it was a messy end to a longstanding tenure in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU should have parted ways with Miles after last season, conducted a thorough, national coaching search and moved forward. Instead, it toyed with an inevitable outcome, opted not to go through with it and then did it anyway one month into a new season. LSU may get its home run hire at the end of the year, but its decision to let go of Miles was overdue and messy. Coaches notice that.
Kercheval makes a bunch of sense with his analysis. Still, it’s hard to argue against the fact that LSU seems to have received a jolt of energy under interim coach Ed Orgeron in recent weeks.
The Tigers are 2-0 in the post-Miles era, and more will be learned about them when they host Ole Miss on Saturday. LSU seemed stuck in a rut after starting 2-2 this season following big expectations.
In retrospect, LSU probably should have fired Miles at the end of last year. It’s likely that officials would have received heat for the move even then, but the timing of the change this fall was jarring.
More judgments will be made about the decision to fire Miles in the coming months and years. There’s more to be learned about where LSU stands in this new chapter for the program.