LSU has an incredibly difficult decision to make. Does it retain a national championship-winning coach or jettison an all-around good guy who seems to be slipping in the battle to keep pace with Alabama in the SEC West?
Everyone in purple and gold has an opinion. The only decision is sad and clear: It’s time for Les Miles and LSU to part ways.
Here are three reasons why the inevitable is upon us:
LSU is too good of a job
There have been lots of great college coaches who are envious of Miles’ many successes. He has a national championship title to his credit and two SEC titles. He went undefeated in the regular season in 2011 and was named national coach of the year by several prominent outlets. However, as crazy as it sounds, there are plenty of coaches that should be expected to win at that level at LSU.
The Tigers have great facilities and a great fan base. Moreover, LSU has one of the best recruiting setups in the nation. The Tigers are the king of their state, which is one of the most talent-rich in the country. There isn’t another team in the SEC that has the ability to recruit as many top athletes with as little competition from other programs.
LSU’s decline has been precipitous
LSU didn’t just lose its past three games. It lost them in embarrassing fashion. The Tigers lost to Alabama 30-16, Arkansas 31-14 and Ole Miss 38-17. Those three losses are symbolic of an LSU program that has fallen far behind Alabama and maybe further down than that.
LSU is 13-10 in SEC games in the past three seasons. In recent years, every SEC West program has spent money to upgrade its coaching staff. Standing pat has the Tigers stuck in a rut.
It’s too late
Once reports come out that boosters have rallied behind a change, the die is cast. The $15 million buyout is reportedly no hurdle because boosters are so desperate for change. How are those coach-booster meetings supposed to go forward if Miles is retained?
Moreover, when do players begin to doubt their head coach’s power? Had LSU’s players wanted to fight for Miles, they should have done so the past couple of weeks after reports surfaced that Miles might be in trouble. Miles is known as a players’ coach and a master motivator. His team should have shown such in LSU’s recent losing streak.
Whenever the time comes that Les Miles isn’t a part of the SEC, it will be a sad day. His borderline buffoonery has nearly become legend. He calls crazy trick plays, eats grass and can’t find a cap that fits. However, the time has come.