Former LSU tailback Jacob Hester was one of many people who reacted to the developing Les Miles saga. Hester thinks The Mad Hatter deserves another shot in Baton Rouge.
Hester went on The Paul Finebaum Show Monday to give his opinion on the rumors that Miles was going to get fired. He told Finebaum that although the last two years haven’t been great, Miles’ track record speaks for itself.
“I’m still a little baffled at the whole situation,” Hester said. “I know the last two years haven’t really gone like LSU fans or anybody associated with the program has really wanted. But I think 102 (110)-32 record in the toughest division and conference in football, it kind of speaks for itself.”
Hester believes that LSU does need to make some changes to its style and game plan, but added that he thinks Miles deserves a chance to make those adjustments.
“I understand that there does need to be changes made. I don’t know where you get those changes. But changes will be made. You got to give Les the opportunity to make those changes.”
Hester wasn’t the only person to give his take. Many current Tigers stepped up to back their coach on Monday.
“Coach Miles is our guy,” guard Will Clapp said according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. “We love him.”
“He’s our coach,” wide receiver Malachi Dupre said according to Dellenger. We stand behind him.”
The mantra remained the same despite LSU’s three game losing skid. Linebacker Kendell Beckwith said Miles told the team during a Monday meeting that the team always came first, despite the rumors, according to Dellenger.
Many media members also chimed in on the discussion. Many rejected the idea of Miles getting fired.
CBS analyst Jon Solomon said firing Miles could backfire in a big way.
Paying $15 million to fire Les Miles would be insane and could backfire on LSU. https://t.co/uXiLp3nNpr
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) November 23, 2015
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman said he had heard contrary reports regarding Miles’ future.
Saw reports that Les Miles might get fired today.. I spoke to sources at #LSU this AM who were surprised & very skeptical of those reports.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 23, 2015
One pundit opined that LSU fans must be intoxicated if they want Miles fired.
110-32 in 11 seasons, the number 1 recruiting class in 2016 and LSU wants Les Miles gone? Go home Louisiana State, you're drunk.
— Brandon Sprague (@BrandonSprague) November 23, 2015
One analyst was shocked that UGA coach Mark Richt might survive the 2015 season, while Miles could get fired.
— PriceAtkinson (@PriceAtkinson) November 23, 2015
A Golf Network analyst gave his two cents on Miles too. He said it would be insane for LSU to part ways with The Mad Hatter.
You can count on one hand the # of schools who wouldn't flip Les Miles the keys to their program tomorrow. LSU getting rid of him is lunacy.
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) November 23, 2015
ESPN’s Danny Kanell hasn’t exactly been an SEC apologist, but he stated that LSU’s fan base is being hyper-critical of Miles.
It will never cease to amaze me how fickle fan bases are. A month ago LSU was #2 and Les Miles was a genius for a fake FG vs UF. Smh.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) November 23, 2015
Even Dickie V believes Miles should keep his job.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 24, 2015
Finally, Hester may have summed up LSU’s biggest problem when deciding whether to part ways with Miles. Fans and insiders may not enjoy how things are going right now, but the grass might not be greener on the other side.
“If you find a better man for the job, I don’t know his name right now,” Hester said.