There has been a whirlwind of rumors circulating around LSU this week regarding the job security of coach Les Miles.
It just doesn’t make sense to most of ESPN’s College GameDay crew.
In particular, Kirk Herbstreit, believes LSU may be on the verge of making a critical mistake if it decides to part ways with Miles.
“It’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life,” Herbstreit said. “If he wants to retire at 62 years old, that’s one thing. I understand the quarterbacks haven’t been able to make a lot of plays. The offense needs to be adjusted and caught up to 2015. I can understand that. But the No. 1-ranked recruiting class this morning is LSU.
“Talent has been the issue. I’d rather err on the side of let’s give Les Miles a chance to adjust his staff and keep bringing in all the freaks than start over with another coach. Les Miles and his ability to recruit, to me, it’s crazy to even have this discussion.”
If LSU does in fact buy out Miles’ contract after Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, Herbstreit believes a huge hire must already be in the works.
“At some point, if they let Les Miles go, then there’s got to be a hire in place,” Herbstreit said. “Like Jimbo Fisher, because if you’re willing to part with Les Miles, you better have a plan already in place. Something is going on if that in fact happens. It’s a mistake if it happens.”
Lee Corso compares the Miles situation to that of Bob Stoops in Oklahoma, where at times the Sooners have struggled, but he’s made adjustments to his coaching staff to keep his position.
“He’s done enough for LSU that he deserves a chance to right the ship,” Corso said. “He’s going to have to make some wholesale changes. Recommendation: he ought to visit Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops. Bobby Stoops basically was in the same situation and made changes and went from an 8-5 team to one that has a chance for a national championship. He might know the answer.”
Only David Pollack felt otherwise — that LSU may need to look toward making a chance at coach.
“The program is trending in a downward direction,” Pollack said. “They’re not the same team we’re accustomed to seeing. The offense, at some point, needs to make a good hire. Are you a spread team? A power-I team? What are you going to accomplish? Letting (former defensive coordinator John) Chavis go was the biggest mistake. I’m not letting that go on my watch.”
“I’m not saying you fire him after this game,” he added, “but something has been missing.”