During his tenure as head coach at LSU, Les Miles had multiple problems with clock management during games, including his final game last week when officials ruled a game-winning touchdown against Auburn didn’t count because LSU didn’t get the snap off in time.
Miles was fired after the loss, which essentially ended any hopes the Tigers might have still had at winning a national title.
Miles has since done an interview with ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi, in which he said he believes he would be “getting sweaty over there with the Tigers” if LSU would have had just a little more time to get the snap off in time.
— Collin Lewis (@Geauxx_Tigers) September 29, 2016
Of course, Miles would still have his job if LSU would have won last week, but even if he was still the Tigers’ coach, he’d still be on shaky ground at the very least. It’s also possible he would have been fired later in the season if the Tigers lost another game because the expectations were for the program to compete for SEC and national titles.
Miles has always been a character and it’s no surprise to hear him in the interview say that he would not mind being defined by the final play of his career at LSU. It’s no coincidence that many people will probably remember him that way.
“If that play is allowed, we win the game,” he said. “I’ll take that play. I’ll take the very last play that we had. That would be the one. A fighting heart, a group of men that could not be denied and except for time, should well have won the game.”