LSU may be reeling after two consecutive losses, but coach Les Miles is as cool as a cucumber entering the final stretch of the regular season.
Miles discussed the pressure that looms over LSU’s final two games against Ole Miss and Texas A&M. A report from The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais suggested that Miles could be losing favor within the athletic department. Despite these rumors, Miles said he doesn’t feel any extra stress about the upcoming games.
“To get back on track is a sincere feeling in this program,” Miles said during the SEC teleconference. “When you go (lose) two games, it’s painful. But I don’t know that (there is) any additional pressure than my second game when we finished second to Tennessee and went on had a great year.”
Rabalais also reported that Miles’ relationship with the athletic department and the boosters has deteriorated recently. Miles said he still feels supported by athletic director Joe Alleva. He said the need to win is simply part of a high-profile coaching job.
“I think we’ve been very consistent,” Miles said. “I don’t think there’s any issues. This is the style of job that you get. You’re expected to win and that’s the kind of job that I want.”
The Tigers are 7-2 and essentially out of the College Football Playoff discussion, but an appearance in a prominent bowl game is still on the table. Miles said his team can still salvage an impressive season if it takes care of business against the Rebels and Aggies.
“The goal now is, one, to enjoy the remainder of the season to be the best football team that we can be,” Miles said. “In other words, to be that team that we were just a couple of weeks ago and to get back on track. There should be a great opportunity for a bowl game as we go forward. We finish with a couple of victories here and the opportunity to play in a very significant bowl game is a great reward for the back end of the season.”