Les Miles could be coaching for his job — or could already have his fate sealed — when his LSU Tigers take the field against Texas A&M this weekend. But if he has his way, Miles hopes to continue his 11-year tenure in Baton Rouge, La.
“I’d like to think there’s another 11 years,” Miles said Wednesday, according to NOLA.com’s Jim Kleinpeter.
Miles has faced plenty of adversity this week, including rumors that he was going to be fired as early as Monday. Miles is still employed, but his situation has not been resolved. Miles said earlier in the day he would not beg for his job.
“I’m not going to look to defend, or make a case (for my job),” Miles said during the SEC teleconference. “That’s really not what I’m going (to) do. I love the place, I work hard. I’m not going to get into what is my view. I’m fortunate to be the head coach here. I’ve always felt that way.”
Miles is a guy who will let his 110-32 record speak for itself, but he will have to beat an old friend to bump that record up to 111-32. Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis left LSU after a contract dispute with athletic director Joe Alleva.
Although Miles and Chavis remain friends, Miles said he desperately wants to beat Chavis.
“There absolutely is (extra motivation to win),” Miles said, according to The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais. “It’s like that when you play a friend.”
Miles will have to out-coach Chavis if he wants any shot at doubling his tenure with LSU.
LT Jerald Hawkins should be back vs. Aggies
At least Miles should have his offensive line at full strength Saturday. Left tackle Jerald Hawkins practiced all week and is expected to play after missing last week’s game against Ole Miss with an ankle injury. Freshman Toby Weathersby was forced to make his first career start and struggled against the Rebels.