Well, that got out of hand quickly. Despite rumors, politics, being carried off the field, a singing of the alma mater, poorly, and a standing ovation that felt more like a swan song, Les Miles will still be LSU’s head coach.
There was plenty to dissect about Joe Alleva’s sudden and surprising announcement to retain Miles as coach. Here’s what the national media had to say about The Mad Hatter sticking around:
A recurring theme in many reactions had to do with politics. Many pundits believe some LSU higher-ups superseded Alleva’s opinion on this decision.
Ain’t nothing like a good Louisiana political drama.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 29, 2015
It appears there may be some pretty disappointed boosters after this decision was made. Or, perhaps the boosters didn’t want to cut Miles a $15 million check.
Les Miles > LSU boosters Maybe they can round up the $15 mil and do something productive, build a school.
— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) November 29, 2015
There are some pissed off LSU TAF members right now
— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) November 29, 2015
LSU’s administration may be more dysfunctional than the Kardashians.
Not since Auburn's brass took a clandestine Charter Flight for Bobby Petrino while Tubs was HC, has an Administration looked as ineffective.
— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) November 29, 2015
Perhaps an actual politician’s intervention altered the decision on Miles’ fate.
When Louisiana governor @BobbyJindal Tweeted out his support, we should have know what was coming. Politics.
— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) November 29, 2015
Some experts claimed Alleva handled the situation irresponsibly and used the opportunity to take a shot at the athletic director.
LSU orchestrates leaks about Miles being fired. Alleva remains completely silent. Now comes out and says Les is the guy. Horrible.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 29, 2015
Got outflanked by a dude who eats grass and is unsure how clocks work. Happens pic.twitter.com/NNeDjV4N9l
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) November 29, 2015
Perhaps Miles was brought back because LSU wasn’t able to lure away its top candidate from his current job.
Well, if nothing else, Les Miles knows he's beloved. That, and LSU couldn't get Jimbo.
— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) November 29, 2015
LSU has had a ton of incredible moments and comebacks, but Miles may have proved he was bulletproof after this latest rally.
Les Miles keeping his job after all this is the best Mad Hatter comeback of all time. Not even close.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) November 29, 2015
Les Miles has had some doozy finishes — clock management, trick plays, eating grass. This is the most Les Miles conclusion ever.
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) November 29, 2015
Craziest clock management move of the Les Miles era comes from his bosses tonight. https://t.co/QWKL2J9cCy
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 29, 2015
One sideline reporter put the Miles situation into terms plenty of people would understand.
So this is like getting dumped via text only to find them wanting you back when you show up hot to a party?! What is happening LSU??
— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) November 29, 2015
Of course, a couple of former players chimed in on the decision as well. One player was overjoyed by the news, while the other wanted someone to claim control over the program.
So, 10 wins next year or Joe and Les are both gone? We can't keep this back and forth going on. Someone needs to take responsibility.
— Will Blackwell (@WillyB60) November 29, 2015
— Brad Wing (@bwing38) November 29, 2015