The end could be near for LSU coach Les Miles. A decision on his future as coach of the Tigers could be made very soon, according to NOLA.com’s James Smith.
The Tiger Athletic Foundation board members are apparently ready to move on from the Miles era, per Smith. But the biggest potential snag in actually firing Miles could be the $17 million in buyout clauses for Miles and his staff ($15 million for Miles and $2 million for his assistants, reports Scott Rabalais of The Advocate). That may not be a check many want to write, but there are boosters who could be willing to fund Miles’ severance package, according to Smith.
It seems it may be a question of when, not if Miles will be fired. Smith reported that Miles met with LSU officials last week to discuss his future and said that meeting discussed when and how Miles would be leaving the school.
According to Smith, Miles had proposed a plan to retire after the 2016 season, but for some, that left far too many uncertainties regarding recruiting and LSU’s overall profile as a program.
As for Miles’ replacement, Smith reported that the LSU boosters feel confident they can lure a high-profile, established coach to Baton Rouge. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, TCU’s Gary Patterson and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden were all names mentioned to Smith by sources.
LSU has lost three consecutive games after starting the season 7-0. Many believe Miles is to blame for LSU’s demise. But with a young roster led by sophomore tailback Leonard Fournette, the Tigers may have been a year ahead of schedule.
Three weeks ago, LSU opened up at No. 2 in the College Football Playoff ranking. Three losses later, and it looks like Saturday’s game against Texas A&M could very well be Miles’ last at Tiger Stadium.