Les Miles may be coaching for his job right now.
The seat could be heating up under Miles as the Tigers hit the home stretch of the season, according to The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais, with pivotal games against Ole Miss and Texas A&M remaining.
“It’s early yet, relatively speaking, and as can be expected no one is eager to go on the record regarding Miles’ future at this point,” Rabalais wrote. “But 25 years of covering LSU, cultivating a variety of knowledgeable sources, have led this writer to believe that there is a serious threat to Miles’ tenure here.”
Rabalais goes on to report that LSU’s next two games could decide more than just what bowl game LSU gets into in the winter.
Nobody would have seen this coming after the Tigers started the season 7-0 and ranked as high as No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings. But the sky has fallen in Baton Rouge, La. the past two weeks. LSU has lost consecutive games to Alabama and Arkansas and fallen out of the national spotlight in the blink of an eye.
Rabalais cited the 21-0 loss to Alabama in the 2011 BCS Championship Game as the moment that marked Miles’ demise. The Tigers have since floundered in SEC play while refusing to modernize their offensive identity from a power running game to the increasingly popular shotgun spread offense.
The boring, safe style of offense combined with annual sloppiness has turned LSU fans against Miles, according to Rabalais.
The supporters with the big wallets also don’t appear to be defending Miles, either. LSU would have to pay a combined $17 million in buyouts to Miles and the rest of his coaching staff. Rabalais wrote that this would not prevent boosters and other LSU officials from parting ways with Miles.
Of course, plenty can change depending on how the Tigers finish the season. There’s a very strong possibility than LSU can wind up finishing 10-2 and perhaps winning the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans if the team can take care of business the rest of the way. But if LSU loses two of its next three, or somehow drops its final three games, turmoil could ensue.