Just two games into
his tenure as the Tigers' head coach, Miles has already drawn the ire of LSU
fans. A hero after the Tigers ventured into the
Only hours removed
from arguably the largest meltdown in the modern day history of Tiger football,
there are already local pundits pondering the former
The Baton Rouge Business Report's Tuesday edition of "The Daily Report" featured a reader poll posing the question, "How long with Les Miles be LSU's coach?"
A bit rash?
The guy has coached
all of two games against a pair of teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
Sure Monday's 21-point meltdown will go down in the books with some of the worst
in college sports history. Advocate sportswriter
(Ironically, Monday's honorary game captain was the engineer of those four, fourth quarter interceptions on The Plains. Was it an omen that Jamie Howard was the team's captain for such a historic fiasco?)
mentioned LSU's 36-33 loss at
At any rate, Monday's
game was one Miles, nor anyone involved, will soon forget. From the sheer
bizarre nature of the game being played on a Monday to the inconvenience of LSU
The LSU team experienced yet another delay in an already peculiar season and played just its second game of the season and first home game almost into the month of October.
Tiger fans, who have already been put through the ringer by two catastrophic storms and have been shorted one home football game this year, were faced with limited tailgating on game day, which in Baton Rouge is almost more important than the game.
Then there is Miles.
Chosen for the
unenviable role of replacing LSU coach Nick Saban, Miles had the surreal
opportunity of experiencing the best and worst of Tiger Stadium in a single
game. Already complicated by the fact his debut in
While it is disheartening to here fans boo the home team at any time, the performance of the team as well as the coaching staff was equally discouraging. Some may argue players make plays and are responsible for their own actions, but the buck stops with the coaching staff – especially the head coach – when all is said and done.
While it may be a bit premature to break out the "For Sale" signs and head to Miles' home, the rookie LSU coach needs to understand the job he has accepted as the head coach of a major college football program like LSU and the responsibilities that go along with that.
Even the most
reasonable fan can examine LSU's performance against
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. Reach him at email@example.com.