Just a week ago, LSU was ranked No. 3 in the nation, riding a wave of emotion after a pair of devastating hurricanes and getting ready to play the Tennessee Volunteers in a game which was to be a true spectacle in the world of college football.
LSU fans were a bit uneasy after a shaky defensive performance at
in the course of one week,
turned on Miles quicker than you could say Rick Clausen criticizing the former
Talk radio and Internet message boards were supercharged with enraged Tiger fans calling for Miles head just two games into his tenure as LSU head coach.
a delayed production schedule due to the game being moved to Monday night, the
Tiger Rag staff scrambled to produce a midweek edition recapping the
Usually, I try and come up with some clever verbage for our cover to properly sum up the game. While I settled on "Colossal Collapse," other possibilities included "Les offers Less," "Miles from Perfect" even "Les' Miserables" were considered. I personally liked the latter, but was unsure how up to snuff Tiger fans were on their Broadway terminology.
ESPN senior writer Pat Forde was much wittier in the fact he compared Miles relationship to Tiger fans to a controversial divorce. Forde wrote "the romance ended quicker than the Zellweger-Chesney marriage," making reference to the four-month union of actress Renee Zellweger to country superstar Kenny Chesney.
"That's why he (Forde) is at ESPN
at you are at Tiger Rag," said my Tiger Rag Friday co-host
any rate, while I carefully searched for fitting words to properly illustrate
Miles' fall from grace, Tiger fans came from the woodworks offering plenty of
commentary on the subject. Let's just say, in the after math of the
One fan wrote:
"I don't want
to be a "nay sayer", but (Nick) Saban would not have let the team loose that
game. Here's my take. We have a Big 12 coach and a Big 12 defensive coordinator.
Reminds me of (Gerry) DiNardo and
that jerk he brought in from
"They just don't play football anywhere else in the country like the SEC. They (Big 12) talk "smash-mouth" football, but in the SEC we really play it. Soft, "wait and look" defense will get you killed in our conference. We have too talented a group of defensive players to have given up 62 points and 440 yards a game. If (Les) Miles wants his players to "get after" people he's going to have to start the trend. I guess my biggest disappointment is Jimbo (Fisher).
"He played scared and his players followed suit. I travel all over the country and work construction, but I'm always with them Tigers and seldom have I been so disappointed."
Another fan blamed not only Miles but athletic director Skip Bertman:
Miles... why was he hired in the first place? I feel like Butch
The public sentiment definitely isn't favoring Miles these days. Voices of reason have tried to soothe the unhappy Tiger following stating due to the circumstances – two hurricanes, no tune-up game, playing two Top 15 teams – that Miles should be given a reprieve; seriously, it has only been two games.
Remember, there was an outcry for even the great Saban's head after a 13-10 loss to UAB in 2000. The Tigers former coach was booed during a 2001 loss to Ole Miss and was called out in a season in which he led the Tigers to their first SEC crown in 15 years.
Was it a bit premature to call for Miles' job?
only way Miles can heal the infected wound opened up by the
next two opponents – Vanderbilt and
So in the words of Saban himself, the sun did rise and the sky has been somewhat replaced and things look far less bleak than they did just five days ago.
However, as Miles and even Saban know, that can change in an instant at LSU.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag
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