Saturday's 23-20 overtime victory over Ole Miss was in its own way as remarkable as the 17-16 thriller against the Rebels in 1972. That one was punctuated by a Bert Jones to Brad Davis touchdown pass with no time on the clock.
JaMarcus Russell connected with Dwayne Bowe from five yards out with 14 seconds remaining to send the game into an extra period made possible by a blocked extra point. Imagine if the Rebels had blocked Rusty Jackson's extra point attempt in '72. There was no overtime in those days, and LSU would have merely tied the Rebels despite the last second heroics of Jones and Davis.
The win over Ole Miss gives LSU
eight wins at home for the first time on record, and the triumph over the Johnny
Rebs was the only closely contested clash at
In previous frantic rallies against
Ole Miss, LSU has fallen the following week. After the 1959 7-3 verdict over the
Rebs highlighted by Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return, LSU lost a chance to
repeat as national champs in a 14-13 setback at Tennessee. The wins in 1972 and
1977 were answered with decisive losses to
A special report conducted by USA Today indicates Nutt and Miles are grossly underpaid when salaries of their conference cohorts are considered.
Here's the USA Today breakdown for payment to SEC football coaches:
Les Miles: LSU… $1,450,000 per year (No one time payment).
Steve Spurrier: So.
Sylvester Croom: MSU… $940.000 per year (No one time payment).
Ed Orgeron: Ole Miss… $905,000 per year (No one time payment).
Miles ranks sixth in compensation among his SEC peers despite a two-year mark of 20-4.
After two seasons in
The three top compensated college
Ten coaches in the land are earning
more than $2,000,000 each season and
at least seven others have one time payments exceeding $1,000,000 with
Miles is clearly underpaid and
should receive an annual pay hike in the neighborhood of $1,000,000 at the close
of this season. A victory over
Former LSU Athletic Director Bob Brodhead once mused that "you get what you pay for." If LSU is to compensate its head coach 30th or 35th among his peers even though the Tiger program generates a Top Five amount of dough each year, Miles can't be blamed if he suddenly starts producing 7-5 or 6-6 seasons.
Jim Engster is the general manager