LSU has outpointed a trio of
legitimate foes by a score of 137-7 as the Tigers prep for old nemesis Steve Spurrier. Unbeaten
The golden boy, who won the Hesiman
Spurrier is 18-10 at
The Tigers rebuffed his bid to
become head coach in
Instead of offering Spurrier as one of three finalists to succeed Bill Arnsparger, an assortment of college professors with limited knowledge about football chose Mike Archer, George Haffner and Mike Shanahan as the three names to submit to the LSU Board of Supervisors for consideration.
Shanahan would have been the best
choice among the nominees, but Spurrier would likely have guided the Tigers to
national honors long before 2003 if he had been selected.
It would seem the odds of a punishing victory over the Gamecocks are in LSU's favor, but Spurrier has never forgotten the snub of '86. Hell hath no fury like a spurned coaching legend.
Les Miles has enjoyed an amazing first 29 games as head coach of the Tigers. In the history of the storied program, there has only been one 29-game stretch more productive than the 25-4 mark in the early tenure of Miles.
The final 15 games of Paul Dietzel's stint as LSU coach and the first 14 games under Charles McClendon produced a 25-3-1 mark. With his substantial collection of talent and the blessing of a schedule with most of the best opponents visiting Tiger Stadium, look for Miles to finish this season with the best three-year mark ever for an LSU coach.
This is a list of the best 29-game performances for LSU's football program:
Years Coaches Record Pct.
1960-63 Paul Dietzel, Charles McClendon 25-3-1 87.9
2005-07 Les Miles 25-4-0 86.2
2003-05 Nick Saban, Les Miles 24-5-0 82.8
1995-98 Gerry DiNardo 24-5-0 82.8
1968-71 Charles McClendon 24-5-0 82.8
1907-10 Edgar Wingard, John Mayhew 24-5-0 82.8
1971-74 Charles McClendon 23-5-1 81.0
2002-04 Nick Saban 23-6-0 79.3
1957-60 Paul Dietzel 23-6-0 79.3
1985-87 Bill Arnsparger, Mike Archer 22-5-2 79.3
1933-36 Biff Jones, Bernie Moore 21-4-4 79.3
The only coach with a better
current 29-game span than Miles at LSU is
Carroll is the hottest coach in
Carroll turned 56 on Saturday, and Miles is less than two months from his 54th birthday on Nov. 10. In the old days, 50 was considered over the hill. Charlie Mac was fired in part because he was 56 years old in 1979, the same age that Nick Saban will be on Halloween.
With guys like Joe Paterno and
Bobby Bowden continuing to parade the sidelines at
Jim Engster is the general manager