On the evening of Nov. 10, his Tigers not only blasted Louisiana Tech back to Ruston on the losing side of a 58-10 score, but LSU also clinched the SEC West and returned to the No. 1 slot in the BCS poll.
Miles and crew will be favored heavily in their remaining regular season dates against Ole Miss and Arkansas, and the Tigers will also be the pick in the Dec. 1 SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. It appears LSU is destined to play for the national title on Jan. 7 in
First, it was Mike Foster who left the mansion triumphantly in 2004; Kathleen Blanco now stands in line to welcome LSU's warriors back home on the morning of Jan. 8 as conquerors of the college gridiron for the second time in five years.
Making the return to No. 1 much sweeter for Miles was Nick Saban's 17-12 loss at
While Saban is struggling to be a .500 coach, Miles is 31-5 as his third season at LSU heads into the final turn. If he doesn't go to
Here are the records of the LSU football coaches since Mac departed at the close of the 1979 season.
Nick Saban 2000-2004 48-16 75 pct.
Gerry DiNardo 1995-1999 32-24-1 57 pct.
Les Miles 2005-2007 31-5 86 pct.
Mike Archer 1987-1990 27-18-1 60 pct.
Bill Arnsparger 1984-1986 26-8-2 75 pct.
Jerry Stovall 1980-1983 22-21-2 51 pct.
Curley Hallman 1991-1994 16-28 36 pct.
Hal Hunter 1999 1-0 100 pct.
Total 1980-2007 203-120-6 63 pct.
With an expected victory at
DiNardo has dabbled in the pizza business, coached an XFL team, and flirted with a run for Congress. At 55, it appears his coaching days ended with an 8-27 run as head man at
LSU has been a graveyard for coaches who try to continue their careers in other locales.
Gaynell Tinsley, McClendon, Stovall, Arnsparger, Archer and Hallman were never head coaches in the college game again after leaving LSU. Miles is in select company when it comes to his first 36 games as an SEC mentor.
Modern SEC national championship coaches and their first 36 games at their respective schools:
Nick Saban: LSU 2000-02 26-10 72 pct.
John Vaught: Ole Miss 1947-50 24-11-1 68 pct.
Steve Spurrier: South Carolina 2005-07 21-15 58 pct.
Paul Dietzel: LSU 1955-58 17-17-2 50 pct.
Paul Dietzel: South Carolina 1966-71 15-21 42 pct.
Not one of the legends listed reaches the enviable record compiled by Miles, who has triumphed 31 of 36 times at LSU. Nonetheless, it must be noted that some other coaches have started fast in the SEC and then burned out for various reasons.
A few examples:
First 36 Final Record
Miles is on the brink of beating Dietzel and Saban to the NCAA throne. His predecessors were crowned champions in their fourth seasons at LSU. Miles can accomplish the feat in year three – the same year that Lloyd Carr won it all at
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