Les Miles is out at LSU. Now what’s going to happen?
Les Miles & Cam Cameron Fired At LSU: Now What?
One throw, and one split-second. That might have been all the difference.
As reported by the The Advocate, the services of LSU head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron are no longer needed.
It might be too simplistic to assume the firing of Miles was because of two plays and not a snapshot of a bigger, underlying problem. But that’s the difference between the loaded team at 4-0 and likely No. 4 in the country right now with CFP dreams, and starting over.
If Brandon Harris doesn’t inexplicably make a rookie throw in Lambeau field that no four-year veteran should ever make, LSU hits the field goal and beats Wisconsin.
Who knows whether or not that throw screwed up Harris and his confidence, and if he would’ve been the starter at Auburn, but that led to the Tigers eventually coming within one flickering second of pulling off a thrilling comeback on Saturday.
And now a team with as much NFL-ready talent as any in the country is 2-2 and one more loss away from being an SEC also-ran.
It was somewhat ridiculous when Miles was within inches of being fired last year, mainly because of what was expected to come back for this season. But he got his chance, and his team didn’t make the most of it.
2015 was a disappointment in several ways, but it was also seen as a possible stepping-stone to a loaded 2016 with what was supposed to be a team loaded enough, experienced enough, and talented enough to rip through a manageable schedule on the way to the College Football Playoff.
Instead, the Wisconsin defense happened. Leonard Fournette leg injuries happened. The lack of a passing game happened. The boatloads of lost NFL potential happened.
And now, a coaching change is happening.
Miles leaves with a phenomenal 114-34 record with one national title, two SEC championships, and three division titles. However, while Alabama has gotten stronger in the West under Nick Saban, LSU has been just okay. When everything was set up and ready to roll this year, and it didn’t happen, and change had to be made. And now Miles is gone after going 19-10 since 2013 despite having everything at his disposal to succeed.
LSU now has America’s Interim Head Coach – line coach superstar Ed Orgeron – taking over to try instilling his brand of fire and brimstone that made him so attractive to Ole Miss in 2005 and within a whisker of becoming the USC head man after going 6-2 in 2013. He’ll be good, but now LSU is going to have to try to find a guy who can not only win and win big, but be enough of a personality to fill the void left by all Miles brought.
Les, it’s been a whole lot of fun. You deserved to have a better season than this, and you deserved to have a better fate.
You were two plays away this year – but that’s the difference between being LSU and being Alabama. That’s why LSU is going to be searching for a new head coach.