As you may have heard, LSU is not firing Les Miles after all. I, an LSU fan, have some thoughts on this I’d like to share. Please allow me to indulge you.
1. It had to end this way, with Miles winning. It just had to. Anyone who’s casually followed college football in the past few years knows this. Further, don’t be surprised to see Miles get a raise and a contract extension in the coming weeks. Hell, the noted grass-lover might even end up appointed to head up Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture & Forestry when it’s all said and done. Surviving this is the ultimate Les Miles rabbit-pull out of the hat. The man basically knows now what it feels like to attend his own funeral and be brought back to life. I mean, did you hear the roar of the Tiger Stadium crowd as his team carried him off the field on their shoulders last Saturday night? Miles is a damn witch.
2. Let me just state for the record that I was not one of the people who wanted Miles to be fired, but I get why some (powerful) people in Louisiana wanted him to be fired. Pulling for a Les Miles-coached team is an exercise in extreme frustration. The things people who enjoy watching LSU football under Miles, but who aren’t emotionally invested in the team find cute and funny — the clock mismanagement, the trick plays he randomly pulls out of his ass in tension-filled moments, the inability to develop a decent quarterback, the at-times indecipherable gibberish that flows from his mouth when a microphone is placed in front of him, the stubborn inability to make in-game adjustments (especially on the offensive side of the ball) when things aren’t working or going according to plan, the lack of more than one championship despite sending more talent to the NFL than any other college — are not so cute and funny to people who are emotionally invested in the team.