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Les Miles taking heat after shutout title loss

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Perhaps the most surprising aspect of last night’s 21-0 shutout by Alabama over then-top-ranked LSU in the BCS championship game was the fact that Les Miles, the Mad Hatter himself, was even more conservative than during the 9-6 win by the Tigers over the Tide back on Nov. 5.

Alabama’s defense, of course, was stellar and deserves every bit of credit for taking away all possible schemes LSU might have come up with and rattling Jordan Jefferson. The short story is that Bama’s D had an answer for everything and stopped plays before they developed.

But LSU was noticeably flat last night too. Even the Tigers’ sideline wasn’t into the game. There were no risks, no fake punts, no trick plays, nothing.

It was very uncharacteristic of a Miles-coached team.

That’s Miles’ M.O.: coaching with near negligence for the consequences, good or bad. That’s why his players love him. If nothing else, it’s the BCS freaking championship game. Besides the obvious answer, what does LSU really have to lose down 6… 9… 12… 15… 21 points by trying something a little crazy?

You knew LSU was in a shell when Nick Saban attempted a fake field goal — in obvious fake field goal territory given the history of the Tide’s kick woes — before Miles.

The often-unpredictable Miles was unbelievably run-of-the-mill last night and those who did tune in noticed. Former LSU receiver Terrence Toliver took to his Twitter account to express his frustration over  what he was seeing.

“Don’t deserve a share of the championship wit[h] this piss [poor] performance #coaches”

“Why are we running the ball wit 9 min left in the game?”

“I feel bad for [Jarrett] Lee.”

To be fair, Miles isn’t a bad coach, but Saban clearly out-coached him last night.

Miles had to answer to that, as he should, after the game. Broadcaster and father of LSU O-lineman T-Bob HebertBobby Hebert, began grilling Miles in his post game press conference as soon as the floor was open to questions. From the New York Times:

Hebert started, according to the transcript: “Coach, did you ever consider bringing in Jarrett Lee, considering that you weren’t taking any chances on the field? Now, I know Alabama’s defense is dominant. But, come on, that’s ridiculous, five first downs. I mean, so it’s almost an approach, I’ll tell you from the fans’ standpoint, that how can you not maybe push the ball down the field and bring in Jarrett Lee?”

He continued with his “question,” later, again according to the transcript, adding, “I know the pass rush of Alabama, but there’s no reason why in five first downs … you have a great defense, L.S.U. is a great defense, but that’s ridiculous.”

At that point, the moderator interrupted, asking, “Do you have a question?”

Hebert responded: “That’s the question. Do you think you should have pushed the football more down field?”

Miles answered: “I think if you watch our calls that we did throw the football down the field. We didn’t necessarily get the football down the field.”

The questions surrounding Miles’ game plan won’t be swept away with the confetti littering the Superdome turf, either. This is a team that cruised through tough environments all season with relative ease; last night, LSU couldn’t even cross midfield until the game was already decided.

Indeed, the “Mad” in Mad Hatter stood for disgruntlement more than Miles’ carefree nature.

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76 Responses to “Les Miles taking heat after shutout title loss”
  1. takingbovadasmoney says: Jan 10, 2012 2:04 PM

    if anyone knows about bad qb play it is bobby hebert

  2. bigjdve says: Jan 10, 2012 2:05 PM

    He deserves to be questioned when he gets to the Championship and gives up.

  3. takingbovadasmoney says: Jan 10, 2012 2:07 PM

    after watching that offense gunner kiel announced that he is “taking his talents” to notre dame…..where they play some offense…..lmfao!

  4. barbeaux says: Jan 10, 2012 2:11 PM

    I don’t know how miles can keep a straight face and call it throwing the ball downfield when the average attempt was 3.x yards.

  5. houstonasa says: Jan 10, 2012 2:14 PM


  6. materialman80 says: Jan 10, 2012 2:15 PM

    Sad day for LSU Football. It’s one thing to play hard and give your best and come up short, as Alabama did at home this year vs. LSU, it’s quite another when you stumble and bumble through a game like we saw last night. To say we were out coached, would be a huge understatement, and the play of Jefferson, I don’t want to say what I am truly thinking about his play last night. It was so bad I have to question if he wasn’t throwing the game. Alabama played well, but their biggest asset on the field was Jefferson. The missed snaps, throws into the ground, shovel pass directly to an Alabama player….Come on, something is very wrong here.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 10, 2012 2:24 PM

    LSU was just flat and I think a little over confident and it bit them in the butt. LSU is still a good team on defense but it is obvious that they need a good passing QB, and should have utilized Lee, especially after the first offensive series in the second half. Next year they will be relying on a red shirt sophomore or Junior I think, that was kicked off of the UGA team. They do have the freshman coming from Indiana but from what I saw in the All Star game, he is going to take some seasoning. He might be the mid season starter though, depending on how the season goes. Miles acted like he expected any moment for the offense to suddenly out play Alabama’s defense and it never happened.
    Saban’s defense seemed to be too fast and tough for them, and it was plain to see, that they were better coached and more ready to play the game.

  8. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 2:26 PM

    Part of LSU’s problem was overconfidence. But some of the criticism is unfair. People are quickly forgetting that Jarrett Lee performed horribly against Alabama’s defense in November. The Bama D shut down Jefferson, but he still provided the potential for a two-dimensional offense. That’s one more dimension than Lee could have offered. Miles knew throwing Lee to the wolves wouldn’t change the outcome, but it might have given the critics one less reason to criticize. I respect the man for sticking to his game plan and not letting the crowd dictate his decisions.

    Yes, the “Mad Hatter” has had some successful trick plays. But some of that success has been by pure fluke, which can’t be managed. They only once crossed the 50. He couldn’t just willy-nilly decide to fake punts if failure would leave Alabama in scoring range. Those plays are always gambles and he had to weigh the rewards against the risks.

    The guy had a great season. His team was outplayed by a superior defense. He hasn’t suddenly forgotten how to coach.

  9. cometkazie says: Jan 10, 2012 2:34 PM

    woebegong says:
    Jan 10, 2012 2:24 PM
    LSU was just flat and I think a little over confident and it bit them in the butt.

    Deb says:
    Jan 10, 2012 2:26 PM
    Part of LSU’s problem was overconfidence. But some of the criticism is unfair.
    Very perceptive posts, both.


  10. donato11 says: Jan 10, 2012 2:46 PM

    LSU looked dazed and confused, a reflection of their coach. He keeps 7-8 in the box the whole game even though McCarron is picking them apart. He keeps running the option and it never works. He puts Honey Badger out on the edge, but that’s not where Bama is going, so he can’t make a play. He finally “gambles” on 4th and 18 from the Bama 40 and, surprise, his QB is sacked for a 10 yard loss. With 9 minutes left, LSU mails it in and leaves with their tails between their legs, defeated and broken. Not very inspiring, Coach.

  11. mgscott says: Jan 10, 2012 2:48 PM

    LSU rode the D and special teams all the way to the championship game. Bama was clearly the better team. Saban lost the game a few weeks ago trying field goals that should have been punts.

  12. whoisedgy says: Jan 10, 2012 2:51 PM

    These are the types of performances teams put up when their coaches believe the hype around themselves. ESPN was so far up Les Miles’ butt for two months, he probably believed that he was the second coming of Bo Schembechler, Woody Hays, and Bear Bryant combined. If I have to hear Scott Van Pelt gush over him again, I’ll be sick!

    While you can’t put the game on Jefferson, they DID win a few games with Jarrett Lee this year.

  13. olskool711 says: Jan 10, 2012 2:52 PM

    Miles kept a straight face because sec guy really believes that a dunk, 3 yards downfield, is going vertical — throwing downfileld.

    Haven’t you been watching this antiquated garbage for the past 5 + years?

    Funny how even John Taylor can spin a pee wee football offensive strategy into an issue of overwhelming defensive superiority.

    LSU’s quarterback, wide receivers, running backs, and offensive line looked poorly coached –both technically and tactically.

    Alambama’s offense did resemble an average High School offensive game plan. Thus, the real difference in the game.

    Pee wee offense vs. High School offense.

    16 Team Playoff NOW!!!

    Give us our game back you thieves! You Whores!

  14. ultraback29 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:04 PM

    The Crimson Tide saved their appetite for the day until the game Monday night. Boy, they barbecued them Tigers up Alabama-style baby!

    I’m no fan, but I’ll say congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

  15. pmars64 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:07 PM

    That game was a complete embarrassment on every level. Total, absolute joke. They won’t do it, but Miles should be fired. On the college football’s biggest stage and this crap was the best you can come up with?

  16. supremeomega says: Jan 10, 2012 3:14 PM

    He is a good coach. Bama has 8 guys on D that are top 3 round picks in the NFL

    These are not role players, all of these guys will be starters from day one 3-4 of them will be pro bowlers barring injury.

    Bama has significantly more talent on D than the Colts, Rams, Cardinals, Bucs, and even the Patriots…

  17. gatiger says: Jan 10, 2012 3:18 PM

    Heard that LSU couldn’t get out of New Orleans, someone painted a 50 yard line in front of the bus!

  18. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 3:21 PM

    @olskool711 rants …

    Give us our game back you thieves! You Whores!

    I’ve long suspected … but now I’m sure. Bless your heart. But at least they let you use the computer in the group activity room. And it’s probably good that you take out your irrational hostilities on the SEC instead of screaming at the staff. I used to cover mental health issues and–sadly–many facilities still have their versions of Nurse Ratched. A crazy coot like you would have her super-charging the electric-shock machine and next thing you’d be quantum-leaping in your head … if you haven’t already.

    Just hold on for a few more hours, dear. I’m sure they’ll give you a good dose of secanol before bedtime. That will chase away the mean ol’ SEC bogeymen who’ve stolen your game and you can play all you want in your dreams.

  19. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 3:25 PM

    @pmars64 …

    Les Miles should be fired???? Oh, please tell me you are not an LSU fan. That is an absurd overreaction. The man does not deserve that. Come on.

    I guess you also thought Patriots coach Bill Belichick should have been fired for losing the Super Bowl to the Giants after an undefeated season. Good grief.

  20. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 3:29 PM

    @donato11 …

    McCarron completed at least three passes right over Mathieu’s head, so Bama went straight at him last night. Les may have made some mistakes, but Mathieu was just ineffective. How Miles positioned him didn’t seem to blame for that.

  21. olskool711 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:30 PM

    Deb, isn’t the Rosie O’Donnell show on now?

    You better get going.

  22. woebegong says: Jan 10, 2012 3:31 PM

    He should be fired? How many of you fans of other schools, have a 13-1 record this morning and have beaten six top ten teams this year? His team just ran into a buzz saw last night, that at least 118 other schools wish they could have run into also. Bama would have beaten them also, but at least LSU and Miles got to the big game. Doo Doo happens sometimes.

  23. 78lion says: Jan 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    Nick made one adjustment in the days leading up to the game, take away the option. They stoned it all night long and left Les the blabbering idiot with no move.

  24. ogre2010 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    Funny how the media treat him like the greatest coach and now he isn’t. Tough Business.

  25. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 10, 2012 3:47 PM

    Come on, Deb, you’ve been around the CFT boards long enough to know that pmars62 and many like him have been sent right into the arms of the men in white with the cozy straitjackets because they can’t believe that the SEC and its “ugly offenses” and “overrated defenses” has made a mockery of the rest of college football for 6 years running.

    Frankly, though they may choose to call it arrogance, SEC fans seem to account for the fast majority of sane comments. At least next year they may have a knight in shining armor in the form of USC to go forth with a reasonable chance of slaying the SEC dragons. Oregon may be up to the task, too.

    Still, I’m utterly unconcerned about any of the others (Mich, Mich State, Okla, Texas, FSU, WVU, etc.). Much as sports talking heads used to talk about whether to take Tiger Woods vs. The Field, give me Bama, LSU, UGA and Arkansas. They can take The Field.

  26. ndrocks2 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:49 PM

    Why should Les be taking heat? Oh yeah Tide kicked LSU’s ass all night long in the SEC Championship game.

  27. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    ndrocks2 says:
    Jan 10, 2012 3:49 PM
    Why should Les be taking heat? Oh yeah Tide kicked LSU’s ass all night long in the SEC Championship game.

    Were you watching the same game? I don’t know that you are aware that which you speak of.

  28. irishking says: Jan 10, 2012 4:08 PM

    Not only is Elvis still alive but so is the Bear himself. I am a believer.

  29. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:10 PM

    This is the first time I have ever seen Miles play “Tressell Ball.” Of course, Tressell only did that when he was ahead of the other team. I can’t believe he didn’t at least let Lee run a couple of series. Even Lee thought he going into the game as he could be seen stretching on the sidelines.

  30. drummerhoff says: Jan 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    Why the suprise?

    LSU was very fortunate to win the first game against Alabama. Only now is this obvious to all.

  31. materialman80 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    Lee couldn’t have possibly done any worse….

  32. ndrocks2 says: Jan 10, 2012 4:36 PM

    21 – 0, LSU gets past the 50 yard line once late in the game, yeah I was watching the game. Really pitiful and an embarrassment that they couldn’t spot that pass on first down trend Tide pulled on LSU ALL NIGHT LONG!!! And in turn LSU broadcast their run plays with a two TE formation, now that’s imagination, I mean SEC football.

  33. 1historian says: Jan 10, 2012 4:48 PM

    LSU was outscored, outhit, outplayed, outcoached and they just flat out got their butts kicked last night.

    Feces occur

  34. 1historian says: Jan 10, 2012 4:51 PM

    LSU fans: Your team got beat 6 ways from Sunday last night last night by a clearly superior team, so you should just

    1) man up

    and then

    2) shut up

  35. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 5:07 PM

    @olskool711 …

    Rosie O’Donnell has a TV show? Sorry, I’m not a fan. I’ll just have to take your word for it. I’m more a 24, Luther, Justified kinda gal. Guess they won’t let you watch the hard-edged stuff in the ward, huh?

  36. bikerhal says: Jan 10, 2012 5:07 PM

    Nick Saban is a master at scheming when given that much time to prepare. Les was too stubborn in his approach to the game.

    I saw something in that game I don’t ever recall seeing: Nick was standing on the sideline with arms folded. Normally he is pacing up and down, scowling and sometimes screaming. I wonder if he knew all along he had the game in the bag. Oh how I feel for the loss, but have to give credit to Bama, they really deserve the title.

  37. olskool711 says: Jan 10, 2012 5:08 PM


    … of nothing

  38. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    LSU had a great season but last night Alabama was by far the best team. Miles is a good coach,fired? That is totally nuts. All you SEC haters come on down here and play us week in and week out! The last 6 national championships say it all!!

  39. bigjdve says: Jan 10, 2012 5:34 PM

    bamasleeper13 says: Jan 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    LSU had a great season but last night Alabama was by far the best team. Miles is a good coach,fired? That is totally nuts. All you SEC haters come on down here and play us week in and week out! The last 6 national championships say it all!!

    The SEC doesn’t want to play most teams out of conference, just ask teams like Boise State. You have the last 6 Championships that is true, how many undefeated teams did you not have to face because they weren’t from the big money conferences.

    I am not going to take anything away from the Champions six years as they have spanked their opponents, but one must really ask if you spanked them, were they the right opponent based on talent or just based on revenue.

  40. jason1214 says: Jan 10, 2012 5:41 PM


    Give it up. Let me guess you’re a Oklahoma St fan?

  41. polegojim says: Jan 10, 2012 5:41 PM

    I’m a Les Miles fan…
    ….but was very surprised by the lack of flexibilty and horrible offensive game plan.

    Coach Miles… I did watch your offense… you didn’t come with one, it didn’t exist.

    NEVER seen the option ran SO BADLY in my life… and then to run badly over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.

    Jefferson was not only unprepared, he was ill-prepared. Should’ve given Lee a shot in the 3rd… I mean, could it get worse??? I think not.

    The criticism about the offense is completely warranted.

  42. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 7:18 PM

    @jason1214 …

    No, I think he’s a Big 10 nut. He just hates the SEC. If LSU had won, he’d still be here slobbering.

    @bikerhal …

    You’re another of the rare LSU fans on CFT who showed great class this season. You have a terrific team and they had a great year. I never stopped holding my breath until the Richardson run. You’re returning a lot of talent, and LSU will be back in contention in 2012. Congratulations on a tremendous season.

  43. footballphan23 says: Jan 10, 2012 7:28 PM

    I think all the LSU players had money on Alabama. That’s what it looked like to me last night. Even Les Miles must have had money on Alabama. To not even put Jarret Lee in the game is beyond comprehension. He must have known if he put Lee in, Alabama might not cover. This is the only reasonable explanation I can think of. To not make any adjustments in the game, it was stupid. I was pulling for LSU last night because I thought they had more speed at certain positions, but last night they all looked slow. Maybe they didn’t have any game speed practices, just walk-thrus?

  44. jason1214 says: Jan 10, 2012 7:48 PM


    Ahh the Big 10 again got it. Justified, I like you more already.

  45. jason1214 says: Jan 10, 2012 7:49 PM

    Speaking of Big 10, I live in that territory, even their fans don’t deny that was domination last night.


  46. texbornlsufan says: Jan 10, 2012 8:14 PM

    Congratulations Alabama team, coach’s, and Fans. 110% domination of a team that took all other teams to the wood shed. LSU played one of the toughest schedules in the nation and flat ran into a buzz saw called Bama Defense.

    Again Congrat’s and until we me next year in Tiger Stadium.

  47. texbornlsufan says: Jan 10, 2012 8:18 PM

    Congratulations Alabama team, coach’s, and Fans. 110% domination of a team that took all other teams to the wood shed. LSU played one of the toughest schedules in the nation and flat ran into a buzz saw called Bama Defense.

    Again Congrat’s and until we meet next year in Tiger Stadium.

  48. dolphins4 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:44 PM

    Hey Les what harm would it do to change things up?If you don’t change your going to lose .If you do change what’s the worst you can do lose?But you never know the change might work and you might win.I’d like to see some big SEC school take a page out of the New Orleans Saints offensive playbook and throw the ball all over the place instead of playing like it’s 1960.

  49. harbourimages says: Jan 10, 2012 9:04 PM

    After watching Miles standing around with that deer caught in the headlights glazed over look last night, as a Michigan Wolverine I am SOOO glad he turned down the job Hoke got. I wouldn’t trade Hoke for Miles ever after last night’s dismal LSU lack of performance. Why Miles didn’t at least TRY Lee for a series or two is simply befuddling. What did Miles have to lose? I feel sorry for Lee and LSU fans today after that poor showing last night. “Morning Joe” is going to be even more insufferable than usual now….

  50. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jan 10, 2012 9:10 PM

    For all those that thinks Alabama won last night because they believe Alabama is the best team are all idiots !!!!
    Alabama won because my wife, whom I’m going to divorce now, accidentally washed my “LSU IS GURANTEE TO WIN” clothes!!! I knew something was wrong when the underwear smell a little off. Because of guilt, she came clean about it. Well sh!+ !! That’s all I’ma say about that. Once again, Congrats Tides and we’ll see you next year.
    PS… We only use Gains in our house.

  51. pdcooper08 says: Jan 10, 2012 10:58 PM

    I don’t know. I was in Vegas last night sitting on a ticket that read Bama and the under. I thought it was the best game ever. Roll Tide Roll!!!

  52. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:11 AM

    Alabama routinely plays out of conference games,VTech, Clemson, and this coming opener with Michigan in Dallas. Not sure which teams you think they should play but those are pretty good.

  53. bangitfootball says: Jan 11, 2012 8:28 AM

    Les Miles did a great job of slowing the game down, milking the clock, keeping his run game conservative and not throwing the ball to ice his defeat.

  54. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 8:45 AM

    LSU just came out flat and didn’t play a good game, against, what is most likley a better team over all. Les Miles didn’t suddenly forget how to coach. I see a lot of criticism on here from fans of different schools, who have a coach and a team that hasn’t even participated in one BCS NC, much less won one of them. Miles has, and you can be sure LSU will not simply go away because of one game.

  55. lakesidegator says: Jan 11, 2012 10:28 AM

    Deb > Ellen

  56. irishking says: Jan 11, 2012 1:09 PM

    LSU is a perrenial football power and will be back, especially with that Kiel kid from Columbus, Indiana as the next quarterback.

  57. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 11, 2012 1:47 PM

    Kiel has a lot of hype, but he is only going to be a freshman. For LSU’s sake I hope he lives up to expectations. I would like to see a Mid-Western Yankee bail out a Southern Rebel team.

  58. parkcityute says: Jan 11, 2012 1:49 PM

    irishking: I have read many negative things about Kiel including that he could not perform in big games in Indiana high school ball (just about every game at LSU is a big game, unlike a few at my team the Utes).

    Do you think that Kiel will be an asset? Do you think he will be able to compete in the SEC against some of the best defenses in the country? It appears from posts that the qbs this year at LSU were not the best, would Kiel be better than them? From what I have read and heard, LSU will be in need a new qb because the two they had playing this year won’t return next. Is Kiel going to the one who excells?

  59. tide4life says: Jan 11, 2012 3:52 PM

    Lordy mercy . . . I find m’self feeling the need to defend Les Miles. Fired? After a toppa-the-polls season that only crumbled at the last (worst?) moment? Harsh. Very Harsh. He coulda been called Lucky Les the last couple of seasons with some accuracy, but (oh how bad this tastes in my mouth) LSU had a helluva season, earning their way to the BCS championship. Whatever you dustbowl clodhoppers think of UA’s right to be there, LSU earned theirs. You by-yoo types need to lighten up on Les, too. Have you no honor? You sang the praises of man and team for 12 games and now some of you would fire him?
    Be careful what you wish for in your hurt and confusion. Lane Kiffin might be looking for job before too much longer . . . .

  60. bikerhal says: Jan 11, 2012 5:50 PM


    Thanks for the comment, and I think you showed your class by being complimentary to the team and refraining from saying “tole ya so” when you could have.

    I can return the favor by sympathizing with the Steelers loss. Totally unbelievable ending to that game. I wondered why they didn’t let Batch play but Big Ben did pretty well on one leg. Maybe my Saints can ease the pain of the LSU game by winning the Super Bowl.

  61. bikerhal says: Jan 11, 2012 5:58 PM

    What if? Man just think what fun it would have been to have had a four-team playoff with LSU, Bama, Okie State and Stanford?

    I gotta say that after the terrible offensive showing by LSU, even I would like to have seen what Okie State could have done against that D of Bama. Worse, I am used to the point-a-minute Saints offense so it was agonizing watching our O get stoned.

  62. cometkazie says: Jan 11, 2012 6:22 PM

    bikerhal says:
    Jan 11, 2012 5:50 PM

    Thanks for the comment, and I think you showed your class by being complimentary to the team and refraining from saying “tole ya so” when you could have.
    Class shows in the aftermath of big games and we have some classy people on the list. Needling can be fun done in the right spirit.
    The only negative “cheer” I use is the time honored “Go to hell, Ole Miss, go to hell,” but it dates back to when I was in college.
    Okie State could take on ‘Bama and Stanford could take on the Tigers and we would have the same two teams in the championship.
    It’s a long time to NCAA football, but the main time I take interest in the NFL is during the playoffs. I wish the NCAA had them for Div I football like every other sport.

  63. jason1214 says: Jan 11, 2012 7:38 PM

    Calm dwn LSU Nation,
    I know the its the minority that wants Les canned. As a Bama fan, who has seen the likes of Curry, Dubose, Shula, in addition to Stallings, Saban. Miles got out coached and his team beat, it happens.

  64. tide4life says: Jan 11, 2012 8:43 PM

    Let’s not forget Mike Price’s 15 minutes of fame (however much we’d like to). Jeezus- how bad is it when Bama fans are in here taking up for Miles? Are some of these LS-Loosers so dishonorable and/or faithless that they would crucify the man to whom they sang such praises a mere 8 weeks ago?

  65. cometkazie says: Jan 11, 2012 8:56 PM

    jason1214 says:
    Jan 11, 2012 7:38 PM
    Calm dwn LSU Nation,
    I know the its the minority that wants Les canned. As a Bama fan, who has seen the likes of Curry, Dubose, Shula, in addition to Stallings, Saban. Miles got out coached and his team beat, it happens.
    These people forget the Stovalls, Archers, Hallmans, and DiNardos.
    They couldn’t believe Pepsodent Paul would leave LSU for West Point and haven’t gotten over it. And it appears to have spread to the younger generation.
    I think many of these are the ones I’ve seen hugging the commodes in the South End Zone men’s rooms during the games.

  66. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jan 12, 2012 12:37 AM

    Do your people really think those that are asking for Les’s head are really LSU fans? …. C’MON MAN!!! Those are haters, as in SEC haters. They’re just pissed off because LSU didn’t win so the scream “told you sooo!! We seen this game already, and Okst should’ve been playing instead of Alabama.”
    And if LSU would’ve of won they’d be saying we will never know who the real Champs are because LSU beat the same team twice instead of having to play a real team like Boise or whomever.
    Let me tell you Tides that are defending Mikes something, you ain’t defending Miles from us because we LOVE HIM!!!!
    Yes he made some questionable decisions and yes he was out coached, but so could any great coaches, ask New England, be out coach and out motivated by another team.
    Don’t your dare think that us LSU only support Les when he wins, or even slightly suggest that we are ungrateful.
    I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, we’ll travel the miles and many more with him. Saban started the engine and Miles has maintain it !! So there!!
    Thank You Coach Miles for a great year!!!

  67. jason1214 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:22 PM


    Wasn’t implying as such. From posts I read on boards, some do want him fired which is ridiculous, that being said I dont believe they are SEC haters, but LSU fans whi are upset.

    Agreed 100%. Miles is a very good coach.

  68. jason1214 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:24 PM


    I also forgot the worst of them all…..Dennis F….still ticks me off.

  69. pdcooper08 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:43 PM

    I’m pretty sure ole Lane Kiffin’s job is secure and he will be going nowhere. In fact, other then the two teams that played in the Championship this year, I don’t think there was a better college football team out there. So if all goes as planned, I will predict a Bama vs SC finish next year.

  70. tigersgeaux says: Jan 13, 2012 5:37 AM

    Alabama won. They played a really good game. They deserved to win. Coach Saban did what he did best, to arrange a stellar defense for the plays LSU ran. Alabama is and deserves to be #1. True LSU fans are thankful to be #2, but chagrined by it as well, at this point.

    Working with Texas and Louisiana men and women and traveling to numerous places on my time off to conduct business, the topic is “What happened to LSU? Why was Coach Miles not prepared, and why did he not properly prepare his team?” and similar questions. Fans would like these questions answered, but as was posted previously, fans are not allowed in press conferences to ask their questions. No fans I have heard from hundreds I heard from so far, are asking for Miles’ head, his firing or resignation. That is not part of the conversations I have witnessed. That may be part of some who are not truly LSU fans, but pretend to be LSU fans, living somewhere else.

    There is no reason in any way to dismiss Coach Miles. That is a red herring and should not be in this conversation. How many teams were 13-1 in LSU history. One, this one.

    However, there are many reasons Coach Miles should answer the questions of the LSU fans which are continuing to be the topics discussed over coffee, at the bank and post office, and everywhere people gather in the state of Louisiana.

    Tigers Geaux!

  71. tide4life says: Jan 13, 2012 9:46 AM

    Whomever they are coming from, the calls for dismissal (and some LSU folks I know personally have made that call) are- IMO- way out of line. Lucky Les can take the heat he’s paid to take, and I’m sure he’s asking himself some of the same questions. But it’s bullschlitz to even suggest such of a coach/staff that kept LSU literally on top for a huge chunk of the 2011 season & only lost at the very end.
    And Hebert is a classless ****mouth.

  72. saintsrealdeal says: Jan 13, 2012 4:45 PM

    @supremeomega yeah that’s the same defense that let gsu have their way give me a break.

  73. cgm53 says: Jan 14, 2012 5:51 AM

    Monumental collapse!! Outcoached!! Doesn’t that mean you have to first COACH??!! Miles foolishly underprepared his team, threw away the season with the worst loss in college football history much less the worse in LSU history. What team has ever had such a resume of good play only to look like it never saw a football field much less the opponent across the line of scrimmage.

    Coach of the year? Are you crazy? Losing happens… play the game and give it your best. The humiliation heaped on LSU will stink for years. The AD needs to get this man to explain. And that without the idiotic grammar double talk that was so cute before we realized his nonsense extended far into his “coaching”.

  74. woebegong says: Jan 14, 2012 6:22 AM

    Miles lost the championship game because Alabama completely dominated the game with their defense. He could have had Tom Brady and it would not have made a difference.
    Having said that, those calling for his head and his job are simply ignoring facts. What has this man done since he has been at LSU? A hell of a lot if you look at it. They do have one BCS NC already in the last few years do they not? He is stacked next year as well, for a run at the title again correct?
    The only thing I think he did wrong, was to stick with Jefferson too long, as he has a tendency that shows if he starts out bad, he does not improve throughout a game. It probably could not have hurt to put Lee in there, but for some reason, the coaching staff felt he would somehow turn it around for them. Lee might have done a little better but he would still have gotten defeated.
    Let Miles go, and he will not even have time to pack his socks before another team grabs him. What assistant already on the team, or out there in the NCAA will do a better job than Miles has done in his time at LSU. Got a head coach in mind that will leave his team and replace Miles if he is let go? I think the people calling for Miles head are very spoiled. You have one of the better ones out there, but if you are so spoiled that you think every once in a while, that you can’t get your lunch handed to you in a game, you need to find a better sport or a new team. There are 118 other schools that were watching this game and wishing they were in it.

  75. cometkazie says: Jan 14, 2012 9:34 AM

    cgm53 says:
    Jan 14, 2012 5:51 AM
    Monumental collapse!! Outcoached!! Doesn’t that mean you have to first COACH??!! Miles foolishly underprepared his team, threw away the season with the worst loss in college football history much less the worse in LSU history.

    1960 Sugar Bowl, another rematch the Tigers really didn’t want.

  76. Derty Ernie says: Jan 17, 2012 11:09 AM

    Unfortunately for Miles, he won’t be able to hop a plane to Ann Arbor, pretend he is very interested in their school, come back to LSU and accept a big pay raise. That trick worked twice now and he’s used up that option.

    Miles cares about Miles. He couldn’t wait to put Jefferson in at QB, even though Lee his current QB was 5-0 and looking good. Lee got screwed royally just like Michigan.

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