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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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Les Miles, Cam Cameron fired by LSU; Ed Orgeron interim coach

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Les Miles and Cam Cameron have been fired by LSU, a day after losing to Auburn 18-13 in controversial fashion to fall to 2-2 this season, the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Ross Dellenger reports.

Dellenger reported Sunday that LSU officials were meeting to conduct an extensive review of the program that is generally reserved for after the season. He said both the jobs of Miles and Cameron were in jeopardy in particular. Apparently the officials decided to make significant changes by firing both their head coach and offensive coordinator.

Dellenger says defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will become the interim head coach.

Miles’ job was under review last season, and reports had said the program planned to fire the coach following a three-game losing streak that left LSU 7-3. But the Tigers rallied with a huge win over Texas A&M, and LSU’s president decided not to fire Miles. The team then won its bowl game to finish 9-3.

But after a 2-2 start this season — LSU’s worst ever start under Miles — officials decided it was time for a change. The offense’s relatively poor performance throughout the season likely led to the dissatisfaction with Cameron. LSU was held to 14 points by Wisconsin, 13 by Auburn, and only scored 23 against Mississippi State.

Coaches are held to the highest standard in Baton Rouge, where LSU is expected to compete for national championships. There will likely be no shortage of teams interested in hiring Miles.

Making Orgeron the interim head coach also makes plenty of sense. Not only does he have experience as a head coach in the SEC during his time at Ole Miss, but he also was a successful interim head coach at a major program in 2013 when he led USC to a 6-2 record after Lane Kiffin was fired.

Les Miles, Cam Cameron jobs under review by LSU after loss

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The job statuses for LSU head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron are in question once again.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that LSU officials are meeting to discuss and review both Miles and Cameron following the Tigers’ loss to Auburn on Saturday that made LSU 2-2. The Advocate describes the situation as an “extensive evaluation,” similar to the kind done after the season.

The Advocate says that “changes to the staff — particularly regarding head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron — could be coming as early as Monday.”

Miles has been the head coach at LSU for 12 seasons, and his job is once again in question. There were reports saying he would be fired last fall, but the plan was nixed after LSU pulled off a dramatic win over Texas A&M. LSU was in the middle of a 3-game losing streak when plans to fire the coach were discussed. The Tigers won their final two games to finish 9-3.

This year’s 2-2 start is the program’s worst ever under Miles. Saturday’s loss to Auburn involved this controversial ending.

Les Miles will review Josh Boutte’s late hit against Wisconsin

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LSU head coach Les Miles has a lot to review after an upset loss to the Wisconsin Badgers to open up the season, and one of them will be the late hit by offensive lineman Josh Boutte.

After safety D’Cot Dixon intercepted LSU quarterback Brandon Harris late in the fourth quarter to seal the 16-14 win for Wisconsin on Saturday, he found himself on the receiving end of a vicious cheap shot from Boutte (video here).

Miles said after the game that he would review the hit, hinting that it was possible Boutte didn’t know the play was over.

“I grabbed him right away,” Miles said, per Adam Rittenberg of ESPN. “I’m going to have to see the film, but he’s an offensive lineman in protection, and what happens downfield sometimes is you’re protecting beyond the play. … Again, I’ll have to check this, but it’s very logical that he did not even know [Dixon] had gone down and was just running [with the ball].

“He’s not a malicious guy,” Miles continued. “I just can’t imagine that he saw him go down and then made it back.”

Boutte was ejected immediately for the hit, which definitely looked unambiguously callous. Hopefully after reviewing the film, Miles will be able to determine if further disciplinary action is warranted for the senior lineman.

H/T CFB Reddit

Les Miles has firm warning for LSU players considering Lambeau Leap against Wisconsin

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The LSU Tigers face the Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field on Saturday, so naturally, a few LSU players thought they’d have some fun with it if they scored a touchdown.

Several players, including punt returner and cornerback Tre’Davious White, said they’d perform the Lambeau Leap if they scored a touchdown in the game, no matter what the punishment was for doing it. By NCAA rule, it would be a 15-yard penalty, though the players expected coach Les Miles to have something else in mind.

“Definitely. I’m pretty much just open to whatever punishment that’s going to come my way Monday,” White said, via Ross Dellenger of the Advocate. “It’s going to be bad, but I feel like, it’s just a dream of mine. Whatever Coach Miles has in store, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be some bad things. I’m ready to do it. It’s my last year. I want to make some memorable moments.”

So, coach, what would you do to them if they did?

Alrighty then. That’s pretty persuasive. Perhaps Les is just aware of the hazards of the Lambeau Leap. Frankly, at this point, I hope White scores a touchdown on Saturday now. I want to see how committed he is to defying his coach.

Les Miles surprised by family with trip to NBA Finals

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None other than LSU coach Les Miles made a surprising appearance on TV for Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Thursday.

Miles said his family surprised him with a trip to the game to watch the Cavs and Warriors.

ESPN even put Miles on their pregame show, but the coach was not the most eloquent:

Les Miles bans players from bars after TE Dillon Gordon was stabbed

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LSU tight end Dillon Gordon was released from the hospital Tuesday after being treated for stab wounds he suffered during an altercation at a bar early that morning. As a result, Tigers head coach Les Miles has banned his players from the bar scene.

“I’m cutting it off,” Miles told reporters, according to The Advocate. “It’s just not worth it. The reason you go out is because you want social interaction. Social interaction can take place at home, at class, can take place at a number of places. You don’t have to go to a fight night club.”

Good luck enforcing that policy.

Fortunately, Gordon suffered non-life threatening cuts and was never considered to be in serious condition. The incident took place at an establishment called Reggie’s Bar, and Baton Rouge police spokesman Lt. Don Kelly later said calling the injuries stab wounds “might be an exaggeration.”

Gordon, a three-year starter, sent a couple of tweets shortly after the frightening scene took place.

As we were reminded when TCU star quarterback Trevone Boykin got into a fight last week (video here), nothing good ever happens at a bar or nightclub after midnight. Miles has the right idea, but we highly doubt he can get all of his players to respect the new policy.

LSU officials knew source of Les Miles leak

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LSU undoubtedly has regrets about the way the Les Miles situation was handled over the last several weeks. Had it not been for an obvious leak when the athletic department was mulling over Miles’ future, a good portion of the media storm could have been avoided.

LSU officials know where that leak came from.

In a public records request, WVUE in New Orleans obtained roughly 2,000 emails that shed some light on how LSU officials decided Miles’ future. The questions began when a report on Nov. 17 stated that Miles would be coaching for his job against Ole Miss and Texas A&M. A later report claimed LSU made the decision to keep Miles during the 3rd quarter of the Texas A&M game.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva sent an email to board member Blake Chatelain on Nov. 29 addressing the reports.

“Leak. I know where,” Alleva wrote. “I told you on phone.”

Chatelain expressed frustration in his response.

“That leak has caused problems thorough out this ordeal,” he wrote. “Put us all in tight spots. Would not do anything about it. Just be careful. Will discuss in person when we can.”

The emails also showed that LSU board members disagreed with how the Miles situation was handled. On the morning of the Texas A&M game, board member Stanley Jacobs told USA Today that “Les Miles is our coach” and wished him well. That didn’t sit well with some other board members.

“Stanley felt compelled to do his own press release on behalf of the board,” LSU System president King Alexander wrote in an email.

“I agree…not cool,” board member Ann Duplessis replied.

LSU ultimately decided to keep Miles, and some emails indicate that the decision was made before the Texas A&M game, as LSU’s sports information department sent a draft of a press release to Alleva five hours before the game announcing that Miles would keep his job.

Chatelain later emailed several board members to stress how future coaching decisions need to be handled differently.

“The lesson learned here is how rapid and vicious the 24 hour news cycle and the social media impact is on matters like this,” he wrote. “We can learn from this and be better prepared in future. I will say , that most of the feedback I have received from fans sounds like this ‘it was probably the right decision to keep Les’ – but I sure hope he was given the message that the program has problems that need addressing This my friends was one of the most fluid, complex, confusing situations I have ever seen [sic].”

Without leaks, LSU could have stressed to Miles privately that he needs to agree to some changes or look for work elsewhere. The fact that so many stories leaked (here’s another detailed one) turned the situation into a mess.