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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Les Miles’ $15 million buyout not an issue for LSU boosters

Les Miles

The chatter about Les Miles’ job at LSU being in jeopardy has grown louder and louder, and the team’s 38-17 loss to Ole Miss Saturday certainly did not help the coach’s case. Now there is increasing talk that the coach could lose his job.

NOLA.com’s James Smith wrote an article Sunday saying that Miles’ tenure at LSU could be ending, with a decision likely to come soon. Many of the program’s boosters are said to be ready for a change and don’t want to wait through another season. The boosters are said to be willing to pay Miles’ $15 million buyout.

Smith reports that Miles recently met with officials and discussed his long-term exit plan. Apparently the determination was that Miles would retire after the 2016 season. However, rather than running with a lame-duck coach through next season — a prospect that could hurt the program both on the field and in recruiting — LSU may want to make a change before then.

Miles is only 62 and should have at least five years of coaching left in him. Even if LSU gets rid of him, we doubt he will call it a career as a coach. He still has a lot to offer.

Some of the names mentioned as possibilities for LSU if they get rid of Miles include Gary Patterson, Dabo Swinney, Jimbo Fisher and Jon Gruden.

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