LSU Head Coach Les Miles has been fired as head football coach, as well as offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Ranked No. 5 in the preseason top 25 with an incredible returning class lead by running back Leonard Fournette, as well as a strong recruiting class, LSU fell to 2-2 with an 18-13 loss at Auburn. It’s the worst start to a season since Miles took over in 2005.
It has been announced that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will serve as LSU’s interim coach. The decision was made Sunday afternoon in a discussion involving LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, LSU President F. King Alexander and other university leaders. It has been said that the debates were very in-depth and involved, as action needed to be taken now instead of the end of the season. It is ironic though that this decision was made, since it was, Alexander who nixed a plan in November 2015 to fire Miles at the end of last season, following a sudden and dramatic three-game losing streak, which was the program’s first since 1999. The Tigers started 2016 in a similar way, with a team that has struggled offensively with inconsistent play and without mass production from a banged-up Fournette.
It is anyone’s guess on where LSU goes from here, but it would seem there will be a plethora of options for them after the season is over. They could make a huge play for Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who coached there under Nick Saban. They could also go after Houston head coach Tom Herman, who has taken the Cougars to great heights in such a short span. Or, it is possible that they can stick with Oregeron, who does have amazing success in the recruiting category, and a coach that players can rally around. It also helps that he coached in the SEC at Ole Miss.
All in all, the magic has run out for “The Hat,” and we will see if he ends up at another program.