Alleva: Miles to Continue as Head Coach
The reports of Les Miles' demise are, at least, somewhat exaggerated.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced that Les Miles will continue to be the head coach at LSU.
Addressing the media following LSU's 19-7 win over Texas A&M Saturday night, Alleva said ""I want to make it very positive and very clear that Les Miles is our football coach & will continue to be our football coach... "We're going to go forward together and win championships here at LSU."
Alleva's announcement capped a crazy two weeks at LSU when it was first reported Miles was "coaching for his job" in the last two weeks of the season. LSU lost to Ole Miss before winning Saturday night.
Reports earlier in the week suggested Miles had told supporters Saturday would be his last game as the Tigers' coach, a report Miles denied.
Miles said he was told after the game he would remain as the head coach by Alleva and LSU Chancellor F. King Alexander.
Miles was cheered after the game and was carried off the field on the shoulders of his players. "I know now what it's like to ride an elephant," he joked. "Scares you to death & you just try to hang on to the ears," he said. "I was touched."
Following the reports Miles might be fired, a groundswell of support was shown for Miles by fans and other supporters, which may have played a big part in the decision to keep Miles. In addition, LSU was heavily criticized in the way the situation was handled, as the administration refused to comment on the reports Miles was about to be fired.
The win continues the string of at least eight wins per season for LSU. After the game, Miles said, "we had a game cancelled. Really, we could have been looking at a ten win season."
Miles declined to speculate on any staff changes during the off season.