In College Football History: Les Miles

Les MilesWhile rifling through old files on my computer, I came across a pretty old post about Les Miles and LSU. Time sure flies. And, he’s still head coach of the LSU football team, which I suppose isn’t that much of a surprise, but still worth mentioning if you didn’t think he would be (or just don’t know who he is). Just for fun, here’s the post:

Les is More, Sorta

This week LSU announced they had extended the contract through 2010, bumping his annual salary from $1.25 million in 2005 to $1.65 million in 2006. This seems to me like a bit of a kneejerk reaction on behalf of LSU and am not sure that Miles is a proven commodity that would warrant a raise after a great season with Nick Saban’s players. I for one really enjoyed his sideline antics and moments of panic during the Tennessee loss last year. Deer meet headlights, headlights meet deer…

Let’s look at Miles’ coaching history. His career record prior to LSU at Oklahoma State was 28-21 with 3 bowl appearances (two were losses including a Cotton bowl loss to Ole Miss). After LSU went through a laundry list of candidates (including our boy Nutt) they snagged Miles just in time before the Oklahoma State program imploded with massive problems such as player defections, player suspensions and some really bad players in general.

I for one will be glad to see Les on the LSU sideline for a few more years. He has Jimbo Fisher and Bo Pelini helping him taking care of things, so as long as he doesn’t do anything too stupid LSU should be ok for another year or two, but expect whispers of a slight drop-off in recruiting to begin to emerge just as they did at OSU.

Now, 8 years later (has it really been that long?), Les gets $3.75 million¬†each year, plus other incentives. And his contract was extended yet again. Incredible. Also,¬†since I mentioned them, look where Bo and Jimbo are (as an aside, that’s slightly funny to say together – Bo and Jimbo) – surely not donning LSU gear anymore. I haven’t read up on Jimbo lately, but I have heard about Bo’s bad attitude.

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