Les Miles has been anything short of entertaining throughout his tenure with LSU. Since being named the 32nd head football coach in LSU history, Les Miles has become a legend to some fans in Baton Rouge. And now he will be with us until 2019, at least.
He brought LSU a BCS title in 2007 even after losing two regular season games, both in triple overtime. And although he has been at the forefront of game clock controversies on more than one occasion he figured out a way to turn former three star athletes into Honey Badgers.
That is Les. He is a guy just like anyone of us. He wakes up every morning and puts his pants on one leg at a time. The only real difference is once those pants are on, he makes millions and wins football games in front of large SEC crowds. No big deal.
This man loves his players, family, and fans. He might be a bit of a nut when it comes to press conferences, but he means well.
He brings positivity to the team. He remains their one and only leader. One way he does this is by always wearing the infamous purple windbreaker, white khakis, and his LSU hat. He does this so that the players will always be able to find him on the sidelines. Even if it is 100 degrees outside.
Even with all the accolades, for some reason, a majority of LSU fans hate him and I am not sure why. What has he done to deserve the hate?
In his time at LSU, Coach Miles has won 10 or more games in a season six times. He has a career record of 85-20 and 47-17 in the SEC. But it doesn’t stop there. He also has a career 5-2 bowl record with two BCS title game appearances, one we all can recall very vividly, and two SEC championships.
Did you know that he has never lost in the regular season to an opponent outside the SEC? He is 31-0 and that includes Oregon, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, West Virginia twice, Arizona State, Arizona, and Washington twice.
Since 2005, he has had 20 fourth quarter or overtime comeback victories to go with his 37-3 record in night games at Death Valley.
Also thanks to Les Miles for making sure we keep our halftime leads. He has a record of 65-7 when leading at the half. But he also owns a 57-6 record when leading after the first quarter. This guy just loves winning.
I haven’t even mentioned the recruiting yet. Les Miles might not have a top five recruiting class each year but that hasn’t stopped him from keeping LSU ranked in the top ten for two consecutive seasons, an LSU record for longest streak ranked in the top 10.
He has a knack for finding the right guys for the right spots. He might not get the blue chips like some of the other schools but let me ask you how many titles do Florida State, Clemson, and Texas have over the past seven years? One.
If LSU fans want to hate him, that is fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Why would we want a coach that has proven to be loyal in a world filled with coaches jumping ship on a regular basis.
But if you don’t think he is worth the money LSU plans to give him over the next five years, you are as crazy as a mad hatter.