Did LSU Do the Right Thing by Keeping Les Miles?

Jim FolsomContributorNovember 7, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 10:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers against the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Two years ago, but it seems longer, LSU had just won the SEC with a win over Tennessee in Atlanta. They were awaiting confirmation that they would be heading to the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans. Michigan had just announced Lloyd Carr had retired and ESPN's Kirk Herbstriet reported that Les miles has accepted the job at Michigan.

But as Kirk's buddy on College Game Day, Lee Corso would say," NOT SO FAST, my friend." Les, apparently either having second thoughts, or not wanting the announcement to come from someone else, backs off and announces he will stay at LSU. Tiger fans breathe a huge sigh of relief as they had just lost their previous coach, Nick Saban, a few years earlier to the Miami Dolphins. Maybe they should've been upset instead.

Les Miles is a good coach, but he is not Nick Saban nor is he Urban Meyer. I'm not even sure he's Mark Richt. He won the national championship after announcing he would stay. But let's be honest, he won with Saban's players. He had a team that was loaded and almost blew it. LSU was a rarity in college football; a champ with two losses.

Any other year and they don't even sniff the BCS. That team should've gone undefeated but, somehow they managed to lose to Kentucky and Arkansas. Kentucky and Arkansas? I would see if maybe it was Florida and Tennessee, but Kentucky and Arkansas?

Now, two years have passed and Miles despite having a lot of talent, has lost twice to Saban and Meyer. Both of those coaches have clinched a second straight trip to Atlanta. Michigan who hired Rich Rodriguez and they are looking like they will lose out on going to a bowl for the second straight year.

Miles' nemesis is a kid from Flint, named Ingram. He torched Miles defense to help the Tide win the West again. I wonder had Miles gone to Michigan, if Ingram would've decided to stay home. I'm thinking the Rodriguez spread may have had something to do with him running to Alabama.

College fans often cringe at the thought of losing their coach while they are on top. It's usually what brings that program back down to also ran status. Who knows who LSU would have gotten to replace Miles, but Miles staying on, ended up not being a good thing for the Tigers, himself, or Michigan. It worked out great for Alabama though.