Let's propose a theme song for Les Miles, the 1964 hit from Louisiana singer Irma Thomas, “Time Is On My Side.”
One could hardly guess looking at the blowback on Les Miles among so many followers of the Bayou Bengals but, he is literally one of the most successful and respected coaches in the entire nation.
Consider the achievements of Coach Miles in just five seasons at the helm of LSU.
His accomplishments include winning the 2007 BCS title, winning the 2006 season Sugar Bowl, and having restored LSU to the national championship level of prominence in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
This brilliant coaching performance by Miles was needed, and he delivered, inspiring many impacted by the tragedy to hope for a better day.
Such actions were necessary following the hasty departure of former coach Nick Saban who fled for the NFL after he led LSU to a loss in the 2004 season Capital One Credit Card Bowl.
Comparisons are inevitable since Miles has been in Baton Rouge five seasons and Saban was at LSU for five seasons. Saban won 48 and lost 16, Miles has won 51 and lost 15. Each won a BCS title.
Please take under consideration, the world at large considers individuals who dispute factual evidence to the contrary of their personal beliefs as intellectually challenged.
Fear not, all ye Tiger unfaithful, it is doubtful you have Coach Miles to kick around after this season.
It is no closed door secret the next time “Mama comes calling” Miles will be more open to returning to his alma mater. The embarrassing coaching performance of the failed Rich Rodriguez in Ann Arbor has left the Wolverine nation hungry for a return to its winning ways.
Who was it Les Miles defeated for his BCS Title? Ohio State and Jim Tressel? That is all the people who bleed maize and blue need to know about what they want in their next coach.
And for the people of the beleaguered Sportsman's Paradise, another musical quote to end the discussion. This one a hit song in 1961 for Ral Donner, “You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It).”