The Case For Les Miles
Les Miles is NOT a bad coach. That's right, you read that correctly. Although to some it may seem like a silly analogy, you could compare the head coach of a successful college football program to the President of the United States. The similarity? The responsibility and the pressure for success and good times. If either one makes a mistake or falters in any way, people are ready for heads to roll, and devotion quickly turns to resentment. In such a position, people expect consistency and positive results, although that can't always be a realistic expectation.
Such is the case with Les Miles. In every season he has been at LSU, he has lead the Tigers to a winning season, in every year thus far. Before this past season's bowl game loss to Penn State, he was a perfect 4-0 in bowl games, including the 2007 national championship game against Ohio State. He was at the helm of some huge victories against a number of ranked teams over his past five years, especially several down to the wire victories in their 07 championship campaign.
Some LSU fans don't think very much of Les Miles, and yes, although he has faltered at times and made some coaching blunders, he still has produced and has not let LSU slip into a losing, non-bowl season. You have to factor that in, if he started to slip as a coach to the point where LSU was having losing seasons, frustration could be understandable, but when a coach has lead his team to winning seasons every year, regardless of what bowl they go to, LSU is still WINNING!
There are definitely the arguments out there against him... " he's only been successful because he inherited Saban's recruits", " he caught a bunch of lucky breaks and now it's catching up with him", " if he were at another school, he probably would be mediocre at best".
If you look at his career as a head coach prior to LSU, when he coached at Oklahoma State, he coached the Cowboys to a winning season in every year except his first year there, which is understandable given it was his first season in what was probably a rebuilding year altogether. His bowl record was 1-2 there, which isn't the best but it also isn't horrible. Les proved at Oklahoma State and he has proven at LSU that he's a solid coach who, while not perfect, is more than competent, despite the Ole Miss anger-inducement.
All in all, Les Miles is the victim of WAY high expectations, and is only criticized because he hasn't lead LSU to MORE wins. True, we may have a lot of great talent at LSU, but folks, the entire SEC is loaded with talent and every team fights tooth and nail for the win. We can't expect it to be LSU's year every single year, with the successful seasons that Alabama and Florida have recently had, it just wasn't our time to shine these past two seasons. I'm still very thankful for the 2007 championship, which people tend to forget that the man did lead LSU to a national championship! As long as Les Miles is the coach at LSU, I will support him because he is the coach and we need to be in his corner, fellow LSU fans.
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