Are The LSU Tigers Prepared For Their Mid-Term Exam?

Christopher Williams@@6thCLagniappeCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers cheers during pregame before playing the West Virginia Mountaineers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Mountaineers 20-14.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Lets pretend for a few minutes that the LSU Tigers are a college course. The following is the assignment schedule along with the grades of those assignments already completed. 

Sept. 4  UNC- Quiz- C+

Sept 11 Vandy- Quiz- B-

Sept. 18 Miss St- Quiz- A-

Sept. 25 West Virginia- Quiz- C+

Oct. 2 Tennessee- Quiz- D-

Oct. 9 Florida- Mid-Term Exam

Oct. 16 McNeese St- Take home bonus quiz

Oct. 23 Auburn- Exam

Nov. 6 Alabama- Exam

Nov. 13 UL-Monroe- Take home bonus quiz

Nov. 20 Ole Miss- Quiz

Nov. 27 Arkansas- Final Exam

I think it is fair to say that the Tigers grade going into the Swamp is a C+, however; this game against Florida is going to be worth a lot more than the first five games of the year. 

Writing about the LSU Tigers can be just as frustrating as watching their offense and there is nothing I can say at this point that has not been said already. The Tigers were the laughing stock of the college football this past week after the chaotic win over Tennessee, but what happened last week was just another example of an average head coach getting in the way of a team stacked with talent most coaches would kill to have. 

For the sake of this article will we consider Les Miles the professor. Gary Crowton and John Chavis are instructors and the rest of the coaching staff are grad assistants. From what I can gather, the professor gives one of his instructors (Chavis) full control of his class, however; Crowton is teaching the class, but Miles expects him to teach it the way he (Miles) wants it taught despite the fact he does not have the tools that allow him to be the most effective. 

Okay, enough of the school analogy; what I am trying to say is that Miles is more involved in the offense than he needs to be. Yes he is the head coach, but why hire a guy who's philosophy on offense is not similar to what you want to do? For those of you who do not follow LSU enough to know what I am talking about, this is the best way for me to explain to you.

The Tigers have a problem at QB, the fan base has lost all faith in head coach Les Miles which intensified after LSU lost to Ole Miss last year because the coaching staff had time clock management issues. Those issues were seen in the past, but it was the first time it really cost LSU and although the coaching staff promised the clock management issues were going to be fixed it was obvious last week that the coaching staff did not fix it. Although the Tigers are 5-0 and ranked 9th in one poll and 12th in anther, Miles continues to give the LSU football program a bad image and part of it is due the fact he is not exactly suave when he addresses the media. Most Tiger fans agree he is a great guy off the field, but if he is going to get paid $4 million a year he should at least be able to manage the clock.

Will Miles get fired after this year? It will be hard to fire a guy who continues to win, but if his team finishes similar to the last two years then it will be a little easier to justify getting rid of him and becoming the laughing stock of college football (despite winning) does not help his case much either.