LSU fires head coach Les Miles
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 11, 2016,
Oct 11, 2016, 10:09
Miles - who was 114-34 in 12 seasons as LSU's coach, including a 62-28 record in the Southeastern Conference - was sacked Sunday along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Alleva also fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who at $1.2 million was one of the highest paid assistants in college football.
White was operating Saturday night with a new play-caller as Rhett Lashlee was given the responsibility for the first time this year and the offense clearly ran with more organization and tempo than it had against a Power 5 conference opponent in the 2016 season. "Short, easy throws for the quarterback and move the ball downfield".
LSU - which owes Cameron six months' salary under terms of his contract buyout, according to The Advocate - has yet to score in the fourth quarter this season, the only FBS team owning that distinction. He then left the Saints to become the defensive coach and recruiting coordinator for Tennessee, under Kiffin, in 2009.
Orgeron also announced defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was elevated to associate head coach, while linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto is going to focus exclusively on coaching special teams.
"I'm going to lean on him", Orgeron said of Aranda.
Orgeron scrambled when asked if the quarterback position - manned by Etling since the second game of the season after the benching of starter Brandon Harris - was open again. "Whatever happened in the past doesn't matter".
Orgeron was also the head coach at SEC rival Ole Miss, where he recorded just 10 wins against 25 losses with the Rebels from 2005 through 2007.
An opening such as LSU's doesn't come around often, and big-name coaches have already been linked to the job. "I have tremendous respect for Les Miles", Saban said.
Orgeron also had a brief stint as an National Football League assistant in 2008 with the New Orleans Saints, serving as a defensive line coach. "All I want to do is see them win". "Anything they see that makes the Tigers better, I'm for it".
"That's ultimately what got Les Miles fired", former LSU defensive lineman and SEC Network analyst Booger McFarland said on ESPN.
Orgeron said clock management will be a big emphasis moving forward.
"Damien Harris is still going to be day-to-day, probably won't do much today", Saban said Monday.
Orgeron also said recruits were excited to hear from him Sunday.
Nick Saban followed DiNardo and LSU blossomed along with the SEC. Miles finished his career 3-7 against Saban.
Monday, Saban expressed his disappointment in seeing the departure of one of his "most respected colleagues". "I think I gave us a chance to win the game", Miles said.