LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles is returning to Death Valley next season. After the Tigers defeated the Texas A&M Aggies this evening in a 19-7 win, Athletic Director Joe Alleva made the announcement that he’s looking forward to working with Les for years to come.
Alleva has been the AD at Louisiana State since 2008. Miles arrived on campus in 2005 after he replaced Nick Saban.
“He’s our football coach and will continue to be our football coach,” Alleva said.
The school took a lot of heat in the past day, which included the Governor Bobby Jindal supporting Miles. Before that, there was tons of speculation, with a lot of it on social media, which we’re sure that the players saw.
Miles said in his post-game interview that the players had to see those messages on social media.
He was also carried off the field by his players, in what was expected to be his final game, before the announcement was made after the game. They finished the season with an 8-3 record – and their first win after three straight losses.
“It’s nice to be the head coach at LSU,” Miles added. “It’s a joy and I’m really pleased to be the head coach.”
Plus, with Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher saying he was staying put at the school, maybe that had a factor in this decision, as well. Fisher was the LSU boosters favorite to replace Miles, if he indeed was let go, but that’s not happening now.
Miles is 139-53 during his collegiate coaching career, which also includes four years with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He has gone 113-32 during his 11-year tenure with the Tigers.
He also guided the team to the 2007 National Championship with Saban’s players. He also helped the Tigers to the 2011 National Championship game when the Crimson Tide won 21-0 on January 9th, 2011 at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans.
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