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Les Miles fired as LSU coach after 12 years and national championship

LSU fired their coach Les Miles on Sunday in a move that many had seen coming, despite the fact that he led the school to a national championship in 2007

LSU fired their coach Les Miles on Sunday in a move that many had seen coming, despite the fact that he led the school to a national championship in 2007. His time at LSU has been under constant scrutiny from annoyed fans and boosters who disliked his staid offenses and blunders in game management. His fate was sealed Saturday when the Tigers squandered a late chance to beat Auburn with several mistakes, including snapping the ball on what would have been a game-winning touchdown a second after time ran out.

Despite the mockery of Miles, he had great success at LSU going 134-34 in a 12-year reign. Seven times the Tigers won more than 10 games in a season, twice they played for the national title, but the last two years have been a struggle. LSU went 8-5 in 2014 and 9-3 in 2015. Such records will not stand in the fiercely-competitive Southeastern Conference. Not at a school that believes it should be in the national championship picture every year.

One of Miless biggest critics was former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, now a radio host in New Orleans, whose son played for Miles at LSU. Hebert once famously confronted Miles at a press conference following the 2011 title loss to Alabama, complaining about his play-calling.

I know this and I actually believe this and people say Oh come on, but I know Ive forgotten more football than Les Miles knows,Hebert said in 2012.

LSU came into the season ranked No5 but Saturdays loss dropped the team to 2-2. In addition to Miles, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has also been let go. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron (an interim head coach at USC in 2013) has been promoted to head coach, presumably for the rest of the season. LSU host Missouri on Saturday.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/25/les-miles-fired-lsu-college-football