LSU fires Miles and for­mer Ravens co­or­di­na­tor Cameron

Notre Dame de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor VanGorder, FIU coach Turner also out

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LSU fired coach Les Miles and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Cam Cameron on Sun­day, and pro­moted de­fen­sive line coach Ed Org­eron to in­terim head coach.

The moves came less than 24 hours af­ter Miles briefly watched his play­ers cel­e­brate what they thought was a last­sec­ond win­ning touch­down pass at Auburn, only to walk off the field with a loss af­ter of­fi­cials deter­mined on video re­play that time had ex­pired be­fore the ball was snapped.

It was the lat­est of sev­eral fran­tic fin­ishes in which the clock man­age­ment of a Miles-coached of­fense had come un­der in­tense scru­tiny. It will go down as the last.

“Coach Miles has done a tremen­dous job here and he’s been a great am­bas­sador for our Univer­sity, which makes this even more dif­fi­cult,” LSU ath­letic di­rec­tor Joe All­eva said in a writ­ten state­ment. “How­ever, it’s ap­par­ent in eval­u­at­ing the pro­gram through the first month of the sea­son that a change has to be made.

“We have an obli­ga­tion to our stu­den­tath­letes to put them in the best po­si­tion to have suc­cess on the foot­ball field each week. We have great con­fi­dence that Coach Org­eron will do just that.”

Miles’ firing, re­ported first by The Ad­vo­cate of Ba­ton Rouge, came hours af­ter LSU (2-2, 1-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence), which was ranked No. 18 last week, dropped out of the Top 25 in the lat­est As­so­ci­ated Press Poll re­leased Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Miles, who was in his 12th sea­son, went 114-34 at LSU, the sec­ond-most vic­to­ries in school his­tory be­hind Charles McClen­don’s 137 from 1962 to 1979.

Cameron, a friend of Miles since they were both as­sis­tants at Michi­gan in the 1980s, joined LSU in 2013. His of­fense was largely ef­fec­tive when his quar­ter­back was Zach Met­ten­berger, a tall, stron­garmed pro-style pocket passer. Pro­duc­tion was far less con­sis­tent — and the pass­ing game was of­ten ane­mic — dur­ing the past two sea­sons.

Cameron served as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for the Ravens from 2008 to 2012, when he was fired af­ter a loss to the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins in Week 14 and re­placed by quar­ter­backs coach Jim Cald­well.

Miles coached the Tigers to a na­tional ti­tle in the 2007 sea­son. The 2011 Tigers also reached the na­tional ti­tle game, but lost to Alabama in what has grown to a five-game los­ing streak against the Crim­son Tide. Notre Dame DC VanGorder fired: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fired de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Brian VanGorder, hours af­ter an em­bar­rass­ing 38-35 home loss to Duke dropped the Fight­ing Ir­ish — who started the sea­son ranked No. 10 — to 1-3.

“I had time last night to eval­u­ate our cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and made what I felt to be the best de­ci­sion for the pro­gram,” Kelly said.

Greg Hud­son, a for­mer Ir­ish line­backer un­der Lou Holtz who was hired as a de­fen­sive an­a­lyst over the sum­mer, was named VanGorder’s re­place­ment. Hud­son pre­vi­ously served as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Pur­due, East Carolina and Min­nesota, as well as as­sis­tant head coach and lineback­ers coach at Florida State.

Kelly said he hired Hud­son to bring ex­pe­ri­ence and brain­power to the pro­gram.

“Now as the de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor he’ll as­sume the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the co­or­di­na­tor to get some en­ergy into the group, some pas­sion and get that unit play­ing the kind of foot­ball I know they’re ca­pa­ble of,” Kelly said.

Kelly said he also plans to spend a lot more time with the de­fense, a process that be­gan last week. He wants to see the Ir­ish play­ing “fast and free and loose.”

“I need to see guys play­ing the game like kids, and not so me­chan­i­cal and ro­botic,” he said.

Kelly said there was plenty of room to make changes in the de­fense with­out over­whelm­ing play­ers, say­ing there was “a vast li­brary that is eas­ily tapped into from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.” He also wants to see the Ir­ish use more play­ers.

The Ir­ish’s de­fense is giv­ing up 33.5 points a game through four games, which is on pace to be the most points in school his­tory. The record is 29.2 points a game, set in 2014, VanGorder’s first year as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. The pre­vi­ous school record was 28.9, set in 1956 when the Ir­ish fin­ished 2-8.

Asked whether the hir­ing of Hud­son was an in­terim move or a full-time move, Kelly said he told Hud­son “that ev­ery­body is in­ter­view­ing. Ev­ery­body on our staff for the rest of the year is on a very pub­lic in­ter­view.” Turner out at FIU: Florida In­ter­na­tional has fired coach Ron Turner.

The Pan­thers made the one day af­ter the team fell to 0-4 this sea­son with a 53-14 loss to Cen­tral Florida. They lost to Mary­land, 41-14, on Sept. 9.

FIU has won only13 of its past 53 games, go­ing back to the fi­nal game of the 2011 sea­son. The Pan­thers were 10-30 in parts of four sea­sons un­der Turner, who re­placed Mario Cris­to­bal be­fore the 2012 sea­son.

De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ron Cooper is tak­ing over as in­terim coach. The Pan­thers host ri­val Florida At­lantic on Satur­day.

Ron Fritz, Se­nior Ed­i­tor/Sports, 410-332-6421, fax: 410-783-2518, e-mail: sports@balt­sun.com For­mer Raven Chris Ch­ester and the Fal­cons will face the Saints tonight

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