LSU fires Miles af­ter 12 sea­sons

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer

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 last-sec­ond 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 tre-

men­dous 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 stu­dent-ath­letes 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 18th last week, dropped out of the Top 25 in the lat­est AP 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 vic­to­ries from 1962 to 1979.

Cameron, an old friend of Miles from when 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, strong-armed pro-style pocket passer. Pro­duc­tion was far less con­sis­tent — and the pass­ing game was of­ten ane­mic — dur­ing the past two sea­sons.

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 fiveg­ame los­ing streak against the Crim­son Tide.

The 2012 Tigers were Miles’ best team since, but an early Novem­ber loss to Alabama squelched that team’s ti­tle hopes while Alabama, un­der for­mer LSU coach Nick Sa­ban, went on to a de­ci­sive na­tional ti­tle vic­tory over Notre Dame.

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