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LSU parts ways with Les Miles

Brian Wollitz

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Longtime LSU football coach Les Miles was fired Sunday after spending 12 seasons with the Tigers since 2005.

LSU athletics announced Miles’ firing just the day after LSU lost to Auburn giving them a 2-2 record. LSU is 2-2 for the first time since 2001.

Miles has been on the hot seat since last season as fans and the athletic department expressed concerns with the success of the program.

“It’s apparent in evaluating the program through the first month of the season that a change has to be made. Our commitment to excellence and competing at the highest level is unwavering, and our goals for the remainder of this season haven’t changed,” said Joe Alleva, athletic director of LSU.

Miles was the second winningest coach in LSU history recording 114 wins and 34 losses. He lead the Tigers to two Southeastern Conference Championships, a 7-4 record in bowl games and a 2007 BCS National Championship, according to LSU athletics.

Former defensive line coach, Ed Orgeron will take over as the interim head coach until LSU finds a long-term replacement. However, if Orgeron does enough to impress boosters and the athletic department, there is a possibility that he could be named the head coach going forward.

Orgeron and the Tigers will look to bounce back this Saturday Oct. 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.

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Brian Wollitz, Sports Editor
Brian Wollitz is a junior at Loyola studying mass communication with a focus in journalism and a minor in music industry studies. Outside of the Maroon, Brian plays rugby for Loyola as well as playing keyboards and singing in his band Tight Squeeze, back home in Pacifica, California. Contact: [email protected] or @brian_wollitz
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