On Sunday, LSU finally finished what it started last December, canning Les Miles in his 12th season on the job. It wasn’t necessarily a shocking move given that 1) the athletic program had to be dragged away from ejection button at the end of last season and 2) LSU, projected by many as a Playoff contender, fell to 2-2 with a humiliating road loss to Auburn on Saturday night.
"Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he's been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult,” athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement.
"However, 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.”
So how do you replace a coach who went 114-34 with two SEC and one national championship?
Ah yes, the guy left the Ole Miss football program scuttled in waters so hazardous that they reached for Houston Nutt as the nearest floatation device.
Ed Orgeron, who was hired onto the LSU staff two years ago as the D-line coach, has been named the interim.
“We have an obligation to our student-athletes to put them in the best position to have success on the football field each week and we have great confidence that Coach Orgeron will do just that," Alleva said in the statement.
Coach O, of course, served three years as the head man in Oxford, where he threatened to rip off his shirt, made one hell of a Hummer commercial and accumulated a 10-25 record. He was tossed in 2007 after a blown lead against Mississippi State in the final regular game of the season left Ole Miss winless in the SEC.
Still, Oregeron has had some success as a head coach between now and then. Don’t forget that he went 6-2 as the interim at USC after Lane Kiffin was left on the tarmac of LAX. Coach O stormed off campus after he was passed over for the full-time gig by Steve Sarkisian, a hire that, uh, didn’t go too well. That landed O back in his home state of Louisiana, where he’s overseen an impressive LSU D-line and helped haul in the country’s No. 3 recruiting class in 2016.
While the firing of Miles carries a tangled heap of implications for the future of Ole Miss football (which we’ll touch on later this week), the most immediate effect is that Coach O will be steering the ship against Ole Miss when the Rebs head to Baton Rouge on Oct. 22.