Armchair Talking Head

CFA Kickoff Classic: The Beginning of Less Les in Baton Rouge?
July 29, 2010, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Saban, SEC Football

In his five-year tenure at Louisiana State University as head football coach, Les Miles has amassed a record of 51-15. That’s a winning percentage of 0.77273. That’s slightly higher than Nick Saban’s winning percentage at LSU from 2000-2004 of 0.75000. That’s honestly the only real-life or water cooler head-to-head comparison with the former LSU head man that Miles will likely ever win again.

Nobody, and I mean Nobody in Baton Rouge is enamored with Miles’s work product. Sure he won a national championship in 2007, and I’ll even take away the fact that he largely won that game with Saban recruits. He definitely got some capital by winning that BCS Championship, but it’s clear that his capital has run out. With non-sensical play-calling, and non-sensical public remarks (Did you know the oil spill “affects the ocean”?), the fans of the purple and gold have more faith in Edwin Edwards than in Miles, and if the truth be told, 99% of LSU fans who screamed bloody murder when Saban came to Tuscaloosa would take him back faster than they could say Gumbo.

For the last two seasons, the Chik-Fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta has been a springboard for undefeated seasons for the Crimson Tide. The game has given an SEC Championship Game-like atmosphere at the beginning of the season that served as a harbinger of things to come the Tide’s way.

But this year, the CFA Kickoff Classic has the potential to signal something totally different. If LSU drops its first game to the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Bengal Tigers are likely to become the Titanic and Les Miles is Captain Smith. The once sought after Oklahoma State coach has proven his idiocy in the SEC, and has likely burned any bridges between himself and his alma mater Michigan. Thus, much like Captain Smith, it appears that Les Miles is headed to the bottom of the SEC West ocean with his ship.


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