The well-established coach in Louisiana is established no longer, as LSU made the decision to fire Miles along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, multiple sources confirmed to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate. Current defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will take over as interim head coach for the Tigers.
LSU is in the midst of its worst start to a season since Miles accepted the Tigers head coaching position in 2005. Saturday’s back-and-forth loss to Auburn slides the Tigers to 2-2 on the season, 1-1 in conference play, and tied for third in the SEC-West division.
The Advocate had reported earlier Sunday, citing sources, that LSU leaders were expected to meet within the next 24 hours to discuss the direction of the football program as well as the status of both Miles and Cameron.
The offensive struggles throughout the season thus far have been front and centerm, with LSU being the only FBS program that has failed to score a single point in the fourth quarter through all four games this season. The Tigers are currently ranked 119th out of 128 FBS schools in passing yards, in part due to Miles’ known tendency to operate with a run-dominant offensive scheme.
Despite a call for action from fans leading up to Sunday, the buyout clause in Miles’ contract left many thinking that a change in leadership was not meant to be. The buyout in Miles’ contract is $ 12.9 million, but may in fact be lessened as a result of having already coached four games this season.
While the Tigers may have effectively taken themselves out of the playoff race with their most recent loss, there is still a chance to salvage a strong portion of the season. LSU is set to take on Missouri, another SEC team with a 2-2 record, this coming Saturday in what will be the first Tigers home game since 2005 without Miles on the sidelines.