No. 17 LSU is 7-2, having lost back-to-back games to Alabama and Arkansas. What once looked like a potential SEC-championship and College Football Playoff-bound season is now reduced to another "good" campaign on the Bayou.
Make no mistake about it, Les Miles has been more than good in his 11-year tenure at LSU. He's won 10 or more games in a season seven times, captured a pair of SEC championships and one BCS national title and has a winning percentage of nearly .800. Still, Miles has detractors, and with the two most recent defeats, their voices have grown stronger.
So strong, in fact, that longtime LSU beat writer Scott Rabalais of The New Orleans Advocate has raised the possibility Miles could be coaching for his job the next two weeks against Ole Miss and Texas A&M. According to Rabalais, there are "strong indications" that is indeed the case.
The raw arithmetic doesn’t truly match up — Miles has won 78 percent of his games — but nonetheless a growing, gnawing disquiet has brought the man they call The Mad Hatter to yet another precipice.
It’s early yet, relatively speaking, and as can be expected, no one is eager to go public regarding Miles’ future at this point. But 25 years of covering LSU, cultivating a variety of knowledgeable sources, have led this writer to believe that there is a serious threat to Miles’ tenure here.
It seems absurd that Miles, given his track record, would truly be on the hot seat. But the SEC is a different animal, and as we said in this post one week ago, LSU fans are hungry for a national title after seeing three conference foes win one recently.
It will be interesting to see if this story progresses any further, particularly if the Tigers fall to either the Rebels or Aggies.