Les Miles has been “relieved of his duties” as Louisiana State University’s head football coach, LSU’s Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced Sunday.
Ed Orgeron is the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season. Orgeron joined the LSU staff in 2015 as defensive line coach and has since also stepped into the role of recruiting coordinator.
“Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” Alleva said. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.”
“However,”Alleva adds, “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. 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.”
Miles, who has coached at LSU since 2006, was known for his rather wacky ways on the field — including unconventional calls and ripping up Tiger Stadium turf and munching on it — and uncensored post-game press conferences.
Although Miles is the second-winningest coach in the school’s history (a 114-34 record in 11-plus seasons), his past two seasons were deemed disappointing. A loss to Auburn on Saturday that dropped LSU to 2-2 didn’t help his longevity.
A press conference is scheduled for Monday to further discuss the details of Miles’ dismissal and the promotion of Orgeron to interim head coach.