After two of the most awkward weeks around Tiger town, most of the questions surrounding LSU have…
"A lot of folks are wondering if
LSU couldn't have done better. But, really, who was LSU going to get? They were
determined to get a head coach. Les Miles parlayed two victories over
- Dennis Dodd, CBS Sportsline
"It's my opinion that LSU, like so many other schools before it rushed to fill the position for fear of a bigger P.R. hit if they waited longer to hire their man. That man likely would have been the same Les Miles they announced (last) Monday. Les Miles has been one of the nation's most underrated head coaches the past four years. He is a good hire at this point. And LSU might see sustained success with his leadership."
- Tim Brando, CBS Sports
"Les Miles might not be a name that
blows you away. But think about how the OK State fans (and
"Interesting choice, but it's
almost like LSU is hoping for lightning to strike twice. Miles got OSU from A to
B, but he lost his two bowl games and didn't beat anyone this year other than
UCLA. However, Saban was seen as a coach who couldn't get a team over the hump
- Pete Fiutak, Collegefootballnews.com
"Miles comes with a resume that is hard to find any holes in. Hopefully everyone will allow him to do things his way, because that is what made him the success he is. He shouldn't be asked to do things the way Nick Saban did them. There are more ways than one to win football games. LSU got a high character, outstanding football coach."
"I believe LSU hired the best candidate available, considering the list of coaches available. I just hope Tiger fans give Miles a chance."
"I've heard nothing but good things
about him from having interviewed numerous coaches and players who have had to
face him and his
- O.K. "Buddy" Davis,
"He is stepping into a tremendous amount of pressure. The expectations are insane, and the fact that a large number of athletes will be returning next season will only add to that. Throw in the constant comparisons to Nick Saban, and life will be tough without early success in Tiger town. Just off the bat, he seems to be a lot more outwardly emotional than Nick Saban. That could be an exciting rally point for him with fans. He seems to be a bit more blue-collar type coach as well, that should help with high school recruiting. Ultimately success on and off the field, recruiting and a clean program, will determine if he stays for long and earns the devotion of Tiger fans."
"Is Les more? Or did LSU settle for Les? Truth is, LSU seems to have settled for Les, but he may have the potential to become more than many think. He could end up being almost as good as Nick Saban but minus the yearly talk of a departure to the NFL, which would be nice. Miles is not a great choice, but he's a good one considering what was available out there. He's miles ahead of the other coaches LSU interviewed. Until Miles, LSU's "search" was more of a dredging. I heard of Houston Nutt and R.C. Slocum early, but I thought they were such bad choices that I didn't think LSU would even look their way so I didn't even investigate. Jimbo Fisher would have been a better hire than Petrino as well and should have been interviewed by LSU. That was a mistake and LSU may pay for it down the road."
- Glenn Guilbeau, Gannett News Service
"Never heard of him until the day he was hired. That's about it."
- Bob Ryan,
"Les Miles was a good hire. LSU
followed a winning formula. Hire a coach from a big conference who is playing
second fiddle in his own state. Don't expect him to be Nick Saban. Don't expect
him to stay forever. If he wins big he's headed to the NFL. Perhaps to
- Ed Daniels, WGNO –
You have to trust Skip Bertman and you have to figure he got one of the best coaches available. But only time will tell and one thing's for sure ... there will be a drop off from the Saban era. Let's just hope that "Drop Off" is as minimal as possible. LSU is now one of college football's elite programs ... let's hope it stays their under Les Miles.
- Kaare Johnson, WWL Radio
"LSU did a through job finding a solid candidate for the job. He might not be the sexy name fans were looking for, but neither was Saban."
The leash of wiggle room will be much tighter, following Saban's two SEC titles and a national crown. Is Miles, the next Saban? Miles from it. Honeymoons for shotgun weddings don't last long and this has D-I-V-O-R-C-E all over it if you ask me.
"Frankly, I thought LSU would get a
coach who had more success on the college level. Perhaps Skip Bertman is looking
at it from the angle that Nick Saban coached at the second school in
"Les Miles was a better hire for
LSU than Bobby Petrino would have been anyway. Miles has accomplished more at
OSU with less talent, not to mention he's beaten Bob Stoops and
Miles is being handed the keys to a Ferrari, not Al Bundy's Dodge. People will expect him to cruise this high-powered machine to at least 8 – 10 wins. Unfortunately for Miles…there will be at least one moment this year when LSU fans will question the way he's handling the wheel…."That's not the way Saban would've done it", they'll say.
The knee-jerk reaction from most people will be "LSU could've done better." But when you consider the timing of this whole thing, the candidates who were actually available, and the criteria Skip and company were looking for….I don't think they could've done much better. He seems like a genuine man, with high morals, and a respect for fundamentals, toughness, and the way the game should be played. He also seems personable and approachable…something we were all hoping for in the new guy.