Chad LaBorde Discusses LSU Firing Les Miles [Audio]
Former LSU head coach Les Miles was the longest tenured head coach in the SEC before LSU's Saturday night loss to the Auburn Tigers. After 11 years in the Bayou, LSU is actively looking to find someone to fill the giant shoes left by the Mad Hatter. Chad LaBorde of BayouBengalTigers.com and ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge joined Ryan Fowler to talk about the vacancy at LSU.
A big impact that firing a coach brings is the potential for team chemistry issues and the possibility that many players' development could be stunted or may even be detrimental to their growth as not only football players, but people as well. The Bayou Bengals' star running back Leonard Fournette is one example of how the firing of Miles could affect his chances of producing at the collegiate level on the gridiron; and not only for their primary ball carrier, but for the rest of the players as well.
"I have never seen LSU ever do anything like this... Maybe you go on a run here, maybe you don't, but wait for Leonard Fournette's junior year, which is like his senior year. Because [LSU] didn't make this call in November, he could have had an even better year this year... but all in all, you deprive him and not only the rest of these guys that'll be coming out as either juniors or seniors at the end of this year because you didn't take care of business back when it got out in early November."
Maybe it's correlation, maybe it's causation, but in the Southeastern Conference, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has set the bar for success. Many other coaches are judged by their success relative to Saban's, and regardless of whether this is fair or not, it seems to be a harsh reality. Did Miles fall victim to these unrealistic expectations, or was it simply just time for a change? And if Miles was fired because he couldn't meet these lofty expectations, is that fair for not only him, but for every other coach in the nation? LaBorde had an interesting take on the matter because he thinks it was more to it than the "Saban effect."
"If it was just LSU going 11-1 and losing to Alabama just six years or five years in a row, I don't think we'd be having this conversation about Miles, even though there would be fans and administration who would like to beat Alabama, but I don't think you could run him out of town. You start losing to Arkansas and Ole Miss and losing to mediocre SEC teams, that's where the problem lies."
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