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How an inability to adapt on offense ended Les Miles' colorful LSU tenure

Les Miles was a one-of-a-kind character who won a lot of games in Baton Rouge, but it was his inability -- or refusal -- to adapt on offense that led to his ouster from LSU.

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Ed Orgeron living in the moment at LSU

With Les Miles out, LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron brings a lifetime love and knowledge of Louisiana to the job -- even if it may be temporary.

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Craig Haubert ESPN Staff Writer 

While @ LSU - Since 2006 - Les Miles signed 9 Top-10 classes including the No. 1 class in '09, No. 2 class in '14 & No. 3 class in '16

Craig Haubert ESPN Staff Writer 

Among the 2017 rankings LSU currently has the #4 class w/ 8 commits that rank among the Top-5 at their respective position

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Most impressive Les Miles stat to me? Over the past 12 seasons, LSU had 24 wins in games in which it trailed in the fourth quarter. That's easily the most of any team. The Cardiac Cats almost pulled off another one Saturday night against Auburn on the Plains

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Just goes to show you the college football world we live in. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Miles leaves LSU with the highest winning percentage (.770) and second-most wins by a coach in school history. His 114 wins are 23 fewer than Charles McClendon. Miles (2007), Paul Dietzel and Nick Saban are the only coaches to win a national championship at LSU in the poll era. Miles had 11 straight eight-win seasons at LSU. That's one shy of the most consecutive eight-win seasons for a coach with an SEC program (Bear Bryant, Phillip Fulmer and Steve Spurrier each had 12). But it still wasn't enough. Recent struggles and a lack of offensive evolution doomed him

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

Leonard Fournette discusses LSU's coaching change after Sunday's team meeting where Les Miles bid farewell and Ed Orgeron was introduced as interim coach.


Scott Van Pelt @notthefakeSVP

I enjoyed and appreciated the conversation with Les Miles over the years. They were memorable and unusual. Just like him.

Ryan McGee @ESPNMcGee

When you think you'll cruise through Sunday afternoon but then Harvick wins & Kenseth doesn't & Les Miles is fired all in like 15 minutes.

ESPN CollegeFootball @ESPNCFB

Most Wins as Head Coach in LSU History: Charles McClendon 137 Les Miles 114 Bernie Moore 83 Nick Saban 48 Paul Dietzel 46

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Thoughts from SEC assistant after Les Miles' firing: "It'll be open season with LSU's recruits," the coach said. "Their class was so good. It'll be tough to pry some of their in-state guys away, but this will help others go after their out-of-state guys . This could have just changed Dylan Moses' recruitment big time." Moses, a five-star athlete from Bradenton (Florida) IMG Academy, is originally from Louisiana and is considering LSU, Alabama, Miami, Texas and UCLA.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Les Miles won a lot of football games as LSU's coach and guided the Tigers to the 2007 BCS national championship. But the "Mad Hatter" was also famously stubborn. After surviving an attempted coup by boosters to fire him last season, Miles did very little to change LSU's offense. He kept Cam Cameron, the same offensive coordinator, and started Brandon Harris, the same quarterback. After the Tigers lost twice and looked woefully inept on offense in September, LSU officials finally pulled the plug on Miles on Sunday. Only one month into the 2016 season, the Tigers are now at the front of the line in the race to hire Houston coach Tom Herman.

Bernardo Osuna @osunaespn

With former Trojan Ed Orgeron taking over for Les Miles at LSU, wouldn't Miles fit the bill of "big time" coach that @USC has been lacking