Well, that didn’t take long. We’re only one game into the season, and already fans are calling for Les Miles’ job.
Indeed, after watching LSU lose to Wisconsin, 16-14, at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Tigers fan Andy Denicola started a GoFundMe page to help LSU cover the cost of Miles’ buyout, which would reportedly be somewhere around $6.4 million.
Scott Ferrall found the stunt to be absolutely ridiculous. Ross Dellenger agreed.
“LSU doesn’t need money for Les Miles’ buyout,” The Advocate LSU writer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I’m pretty sure they had everything squared away last year when they planned on firing him and then obviously they didn’t. But that’s the last thing they need. They have plenty of money to do what they want with it, if that is fire Les Miles.”
Miles, of course, almost lost his job after a disappointing 9-3 campaign last season. The Tigers started 7-0 and were firmly in the College Football Playoff mix, but then they lost three straight. Even worse, they scored 17 points or fewer in all three games.
In the end, though, LSU beat Texas A&M in the regular-season finale and then whipped Texas Tech, 56-27, in the Texas Bowl, and fans realized how much they loved Miles.
That feeling seems to have dissipated literally overnight.
“It’s crazy here,” Dellenger said. “I think the expectation entering this season for LSU was so high with everybody that was returning, Leonard Fournette and all these great defensive players and a new coordinator, I think the expectation was so high that a season any less than 10-2 is probably a season where you’re going to see some drama late in the year like there was last year. When you open the year not just with a loss, but I think I can speak for some of the administrators here when I say that it was a pretty ugly loss as far as LSU’s offense is concerned. Les Miles has kind of preached throughout the offseason that there’s going to be change in LSU’s offense and the passing game is going to be improved. And they go out there and Brandon Harris threw for 130 yards and two interceptions and just didn’t look good at all.”
LSU trailed 6-0 at halftime, went just 2-of-10 on third down, committed three turnovers, had just 257 total yards and was destroyed in time of possession, with the Badgers controlling the ball for almost 37 minutes.
It was ugly.
“I think there’s some not just fans down here, but I think there’s some frustrated administrators,” Dellenger said. “Certainly there’s still a long season to go, but the team I think a lot of people saw out there Saturday you wouldn’t think is a team that’s going to end up somehow winning the rest of the games or even just losing one or two. So you get the feeling already that it’s moving in the direction of a drama-filled November like it was last year where Les’ job is very much in doubt.”
No. 21 LSU (0-1) hosts Jacksonville State (1-0) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.