As LSU prepares for life without Les Miles, the college football world continues to try to make sense of The Mad Hatter’s firing.
“The truth of the matter is, Miles was on borrowed time from the Alabama loss last year all the way until the perfect storm and the Auburn loss this year,” FOX Sports College football analyst Tim Brando said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “And frankly, the biorhythms on him were not good going all he way back to the 2011, 13-0 LSU team that had to play Alabama in a rematch in the final BCS championship, which turned into a bloodletting with the Jordan Jefferson situation at quarterback with Jarrett Lee. He never rebounded from that. The program was never the same. They just couldn’t develop a quarterback and Les was stuck in the mud with his offensive schemes. He wouldn’t change.”
The one exception came in 2012-2013, when the Tigers spread it out with with Zach Mettenberger, Odell Beckham Jr., and Jarvis Landry.
“That was the only time they ever opened it up,” Brando said. “The moment Mettenberger was gone and Jennings and Brandon Harris got there, they became Pitch-Back U again. And while Leonard Fournette is an extraordinary talent, they were trying to play the game in a phone book and it was simply not going to work. So schematically and from a football standpoint, what happened this past week is, I think, understandable and expected. The issue for LSU, however, is far deeper than just that. . . . They have problems with leadership. The athletic director there is a mere puppet for donors. The president of the university got in the way of them (potentially) hiring Jimbo Fisher at the end of last year. Trust me when I tell you Jimmy Sexton played them like a violin for Jimbo. They had the deal. But then F. King Alexander, the president of the university who is concerned about images and impressions and the way it would look during the economic downturn of higher education in the state of Louisiana, he gets in the way, sort of nixes the situation, and, oh, by the way, they’ve got no Plan B. They’re not going to be able to get Jimbo Fisher, those negotiations break down as a result and they’ve got no Plan B. They basically had Les twisting in the wind since he lost the game with Alabama.”
Brando called LSU’s late-season change of heart regarding Miles last year a “charade.”
He doesn’t know who the Tigers’ next head coach will be, but he doesn’t think it’ll be Tom Herman, who will have the option to coach just about anywhere.
“Why would you want to work at a place where your AD or your president could be out of there within a year or two, or you’re going to be working for incompetent people who are going to be getting in your way?” Brando asked. “You don’t need that.”