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Firing Miles would require secure backup plan

Les Miles is one of the very best college coaches in the country, firing him for the sake of making a coaching change would be a huge mistake.

Les Miles is one of the very best college coaches in the country, firing him for the sake of making a coaching change would be a huge mistake.

The only way LSU should even consider parting ways with football coach Les Miles is if they already have one of those backdoor wink and nod deals done with a coach who is better.

Miles is one of the best coaches in the country and has an impressive 110-32 record with the Tigers in his 10th season with them to go with five top 10 finishes, six bowl victories, two National Championship game appearances and a 2007 title. In a grueling SEC West, that is amazing. The guy wins a lot of games but his team’s recent three-game slide coupled with his inability to beat the man he replaced, Nick Saban, and arch-rival Alabama, has led to talks of his contract being bought out.

LSU would have to get an incredible coach to avoid simply making a chance to make a change. We’re not talking Tom Herman, Justin Fuente or Mat Campbell here, we’re talking Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy or Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. At the pro level, of course Chip Kelly’s name will come up.

And even then it is a gamble. Few coaches have the resume Miles has. Making a move simply to make a move just is not the proper way to go, but LSU fans are growing tired of watching Saban, who they once had, be a national championship contender every single year, while their team has title hopes ever few years.

Ultimately, that is the problem with Miles; he’s not Saban. But that is the harsh truth in college football. Programs and boosters and fans demand their team be a title contender every year and if they are not there are calls for change and great coaches can get fired. But unlike professional teams where players are paid and there are not issues with recruiting and constant roster turnovers, college programs cannot just be title contenders every year. It’s a miracle that Alabama is but it has raised the expectations to an unrealistic height at LSU.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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