Winning two SEC championships and one national championship doesn’t always guarantee a long and stable coaching career at one school.
Like most veteran coaches, LSU’s Les Miles knows that the ever-present hot seat shows no mercy, even to the elite coaches like himself.
The “River Boat Gambler” was asked about the pressures of coming off last season’s 8-5 record at a press conference after Tuesday’s practice.
“I promise you this — I’m triggered not by exterior factors, only what goes on in this building,” Miles said.
Les Miles never has and never will lack in confidence. There’s a reason why CBSSports.com ranked him as the second best coach in the SEC, and it shows year after year.
However, last season’s 8-5 effort and lack of success in bowl games in the recent years (2-4 in the past six games) has started some grumblings on whether or not Miles can get it done again.
Navigating the SEC West is no easy task. And the new playoff has shown that the SEC is no longer foolproof against college football’s best teams.
But there are few coaches as linked to their school as Miles is to LSU. The grass-eating, high hat-wearing, odd-clapping coach continues to usher in 4- and 5-star talent year after year, and he might be primed for a run with a solid offense and a rejuvenated defense.
Is Miles on the hot seat? Not likely anytime soon.