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Published: Tue, September 27, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

LSU fires coach Les Miles four games into his 12th season

LSU fires coach Les Miles four games into his 12th season

"So I would have a hard time not being involved in the game and not being a coach".

LSU is 12-10 in its last 22 games against Power Five teams and 4-5 in the last nine games, with a 6-8 record against SEC West opponents since the start of 2014.

Orgeron thanked former head coach Les Miles for bringing him to LSU.

Miles' firing came hours after LSU (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which was ranked 18th last week, dropped out of the Top 25 in the latest AP Poll released Sunday.

With the (not so) stunning news that Les Miles is out as head football coach at LSU, here are ten things you should know about the Tigers interim boss, Ed Orgeron. "However, it's apparent in evaluating the program through the first month of the season that a change has to be made". That landed O back in his home state of Louisiana, where he's overseen an impressive LSU D-line and helped haul in the country's No. 3 recruiting class in 2016.

"Decisions like this are never easy ones to make", LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said, via the Tigers' team website.

Miles was almost shown the door at the end of the 2015 season but was given a reprieve by LSU officials, who made the decision to keep him during the regular-season finale against Texas A&M, which the Tigers won. His weekends have been consumed with football ever since, with assistant coaching stops at Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma State and with the Dallas Cowboys and head-coaching stints at Oklahoma State (2001-04) and LSU (2005-16).

Miles boasts the highest winning percentage in modern-day LSU history (.770) and sits second on the school's all-time wins list with a record of 114-34. LSU is also 15-11 in the SEC over the last three-plus seasons. Orgeron turned a lost season into a success. "We had some great memories with him", Fournette said. He was a head coach once before in the SEC, with MS (2005-07) but never had a winning record there. He served as USC's interim head coach after the dismissal of Kiffin, and received plaudits from alumni and players for his affable personality and for the team's improved play.

While Miles' firing was viewed with shock and skepticism by many college football fans, the school was not without its justifications for pulling the trigger.

"It's a great day in my life, I promise you that", Orgeron said, calling it "a dream, obviously" to be the Tigers' head coach.

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