LSU entered the year with a top-five national ranking and a legitimate chance to reach the College Football Playoff and win a national championship.
Four games into the season, they have two losses, a new head coach and a whole lot of uncertainty going forward.
Yes, Les Miles, who won a national title in 2007, was fired after LSU’s 18-13 loss at Auburn last Saturday. Miles went 44-9 from 2010-13 but was just 19-10 since the start of the 2014 season. In fact, the Tigers are 4-5 over their last nine games dating back to last season. LSU averaged 14.8 points in those five losses and didn’t score more than 17 in any of them.
Still, Randy Cross disagrees with firing Miles one-third of the way through the season.
“I thought it was an extremely low-class move by LSU,” the CBS Sports Network college football analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Not so much that they did it this early in the year, (but) they were going to do it last year. Why the heck not do it then? Give those coaches, give the kids that are seniors, give that program, give those fans a chance to have a 2016 season. This is like taking the whole thing and blowing the bottom out of the boat and then handing the captaincy to another guy and saying, ‘Okay, here you go.’ We’ll see.”
Ed Orgeron was named interim head coach at LSU. He filled that role at USC in 2013, going 6-2 in relief of Lane Kiffin.
“I’m a big Orgeron fan,” Cross said. “He’s entertaining as hell and he’s a really good coach. He may be the kind of guy that can hold on to a job like that, but I think the LSU people did themselves no good from either a PR standpoint or any other standpoint. They exposed the business for what it is, and it’s a cold-blooded business. If you’re the next coach in there, get as much guaranteed upfront as possible – and you might want to charge a little extra because they won’t have your back when you need them.”
LSU (2-2) hosts Missouri (2-2) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Leonard Fournette (ankle) is a game-time decision.