BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU head coach Les Miles has notified university officials he is staying with the Tigers, according to the LSU Sports Information Department.
"I am pleased to announce that Les Miles will remain the head coach at LSU," said LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva. "Les has led this program to many great successes on the field and his players represent LSU well off the field. We look forward to many great years of LSU football under his leadership."
Miles will hold a news conference upon his return from Dallas, where he is speaking at the convention of the American Football Coaches Association.
When told of the news about Miles remaining with the Tigers instead of taking a job with his alma mater, many around Baton Rouge expressed delight with his decision.
"Oh, Les Miles is staying," one woman said. "Okay, we're happy that Les Miles is staying in Baton Rouge. We love Les Miles. We love LSU."
"I'm glad he's staying because he's the best coach we've ever had," said one man.
"I'm glad he's staying; I think he's a good coach," said another man.
However, one LSU fan couldn't believe the news and appeared to be a bit skeptical of what the future might hold.
"Shocking, I can't believe he's not going to go to Michigan," one man commented. "He's a great coach, but they're going to run him out of here because this is what LSU does. If you don't win a national championship in 3 years, you usually get run out of town. They've tried this year and if he messes up next year, they'll do it."
LSU is loaded with the talent Miles has brought, even with losing stars like Drake Nevis, Kelvin Sheppard and underclassman Patrick Peterson.
LSU freshman defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has been named to the Football Writers Association of America freshman All-America team. Mathieu emerged as a playmaker in the season opener against North Carolina and never let up, finishing with 57 tackles, 8 1/2 stops for loss, 4 1/2 sacks, two interceptions, five fumbles forced and three recovered.
In LSU's 41-24 Cotton Bowl victory against Texas A&M, Mathieu earned defensive MVP honors after recording seven tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced and recovered fumble. The two turnovers came in the fourth quarter to snuff out any chance the Aggies had of staging a rally.
Miles has a 61-17 record, five bowl victories and one national title in six seasons with the Tigers. He stated Monday he would meet with Michigan representatives, despite being happy at LSU, where his family is comfortable.
Rich Rodriguez was fired last week as Michigan's coach after posting a 15-22 mark in three seasons.
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