Tailgaters sound off on the future of Les Miles

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After three straight losses, the fate of LSU coach Les Miles is in question.

On Friday night, early-arriving tailgaters were split about what to do with Miles, who is the winningest LSU coach of the last century.

"I think next year they'll have a good squad and Fournette will be ready and primed up and ready to go. I think they just need to give him one more year," said LSU fan Colby Pommier.

Others said that after four years of declining SEC records, it is time to cut and run.

"When you underperform, it's the like the CEO in a company. It's your fault," said Darwin Pittman, who attends almost all LSU games, both home and away.

Many criticized what they called Miles' predictable coaching style and that he is not adequately preparing talented players.

"We keep running basically the same offense, even when we're getting hammered. I don't see really any adjustments," Pittman said.

"You can have the best talent in the world, but if you can't draw that talent out, you're not doing anything," said fan Donnie Carter.

At the same time, others said they felt LSU was treating Miles unfairly after all they said he did to improve the university community.

The mood amongst tailgaters itself was arguably different than in past weeks. The Levee Lot, usually full, was nearly barren and quiet throughout the afternoon.

"You don't see a lot of the shirts, and a lot of the flags being flown - it's just kind of a solemn crowd," said Carter. "I think everyone hopes we win, but if we do we do, if we don't we don't."

Some LSU fans even relented, albeit jokingly, that it may be time to trade in the purple and gold for maroon and white.

"I've had three of these guys here, calling me wanting to bring in A&M shirts with them this weekend. So I've got a stack of A&M shirts," said Robby Pierce, a Texas A&M fan tailgating with friends who happen to support the Tigers.

Fans are now left to wait and see what the future holds for Miles. LSU-watchers say an announcement could possibly come as early as Sunday.

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