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LSU’s Les Miles Searching for Winning Formula

Les Miles is one of the great coaches in LSU history Les Miles is one of the great coaches in LSU history

Louisiana State University has been one of the nation’s most prominent football programs of the past decade. Part of the reason for the LSU Tigers’ most recent success is head coach Les Miles, who also had a successful stint at Oklahoma State in the NCAA before leaving to join the Dallas Cowboys NFL coaching staff.

In the 2010 season, Miles finds himself struggling to support starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Back-up Jarrett Lee is starting to look like a viable option in light of Jefferson’s first two games, in which he threw two touchdowns and two interceptions. However, just a couple of seasons ago, Lee launched 16 interceptions, seven of which were returned for touchdowns. I the Tigers hope to continue their winning ways, the quarterback situation will have to be addressed.

But these are the types of challenges Miles is built for. Miles joined LSU in 2005, and just two seasons later, in 2007, had brought home a national championship. But even his first season was auspicious. The Tigers went 10-1 on the season and stomped the Miami Hurricanes 40-3 at the Peach Bowl that year.

The next year, LSU finished the season ranked #3 in the country and defeated Notre Dame 41-14 in the Sugar Bowl. That set the stage for the next season, one of the biggest in the history of Louisiana football, and certainly the biggest in the career of Les Miles.

In 2007, LSU gained national prominence due to spectacular performances during televised games. They were strong all season, and won the SEC championship before heading on to face the Ohio State Buckeyes for the BCS National Championship. The Tigers beat the Buckeyes 38-24, recording LSU’s third national title, and the first one for Miles.

As a head coach in the NCAA, Miles has turned in winning seasons in all but his first with Oklahoma State. His unorthodox play-calling earned him the nickname “Mad Hatter” and began to cement his legacy, which the 2007 national championship finalized.

2010 will present its challenges, but the Tigers are off to a good start, recording victories in their first pair of games this season. They are currently ranked #15 in the AP Poll, but Les Miles will have to address the situation at quarterback if LSU hopes to stave off SEC rivals, and fellow Tigers, Auburn. Auburn is on the rise recently and the Alabama school has fast become LSU’s principal rival, overshadowing the likes of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Whether it’s Jordan Jefferson or Jarrett Lee leading the offense, LSU is looking at some stiff challenges this season.

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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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