Coaches Hot Seat Prediction and Analysis of 2012 Season: LSU Tigers and Les Miles
Head Coach: Les Miles
Years at LSU: 8
Hot Seat Position: #110
Overall Coaching Record: 103 – 39 (.781)
Overall Won/Loss Record at LSU: 75 – 18 (.806)
Overall Conference Record at LSU: 41 – 15 (.732)
2011 LSU Record: Overall: 13 – 1 – SEC: 8 – 0
2012 LSU Schedule & Coaches Hot Seat Predictions
Sep 1 – North Texas – W
Sept 8 – Washington – W
Sept 15 – Idaho – W
Sept 22 – at Auburn – W
Sept 29 – Towson – W
Oct 6 – at Florida – W
Oct 13 – South Carolina – W
Oct 20 – at Texas A&M – W
Nov 3 – Alabama – W
Nov 10 – Mississippi State – W
Nov 17 – Ole Miss – W
Nov 23 – at Arkansas – W
Number of Cupcake Teams Played by LSU in 2012: 3 (North Texas, Idaho, Towson)
Coaches Hot Seat 2012 LSU Predicted Record: 12 – 0
Coaches Hot Seat Analysis: A couple of decades ago when a few of us here at Coaches Hot Seat were working in Ronald Reagan’s campaign for the Presidency in 1980 against Jimmy Carter the Vice President on the Republican Party ticket that year was George H. W. Bush who of course went on to be elected President of the United States in 1988.
During that 1980 campaign a long-time staffer of George H. W. Bush told us a story about how his boss spent a considerable amount of time writing letters and answering correspondence to people across the United States of America and around the world and seeing first-hand the amount of work that Ronald Reagan did in the same vain of always making an effort to reach out to people both to keep a pulse on what was going on and to stay in touch with people that might be able to help them down the road which is always important in politics we learned a very valuable lesson about life.
We took those lessons that we learned from Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush to heart and long before Coaches Hot Seat came into existence in January 2007 we had make friends with and had regular contact with people all around America and one of our longest friends is a good ‘ole fashioned and self-identified “Coon Ass” from Louisiana that now runs a pretty good-sized company in the New Orleans area who had been a die-hard fan of the LSU Tigers athletics for decades now.
In the hours, days, weeks and months after the Debacle in the Bayou otherwise known as the 2012 Bogus and Un-American BCS Championship Game in New Orleans….
Alabama – 21
LSU – ZERO
….our longtime “Coon Ass” friend in New Orleans was unable to even talk about that disastrous loss to Alabama and it was only after Memorial Day weekend that he was able to discuss that LSU – Alabama game and over the dinner at a steak house in Atlanta in early June the first question we asked our very well-connected “Coon Ass” friend about that BCS title game was:
CHS: “Why do you think Miles stayed with Jefferson throughout the game and didn’t give Jarrett Lee a shot at that Alabama defense?”
“Coon Ass” Friend after a sigh and long pause: “I don’t think Jarrett Lee was going to play against Alabama in the BCS game even if Jordan Jefferson had been knocked out of the game.”
CHS: “What the Hell does that mean? Who would have played QB for LSU if Jefferson had been knocked out of the game against Bama?”
“Coon Ass” Friend: “I don’t know, but it wouldn’t have been Jarrett Lee.”
A long silent pause at the table by everyone as they turned that last statement over in their heads.
CHS: “Was Jarrett Lee eligible to play against Alabama in the BCS title game?”
“Coon Ass” Friend: “I don’t know the answer to that question but I do know that he was not going to play against Alabama under any circumstances even if they had to go down the roster to a walk-on defensive lineman at the quarterback position.”
CHS: “Well that sure the Hell explains a lot, but it doesn’t answer the question of “Why” Miles wasn’t going to play Lee against Alabama.”
“Coon Ass” Friend: “Dig a little and you will find out Why but be sure the Hell to tell me what you find so I can confirm what I have been told is true or not.”
Well, we did “dig” a little and came up with BUMPKUS on why Jarrett Lee did not play against Bama and according to our longtime “Coon Ass” friend was NEVER going to play against the Tide in the BCS title game which leaves open a question that we sure the Hell would love to have an answer to but then the 2012 season is upon us and Les Miles has another Helluva football team down on the Bayou.
With THREE CUPCAKES on their 2012 schedule (North Texas, Idaho and Towson) the LSU Tigers ’12 season will come down to a very tough SEC slate of games including…
At Texas A&M
Can LSU again run the table in 2012 as they did last season and return to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game?
YES, if LSU gets consistent QB play from newcomer Zach Mettenberger especially against the ONLY other team on the LSU schedule that has equal or more talent than the Bengal Tigers, the Alabama Crimson Tide, which will more than likely be THE deciding game for the SEC West in 2012 and if LSU wins that game over Bama again it might just set-up the same situation we had last season with an undefeated LSU team headed to the SEC title game at 12 – 0 and Alabama sitting at home with a 11 – 1 record hoping for….
DON’T SAY IT
A REMATCH AGAINST LSU in the Bogus BCS title game!
Oh, the Idiocy of the Bogus and Un-American BCS!
If LSU and Alabama play in another re-match game in the 2013 Bogus and Un-American BCS Championship Game can we move up the 4-Team playoff to the 2013 season?
Going back to that dinner with our “Coon Ass” friend after Memorial Day at a steak house in Atlanta as we finished off our nightcaps at the bar we asked our “Coon Ass” friend about Les Miles:
CHS: “So what do you think of Les Miles after the loss to Bama in the title game?”
“Coon Ass” Friend (takes a long sip of his drink and turns to us and then lowers his voice and says): “Les Miles? Les Miles is crazy….but many in ORleans say I’m crazy….many people tell me that Bo Schembechler was crazy….and I know Lombardi was crazy. Hell, being crazy in Louisiana means you are normal so Miles fits right in.”
CHS: “Is Nick Saban crazy?”
“Coon Ass” Friend: “Nick Saban is nuts, but a Helluva intense nut which is kind of like being crazy…..only without a sense of humor.”
CHS (Lots of laughs at the bar): So if you had your choice between Miles and Saban to coach LSU which would you take?”
“Coon Ass” Friend: “If Saban hadn’t left LSU I would take Saban, but there is no coming back to Louisiana once you have left us for what you thought was a better job and Nick Saban knew that before he left for Miami.”
CHS: “Saban was lucky that the Alabama job came open when it did.”
“Coon Ass” Friend: “You got that right baby.”
CHS: “You do sound pretty confident about the upcoming season….are you expecting another big year for LSU?”
“Coon Ass” Friend: “You got that right baby.”