So ends the 11-year reign of the "Mad Hatter" of LSU, one of the quirkiest and most popular coaches in SEC history, one who was as famous for oddball behavior like eating grass as he was for winning games at an impressive clip.
News of the firing of Les Miles was first reported by the Baton Rouge Advocate and confirmed by ESPN. It comes one day after LSU lost to Auburn when the referees overruled what had appeared to be a game-winning touchdown.
Les Miles posted a 75-18 record (41-15 in SEC play) in his first seven seasons at LSU -- a stretch that included three SEC West titles, two SEC championships, an undefeated regular season, a BCS National Championship and another NC title game appearance, as well as coached an NCAA record streak of 53 straight non- conference wins. Miles leaves as the second most winning coach in LSU history, with a 114-34 record that includes seven 10+ win seasons.
A true 'Player's Coach' who not only stressed athleticism but character in his players. One only need glance at the rosters of the NFL to see his success.[ESPN]