The Les Miles era at LSU is over after his firing on Sunday.
It is remembered for its best days – a national championship – though what followed was a struggle to duplicate the success of the past. How can we put it in statistical perspective?
Miles leaves LSU with the highest winning percentage (.770) and second-most wins by a coach in school history. His 114 winsare 23 fewer than Charles McClendon. Miles (2007), Paul Dietzel and Nick Saban are the only coaches to win a national championship at LSU in the Poll Era.
Miles had 11 straight eight-win seasons at LSU. That’s one shy of the most consecutive eight win seasons for a coach with an SEC program (Bear Bryant, Phillip Fulmer and Steve Spurrier each had 12).
Miles’ teams were adept at coming back. Over the last 12 seasons, LSU had 24 wins in games in which it trailed in the fourth quarter. That’s easily the most of any team.
This high school talent translates to the NFL as well. According to the NFL, 42 LSU players were on NFL rosters this season, most among any collegiate program.
LSU is 2-2, its worst start since the 2001 season. LSU ranks 103rd in completion percentage, 110th in points per game, and 119th in passing yards per game, among the 128 FBS schools.
Since the start of 2014, LSU has lost eight games as the higher ranked team, including Saturday against Auburn. No other team in the country has lost more than six in that span.
LSU won five bowl games, three SEC West titles and was 5-2 against Alabama under Miles before the 2012 BCS Championship. Since then, the Tigers are 0-5 against Alabama, have not won a division title, and have only two bowl wins.