Les Miles' 11-year run as the head coach at LSU "may be coming to an end," reports James Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Smith cites a "highly ranked source involved with the decision making process," and he says LSU brass are targeting one coach in particular: Florida State's Jimbo Fisher.
According to Smith, members of LSU's Tiger Athletic Foundation, the program's booster club, will not let Miles' $15 million buyout "thwart" plans to move on from the head coach. He says the "vast majority" of the boosters want Miles gone, and he mentions a couple of candidates:
"Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is the main target for many foundation members; with names like Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, TCU head coach Gary Patterson and even former NFL coach Jon Gruden being tossed around as well."
There aren't many coaches who have had success like Miles' 110-32 run in Baton Rouge, but Fisher, Swinney and Patterson are certainly in the sport's top coaching tier right now. Fisher, according to the report, is the "main target."
Fisher has LSU history. (He even still has a bio on the team's official site.) He was on the Tigers' offensive staff as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2006. After Nick Saban left LSU for the NFL, Fisher coached under Miles before leaving for Florida State.
Miles was already facing reports of his demise at LSU, and Saturday's Tigers loss to Ole Miss won't make those go away. LSU's is an extraordinarily demanding job, and even beating Texas A&M next week might not be enough to spare Miles.
Fisher has had a strong six-year run at Florida State. He is 67-13 since succeeding Bobby Bowden at the helm of the Seminoles, peaking with a BCS Championship after the 2013 season.
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