Les Miles unable to save LSU this time

LSU Head Coach Les Miles – one of the most brilliant coaches to ever walk the sidelines – was unable to pull his untalented Tigers through to another victory Friday, as No. 1 LSU fell to Arkansas in triple overtime Friday. Not even the best coach in college football could save the Tigers on this day. It was not, though, for a lack of effort on Miles” part. Coach Miles out-strategized Arkansas coach Houston Nutt and nearly coaxed an 11th win out of what is clearly a weak set of players for LSU.

With the game tied at 21 mid-way through the fourth quarter, Miles sensed the momentum Arkansas had and knew a quick score would just give the Hogs the ball back with Big Mo on their side. So – very shrewdly – Miles had Early Doucet line up in the wrong position to negate what would have been a 54-yard touchdown pass that would have played right into Arkansas” hands.

The discipline of Doucet to stay on the line of scrimmage when standard coaching techniques would surely have taught the senior not to stand there is a testament to Miles” brilliance. Clearly this is a program with strong leadership.

Miles and his coordinators then willed their team to overtime, first by allowing Arkansas to move the ball at will to go up 28-21, and then by devising an unlikely gameplan for the final drive – including a fourth-down swing pass so inept-looking that it had to succeed.

And then, in the most brilliant strategy move executed this day, Miles used two timeouts before the game-tying score to leave one minute on the clock and force Arkansas to take the ball back one final time in regulation.

But in the end, Miles” incomparable leadership, Bo Pelini”s strategy of wearing down the Arkansas offense by making them move the ball 437 yards in regulation and Gary Crowton”s brilliant three-play offense was not enough to overcome LSU”s obvious lack of talent. So these Tigers will fail to win a national title for Coach Miles this year, and that”s a shame. He deserves better.

And after a season of pulling his team through close games, not even the brilliant mind of Les Miles could save the Tigers today.

Les Miles is the best coach in college football I sure hope no other teams try to lure him away, as any team would be lucky to have him.

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