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LSU fans will miss Les Miles more than they realize

Les Miles won 114 games and a national title for LSU, but Tigers fans keep looking over their shoulder at Nick Saban's success at Alabama, and Miles couldn't quite measure up.

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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

On North Carolina's final drive to beat Pitt, QB Mitch Trubisky converted three throws on fourth-and-6 or longer. Since at least 2004, no other FBS QB has converted more such throws in the fourth quarter of a one-possession game in an entire season, let alone a single drive.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson was supposed to have the ACC's best offense. Most predictions pegged Florida State's five-star laden defense as the conference's best. Through three games vs. FBS competition, Clemson is 10th in the ACC in scoring and total offense, and FSU's defense is last in scoring and 11th in yards. It's a large enough sample size that it can't be attributed to just slow starts.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis, who was Les Miles' defensive coordinator for six seasons at LSU, told ESPN.com Monday that he sensed toward the end of his tenure that power brokers were plotting to force Miles out as head coach. "It's always sad to see a man and a coach the caliber of Les get pushed out," Chavis said. "He's a Hall of Famer and a legend in the state of Louisiana. I was blessed that he gave me an opportunity to coach at a place like LSU, but I can't say I'm surprised that he's gone. They were trying to fire him when I was there, and I told him so." Chavis saw a similar situation unfold at Tennessee when future Hall of Famer Phillip Fulmer was fired in 2008. Chavis, one of the most respected defensive coordinators in the college game, left LSU for Texas A&M following the 2013 season. He said his issues were never with Miles, but that he didn't trust the LSU administration.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

With No. 3 Louisville headed to No. 5 Clemson on Saturday, the ACC already has multiple Top 10 matchups this season. That has only happened twice previously.

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Marty Smith ESPN 

Just asked Dabo Swinney what he sees when he studies Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: "He's Michael Vick, right-handed." Strong.

Paul Biancardi @PaulBiancardi

LSU fires their coach.(It's still September) Would Les Miles still be coaching if they beat Auburn? Glad its not a business LOL amateurism

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU safety Jamal Adams described Sunday's team meeting as "very emotional" when fired coach Les Miles addressed the team. "That man's so passionate about LSU," Adams said. "He's been here for 12 years. He recruited me. I think that he was just very emotional as far as letting go, but he wants to do what's best for us."

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Craig Haubert ESPN Staff Writer 

While @ LSU - Since 2006 - Les Miles signed 9 Top-10 classes including the No. 1 class in '09, No. 2 class in '14 & No. 3 class in '16

Craig Haubert ESPN Staff Writer 

Among the 2017 rankings LSU currently has the #4 class w/ 8 commits that rank among the Top-5 at their respective position

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Most impressive Les Miles stat to me? Over the past 12 seasons, LSU had 24 wins in games in which it trailed in the fourth quarter. That's easily the most of any team. The Cardiac Cats almost pulled off another one Saturday night against Auburn on the Plains

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Just goes to show you the college football world we live in. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Miles leaves LSU with the highest winning percentage (.770) and second-most wins by a coach in school history. His 114 wins are 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). But it still wasn't enough. Recent struggles and a lack of offensive evolution doomed him

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

Leonard Fournette discusses LSU's coaching change after Sunday's team meeting where Les Miles bid farewell and Ed Orgeron was introduced as interim coach.

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