OXFORD, Miss. — Some LSU players knew about the reports regarding coach Les Miles’ job security. Others say they did not.
All of them, though, had a common message after the Tigers’ 38-17 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday night. Defensive tackle Davon Godchaux summed it up thusly: “That’s our guy.”
The Advocate reported earlier this week Miles’ future with the school seems to be in jeopardy and that he’s coaching for his job in the Tigers’ last two games at Ole Miss and against Texas A&M.
In the postgame news conference, the coach said he’d address the reports regarding his job situation with his team Monday. Miles said Saturday night he does not feel as if his job is at risk heading into a season-ending duel against Texas A&M and he knows “nothing” about his future with the school.
“I’m so busy doing my job that that’s secondary in my nature,” Miles said. “Eleven years ago, I showed up here and we won our first game at Arizona State and lost our second game, and I knew we were soon to be fired. And so what I’ve always done, and it’s strength and weakness, I put my head down and I go to work and I try to do the best things.
“If I can get that done, we’d have success,” he said. “And if I don’t, you guys will all be writing a bunch of other stuff.”
It’s a surreal scene in Baton Rouge.
Just three weeks ago, LSU was No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings and undefeated. The Tigers were 7-0 with the Heisman Trophy front-runner averaging nearly 200 yards rushing per game
And now? LSU will likely slip out of the AP Top 25, and running back Leonard Fournette has been held to 230 total yards in the past three games.
The Tigers are on the first three-game losing skid since 1999, and their coach fielded a half-dozen questions about his future afterward.
He plans to address the team on “whatever I know about” his job during a meeting Monday.
What does he know about his job, and what does he plan to tell them?
“Nothing. Absolutely nothing,” he said. “You guys decided it was a good time to do it so I figured, ‘What the heck? If it’s going to be in the paper, I might as well try explaining it to them.’ ”
Defensive back Jalen Mills said afterward he never heard or saw about the reports regarding Miles’ job. Defensive tackle Christian LaCouture declined to speak about it before answering questions later on the topic.
“We don’t focus on that,” LaCouture said. “We focus inside our room. The outside noise we don’t pay attention to.”
Godchaux said he couldn’t help but hear and see the reports this week.
“Of course, it’s all on the TV. That don’t bother us one bit,” he said.
“We stick together as a team,” Godchaux said. “Coach Miles is our coach. That’s our guy. That’s our guy. That’s who we’re sticking with.”
Miles, in his 11th season at LSU, is in the third year of a contract that runs 2019 and pays him $4.3 million. His buyout drops from $15 million to $12.9 million on Jan. 1.
“I didn’t hear about that, but that’s our coach,” linebacker Deion Jones said when asked. “We’re behind him 100 percent.”
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