Update: 1:03 p.m. Saturday:
The LSU fan who sent the email to Les Miles that was reported to campus police responded to an inquiry from The Advocate.
Here is his response in its entirety:
"Probably one of the stupidest things I have done. It was a great lapse in reasoning on my behalf. Regretfully I cannot take back what I said, and have sent an apologetic email to Coach Miles. Regretted shortly after sending it, and should have sent apologetic letter before it became what it has, but I didn't."
LSU fans are passionate about their football. One of them, at least, is passionate enough to “hope” his football coach “dies.”
The LSU Police Department were notified last week after a fan sent a threatening email to Les Miles following the season-opening loss to Wisconsin.
“I hope they fire your stupid (butt) or you die,” the fan wrote to Miles in a 140-word email filled with racist undertones regarding the Tigers’ starting quarterback situation.
The Advocate has attempted to reach out to the sender.
Meanwhile, athletic director Joe Alleva and LSU president F. King Alexander received more than 60 emails from fans calling for them to fire the 12th-year coach.
The Advocate obtained the emails through a public records request. Most of the emails were sent Saturday, after the game, and Sunday, with a majority of them rolling in immediately after the conclusion of LSU's loss to the Badgers, an 11-point underdog.
Miles’ secretary, Ya’el Lofton, reported the threatening email to the LSU Police Department, and Captain Marshall Walters responded saying he would document it in case more were received. The email was sent at 6:55 p.m. Sept. 3, exactly 55 minutes after then-unranked Wisconsin beat then-No. 5 LSU 16-14 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The email to Miles that was reported as a threat was the only one that the head coach received in direct response to the game. But irate fans flooded Alleva and Alexander’s inboxes, airing their grievances about a coach who’s won 76 percent of his games and a national title in his 11 previous seasons.
In emails to Alleva, fans who made the 1,100-mile trip to Wisconsin — some of them impacted by the Baton Rouge flooding — expressed their frustration and disappointed in the Tigers’ outing. LSU’s offense scored one touchdown and finished with 257 yards.
"I just spent money I did not have after the flood damage to our home to take my son and grandson up to Green Bay," one person wrote. "I know my dollars will not be missed in the big picture but I won't be making any more road trips till I feel I am getting my money's worth. And I have not missed a road ... or home ... game in over 30 yrs."
Several emails to Alexander and Alleva came from donors who threatened to pull their giving if Miles remained the coach, and a few offered the same suggestion for a replacement: Houston coach Tom Herman.
"The decline of this program makes me want to cease recruiting locally in (Dallas-Fort Worth) for LSU and not renew my alumni membership," one Texas-based fan wrote.
"I have told my TAF contact why I am not giving anymore, and I now telling you," one emailer wrote.
Alleva replied to just one email. A fan called him a "bum" in an email sent one minute after the conclusion of the game. Alleva replied, “I’m sorry, do you have a name?”
The 20th-ranked Tigers (1-1) meet Mississippi State (1-1) on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium in a critical Southeastern Conference opener for a team already strapped with a loss in a pivotal year for its embattled head coach. Alleva admitted in December to making inquiries with other coaches in a potential attempt to replace Miles last year, as LSU slid into a three-game losing skid, the program’s first since 1999.
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Alexander nixed possible plans to fire the coach, The Advocate reported in December, primarily because of the state and university’s financial crisis. Miles had a $15 million buyout last year, but, some believe, his salary is subtracted from that figure. He makes $4.3 million a year. Miles’ buyout, if fired before Dec. 31, 2017, is $12.9 million.
Alexander later admitted that he made a final decision about the coach’s future during the regular season finale against Texas A&M, a game LSU won 19-7.
“Are you happy now? You hurt the university for your own selfish career and ego,” one email to Alexander reads.
“Please please please let the AD fire Miles his time,” another fan wrote. “Pretty please. I'm not giving another penny to LSU until this clown head coach is fired.”
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Miles’ shaky job situation has lingered over the program since last November.
The LSU Board of Supervisors last week deferred a motion to boost Miles’ incentive bonus package. The proposal was seen as a trivial matter. Miles would have only received the proposed bonus if the Tigers were to play in the College Football Playoff national championship game.
“It was just bad timing,” Scott Angelle, a member of the Board of Supervisors, told The Advocate after the meeting.