Les Miles is returning to Tiger Stadium.
He will be on the field — at halftime — Saturday when LSU hosts Auburn.
The former LSU coach will be part of the program’s celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the 2007 national championship team. Miles is scheduled to join players from that ’07 team during a reunion on the field at halftime of the Tigers’ game against Auburn, he confirmed in a message Monday night.
Miles, 63, still lives in Baton Rouge and remains an avid supporter of the program he led for nearly 12 years. His return to Tiger Stadium comes less than 13 months after school administrators fired the coach following a loss to this week’s opponent: Auburn.
He’s since worked as a college football television analyst for ESPN and FOX. He’s scheduled to work more games this season, he said, and serve as a studio analyst for CBS on the weekend that LSU meets Alabama, Nov. 4. He hopes to land a head coaching job after this season.
Christian LaCouture’s father planned to make a special delivery to the LSU defensive end Monday.
The school extended to Miles an invitation to be a part of Saturday’s event, and he suggested last week in an interview on ESPN 104.5 FM's Off The Bench that he'd make an appearance.
It will come amid a significant affair. Coach Gus Malzahn and his 10th-ranked Tigers (5-1, 3-0 Southeastern) meet unranked LSU (4-2, 1-1) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in a nationally televised game on CBS, with heavy implications on the line.
Miles’ return to Tiger Stadium is somewhat unusual under the circumstances. The man he hired in 2015 to be his defensive line coach, Ed Orgeron, replaced him as interim coach last season and then landed the full-time job. The athletic director who fired him last year, Joe Alleva, remains in his role and is expected, as he usually is, to be present Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
The school remains on the hook for Miles’ buyout, still owing the coach about $8 million to be paid over the next five years in monthly installments. Miles last coached in Tiger Stadium in a 23-20 win over Mississippi State on Sept. 17, 2016. His Tigers lost 18-13 at Auburn the next week, resulting in the firing on Sept. 25.
Miles’ 2007 national championship team finished 12-2, beating Tennessee for the SEC title and then topping Ohio State 38-24 in New Orleans to win it all. Led by quarterback Matt Flynn and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, the Tigers overcame two triple-overtime losses to become the first two-time Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national champion ever.
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