Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
The dynasty that Les Miles has built at LSU reached another milestone in 2014 as the 11th year head coach guided the Tigers to a school-record 15th consecutive bowl game while becoming just the second coach in school history to win 100 games. It took Miles only 126 games to reach 100 wins at LSU making him the third-fastest coach to reach the mark in the history of the SEC, trailing only Steve Spurrier (120) and Robert Neyland (121).
Miles enters his 11th season with the Tigers in 2015 and his first decade at the school has seen the Tigers win more games, play in more major bowl games, and finish more seasons ranked in the Top 20 than any other 10-year period in the history of the program.
Miles has built a solid foundation for the LSU program based on principles laid out in the “Miles Method”, a mission that calls for LSU to run the finest football program in the country in every phase that comes in contact with a player. It’s the goal of the program for players to have a college experience that is second to none and one that gives them every opportunity to compete for championships on the field, earn a degree, and to grow personally by giving back to the community. Miles holds his players accountable and to a standard of excellence, both on and off the field.
The “Miles Method” has proved to be a winning formula as the Tigers have won more games than any program in the SEC since 2005 (103), while capturing a pair of SEC titles (2007, 2011), played in 10 bowl games, including the BCS National Championship Game twice. LSU won the BCS title in 2007, a year after beating Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. Miles directed LSU to the school’s only 13-0 regular-season in 2011 as the Tigers spent 11 consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Since Miles took over in 2005, LSU has registered five top 10 finishes with three coming in the top five, won double-figure games seven times, produced 20 first-team All-Americans and had players win 11 national awards. LSU also leads the SEC with 64 NFL Draft picks during that span, which includes 13 first round selections. LSU led the nation with nine NFL Draft picks in 2014, which tied the school record set in 2013.
Miles’ 103 wins at LSU ranks him behind only Charles McClendon, who won 137 games in 18 years with the Tigers. Miles is also the only coach in LSU history to beat Auburn, Florida and Alabama in same season – and he’s done it now three times – and in 2005, he became the only first-year coach in SEC history to lead a team to the league’s title game.
In the classroom, 215 football players have earned their degree since Miles took over, and two out of the last three years LSU has ranked No. 2 in the SEC in graduation rates, trailing only Vanderbilt. Under Miles, LSU has produced over 150 players who have earned SEC Academic Honor Roll status.
LSU’s community service presence is impactful as football players routinely donate time giving back to the Baton Rouge area through a variety of avenues, including appearances at schools, hospitals and many other charitable causes. It’s through these community service ventures that Miles and his team get a better understanding of what it means to wear an LSU uniform and the impact that can be made on those who are less fortunate.
As Miles heads into his 11th season with the Tigers and coming off a recruiting class that was ranked among the Top 10 in the nation, the foundation for LSU football is stronger than ever. With wins coming at a record-setting pace, graduation rates among the best for any public university in the SEC, and with eight-straight recruiting classes rated among the top 10 in the nation, including the nation’s No. 1 group in 2009, Miles and the Tigers continue to solidify their standing as one of the premier programs in college football, setting a standard that has the rest of the nation chasing.