After firing Les Miles, LSU AD Joe Alleva pens letter to fans
LSU AD Joe Alleva has had a crazy few days.
Following LSU’s loss to Auburn Saturday night, Alleva and LSU made the decision to terminate head coach Les Miles Sunday afternoon. Alleva has faced some criticism from media members and other head coaches for firing Miles in the middle of the season.
Most believe it was inevitable, but several are unsure about the timing.
Nonetheless, LSU is moving on with interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
On Tuesday, Alleva penned a letter to LSU fans on the team’s website:
Dear Tiger Fans,
The past few days have marked a time of transition for our football program, but I can assure you this season still holds great promise due to the dedication of our talented student-athletes and the contagious enthusiasm of Coach Ed Orgeron and his staff.
Coach O and the Fighting Tigers will represent our university and our state with tremendous pride and energy, and I encourage you to support their efforts over the next two months of the regular season and beyond. There are no limits to what can be accomplished in the coming weeks!
I know you’ll join me in offering sincere thanks to Les Miles for his substantial contributions to our football program and for the first-class manner in which he always represented LSU and Louisiana. We are very grateful to Coach Miles for the impact he made upon the lives of his players, and we wish him and his family the best in all of their endeavors.
We have five home games remaining, beginning this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when Missouri visits Tiger Stadium for the first time. LSU and Mizzou have met on the gridiron just once before – at the 1978 Liberty Bowl – and this weekend’s matchup should provide plenty of excitement as the Tigers take on one of the nation’s leading passers, Missouri’s Drew Lock.
The LSU offense, under the guidance of new coordinator Steve Ensminger, will look to provide fireworks of its own with adjustments in its style of play. Saturday is also Homecoming on the LSU campus, and we’re expecting gorgeous weather for all of the festivities leading up to kickoff.
The atmosphere you’ve created in Tiger Stadium has inspired LSU teams for decades and has earned Death Valley enduring recognition as college football’s greatest venue. LSU has a remarkable record of 100 wins and only 15 losses at home since 2000, and that’s due in large part to the passion of the Fighting Tiger faithful.
Let’s make this Louisiana Saturday Night versus Missouri a memorable evening for Coach O and the players, and I look forward to seeing you in Tiger Stadium!
As always, we welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately we cannot answer every e-mail we receive, but please be assured they are all read.
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics