BATON ROUGE (WGNO) - Les Miles' tenure as LSU head coach has ended after 11 seasons and 4 games.
Miles was fired Sunday, hours after LSU's 18-13 loss at Auburn. Also, getting the boot was offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The interim head coach will be defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron.
And, late Sunday afternoon, a source told WGNO Sports that former LSU assistant head coach Pete Jenkins will return to the school for a third time. Jenkins will be the defensive line coach.
LSU confirmed the dismissals in a statement released by the school Sunday afternoon.
"Decisions like this one are never easy to make," said director of athletics Joe Alleva. "Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and has been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult."
"However, it is apparent in evaluating the program through the first month of the season that a change has to be made. Our commitment to excellence and competing at the highest level is unwavering, and our goals for the remainder of this season haven't changed. We have an obligation to our student-athletes to put them in the best position to have success on the football field each week and have great confidence that coach Orgeron will do that."
Ironically, Orgeron was named Southern California's interim head coach on September 29th, 2013, when Lane Kiffin was fired. Orgeron led USC to 6 wins in 8 games. USC then hired Steve Sarkisian as its head coach.
The loss at Auburn featured a controversial ending. Quarterback Danny Etling threw a touchdown pass to DJ Chark that apparently won the game on the final play. But, on replay the touchdown was reversed. The replay booth ruled that LSU did not get the snap off before the final second ticked off the clock.
In the offseason, Miles refused to make major changes to his offensive staff. He retained Cameron as his offensive coordinator.
LSU has scored 84 points in four games, but only 70 by the offense. LSU has not scored a point in the fourth quarter this season.
Cornerback Tre'Davious White is LSU's leading scorer, who is not a placekicker. He has an interception return and a punt return for a touchdown this season.
Ironically, Miles finishes with 64 wins in SEC play, one shy of the school record held by Charles McClendon.