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LSU Athletics | September 25, 2016

LSU names Orgeron interim HC, relieves Miles of duties

  Former LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will step up as interim head coach after Les Miles was relieved of his duties Sunday.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Les Miles has been relieved of his duties as LSU’s head football coach and will be replaced by Ed Orgeron as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced on Sunday afternoon along with consultation from the Officers on the LSU Board of Supervisors and LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander.

“Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” Alleva said. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our university, which makes this even more difficult.

“However, it’s 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 we have great confidence that coach Orgeron will do just that.”

Miles, the second-winningest coach in school history, posted a 114-34 record in 11-plus seasons at LSU. The Tigers are 2-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play this season.

Alleva announced that offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron was also dismissed on Sunday evening. Orgeron will announce his new staff assignments on Monday.

A press conference will take place on Monday at 12:30 p.m. to discuss the dismissal of Miles along with the promotion of Orgeron to interim head coach. The press conference will be held on the fifth floor of the LSU Athletic Administration Building and will be available free on LSUsports.net/live and Facebook.com/LSUfootball.

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