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Report: LSU fires Les Miles after 12 seasons

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is now down a Southeastern Conference foe.

Just four games into his 12th season, head coach Les “Mad Hater” Miles was fired from Louisiana State University’s football program. News of this came from Ross Dellenger (The Advocate), on the heels of the Tigers’ heart-breaking 18-13 loss to Auburn last week at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Despite an overall winning percentage of 71.9 (141-55) and delivering LSU a BCS national championship in 2007, inconsistent play on offense and failure to consistently defeat top-25 schools led to the fate of Miles and his offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron—who was fired too. After a 9-6 victory over Alabama in 2011, Miles has gone winless against the Crimson Tide in four straight tries. His Tigers were shutout 21-0 in the 2012 BCS national title game, while dropping two critical regular season match-ups at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Since 2011, Saban has gotten the better of Miles on the recruiting trail.

He’s snatched numerous players from Louisiana, including Kenny Bell, Eddie Lacy, Landon Collins, Tim Williams, Denzel Devall, Cameron Robinson and Cam Sims. All of these guys have a national title ring.

Alabama will travel to Tiger Stadium on Nov. 5 to face LSU, but for now, the Tigers await on a new leader.

Per Dellenger, LSU is set to make defensive assistant Ed Orgeron its interim head coach.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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