Do you think you're coaching for your job? Les Miles responds to report

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday November 18, 2015


One day after a report that he could be coaching for his job in these last two games, Les Miles says he doesn’t feel any added pressure.

The Advocate reported Tuesday night that there are “strong indications” Miles could be coaching for his job over the last two games against Ole Miss and Texas A&M. The Tigers were ranked No. 2 just two weeks ago, but the last two uncompetitive losses to Alabama and Arkansas reflect poorly on the head coach.

“I’ve kind of always played the same style of football. To get back on track is a sincere feeling in this program,” Miles said on Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference when asked if there is increased pressure. “When you lose two games, it’s painful. I don’t know that there’s any additional pressure than my second game, when we (lost) to Tennessee and went on to have a great year.

“No. It’s imperative the Tigers get back on track, and there’s no additional motivation than the motivation I have.”

Miles’ buyout before Jan. 1 is $15 million over eight years, and assistants would be owed about $2 million total if they didn't return. But the paper says money is apparently not a deal-breaker.

What about Miles’ relationship with athletic director Joe Alleva? Reports have indicated that has become strained, and Miles was asked if he feels he has the same support.

“Yeah. We’ve been very consistent,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any issues. The style of job you get, you’re expected to win. That’s the kind of job I want. I enjoy going to a stadium where people believe you’re going to beat the tar out of an opponent. That’s plenty of incentive for me.”

The Tigers play at Ole Miss at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.