Les Miles tells ESPN he didn't tell Gridiron Club he's stepping down or would be fired after A&M game

Les Miles met with Gridiron Club members Friday and expressed gratitude for their service, but the 11th-year LSU coach did not indicate whether he’d be coaching the Tigers in the future, Miles said on ESPN on Friday night.

Miles disputed the account during an interview on ESPN, saying, “I had no suggestion this was going to be my last game in Tiger Stadium.”

Mobile/tablet users, see the video here.

Additionally, two sources who spoke directly to the coach and Gridiron members present at the meeting told The Advocate on Friday.

Miles addressed his job instability with Gridiron members and thanked them.

A source spoke with Miles after the meeting.

“He doesn’t know what’s going to happen. If this is his last game, he told them he appreciates them for all that they had done. That’s it,” the source said.

Multiple members of the Gridiron Club who spoke to The Advocate and were present for Friday’s meeting say Miles did not say or indicate that this would be his last game. He even told Gridiron Club members he hoped to meet with them before the Tigers’ bowl game.

Other reports Friday indicated Miles implied to Gridiron members he’d be coaching his last game Saturday.

“Whatever he said he didn’t mean it like it was taken,” another source who spoke to Miles told The Advocate.

Multiple national reports Monday confirmed The Advocate’s report last week that Miles was coaching for his job in the last two games against Ole Miss and A&M and that his tenure at the school was in jeopardy of ending. LSU lost 38-17 to Ole Miss last week, marking the first three-game losing skid since 1999.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has declined comment until after the season. Miles has said he’s not been told anything about his job status.

The Tigers (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) host Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium in the regular season finale. LSU is attempting to get a win for the first time in more than a month and hush the reports surrounding their embattled coach.

Miles, in his last meeting with reporters on Wednesday, declined to defend himself and said he hoped to be at LSU “another 11 years.” An emotional Miles’ radio show followed Wednesday night, where adults wept while asking Miles questions at TJ Ribs, site of the call-in show.

Miles has provided no real answers about his job status, and LSU players have openly defended their coach.

Miles currently has the best winning percentage (.774) of any coach in the past 100 years of LSU football, and he’s won a national title and two SEC championships. The Tigers currently have the No. 2-ranked recruiting class for 2016 and, just three weeks ago, were 7-0 and No. 2 nationally.

Miles, though, is in the midst of his rockiest two seasons as coach. LSU went 8-5 last year, tied for the worst mark in his tenure, and the Tigers have dropped three straight games by double-digit margins — the first time that’s happened since 1966.

Miles has a contract that runs through 2019, paying him $4.3 million and including a buyout of $15 million. The buyout will be off-set if Miles gets another job, and it can be paid out over eight years. According to USA Today, the buyout could be as little as $11 million. USA Today cites an interpretation of the contract.

Follow Ross Dellenger on Twitter @DellengerAdv.

More Stories