A Tale of 2 Seasons: Why Les Miles has a job and Mark Richt doesn’t

Les Miles and Mark Richt are two of the most similar coaches in the country and most people do not even realize it. In Richt’s time at Georgia and Miles’ time at LSU the two men have had outstanding careers leading SEC programs to national prominence. Both men have similar numbers in doing it. Since 2005 when Les Miles was hired at LSU he has posted a 111-32 record, while Mark Richt has a 103-40 record overall. Both men have had large amounts of talent, with LSU having Patrick Peterson, Tyran Mathieu, and Odell Beckham Jr. among others, and Georgia having Todd Gurley, AJ Green, and Matthew Stafford. Both coaches have struggled in the biggest games against their rival, with Alabama being the Achilles heal for Miles, and Florida being the Achilles heal for Richt. However as similar as both men’s careers have been, Les Miles is still the head coach at LSU while Mark Richt was fired at Georgia. This can be linked back to two years when the both of these coaches paths intersected: 2007 and 2011. In the year 2007, LSU finished off a 10-2 regular season, and won the SEC West division. Georgia also finished the regular season 10-2 and tied for first in the SEC East division. However they did not play for the SEC Championship because they lost the tiebreaker to Tennessee because of the...

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