Archer was over his head, but between 1971-2001, LSU only won two SEC titles. One of those was by Mike Archer. Additionally, he was the head coach during a 10-1-1 year in 1987 (we didn't win the SEC that year), arguably the best year LSU had in that 30 year span. Things spiraled out of control, but he brought us to heights we had not achieved since the 60s, and would not achieve again until the Golden era of LSU Football.
oh my word.
some of you people's liking of Archer is just strange. He was the pre-dumpster fire before the dumpster fire that was Curley.
Todd Kinchen correctly said of that 1987 team, "the three stooges could have coached that team to 10 wins." It was loaded, thanks to Arnsparger.
Archer was a terrible head coach. There is a reason he never even sniffed a HC job again. He is not HC material. Yes, he was and is a decent DC, but he failed miserably at 2 of the 3 things you need to be a successful head coach.
1. Recruit well (AWFUL!)
2. Surround yourself with good assistants (he got a pass here because the staff stayed mostly in tact from Arnsparger)
3. Be a strong leader, inspire the program (AWFUL!)
He failed at the last because that's just not who he is. He is not a leader. He's a good guy to have on your staff, yes. To run your football program? Horrible.
Archer is the Program Devastator. Curley was just an extension of that.
Heck, at least Curley got some talent in. He left a little something for DiNardo to win with, including 10 games in 1996.