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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
During his weekly press conference on Monday, LSU head coach Les Miles said he was 'relatively shocked' when former defensive coordinator Kevin Steele told him he was leaving the staff for Auburn.

Following LSU's win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl on December 29th, Steele told Miles at the team hotel that he was leaving for the defensive coordinator job at Auburn.

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Number 3194 months
At least Steele had the integrity to actually game plan and coach the bowl game. Unlike another former LSU defensive coordinator...
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texastigerr94 months
Name even one recruit we got because of Steele which was supposed to be his biggest strength. Never seen more busted coverages and long pass plays in obvious 3rd and long than when Steele was here. How many times did you see LSU DB's throwing their hands up before or after a play because either they didn't know the call or gave up a big play because they were completely confused by "everything".
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texastigerr94 months
Best addition by subtraction ever.
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TigerFanFromBama94 months
I'm just trying to figure out why everybody assume Miles let this guy go. Maybe Steele did leave on his own terms.
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Number 3194 months
He was one year from earning a lifetime pension in the state of Alabama. It's not outside the realm of possibility that that was a major incentive for him. Only he, Les and other insiders within both programs know the truth. LSU wound up better for it, but so did Steele.
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PeteRose94 months
Most LSU fans were shocked after the A&M games last year. But unlike Les, they did not understood the decision.
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Gumbo194 months
Good riddance! Steele was a temp worker until we found our new great DC, Aranda!
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Solo Cam94 months
What did they expect him to say "We'l he preformed terribly so basically we told him to find a new job or he was fired"
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geauxbrown94 months
Steele had no desire to coach a defense that he knew would be on the field most of each game. Don't blame him. Hopefully DE can turn that around.
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rob6294 months
Brilliant analysis. Did you possibly watch the Steele defense perform vs A&M this past weekend? Some of you would twist the Kennedy assasination to be Miles' fault. Hell, you actually believe Steele was worth a crap? If so, you are beyond help. What a joke.
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OceanMan94 months
Auburn time of possession in 2015-95th in NCAA, LSU-37th. You are wrong.
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Blob Fish94 months
He didn't have the chest to lead this defense.
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rob6294 months
Les is just being kind. The only thing I was "shocked" about Steele leaving was the fact that another SEC school actually wanted Steele. That was shocking.
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ApexTiger94 months
"I understood"...what does that mean?
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Rakim94 months
Because he is 1-2 years from being tenured in Alabama
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Number 3194 months
Rakim is correct. He's one year away from a lifetime pension in Alabama. It worked out well for everyone involved.
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saint tiger22594 months
Shocked Auburn would take him off our hands so we wouldn't have to fire him. I think every one knew that hire wasn't meant to be permanent.
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DrSteveBrule94 months
Miles was relatively shocked, and that is code for relieved
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bradwieser94 months
"Relatively" i.e. not at all shocked he was leaving bc I told him to find a new job, when he told me Auburn was willing to pay him I was somewhat shocked.
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dandan94 months
I think you nailed it. Considering they hired Aranda a very short time after Steele left its clear Miles and LSU told Steele to look elsewhere.
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skullopener94 months
not true
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