Could Les Miles' firing affect Stoops & other head coaches?
When LSU fired its winningest coach (by win percentage) just four games into this season, it sent shockwaves throughout the college football world.
The decision made in Louisiana is rare at best - you never see a coach with the winning percentage Miles had (77%) get fired in the middle of the season. Not even the middle of the season - because just a quarter of the games have been played.
What the boosters and decision makes in Baton Rouge did could affect other programs by influencing athletic directors, departments, or boosters who are frustrated with what they consider complacency. Take Bob Stoops and Oklahoma for example - since the 2008 season, which is the year after Miles and LSU won the national championship, OU has 83 wins. That's three more than LSU (80)... but Les has won a title (in 2007) since Stoops has (in 2000), and reached a championship game more recently than the Sooners (2011 to 2008, respectively).
This year, Miles had LSU at 2-2 when he was fired. Stoops and the Sooners are 1-2.
The two coaches have practically identical stats over the last eight years. One is now without a job, which leads you to wonder: if OU doesn't turn its season around, would the higher-ups in Norman use LSU as precedent to make a coaching change?