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Les Miles' Commitment to Jordan Jefferson Costs LSU a National Championship

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers talks with Jordan Jefferson #9 on from the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Brett StephenAnalyst IIJanuary 9, 2012

The LSU Tigers were without a doubt out-coached in the BCS national championship game. 

Les Miles completely negated every positive he had in the 2011 season with his refusal to take Jordan Jefferson out of the game.

Jefferson single-handedly cost the Tigers a perfect season and national championship with poor decision-making and all-around terrible play in Alabama's 21-0 victory on Monday night.

If a quarterback cannot execute a simple option play, he does not belong on the field in a national championship game.

Miles’ commitment to the inept Jefferson finally caught up with him and unfortunately cost the hard work of the Tiger defense to be completely wasted.

Jefferson did nothing worthy of earning the starting quarterback position for the Tigers after blowing his opportunity by senselessly engaging in a bar fight just before the start of the season—a season in which he was supposed to lead the Tigers to glory.

Jarrett Lee has not had tremendous success against Alabama in his career, but he did take the Tigers to an 8-0 start before the job was ripped away from him because of an interception.

Jefferson could not get the ball past midfield in three full quarters, and a change was absolutely necessary.

Tiger fans and the LSU football team have only two people to blame for the debacle in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, and they are Miles and Jefferson.

Alabama fans can thank Miles for his relentless commitment to Jefferson and enjoy their BCS title.

Miles was out-coached and absolutely wasted a great season for the Tigers.

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