In the dazed, chaotic moments after his Louisiana State team lost to Auburn on the last play of the game, Coach Les Miles did his best to stay optimistic.
Asked about the future, he answered: “Take it one game at a time and try to work hard.”
But when the Associated Press poll came out on Sunday, the 2-2 Tigers had completed a perilous drop from No. 5 in the preseason to unranked oblivion and, within hours, Miles was out of a job.
A similar fate befell the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, where things are even bleaker, the Irish slipping to 1-3 with a home loss to three-touchdown underdog Duke.
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