BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU fans are passionate about their football. One of them, at least, is passionate enough to “hope” his football coach “dies.”
According to our partners at The Advocate, The LSU Police Department was notified last week after a fan sent a threatening email to Les Miles following the season-opening loss to Wisconsin.
“I hope they fire your stupid (butt) or you die,” the fan wrote to Miles in a 140-word email filled with racist undertones regarding the Tigers’ starting quarterback situation.
The Advocate has attempted to reach out to the sender.
Meanwhile, athletic director Joe Alleva and LSU president F. King Alexander received more than 60 emails from fans calling for them to fire the 12th-year coach.
The Advocate obtained the emails through a public records request. Most of the emails were sent Saturday, after the game, and Sunday, with a majority of them rolling in immediately after the conclusion of LSU's loss to the Badgers, an 11-point underdog.
Miles’ secretary, Ya’el Lofton, reported the threatening email to the LSU Police Department, and Captain Marshall Walters responded saying he would document it in case more were received. The email was sent at 6:55 p.m. Sept. 3, exactly 55 minutes after then-unranked Wisconsin beat then-No. 5 LSU 16-14 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The email to Miles that was reported as a threat was the only one that the head coach received in direct response to the game. But irate fans flooded Alleva and Alexander’s inboxes, airing their grievances about a coach who’s won 76 percent of his games and a national title in his 11 previous seasons.
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