Former LSU athletic director Joe Alleva told The Advocate that he never would have hired then Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher:
“I still have a lot of friends in the ACC. I talked to them, and after that I didn’t want any part of Jimbo. I would never have hired Jimbo. He was never on my radar. Now, fans and some people in the department wanted him, but I never wanted him.
“I could have made a change (at the end of the 2015 season). I recommended not to. Because I would have been forced to hire Jimbo. I would rather have had Les. But if I didn’t hire him, the outcry would have been ridiculous. So we had that meeting during the (Texas A&M) game, and I made the recommendation to keep (Miles).” - Alleva via Scott Rabalais of The Advocate
Fisher was 83-23 in eight years at Florida State, culminating in a 2013 National Championship, along with three ACC Championships. Fisher left the program for Texas A&M before the conclusion of the 2017 season.