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Auburn DC Kevin Steele reacts to LSU firing former boss Les Miles

Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele works with his players before facing LSU Saturday, Sept. 25, 2016 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele works with his players before facing LSU Saturday, Sept. 25, 2016 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

The final second of Auburn’s 18-13 win over LSU will have lasting repercussions.

LSU announced it fired coach Les Miles less than 24 hours after officials overturned a touchdown that would let the No. 18 team in the country escape Jordan-Hare Stadium with a victory.

Miles called the game the closest he had every come to a victory without actually winning a game in his press conference Saturday night.

Close wasn’t good enough for LSU’s administration as they fired both Miles and his offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was announced as the program’s interim coach with Steve Ensminger taking over the offense.

Ensminger spent five seasons at Auburn as an offensive assistant from 2003-08.

Current Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele spent last season in the same role under Miles. Steele commented on the news during his Sunday night press conference.

“I understand the business side of it,” Steele said. “My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. They were very good to my family.”

Steele cautiously discussed the topic, but made it clear he didn’t believe it was the right move for the program.

“I think from a philosophical because this is just personal, we’re in an educational business and we’ve got 18 to 22-year-olds and we’re in a teaching business at the end of the day and because of that, at this time in the process they do what they want to do but philosophically, personally, I don’t believe in it.”

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