By BRETT MARTELBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU's 2011 season will be remembered for challenging Les Miles' crisis-management skills over and over again.
It could also go down as the greatest season in the history of a program that has been around since 1893.
Now within one more victory of an unbeaten season and a BCS national title, Miles has been voted The Associated Press Coach of the Year.
Thirty of 56 votes cast went to Miles. Bill Snyder of Kansas State was second with 16, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State had six, Brady Hoke of Michigan got three and Lane Kiffin of Southern California had one.
As Miles reflected on the various trials he dealt with this season in an interview with the AP this week, he spoke in a hushed tone and recounted a talk he had long ago with his father in the kitchen of his childhood home in Elyria, Ohio.
When Miles was around 12 years old, he was worried about his dad, Hope "Bubba" Miles, who'd been passed over for a promotion and subsequently laid off, al...