Les Miles out at Kansas after inappropriate conduct at LSU in 2013 made public
Never mind the fact that Les Miles was just 3-18 during his two seasons at Kansas, the former LSU head coach is being held more accountable at Kansas for things he did at LSU than he was at LSU.
Late last night, KU announced the school and Coach Miles have mutually agreed to part ways, effect immediately.
The decision comes after Kansas placed the 67-year-old on administrative leave Friday to conduct an investigation into Miles’ alleged behavior while coaching the Tigers in 2013.
The basis of that scathing investigative report, released by Husch Blackwell, stems around former LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva recommending Miles be fired after accusations of inappropriate conduct with former female student-workers and LSU’s systematic failures to appropriately report those incidents of athletic-related sexual misconduct and abuse.
The university’s outside counsel concluded the complaints would not constitute sexual harassment under the law, meaning they’d lose a court battle against Miles and would owe him a buyout of more than $15 million.
So instead of being fired for cause, Miles was banned from any one-on-one interaction with female students and completed eight hours of sexual harassment counseling.
Miles has denied any and all wrong-doing.
Here’s an official statement from Coach Miles: “This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family. I love the university and the young men in our football program. I have truly enjoyed being the head coach at KU and I know that it’s in a better place now than when I arrived. To our student-athletes, I want you to remember that you came to play for KU and earn a degree here. So, I implore you to stay on and build on what we started and do all of the things we talked about doing together. There is a bright future for all of you and for KU football.”
A search for a new head coach is already underway.