The University of Kansas said on Monday that it had “agreed to participate” with its football coach, Les Miles, after the release of a 2013 report alleging that while she was at Louisiana State University, she He sexually assaulted female students.
Kansas avoided giving public support for Miles after the report surfaced last Thursday through a lawsuit. But, he The publication of the findings of a new investigation on Friday, Which investigated LSU’s broader culture around sexual misconduct cases, put his future in Kansas even more skeptical.
Kansas said Friday night that Miles had been placed on administrative leave, and on Monday night, the university announced that Miles’s term, which began with his recruitment in November 2018, had ended.
“I am deeply disappointed for our university, fans and everyone involved with our football program,” Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a statement. “There are many young talents in this football team, and I have no doubt that we will identify the right person to lead this program.”
In a statement released by the university, Miles said it was “definitely a difficult day for me and my family.” He did not address his history at LSU
But Miles’ lawyer denied the coach acted improperly and said he had learned an unfortunate lesson eight years ago: his naturally open and trustworthy nature exposes him to false claims by people with his different agendas . “After Miles’ leave was announced last week, the lawyer, Peter Ginsburg, complained that Kansas acted because of a” media setback “and said the decision was” both disturbing and unfair. “
Zinsberg also claimed that Kansas had received “critical information” before the 2013 report was released. Asked if he would share whether Miles and others provided Kansas, Zinsberg did not respond.
During his two seasons in Kansas, Miles never reached a level of success as a football coach at Oklahoma State University and at LSU, where he won a national championship to end the 2007 season. Miles set a 3–18 record in Kansas – after going 142–55 in his first two head coaching jobs.
Until recently, however, Miles’ job did not appear to be in imminent crisis. But as LSU alleged that it had denied allegations of sexual misconduct, USA Today sued a copy of a 2013 investigation report by a law firm with close ties to the university.
After complaining about Miles’ conduct, two women who worked for the football program said that the coaches had played a role in hiring decisions and said they had made it clear that they wanted these employees Get a certain ‘look’ (attractive, blonde, fit). “
Investigators were suspicious of complaints coming to an account. But the other woman, who came forward with a misunderstanding, told a deeply disturbing story of how Miles had started sending his messages after he started working with the football program, and how the powerful coach had sent him a nickname and The phone number was pressed to connect with itself. Personal cellphone.
He also said that he and Miles had met off campus, that the coach had suggested that they return to a hotel or its co-ownership and that he had kissed her twice. Other allegations were redressed in the report.
Although LSU’s lawyers in 2013 felt that Miles’ conduct did not justify his firing – and he had just received $ 4.3 million a year by extending the contract – there was a deep alarm from others inside the university.
The new investigation completed on Friday revealed that Joelva, who was athletic director at LSU in 2013 and had already warned her coaches to have one-on-one meetings with the student staff, believed Miles Must be ruled out for reason.
Allewa wrote to other LSU officials in June 2013, “I always believe that people are innocent until proven guilty and in this case I believe they are guilty of insulting, inappropriate behavior.” “I think we have reason.”
Allewa’s recommendation was ignored. Instead, LSU chose the Miles Bar by hiring students in athletics for “personal work”. The university also said that Miles was prohibited from making personal communication with any student employee in athletics, and it ordered him to pay for at least eight hours of training with an employment attorney.
At the same time, LSU shielded the charges and punishments from public view.
“The university had no file for the case,” LSU said of the 2013 investigation into the investigation published on Friday. “Instead, reports about the investigation were deliberately stored offsite at LSU’s external counsel’s office and with Miles’s lawyers.”
In fact, Kansas said the report was not reviewed until it surfaced during litigation in Louisiana this month.
LSU fired Miles in 2016, but his dismissal was tied at 2–2 for the Tigers at the time. His tenure at Baton Rouge, which began in 2005, was often praised: In addition to winning the 2007 season title, he inspired LSU to another championship game after the 2011 season. He regularly kept LSU competitive with the increasingly dynastic University of Alabama and was popular with many fans even after his firing.