A controversial allegation has stimulated the parting of Kansas and Les Miles. Miles had been their coach since 2019. The past weekend saw the program place Miles under “administrative leave”. This was an immediate reaction to a revelation that Miles was guilty of sexual misconduct when he was at LSU.
Jeff Long, athletic director of Kansas, had promised that there would be a complete and detailed investigation of the allegations. This had come immediately after the decision on administrative leave was announced.
After the parting, Long expressed his deep regrets for the incident. He continued that the talented young players deserve a good coach. An external agency is going to aid them in finding one as soon as possible.
Miles had led the Jayhawks program to a record of 3-18. He found the parting difficult. However, he stated that he bore no grudges for his time at Kansas University. He further pleaded to his former student players to stay loyal to the University, and fulfill his hopes and aspirations for them.
Until a new coach is found, Mike DeBord is going to be the acting coach. He was the offensive coordinator under Les Miles.
The Accusations Against Les Miles
A Husch Blackwell investigation of Title IX uncovered the allegations at LSU. Miles was recorded perpetrating inappropriate behavior around women. For example, taking female students to his condo and texting them. Allegedly he had once even planted a kiss on a student and suggested further sexual actions in return for a promising career.
It was also revealed that Joe Alleva, the then LSU athletic director, did not want Miles to be associated with the team in 2013. However, Miles stayed on till he was eventually sacked in 2016. Les Miles had reportedly reached some sort of a settlement with a former LSU athlete. All of his misconducts were denied by him and his lawyer, Peter Ginsberg.
Kansas officials however insisted that their thorough background checks had turned up nothing.