Les Miles Out as KU Football Coach After New LSU Allegations
In a statement, the university said Miles and KU “mutually agreed to part ways effective immediately,” and the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.Miles’ departure from the Jayhawks program comes shortly after he was placed on administrative leave for a 2013 report that shed more details on the head coach’s time at Louisiana State University.
On Monday, Jeff Long, KU’s athletic director, released the following statement:
“I am extremely disappointed for our university, fans, and everyone involved with our football program. There is a lot of young talent on this football team, and I have no doubt we will identify the right individual to lead this program. We will begin the search for a new head coach immediately with an outside firm to assist in this process. We need to win football games, and that is exactly what we’re going to do.”
Additionally, Miles also issued the following statement through the university:
“This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family. I love this university and the young men in our football program. I have truly enjoyed being the head coach at KU and know that it is 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 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.”
Miles was investigated at LSU after two female student workers accused him of inappropriate behavior. He was coach at LSU for more than 11 years before being fired four games into the 2016 season.
According to the report, Miles is accused of making multiple student employees “feel uncomfortable.” One victim accused Miles of “kissing her” and asking her to go to a hotel with him, promising he could help her career.
He won a National Championship with the Tigers before moving on to the Jayhawks, where Miles was coming off a winless second season in 2020.
To read the full report on the investigation in misconduct allegations regarding Miles’ time at LSU, click here.