Les Miles, Kansas ‘mutually agree’ to separate following allegations of sexual misconduct whereas at LSU

Les Miles and Kansas have “mutually agreed” to half methods instantly, per a Monday news launch from the college.

The choice comes after Kansas positioned the third-year coach on administrative go away Friday because it reviewed allegations of sexual misconduct from an inside investigation by LSU, Miles’ former employer. Kansas athletic director Jeff Lengthy, who employed Miles in his second 12 months on the job in 2019, stated the college will start a seek for a substitute coach instantly.

“I’m extraordinarily disillusioned for our college, followers and everybody concerned with our soccer program,” Lengthy’s assertion learn. “There’s loads of younger expertise on this soccer crew, and I’ve little doubt we’ll determine the fitting particular person to steer this program. We are going to start the seek for a brand new head coach instantly with an outdoor agency to help on this course of. We have to win soccer games, and that’s precisely what we’re going to do.”

(UPDATE: Lengthy resigned Wednesday, though The Kansas Metropolis Star reported that he will probably be paid by means of March after which obtain a $1.375 million buyout in 11 month-to-month installments by means of February 2022.)

The discharge additionally features a assertion from Miles, who requested gamers to stay at Kansas regardless of his departure:

“That is definitely a tough day for me and for my household. I like this college and the younger males in our soccer program,” Miles stated. “I’ve actually loved being the top coach at KU and know that it’s in a greater place now than after I arrived. To our student-athletes, I need you to keep in mind that you got here to play for KU and earn a level right here. So, I implore you to remain and construct on what we began and do all the issues we talked about doing collectively. There’s a vibrant future for all of you and for KU soccer.”

LSU on Thursday launched a 2013 inside report — it and Miles fought for years in court docket to maintain it sealed — that decided the coach used “poor judgment” in dealings with feminine college students. Based on the report, college students who labored within the Tigers’ athletic division accused Miles of inappropriate habits, with one other accusing him of “undesirable touching.” The report discovered no proof of sexual relationships between Miles or the scholars.

The report, dealt with by the Taylor Porter regulation agency, additionally found a 2013 electronic mail from former athletic director Joe Alleva wherein he stated Miles must be fired after the coach ignored a ban from contacting college students. Alleva enacted the ban in 2012 after Miles’ first accuser got here ahead; he didn’t hearth Miles till 2016, when a loss to Auburn dropped LSU to 2-2 4 games into the faculty soccer season.

Miles went 3-18 in two seasons in Lawrence, Kan., together with 0-9 in 2020. That was a far cry from the success he loved at LSU from 2005 to 2016, the place he went 114-34, gained the 2007 nationwide championship and coached in one other title game in 2011. Following his 2016 firing, Miles remained out of teaching for the rest of the 2016, ’17 and ’18 seasons.

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