Kansas, Les Miles agree to part ways
The University of Kansas and head football coach Les Miles have mutually agreed to go their separate ways. The school released a statement on the situation late Monday night. The action is effective immediately.
Miles was the head coach at Kansas for two seasons. Recent reports from USA Today indicate that Miles demonstrating inappropriate behavior while around female students during his time at LSU. The school banned him from one-on-one contact with female students.
“I am extremely disappointed for our university, fans and everyone involved with out football program,” athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “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.”
The University of Kansas and Les Miles have mutually agreed to part ways effective immediately.
— Kansas Jayhawks (@KUAthletics) March 9, 2021
A recent report from USA Today indicated that Miles had been banned from one-on-one contact with female students for “inappropriate behavior” during his time in Baton Rouge. USA Today’s report indicates he was accused of texting with female students, taking him to his condo, and kissing at least one student and then suggesting they go to a hotel because Miles could “help her career.”
Miles has denied kissing the female student and the investigation concluded that the former head coach did not have a sexual relationship with any of the students.
Last week, it was also reported that then-LSU athletic director Joe Alleva recommended firing Miles in 2013 with cause. The school did not terminate the head coach until early in the 2016 season for poor on-field performance.
Miles was 3-18 in two seasons as the head coach at Kansas. Before that, he was the head coach at LSU from 2005-16.