Les Miles placed on administrative leave at Kansas following sexual harassment allegations
Les Miles' return to college football might be over before it got started. The Kansas Jayhawks football coach was placed on administrative leave by Athletic director Jeff Long on Friday following prior sexual harassment allegations against Miles that were made public eariler this week.
The decision came after news reports into Miles' conduct while he coached at LSU in 2013. According to an internal investigation done by the school, Miles was accused of inappropriate behavior toward female students, including allegations that he contacted some via Facebook and text, met them off campus alone and kissed at least one of them.
The report by LSU did not find that he had a sexual relationships with any of the women, and Miles strongly denied kissing the student, saying there was no wrongdoing and that he was mentoring young women at the university.
On Friday, a second report by the law firm Husch Blackwell, detailed several failures by LSU to report incidents of athletic-related sexual misconduct and abuse. Among the findings was a strong recommendation by former LSU athletic director Joe Alleva in 2013 that Miles be fired as coach for inappropriate behavior with female students.
Miles, 67, was hired by Kansas in November 2018, signing a five-year, $16 million contract ending a two-year hiatus. He had been out of coaching after being fired by LSU in 2016.
Long and Miles worked together at the University of Michigan in the late 1980's and early 1990's, before he was hired by him at KU.
The Jawhawks went 3-18 in Miles' first two seasons in Lawrence, including a winless 0-9 in 2020.
Newly-hired offensive coordinator Mike DeBord will oversee the program with Miles on leave.