Kansas places Les Miles on leave, announces review of LSU allegations

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Kansas places Les Miles on leave, announces review of LSU allegations

Kansas put soccer coach Les Miles on administrative vacation Friday night after allegations of sexual misconduct against the coach while at LSU were published this week.

Sporting director Jeff Long said in a statement that KU will be conducting a claims review.

“Now that we have access to this information, we will take our time in the coming days to fully review the material and see if additional information is available,” Long told ESPN. “I don’t want to speculate on a timeline for our review as it is imperative that we do our due diligence.”

Kansas spokesman Dan Beckler told USA Today Thursday that the school was unaware of the allegations when it hired Miles in November 2018.

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LSU opened an internal investigation into Miles in 2013 after students who worked in the sports department accused him of inappropriate behavior. One student accused him of “unwanted touch,” while another said Miles made her feel uncomfortable on a phone call and other interactions.

The law firm handling the investigation for the LSU, Taylor Porter, found that the trainer used “poor judgment” in dealing with the students but did not have sexual relations with the women. LSU released the investigation report Thursday after Miles fought in court for years to keep it sealed.

Miles was also named on a November exam by an outside law firm examining how LSU has handled recent Title IX sexual misconduct cases. The LSU published this report on Friday.

Former LSU sports director Joe Alleva wrote in an email to the university’s president F. King Alexander in 2013 that Miles should be fired for ignoring Alleva’s student contact ban introduced after Miles ‘The first prosecutor presented in 2012.

“I always believe that people are innocent until proven guilty and in this case I believe he is guilty of disobedience, inappropriate behavior, endangering the university, the sports department and the football program,” Alleva wrote in the Email included in the audit report. “I think we have a reason. I specifically told him not to text, call, or be alone with student workers, and he obviously wasn’t listening. I know there are many possible outcomes and high risks, but I do believe it is in the best long-term interest to take a break. The court of public opinion would favor us. “

Miles claimed during the internal investigation that Alleva never told him about these prohibitions.

Alleva finally fired miles in 2016 after LSU started the season 2-2.

Kansas is 3-18 in two seasons under Miles. The Jayhawks took a 9-0 lead in 2020. ESPN reported that offensive coordinator Mike DeBord will lead the team while Miles is on vacation.