Kansas announces it has 'mutually agreed to part ways' with coach Les Miles
Last week, LSU released a report the university hired the law firm Husch Blackwell to put together regarding the school’s handling of sexual misconduct claims.
Former LSU football coach Les Miles was mentioned in the report from 2013, when he was alleged to have had inappropriate encounters with female student workers.
On Monday night, just before 11 p.m. Eastern time, the Kansas Jayhawks announced they were mutually parting ways with Miles:
The University of Kansas and Les Miles have mutually agreed to part ways effective immediately.
— Kansas Jayhawks (@KUAthletics) March 9, 2021
Both AD Jeff Long and Miles issued statements in the above press release. Here’s Long’s full 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.”
And here’s the statement from Miles:
“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 spent 2 years at Kansas, compiling an overall record of 3-18. The Jayhawks went 0-9 in 2020. Mike DeBord will continue to serve as Kansas’s acting head coach until a new coach can be found.