Les Miles is out as Kansas’ head coach simply days after he was positioned on administrative go away amid sexual misconduct allegations from his tenure at LSU.
Kansas introduced Miles’ departure Monday evening, describing it as a mutual settlement to half methods. Miles has three years left on his unique five-year contract with the varsity that pays him $2.775 million yearly by December 2023 and contains a number of bonuses, amongst them a $675,000 retention bonus paid final November.
”I’m extraordinarily upset for our college, followers and everybody concerned with our soccer program,” Kansas athletic director Jeff Lengthy mentioned in a press release. ”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 video games, and that’s precisely what we’ll do.”
The 67-year-old Miles was 3-18 in two seasons with the Jayhawks. Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord was named performing head coach.
”That is definitely a troublesome day for me and for my household,” Miles mentioned in a press release. ”I really like this college and the younger males in our soccer program. I’ve really loved being the pinnacle coach at KU and know that it’s in a greater place now than once I arrived.”
Final week, LSU launched a 148-page overview by a legislation agency concerning the college’s dealing with of sexual misconduct complaints campus-wide. One half described how Miles ”tried to sexualize the employees of scholar employees within the soccer program by, as an illustration, allegedly demanding that he needed blondes with huge breasts, and `fairly ladies.”’
The report additionally revealed then-LSU athletic director Joe Alleva beneficial firing Miles in 2013 to college officers.
Kansas positioned Miles on go away later that day and mentioned it could conduct a overview of allegations towards the coach that it had beforehand been unaware of.
Kansas mentioned phrases of the settlement with Miles on his departure will likely be launched within the coming days.
Miles spent eleven-plus seasons with LSU, main the varsity to a nationwide title in 2007. He was fired 4 video games into the 2016 season.
Miles was investigated at LSU after two feminine scholar employees within the soccer program accused the coach of inappropriate conduct in 2012.
Whereas that 2013 investigation by the Taylor Porter legislation agency discovered Miles confirmed poor judgment, it didn’t discover violations of legislation or that he had a sexual relationship with any college students. Taylor Porter additionally concluded it couldn’t verify one scholar’s allegation that Miles kissed her whereas they have been within the coach’s automotive with nobody else current.
In an e-mail dated June 2013 and despatched to the president of LSU, Alleva wrote Miles was responsible of ”insubordination, inappropriate conduct, placing the college, athletic (division) and soccer program at nice danger.”
The Taylor Porter overview had been saved confidential for about eight years till a redacted model of it was launched this week after a lawsuit filed by USA At the moment.
For Kansas, Miles’ departure is simply the most recent setback for what has been faculty soccer’s worst Energy 5 program for a decade. The Jayhawks haven’t received greater than three video games in a single season since 2009.
Miles had been out of teaching for 2 years when Lengthy employed him after the 2018 season, hoping a notable identify and skilled coach may assist break the apathy that has enveloped the Kansas program for a decade.
Lengthy and Miles have been associates relationship to their time at Michigan within the late Nineteen Eighties.
Whereas recruiting has improved below Miles, little else has modified. The Jayhawks have been winless final season for the third time in program historical past, dropping by a mean of greater than 30 factors per sport.
Kansas has not had a successful season since 2008, the 12 months earlier than Mark Mangino was fired amid allegations of verbal and bodily abuse. He was adopted by Turner Gill, who received 5 video games over two seasons, and Charlie Weis, who was 6-22 earlier than getting fired 4 video games into the 2014 season.
David Beaty was 6-42 in 4 seasons in command of the Jayhawks and sued Kansas for withholding his buyout due to NCAA infractions. Beaty reached a $2.55 million settlement with the varsity final summer season.
Now, with spring soccer observe across the nook, Kansas is beginning over once more, nonetheless caught in a deep gap.
AP Sports activities Author Dave Skretta contributed to this report.
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