Les Miles was accused of improper behavior during his time as the LSU football coach, including kissing a student.
During his time as the LSU football coach, Les Miles was accused of several unacceptable actions with and toward female students, according to a damaging report from USA Today.
In the report, Miles is accused of texting female students from his burner phone, taking them to his condo alone, kissing one student and suggesting they meet at a hotel when he offered to help her career and other behavior that made these women feel uncomfortable.
Additionally, Miles intervened to make sure female student employees were blonde, attractive and fit in order to lure top recruits to play for LSU. Employees who didn’t fit his criteria were given fewer hours and/or lost their jobs entirely.
Miles denies kissing the student and says he was just trying to be a mentor.
LSU did little to discipline Les Miles after 2013 investigation into behavior
The investigation that took place in 2013 determined that Miles did not have a sexual relationship with these women but his behavior was unacceptable.
After the findings of the investigation, LSU basically told Miles not to do it again or else.
Miles was ordered to sign a letter that said he understood the policies, he could no longer student employees, he could no longer have employees babysit and he had to pay for eight, one-hour sessions with an attorney.
Miles tried to keep the investigation from going public for fear of what it would mean to his reputation. The allegations and the response from LSU are public in large part because of the work from USA Today to sue for the release of the records.
“We’re thrilled this important document has been released,” said Scott Sternberg, attorney for USA TODAY. “We think the Judge’s redactions were judicious and appropriately reveal to the concerned public how LSU handled these allegations against Louisiana’s most famous name and highest-paid state employee.”
Miles went 114-34 during his time at LSU from 2005-2016 where he won the national championship in 2007. Miles just finished his second year as the Kansas football coach where his team went 0-9 and he has a 3-18 overall record.
As a result of the allegations and his behavior during his time at LSU, it’s possible Kansas athletic director Jeff Long may make a move to remove Miles from his job.
“Because this involves Coach Miles’ former employer and pre-dates his time at KU, and because we do not have factual knowledge about details of these allegations, it is not appropriate for us to comment further,” Kansas spokesperson Dan Beckler said in USA Today’s report.