Joe Alleva wanted to fire former LSU football head coach Les Miles after a sexual misconduct probe in 2013, but did not act on it.
Former LSU football coach Les Miles is in hot water after USA Today’s expose of sexual misconduct during his time with the Tigers. While he was fired midway through the 2016 college football season, former LSU athletic director Joe Alleva wanted to part ways with him after a 2013 probe found Miles harassed female students.
LSU did nothing.
Alleva sent the following email to incoming LSU president F. King Alexander on June 21, 2013.
He argued for LSU parting ways with Miles after the internal investigation. Alleva said that it was going to be messy either way, whether they cut ties with a winning head football coach or try to sweep it under the rug. He suggested that a clean break from Miles would ultimately serve them in the court of public opinion. Once again, LSU did nothing and opted to look the other way instead.
This LSU football scandal continues to get worse by the day
LSU already had to give up a bowl game appearance this past season due to ongoing cultural problems internally. While not playing in a holiday season bowl at the tail-end of a losing season in the midst of a global pandemic was not a bold move, LSU may need further reprimanding after the latest details have been revealed surrounding the latter part of the Miles era in Baton Rouge.
Miles is currently the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12. While he is on the hot seat due to the Jayhawks’ continued inability to win ball games, his time in Lawrence could be coming to an end soon because of this scandal. It is still hard to fathom that LSU had known about these issues with Miles and did not do a thing prior to his 2016 termination, which was about on-field results or lack thereof.
It feels like a can of worms has been opened up surrounding Miles and the entire LSU football program.