The Kansas Jayhawks and head coach Les Miles mutually agreed to part ways Monday night after two seasons. While no reason was officially given for his departure, the development came after reports surfaced about his alleged involvement in sexual misconduct cases dating back to his previous stint with the LSU Tigers.
Kansas announced the move on Monday night:
The University of Kansas and Les Miles have mutually agreed to part ways effective immediately.
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Specifically, Miles allegedly sexualized the students working for the LSU Football team back in 2012. Moreover, he was also accused of inappropriate behavior around them at the time. It was revealed that the University of Kansas wasn’t aware of the case before they hired Miles to be their head coach back in 2018.
“This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family,” Les Miles said as part of the school’s statement. “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 was seen by many as one of the most decorated tacticians in college football during his time with the Tigers. He managed to steer LSU to two National Championship Games and successfully won a crown back in 2007. He also bagged two SEC titles and was hailed as the AP College Football Coach of the Year in 2011 before his stint with the Tigers ended in 2016.
Despite his success in Baton Rouge, Miles failed to carry over the momentum when he took over the Jayhawks in 2019. He only went 3-18 in two seasons in Kansas, including a 0-9 record in the 2020 season. He was due to be paid over $8 million on a deal running through 2023.
Overall, Les Miles has amassed a total win-loss tally of 145-73 as a head coach in the collegiate ranks.