A day after Kansas and football head coach Les Miles mutually agreed to part ways, new details have emerged about their tumultuous exit and hiring process.
Kansas will pay Miles nearly $ 2 million under the settlement reached following the release of LSU’s 2013 sexual harassment investigation and Husch Blackwell’s report released last week.
Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon that this number represents what Miles would have been paid for the remainder of the year. The university and Miles announced their separation Monday night in a joint statement.
The settlement agreement also includes non-disparagement clauses, which explains why the statement did not include a specific reason for his departure. However, when Long was pressed on why they chose a settlement agreement rather than firing Miles for a just cause, the athletic director said it was “debatable” whether Miles lied to him in 2018 when asked if there was anything that was wrong. could embarrass Kansas.
“There are times when institutions, sports programs and universities have to make tough decisions,” Long said. “While seeking advice from the university and the chancellor, we came to what we felt was best for the program and that was for us to separate each other from Les. To do that, we had to come up with a certain amount of compensation. “
Long claimed that a series of background checks were conducted before the Jayhawks signed Miles in 2018, and no one in LSU’s athletic department raised any red flags.
“I also asked Coach Miles, directly during the interview process, if there was anything in the past that could embarrass the university, himself, or our program, and he said no,” Long said. “We also did our due diligence in speaking with people within the LSU athletic department to see if there was anything we should be aware of regarding Coach Miles’ tenure at LSU and we received no indication of any issues.”
When they learned of the legal dispute that was resolved out of court, Long said Kansas “requested copies of each and every report relating to Miles when he was at LSU.”
“Miles’s legal counsel gave us a variety of reasons why they wouldn’t provide it to us,” Long said.
LSU published an extensive report from the Husch Blackwell law firm on Friday, which detailed how the university handled previous accounts of sexual misconduct and domestic assault, including allegations of sexual misconduct against Miles.
According to the original internal report released by LSU on ThursdayMiles was banned from being alone with students after the 2013 sexual harassment investigation. The initial report from eight years ago alleged that Miles texted female student workers on a burner phone, drove them to his condo alone, and kissed a student on at least one occasion. Miles, who was directly involved in hiring student employees, allegedly “made it clear that he wanted these employees to have a certain ‘look’ (good-looking, blonde, fit).” Employees at the time who did not fit the description would receive fewer hours or be laid off, according to the report.
In the new report released Friday, Husch Blackwell found that LSU’s athletic department did not respond adequately to the allegations against Miles. “We are not in a position to offer an opinion on whether the allegations are true or not,” the Husch Blackwell report reads. “Rather, this question is whether the University responded to this report against [Miles] … in a manner consistent with current legal guidance, recognized best practices, and institutional policy. The answer is no.'”
Stanley Jacobs, one of the few people informed of the sexual misconduct allegations against the then-LSU soccer coach, told Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger that lawyers and the then-school president encouraged him to keep the matter under review. be quiet. Jacobs even admitted that Miles’ ways of separating made him “pause.”
“It has kept me awake at night. Of course I do, ”says Jacobs, a New Orleans attorney who served on the LSU Board of Supervisors for 18 years and played basketball for the Tigers in the 1960s.“ The resignation makes me stop, but based on the evidence , I feel like we made the right decision. It is the evidence before us. “
During Tuesday’s press conference, Long also revealed that Miles had reached an agreement with one of the student workers who filed a complaint against him. Terms were not disclosed.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.