Former LSU soccer coach Les Miles was banned from being alone with students after the 2013 sexual harassment investigation, according to the original. internal report released by LSU on Thursday.
The 2013 report, which USA Today summarized, showed that Miles, who is now the University of Kansas football coach, was accused of texting female student workers on a burner phone, taking them to his condo alone, and kissing a student on at least one occasion. . The student told investigators that Miles reportedly suggested before kissing her, “that they go to a hotel together and they mentioned their condo as another meeting place. He also complimented her on her appearance and said he was attracted to her. “
LSU hired an outside law firm to conduct the investigation in 2013, and found that he did not have sex with the women. However, the firm claimed that the behavior was inappropriate. According to the report, Miles denied the kissing allegations.
The report also showed that sports department staff said that Miles, who was directly involved in hiring student employees, “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.
As a result, LSU punished Miles by having him sign forms showing that he understood the school’s policies and issued a letter of reprimand. The school then prohibited him from hiring student employees of soccer operations or the athletic department and ordered him not to be alone with those employees. In addition, Miles had to attend eight one-hour sessions with a lawyer, which he had to pay for himself.
LSU also said that if he repeated the behavior, Miles would be fired.
The allegations came to light in January when USA TODAY filed a lawsuit over the records. LSU initially refused to release the records, and Miles stated that if they were made public, it would ruin his reputation. Miles ended up abandoning his offer to keep them sealed, and his attorney issued a statement claiming that this report was “the only way to clear up misinformation and stop the unsubstantiated attacks on Coach Miles.”
This is just the tip of the iceberg of LSU’s sexual misconduct issues. The school hired outside law firm Husch Blackwell in November to audit how it handled dozens of cases dating back to 2016. Husch Blackwell’s report will be released on Friday and will reportedly shed light on Miles’s conduct while at LSU.
This new research focuses on all departments of the school; however, there have been multiple high-profile allegations in recent years involving the LSU soccer team.
Jade Lewis, a former LSU tennis player, first came out publicly in November and spoke about how the school handled multiple reports that she had been abused by a Tigers soccer player for more than a year. He said LSU women’s tennis co-coach Julia Sell did not report the case of Lewis’ physical abuse by then-Tigers wide receiver Drake Davis.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.