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University of Kansas, coach Les Miles part ways following LSU harassment investigation

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Posted at 8:30 PM, Mar 08, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Kansas has parted ways with head football coach Les Miles.

The decision came one week after USA Today uncovered an investigation into Miles' alleged inappropriate conduct during his tenure at Louisiana State University.

KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a statement issued Monday night that he is "extremely disappointed for the university, fans and everyone involved with our football program."

“There is a lot of young talent on this football team, and I have no doubt we will identify the right individual to lead this program," Long said. "We will begin the search for a new head coach immediately with an outside firm to assist in this process. We need to win football games, and that is exactly what we’re going to do.”

A female student employee in the Tigers' athletic department alleged Miles, 67, kissed her and tried to coerce her into meeting him at a hotel or his condo. Another student also alleged that Miles made her "uncomfortable" with texts and other behavior.

He denied the allegations, but agreed to stop texting student employees and using some as babysitters in signing a letter of reprimand in September 2013.

Miles said in the statement KU Athletics issued that it is "certainly a difficult day" for himself and his family.

“I love this university and the young men in our football program," Miles said. "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.”

KU claimed having no knowledge of the allegations or investigation prior to hiring Miles in November 2018.

He signed a five-year contract through the 2023 season at the time.

Long placed Miles on administrative leave Friday night.

Miles replaced David Beaty after the 2018 season. His deal with KU provides an annual salary is $2.775 million, but Miles also received a $225,000 retention bonus in November 2020.

This article was written by Megan Strickland for KSHB.