Report: Les Miles was banned from 1-on-1 contact with LSU student employees after allegations that he kissed a student

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Kansas head coach Les Miles watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Story updated at 6:49 p.m. Thursday:

University of Kansas football coach Les Miles’ former employer, LSU, reprimanded the coach in 2013 after allegations that he kissed a student and suggested they visit a hotel together, USA Today reported Thursday.

The report on the allegations, which was first released publicly on Thursday, detailed that LSU issued a letter of reprimand to Miles in 2013 and ordered him to stop being alone with student employees. Miles also was directed not to text or call student employees.

As part of the investigation eight years ago, Miles said he did nothing wrong and was mentoring young women at LSU. An attorney for Miles on Thursday reiterated that Miles denied any wrongdoing, USA Today reported. Both then and now, Miles denied kissing the woman who made the allegations.

According to the investigation, Miles’ behavior was found inappropriate, but the law firm did not determine that Miles had a sexual relationship with any of the women who made allegations.

Rather, the law firm that conducted the investigation stated in its report that it wasn’t able to determine whether an allegation that Miles kissed a student was true. The student alleges that Miles kissed her twice while they were driving in his car.

KU Athletics spokesman Dan Beckler told the Journal-World on Thursday afternoon that KU wasn’t provided a copy of the 2013 report prior to USA Today’s story because of ongoing litigation

“We are in the process of reviewing the 34-page document,” Beckler said. “We are also aware that LSU is issuing an additional report tomorrow (Friday), and we will wait to comment further until we have reviewed both documents.”

Asked whether KU had suspended Miles from any of his duties as head football coach while the university gathers information about the allegations, Beckler referred back to his original comment about the university wanting to review the documents.

KU Chancellor Douglas Girod has not responded to a request for comment about the situation. Instead, KU spokesman Joe Monaco referred the Journal-World to Beckler’s statement.

Thursday’s news comes on the heels of a report last week that Miles had reached a settlement agreement years ago with an LSU student intern who accused Miles of “hitting on her.” Miles last week denied harassing the student but stopped short of denying that he had reached a legal settlement with the student.

Last week, Beckler said Kansas Athletics was not aware of those allegations when it hired Miles in 2018.

Thursday’s release of the 2013 report by the Louisiana law firm Taylor Porter provided the most details yet of the allegations against Miles. Those details include:

• The woman who alleged Miles kissed her said he also suggested “they go to a hotel together,” the internal investigation from 2013 showed. The investigative team did not determine whether that allegation was true, but the law firm did conclude in its report that Miles showed “poor judgment.”

According to the investigation, Miles said he met with the woman who alleged he kissed her to talk with her about her career and “tell her about a sports agent he had seen on a recent trip.” Miles said he was alone in his vehicle with the woman, but he denied kissing her.

The female student also alleged that her interactions with Miles included “unwanted touching” from the LSU coach, which Miles has denied.

• Some LSU athletic department staff members alleged that Miles said female student workers who helped the LSU football program needed to be attractive, the investigation revealed. The report stated that Miles made it clear to employees who supervised the student employees that “he wanted these employees to have a certain ‘look’ (attractive, blond, fit.) He also made their supervisors feel that existing student employees who did not meet this criteria should be given fewer hours or terminated.”

• Another student employee, who said Miles asked her to babysit his children, said she had uncomfortable interactions with the coach. The report also described a third student receiving texts from Miles via his personal cell phone. An investigator noted in the report that athletic department employees told the student to ignore the texts and “implied that other students had similar experiences.”

The internal investigation of Miles at LSU first came to light as the result of USA Today’s reporting on mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations at LSU through the years.

USA Today reported that Miles and LSU took measures in 2013 to prevent the investigative report from being made public. Miles’ lawyer earlier this week asked a judge to allow the investigation to be released so that Miles could be defended against “unfair media attention that this matter has received during the past week.”

Miles coached LSU from 2005 to 2016, winning the 2007 national title. KU Athletic Director Jeff Long hired Miles to take over the struggling Kansas football program in November of 2018, a little more than two years after LSU fired Miles four games into the 2016 season. Miles signed a five-year contract with KU that could keep him in charge of the Jayhawks through the conclusion of the 2023 season.


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