Les Miles was apparently on his worst behavior while at LSU.
The ongoing investigation into LSU’s handlings of allegations of sexual misconduct and domestic violence cases have now reached Lawrence, Kansas. A report from Andrea Gallo and Brooks Kubena of the Baton Rouge Advocate this week revealed that current Kansas coach Les Miles previously reached a settlement with a former athletic department student intern while he served as head coach of the Tigers program.
The report says the student accused Miles of “hitting on her.” That was hardly all of it.
“At the height of his fame as Louisiana State University’s head football coach, Les Miles was accused of texting female students, taking them to his condo alone, making them feel uncomfortable and, on at least one occasion, kissing a student and suggesting they go to a hotel after telling her he could help her career, according to an internal investigative report released by LSU on Thursday.
The investigation, done by an outside law firm on behalf of LSU in 2013, did not find that Miles had sexual relationships with any of the women. But it found his behavior inappropriate. Miles strongly denied kissing the girl, according to the report. He said that he did nothing wrong and was simply mentoring young women at the university.
Miles also was accused by athletic department staff of saying that the female student workers who helped the football team lure top recruits needed to be attractive, blonde and fit, according to the investigative report. Existing student employees who did not meet this criteria should be given fewer hours or terminated, the report details.”
LSU decided to issue Miles a letter of reprimand and required him to sign forms stating that he had read and understood the school’s policies. He was also ordered to stop hiring student employees to babysit, cease being alone with them, and attend eight, one-hour sessions with an attorney and pay for it out of his own pocket.
Miles served as LSU’s head football coach from 2005 to 2016, leading the Tigers to the national championship game twice, winning it in 2007.
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