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Kansas, Les Miles, Mutually Agree To Part Ways

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Kansas

It appears that the Les Miles experiment has come to an end. After being put on administrative leave last week, Kansas has decided to part ways with their head football coach.

A national search for a new head coach begins immediately, per the Kansas release. Mike DeBord will continue to serve as the acting head coach until an interim head coach is determined.

The Kansas athletic department featured a quote from both athletic director Jeff Long and Miles.

“This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family,” Miles said in the release. “I love this university and the young men in our football program. 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.”


Miles was put on leave last week after a report came out from his time in Baton Rouge. In that report, it stated that 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.

These allegations compelled former LSU athletic director Joe Alleva to bar Miles from being alone with student workers and that Alleva urged LSU to fire Miles in 2013. However, Miles wasn’t fired by LSU until after four games were complete in the 2016 season, after a 2-2 start.

Les Miles has been the head coach of the Jayhawks since 2019 and was 3-18 in his two seasons on the job. His five-year contract was set to expire at the end of the 2023 season. Now with him gone, the question is, what will happen to Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long?

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