KU claims no knowledge of investigation into Les Miles

Posted at 7:23 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 20:23:35-05

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas said it had no knowledge of a sexual harassment claim, an investigation and a settlement involving Les Miles and a student during Miles' time at Louisiana State University.

"The University of Kansas is aware of a media report today involving KU head football coach Les Miles," according to a statement provided to 41 Action News by Dan Beckler, associate athletic director for public relations and strategic communications. "KU was not aware of these allegations when Coach Miles was hired in 2018."

As first reported by The Advocate on Wednesday, Miles reached a settlement with a former student who accused him of harassment years ago while the coach was at LSU. The settlement, according to the Advocate, surfaced during an investigation into the university’s handling of sexual misconduct and domestic violence complaints.

"We have spoken with Coach Miles about the allegations in the story and will continue to gather information that is made available to us," the KU statement said.

Kansas hired Miles after the 2018 season. He is 3-18 with the Jayhawks in the two seasons since.

The statement concluded, "Because this involves Coach Miles' former employer and predates his time at KU, and because we do not have factual knowledge about details of these allegations, it is not appropriate for us to comment further."