If you didn’t see this coming, you haven’t been paying any attention.
Kansas and head football coach Les Miles “have mutually agreed to part ways,” according to a statement released by Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long.
This news comes just days after Miles had been placed on administrative leave after allegations of inappropriate behavior with female students at LSU came to light. In two seasons, he had produced a 3-18 record with the program.
“I am extremely disappointed for our university, fans and everyone involved with our football program,” Long said in his statement. “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. 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.”
The University of Kansas and Les Miles have mutually agreed to part ways effective immediately.
— Kansas Jayhawks (@KUAthletics) March 9, 2021
At one time, Miles, 67, was considered one of the top coaches in college football. He took over LSU after Nick Saban left, and in 12 years (2005-16), he produced a 114-34 record and a national title win back in 2007.
Things began to fall apart in Baton Rouge rather quickly however, and now we have a better understanding of why. Miles released a statement on his departure from Kansas soon after the news was released:
“This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family,” Miles said. “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.”
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