Les Miles, Kansas Reach $2M Contract Settlement After 2013 Harrassment Probe

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIMarch 9, 2021

Kansas head coach Les Miles watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The University of Kansas has reached a $2 million settlement with Les Miles after agreeing to part ways with the football coach late Monday night, according to the school.  

Jesse Newell @jessenewell

As expected in these types of things, both Miles and certain KU employees (Long, Girod, Freet, Lester) agreed to non-disparagement clauses as part of the settlement.

Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star noted Miles will receive monthly checks of $201,187.50 from April to June followed by payments of $231,250 from July through December. 

Miles was fired two years into his Kansas tenure following the revelation of past inappropriate conduct while head coach at LSU in 2013, resulting in the Tigers' then-athletic director recommending his firing and LSU ultimately banning the coach from interacting with female student employees in private. 

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, KU athletic director Jeff Long, who hired Miles to coach the Jayhawks, said an outside firm would be involved in finding a new head coach, but the decision would ultimately rest with him. 

Yet concerns over Long's track record in hiring coaches were notably raised during Tuesday's press conference. 

Pete Francis @Pete_Francis

Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long was asked about his track record hiring head coaches and why KU fans should be confident he can make the right hire. #kufball https://t.co/1XL61E04Zr

Following the departure of Bobby Petrino at Arkansas, Long hired John Smith, who was fired after one season and a 4-8 record, and Bret Bielema, who went 29-34 in five seasons. Bielema put together only one season of eight or more wins in his time with the Razorbacks. 

The Jayhawks are in an even worse spot now as they attempt to hire their fifth full-time head coach since 2010. Kansas has won just 21 total games since then and is coming off an 0-9 season under Miles. 

Andy Staples @Andy_Staples

Some context. There is a non-disparagement agreement in the settlement. So Long can’t call Miles a liar if he wants to now. But the question Long can answer — but chose not to — is why they settled with Miles in the first place. (Probably because they botched Beaty so badly.) https://t.co/DjGdJwkShr

Matt Tait @mctait

For clarity, Long says there were no reports of improper conduct by Les Miles during his time at KU that concerned him... #KUfball

Long attempted to fire David Beaty with cause in order to hire Miles, though Beaty sued and the school eventually settled, paying out $2.55 million of the final $3 million on Beaty's contract. On Tuesday, the athletic director said he conducted "multiple" background searches on Miles and asked the coach if there was anything in his past that could embarrass the school.

Miles declined to reveal LSU's investigation.