Les Miles out at Kansas

Kansas head coach Les Miles watches warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Iowa...
Kansas head coach Les Miles watches warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa.(Associated Press)
Updated: Mar. 8, 2021 at 10:13 PM CST
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WAFB) - Kansas head coach Les Miles and the university have mutually decided to part ways effective immediately, athletic director Jeff Long announced Monday, March 8.

“I am extremely disappointed for our university, fans and everyone involved with our football program,” a statement from Long read. “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.”

Miles also released a statement about his departure from the Jayhawk program.

“This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family,” he 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.”

The move comes just days after a report by the law firm Husch Blackwell found sexual misconduct at LSU while Miles was the head football coach.


Kansas had a 3-18 record under Miles. The university said the terms of the agreement will be released in the coming days. It added while a national search for a new head coach begins immediately, Mike DeBord will continue to serve as the acting head coach until an interim head coach is determined.

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