Sep 22, 2018; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks fullback Caperton Humphrey (35) and fullback Hudson Hall (49) and offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji (78) and wide receiver Jeremiah Booker (88) celebrate a touchdown against the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Kansas paid player $50K-plus to leave amid turmoil

Kansas paid former football player Caperton Humphrey more than $50,000 in benefits to ensure his silence after he left the team amid harassment and threats, The Kansas City Star reported Sunday.

Humphrey and his family said four teammates who played on defense threatened and harassed him, as well as loosened the lug nuts on his car. The 6-foot-2 fullback, who is from West Virginia, played at Eastern Kentucky in 2016 and at Kansas the following two seasons. He caught three passes for 29 yards in his Jayhawks career.

He left Lawrence, Kan., in the spring of 2019 shortly after former teammates entered his apartment and threatened him, he said. His teammates lived in the same apartment complex, and Humphrey’s father had reported to the school that some of them were selling drugs there.

“They bought him off. That’s what they did,” Humphrey’s father, Jamie, told The Star. “They bought him off to keep his mouth shut.”

Caperton and Jamie Humphrey said once then-Jayhawks coach Les Miles learned of the escalating situation between the sides — before the alleged apartment incident — his solution was for them to fight it out on the practice field.

Caperton Humphrey said Miles wouldn’t meet with him and his family. Miles did agree to talk with the fullback and four teammates, and recommended they apologize to each other. They didn’t.

“I came out of that meeting, and I was like, (Forget) this,’” Caperton said. “They don’t want to talk to my family. They don’t want to do anything to help me. Why sit in this misery and fear for my life over something dumb?”

Miles, former Kansas athletic director Jeff Long and other university officials wouldn’t comment to The Star.

Jamie Humphrey said he was informed after the alleged apartment incident that the university wanted to strike a deal. Under the terms, the younger Humphrey would leave campus, take online classes from West Virginia and not talk about his time with the team in exchange for his tuition and a monthly stipend being paid through May 2020, when he was expected to graduate, plus moving expenses back home. The Humphreys also were not allowed to speak about the agreement or make disparaging comments.

“They chose the four football players over Caperton,” Jamie said.

The family apparently is speaking out now as they consider legal action against the university. Caperton Humphrey said he allowed himself to dream, while with the Jawhawks, that he could pursue a pro football career, perhaps as an undrafted free agent in the NFL or in the CFL.

“It cost me everything,” Caperton Humphrey said.

According to his father, Caperton has lingering emotional issues and is undergoing therapy.

Miles and Kansas parted ways earlier this year amid allegations that Miles made sexual advances toward female students and also made comments about women in the athletic department that were sexist or insulting when he was the head coach at LSU.

Long subsequently was fired.

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Kansas names Lance Leipold to replace Les Miles

Kansas named Buffalo coach Lance Leipold to lead its beleaguered football program on Friday.

Leipold received a six-year contract. Financial terms were not announced.

“It is an exciting and humbling opportunity, and this is a day I will never forget,” Leipold, 56, said in a school news release. “We are going to build this program through developing players, discipline and determination. The philosophies engrained in our programs along the way will be key as we turn this around.”

He replaces Les Miles, who was ousted in March after an investigation showed inappropriate behavior with female students when he coached at LSU.

The task ahead of Leipold is a big one. The Jayhawks haven’t played in a bowl game since 2008. And since the departure of coach Mark Mangino after the 2009 season, Kansas is 20-108 under Miles, David Beaty, Charlie Weis, Clint Bowen and Turner Gill.

Leipold spent the past six seasons with the Bulls, compiling a 37-33 record. But in the past three seasons, the Bulls were 24-10 and received three bowl bids.

“He is a man of integrity, a developer of young men, a program builder and a winner,” athletic director Travis Goff said. “His track record of sustained excellence is exactly what we were looking for in our next leader, and is what the University of Kansas and our fans deserve. His commitment to maximizing our (players’) abilities and experience on the field, in the classroom, in the community, and in life after KU is inspiring. Those qualities will attract individuals and develop them into exceptional Jayhawks.”

Prior to moving to Buffalo, he coached Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater to six national championships.

Leipold, 56, has a career record of 147-39.

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Report: Oregon State president likely out after Les Miles revelations

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Oregon State president F. King Alexander has offered to resign, and it’s likely the university’s board of trustees will accept as soon as Tuesday, The Oregonian reported.

Last week, the trustees placed Alexander on probation until June 1 and said he must answer to his Title IX failures while at LSU. The board found that Alexander was aware of allegations against former LSU football coach Les Miles when Alexander took over as president of the Baton Rouge campus in 2013. That includes a formal recommendation that year from then-athletic director Joe Alleva that Miles be fired for misconduct and abuse.

Alexander led LSU through 2019 and became president at Oregon State on July 1, 2020.

In their meeting Tuesday morning, Oregon State board chair Rani Borkar said members have received extensive communication from faculty, students and others, urging them to remove Alexander.

The board had yet to accept his letter of resignation but could as the meeting continues Tuesday. The resignation would be effective April 1.

The Faculty Senate has voted 108-4 in favor of a motion to call for Alexander to resign, The Oregonian reported Tuesday. The Senate referred the issue to the faculty for a vote, with 83 percent calling for Alexander’s resignation.

The trustees placed Alexander on probation after reviewing an independent report from the law firm Husch Blackwell that detailed systemic failures by LSU to appropriately report incidents involving athletes and sports programs facing accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse. The report included Alleva’s email to Alexander, which stated he believed LSU had cause to fire Miles, adding: “I want us to think about which scenario is worse for LSU. Explaining why we let him go or explaining why we let him stay.”

Details of the report were discussed openly at the Oregon State board meeting last Wednesday. Alexander faced criticism from 19 members of the public who gave the board of trustees testimony.

He issued a video apology.

“I understand that the power of my position requires more from me to do everything I can to ensure the university is free from sexual violence and violence in all forms,” he said in the video. “I know that there was more I could have done at LSU given the power of my office and the expectation of community members. As university president, I should have sought every opportunity to hold others accountable. I stand with and support survivors of all forms of sexual violence and affirm the work of our advocates. As your president, I assure you I will work to rebuild trust.”

LSU fired Miles four games into the 2016 season, and he most recently was the coach at Kansas. Earlier this month, Kansas parted ways with him after allegations surfaced that Miles made sexual advances toward female students at LSU and also made comments about women in the athletic department that were sexist or insulting.

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Oregon State president on probation for LSU failures of Les Miles era

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F. King Alexander was placed on probation and the Oregon State University president must answer to his Title IX failures at LSU.

The Oregon State board of trustees voted 12-2 to place Alexander on probation through June 1, finding he was aware of allegations against football coach Les Miles when LSU hired him in 2013. That includes a formal recommendation that year from then-athletic director Joe Alleva that Miles be fired for misconduct and abuse.

Alexander led LSU through 2019 and became president at Oregon State on July 1, 2020.

The board made the decision after reviewing the findings of an investigation by Missouri law firm Husch Blackwell.

“President Alexander will be required to review the recommendations of the Husch Blackwell report relevant to OSU policies and practices and provide the Board with a report by June 1 that assesses and seeks to improve any OSU policies, procedures and funding needs for Title IX reporting and survivor support services,” the letter stated. “President Alexander also will provide to the Board by June 1 a concrete plan to rebuild trust and relationships with the university community.”

The Husch Blackwell report detailed systemic failures by LSU to appropriately report incidents involving athletes and sports programs facing accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse. The report included Alleva’s email to Alexander, which stated he believed LSU had cause to fire Miles, adding: “I want us to think about which scenario is worse for LSU. Explaining why we let him go or explaining why we let him stay.”

Details of the report were discussed openly at the OSU board meeting on Wednesday. Alexander faced criticism from 19 members of the public who gave the board of trustees testimony on Wednesday night.

He issued a video apology.

“I understand that the power of my position requires more from me to do everything I can to ensure the university is free from sexual violence and violence in all forms,” he said in the video. “I know that there was more I could have done at LSU given the power of my office and the expectation of community members. As university president, I should have sought every opportunity to hold others accountable. I stand with and support survivors of all forms of sexual violence and affirm the work of our advocates. As your president, I assure you I will work to rebuild trust.”

LSU fired Miles four games into the 2016 season, and he most recently was the coach at Kansas. Earlier this month, the school parted ways with him after sllegations surfaced that Miles made sexual advances toward female students at LSU and also made comments about women in the athletic department that were sexist or insulting.

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Oct 31, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles watches team warm ups before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas, coach Les Miles agree to part ways

Just days after he was placed on administrative leave, Kansas and football coach Les Miles agreed to part ways, the school announced late Monday night.

Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, who was named as acting coach Friday when Miles was put on leave, will remain acting head coach until an interim coach is hired.

The scandal surrounding Miles, who was the head coach at LSU for 12 seasons, erupted amid reports last week that a former athletic director in Baton Rouge urged the school to fire him in 2013. Allegations surfaced that Miles made sexual advances toward female students and also made comments about women in the athletic department that were sexist or insulting.

Kansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement Friday that the school would “fully review the material” emerging from the reports about Miles at LSU. Long said he did “not want to speculate on a timeline for our review because it is imperative we do our due diligence.”

On Monday, Long said he was “extremely disappointed for our university, fans and everyone involved with our football program. 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.”

In a statement issued by Kansas, Miles said, “This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family. 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, who had a 114-34 record at LSU, was only 3-18 at Kansas, including an 0-9 mark in 2020.

An outside law firm that was tasked with reviewing how LSU handled allegations of sexual misconduct involving the coach and female students working in the department was critical of the school.

“The issue is whether the University responded to this report against (Les Miles) in a manner consistent with then-existing legal guidance, well-recognized best practices, and institutional policy. The answer is ‘no,’” the investigation concluded.

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Sep 26, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles during the game between the Bears and the Jayhawks at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Report: AD at LSU recommended firing Les Miles in 2013

The former athletic director at LSU recommended the firing of coach Les Miles in 2013 — three years before he was dismissed — because of allegations of sexual advances on female students and comments about women in the athletic department that were sexist or insulting.

That information was included in the report of an investigation conducted by the outside law firm of Husch Blackwell, which was charged with reviewing how the university handled allegations of sexual misconduct in the athletic department. The reported was released Friday, with USA Today and ESPN publishing portions of it.

Husch Blackwell wasn’t hired to determine the guilt or innocence of Miles but rather to determine if LSU responded properly to reports of incidents involving the coach and female students working in the department.

“The issue is whether the University responded to this report against [Les Miles] in a manner consistent with then-existing legal guidance, well-recognized best practices, and institutional policy. The answer is ‘no,’ ” the investigation concluded.

Miles, 67, was the coach at LSU from 2005 until he was fired four games into the 2016 season, when the Tigers got off to a 2-2 start. LSU won the national championship in 2007 and was runner-up in 2011.

Miles is now the coach at Kansas, which has not yet commented on the most recent report. A school spokesman previously said Kansas officials weren’t aware of any of the sexual misconduct allegations when he was hired prior to the 2019 season.

Miles has denied all allegations of misconduct. His attorney, Peter Ginsberg, declined to comment to ESPN on Friday.

Witnesses cited in the report said Miles took part in interviewing young women who applied for jobs with the team beginning in 2012 and wanted them to be pretty, blonde and with certain physical attributes.

A separate report released Thursday included allegations of Miles sending text messages to young women, taking them to his condominium and making them feel uncomfortable in general. In one case, he is reported to have kissed a student and offered to take her to a hotel, all while telling her that he could assist her in her career.

Sharon Lewis, who worked as the director of recruiting, is quoted in the latest report as saying she reported “significant alleged misconduct” by Miles that took place beginning in 2009 and lasted until his departure. The Husch Blackwell report said her allegations were not properly investigated by the university.

Lewis recounted how a female student worker came to her “completely traumatized” about something that happened to her when she and Miles were alone. Lewis said the student repeatedly said, “You know what you did to me.”

At least two other young women came forward with their allegations, and a previous investigation in 2013 concluded Miles should be reprimanded but that his conduct did not rise to the level of sexual misconduct. The Husch Blackwell report disagreed.

Former athletic director Joe Alleva recommended Miles’ dismissal to F. King Alexander, then the incoming president of LSU, and the school’s legal team shortly after.

“I want us to think about which scenario is worse for LSU. Explaining why we let him go or explaining why we let him stay,” Alleva wrote in an email, which was included in the report released Friday. “I believe he is guilty of insubordination, inappropriate behavior, putting the university, athletic dept and football program at great risk. I think we have cause. I specifically told him not to text, call or be alone with any student workers and he obviously didn’t listen. I know there are many possible outcomes and much risk either way, but I believe it is in the best interest in the long run to make a break.”

Instead, Miles received a written reprimand, a requirement for counseling and a written order not to have contact with female student employees in person, on the phone or via text.

The report said LSU did not have appropriate staffing or resources in its Title IX office to investigate complaints. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in a school’s educational programs and other activities.

LSU interim president Tom Galligan Jr. vowed quick action on Friday, saying he plans to enact “every one of those 18 recommendations” that Husch Blackwell included in its report, per ESPN.

“We as an institution failed to live up to our commitments,” he said. “We let some of those who were depending on us down. It is clear our institution as a whole deserves blame. This is an example of serious institutional failure, but people also made mistakes we cannot ignore. That cannot and must not go unaddressed.”

Last week, The Advocate reported Miles had settled with at least one woman who accused him of sexual harassment. Reached then by the local newspaper, Miles said, “That’s not true.”

USA Today’s reporting on sexual misconduct within the athletic department at LSU caused the university to contract with Husch Blackwell to audit roughly 60 sexual misconduct cases from 2016 to 2018.

Miles had a 114-34 record at LSU. He is 3-18 at Kansas.

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Sep 12, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles is interviewed before a game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Les Miles hosted female students at LSU-area condo

LSU was so concerned by the behavior of former football coach Les Miles when it came to female students that it reprimanded him, ordered him to stop being alone with them and told him to no longer hire the young women to babysit his children, USA Today reported Thursday.

The newspaper said the findings are included in a 2013 internal investigative report released by LSU on Thursday — a report it sued the university to get.

The document includes allegations of Miles sending text messages to the young women, taking them to his condominium and making them feel uncomfortable in general. In one case, he is reported to have kissed a student and offered to take her to a hotel, all while telling her that he could assist her in her career.

Miles denies the allegations, his attorney, Peter Ginsberg, said.

The investigation didn’t uncover a sexual relationship with any of the women. For his part, Miles said he was serving as a mentor to the students.

Last week, The Advocate reported Miles had settled with at least one woman who accused him of sexual harassment. Reached then by the local newspaper, Miles said, “That’s not true.”

USA Today’s reporting on sexual misconduct within the athletic department at LSU caused the university to contract with outside law firm Husch Blackwell to audit roughly 60 sexual misconduct cases from 2016 to 2018.

Findings of the investigation are expected to be released on Friday.

Miles, 67, is now the head coach at Kansas, where he has a 3-18 record in two seasons with the Jayhawks.

Kansas officials didn’t immediately comment on Thursday’s report but issued this statement on Feb. 24.

“The University of Kansas is aware of a media report today involving KU head football coach Les Miles. We have spoken with Coach Miles about the allegations in the story and will continue to gather information that is made available to us. KU was not aware of these allegations when Coach Miles was hired in 2018. Because this involves Coach Miles’ former employer and pre-dates 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.”

He was 114-34 in 11-plus seasons at LSU. His team won the BCS national championship in 2007 and was the national runner-up in 2011. He won 10 or more games on seven occasions with the Tigers.

His last 10-win season occurred in 2013.

Miles was 19-10 over his final two-plus seasons and was fired after a 2-2 start in 2016. He coached at Oklahoma State prior to LSU.

He is one of only six active coaches to have won an NCAA championship, joining Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Jimbo Fisher, Mack Brown and Ed Orgeron.

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Oct 31, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles talks with an assistant on the sidelines during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mike DeBord named offensive coordinator at Kansas

The Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday announced the hiring of Mike DeBord as offensive coordinator.

DeBord, 64, is a former head coach at Central Michigan and spent last season as an offensive analyst at Michigan. DeBord is reunited with Kansas head coach Les Miles, with whom he worked at Michigan in the early 1990s.

“This is a great day for Kansas football,” Miles said. “We are adding a coach with a wealth of experience in Mike. He has squared off with just about every defensive scheme in the book, and has worked within and led several offensive systems. In addition to the qualities he brings as a football coach, he is a man of high character, and will be an outstanding addition to our program as we continue to instill the culture we want in place.”

DeBord, who turns 65 on Sunday, previously served as the offensive coordinator with the Wolverines (1997-99, 2006-07), at Tennessee (2015-16) and Indiana (2017-18). DeBord went 12-34 in four seasons as head coach at Central Michigan (2000-03).

He was also an assistant in the NFL with the Chicago Bears (2010-12) and the Seattle Seahawks (2008-09).

DeBord replaces Brent Dearmon, who left last month to take the offensive coordinator job at Middle Tennessee State.

“I can’t wait to get started,” DeBord said.

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Sep 26, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles during the game between the Bears and the Jayhawks at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas coach Miles won’t travel with team as a precaution

Kansas coach Les Miles has been cleared to return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 but will not travel with the team to West Virginia for Saturday’s game, he said Friday.

Tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Joshua Eargle will serve as the Jayhawks’ acting head coach against the Mountaineers. He has previous head coaching experience at East Texas Baptist University from 2015-18.

Miles, who turns 67 in November, announced his positive test on Oct. 8.

“I am very grateful for the high level of care that I have received throughout my time since I tested positive for COVID-19 early last week. I continue to feel healthy and strong, and was fortunate to only have mild symptoms,” Miles said in a statement issued by the university.

“However, after much consideration and several in-depth conversations with the medical team, our coaching staff, and Kansas Athletics administration, I have made the difficult decision to not make the trip to West Virginia. While my 10-day isolation window was completed this morning, there is too much still unknown about this virus for me to feel 100 percent confident that I won’t transmit it to someone who comes into close contact with me on the team charter, hotel or at the game Saturday.”

Miles, who is in his second season at Kansas, said he will return to the Jayhawks on Sunday.

The Jayhawks (0-3, 0-2 Big 12) had a bye last weekend and will take on the Mountaineers (2-1, 1-1) Saturday at noon ET in Morgantown, W.Va.

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Sep 26, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles during the game between the Bears and the Jayhawks at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas coach Miles tests positive for COVID-19

Kansas coach Les Miles said Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19, is isolating at home, and will do his job remotely.

“Although I will not physically be able to attend practice for the time being, I will be using the technology available for remote working to stay connected during staff meetings, meetings with players, etc.,” Miles said in a statement issued by the school. “Thank you for your prayers and support in advance. I look forward to beating this virus and returning back to be with my team in person very soon. Rock Chalk!”

Miles, who turns 67 next month, is in his second season with the Jayhawks. He coached at LSU from 2005 to 2016, winning the 2007 national championship with the Tigers.

The Jayhawks are 0-3 (0-2 Big 12) and have a bye this weekend. They next are scheduled to play at West Virginia on Oct. 17.

Athletic director Jeff Long said no other coaches tested positive. Recent test results for student-athletes were not immediately available.

“As long as Coach Miles does not develop symptoms or have a fever, we anticipate he will be able to coach the West Virginia game on Oct. 17,” Long said. “Kansas Team Health is working through the contact tracing protocols and notifying those individuals that may have been in close contact with him for an extended period of time. We wish Coach a speedy recovery and look forward to getting him back on the field very soon.”

Last season, the Jayhawks were 3-9 in Miles’ return to the sideline. In his 18th season as a head coach, he has a 145-67 record (114-34 at LSU, 28-21 at Oklahoma State in 2001-2004).

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