LSU’s athletic director in 2013 recommended football coach Les Miles be fired because of his behavior with female student workers, according to a law firm’s 148-page review of how the university has handled sexual misconduct complaints.
The recommendation by Joe Alleva, athletic director for the Tigers at the time, to F. King Alexander, who was then the school’s president, is detailed in a report made public Friday by the Husch Blackwell law firm. The report offers a scathing view of the resources and attention the Baton Rouge university has dedicated to such complaints on campus, and it has resulted in two senior athletic officials being suspended without pay: executive deputy AD Verge Ausberry for 30 days and senior associate AD Miriam Segar for 21 days, with both ordered to undergo sexual violence training.
Miles, who is now preparing for his third season at Kansas, was investigated after two female student workers in LSU’s football program accused the coach of inappropriate behavior. While that 2013 investigation by the Taylor Porter law firm found Miles showed poor judgment, it did not find violations of law or that he had a sexual relationship with any students. Taylor Porter also concluded it could not confirm one student’s allegation that Miles kissed her while they were in the coach’s car with no one else present.
Alleva recommended to Alexander that Miles be fired with cause. In an email dated June 2013, Alleva wrote Miles was guilty of…