The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world a settlement didn’t exist.

So, there’s this.

Former LSU head football coach Les Miles reached a settlement with a former student who accused him of harassment several years ago, and the settlement has surfaced as investigators probe the university’s handling of sexual misconduct and domestic violence complaints, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation have confirmed to The Advocate | The Times-Picayune.

The episode goes back about a decade, when a former LSU Athletic Department student intern accused Miles of “hitting on her,” three of the sources said.

The thing is, LSU claims to know nothing about it.

“As part of the Husch Blackwell review and our internal investigations, we have heard about a settlement, but LSU is not a party to it and we have not seen it,” Jim Sabourin, the university’s vice president of strategic communications, said when presented with the allegations Wednesday. Husch Blackwell is the law firm LSU hired to scrutinize the university’s handling of sexual misconduct and other complaints.

Lester himself denies it ever happened.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Miles, now the coach at the University of Kansas, denied he made advances toward a student intern. “That’s not true,” he said.

And his attorney cries, “fake news!”.

A longtime attorney for Miles, New York-based Peter Ginsberg, said in an email Wednesday that a description of Miles’ settlement with the student was “discernibly incomplete and inaccurate, and its publication would recklessly cast Mr. Miles in a false light.”

Sort of, anyway.

Ginsberg did not respond to follow-up questions about whether he was denying the existence of the settlement itself.

I guess it’s easier to deny the existence of something you’ve kept buried for years.

The long-buried settlement — which does not turn up in searches of Baton Rouge court records — has come to light amid a larger review of how LSU has handled allegations of sexual misconduct and domestic violence cases, the sources said.

But I doubt that’s gonna hold up much longer.  That should be awkward.

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UPDATE:  Yeah, this figures.

Never let it be said that Jeff Long isn’t one to take advantage of an opportunity when one presents itself.

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11 responses to “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world a settlement didn’t exist.

  1. J.R. Clark

    This must have been about the time Les started aggressively dyeing his hair. Miles always was oleaginous; I just didn’t realize HOW oleaginous he was.

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  2. Texas Dawg

    Baylor v2.0

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  3. NotMyCrossToBear

    Is Kansas going to cancel him?

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  4. Dawg in Austin

    How many schools have had 2 separate investigations by law firms into the handling of sexual misconduct claims in the last 8 years? Nice athletic department you have there, LSU. Sure would be a shame if something happened to it.

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    • Down Island Way

      That much misconduct constitutes two or more law firms…with a name like HUSH law firm, you’re not gonna hear to much about their findings…if les and said former student were grazing on the same turf, does that mean he was hitting on her or just kinda’ said move over…just curious if KU will more or les use this to move on…

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  5. The Decider

    Why have a settlement for just “hitting on” the intern? It seems like a settlement would be necessary only in a case of sexual harassment. Or is hitting on and sexual harassment the same thing?

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    • W

      Or if it was relatively cheap compared to losing current sponsors or future jobs.

      Also, what am I missing – b/c I don’t see KU or LSU in the wrong here (the Miles situation specifically) — yet.

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