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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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Co-opted

Shot.

Screenshot_2020-10-09 Mark Ennis on Twitter

Chaser.

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There are times when I think life comes at Les Miles fast every single day.

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A reminder of Jeff Long’s enduring genius

Les Miles has a season and a game under his belt.  In that short stretch, he’s managed to lose to Coastal Carolina twice.  He’s got a plan, though.

That ought to fix things, for sure.

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Zen and the art of Les Miles

“If they opt out because of the pandemic, then they opt into the pandemic.”  Wut?

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“KU comes to you.”

When it comes to recruiting in the time of the coronavirus, necessity remains the mother of invention.

On March 12, Kansas head coach Les Miles posted a note on his Twitter that the Jayhawks will be canceling their big upcoming junior day scheduled for March 21 because of the circumstances regarding the Coronavirus. We are currently in a mandated NCAA recruiting dead period.

“We are excited that you have interest in our program and can’t wait to meet with you at the appropriate time,” Miles wrote.

While the Coronavirus is obviously impacting every college program’s spring visit schedules from coast to coast, it looks like Miles and his staff quickly pivoted to a Plan B to showcase their program to prospective prospects. And with that, their junior day plans are back on.

In a virtual sense.

The day will include a TikTok dance off with the Kansas staff and their families, before pivoting to already prepared videos regarding tours of campus. There will be presentations regarding campus dining, player development, facilities, videos, the strength staff, nutrition, academics, the partnership with Adidas, as well as the coaching staff and Coach Miles as well as the city of Lawrence.

“There is an aspect of it for the public, so Friday is the junior day and every hour starting at 9 am one of those elements will be released via social media, so anyone can tune in,” Redmond said. “On the back end of all that, our top prospects are going to be FaceTiming with the coaching staff and receiving videos and personal graphics from the staff.”

Lester, bringing the heat!  I wonder if he’ll discuss grass during the nutrition segment.

If this works, I bet it takes off.  It’s not like football staffs have as much on their plate as usual right now.

A Nick Saban TikTok dance off would be a real treat to watch.

(h/t)

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Ha ha, you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders!

The most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia,” but only slightly less well-known is this:

Never go in against Les Miles when game winning special teams are on the line!”

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“There is still a lot of football left to play this season …”

Les Miles, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Three weeks after Kansas scored 48 points in a historic road win against Boston College, offensive coordinator Les Koenning has been fired.

First-year coach Les Miles on Sunday announced Koenning’s dismissal, a day after the Jayhawks’ 45-20 home loss to Oklahoma. Brent Dearmon, who had served as a senior offensive analyst for KU, has been promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Best part of this story is the least surprising part:  “Kansas owes Koenning a total of $1 million for the remainder of this season and next season.”

It’s not so much firing now that makes me chuckle — the idea that a mid-season firing of an offensive coordinator is going to light a fire under Kansas is ludicrous, of course — as it is the decision to hire a guy you’re willing to jettison after six games in the first place.  Then again, I’m not the management genius that Jeff Long obviously is.

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When it just means more… at Kansas?

What do you get when you import an SEC head coach and an SEC athletic director?  Why, this:

Kansas standout running back Pooka Williams has been reinstated following a seven-month suspension but will sit out the 2019 season opener, the team announced Monday.

Williams, arrested and charged with domestic battery in December, reached a domestic violence diversion agreement with the Douglas County district attorney’s office in March…

Williams was charged in December after an 18-year-old Kansas student he was dating told police that he punched her in the stomach and grabbed her throat. An affidavit obtained by The Kansas City Star showed that the woman had text messages from Williams admitting to punching her. A police officer found bruises on the woman, according to the affidavit….

“Pooka has taken responsibility for his actions and we are happy he is back with the team,” Miles said in a statement. “This young man has learned much throughout this process and we will support him as he continues working through the required educational and accountability steps.”

Folks, there’s a new Second Chance U in town.

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TFW your team is going 2-10 this season

I’m just gonna leave these out there for you.

The latter was posted by one of his kids, so at least The Hat’s got that going for him.

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Les is more.

So, Jeff Long gets named athletic director at Kansas and fires the head football coach.  You may remember the heavy lifting that man had to do because of Charlie Weis’ spectacularly inept job of roster management ($$).

In the recruiting classes of 2012 and 2013, Weis and his staff brought in a combined 27 junior college transfers. Only two were academic qualifiers coming out of high school. Fourteen did not graduate, and 10 — including touted signees Marquel Combs, Chris Martin and Kevin Short — never saw the field. And then, by the end of 2014, they were all gone. So was Weis. Going into 2015, only 12 of Weis’ first 56 signees were still on the roster.

Jeff proceeds to bring in Les Miles as the new man.  And guess what?

… Miles ended up signing 11 players during the early signing period. Kansas went from having the fewest commitments of any FBS team to tied for the fourth fewest with Maryland and UMass.

Junior college prospects were a big part of Miles’ plan and class. He added ESPN JC 50 defensive end Malcolm Lee, juco defensive tackle Caleb Sampson, juco wide receivers Andrew Parchment and Ezra Naylor, junior college safety Justin Ford and juno quarterback Thomas MacVittie, who originally signed with Pitt in the 2016 class.

Miles inherited an uphill battle to say the least, so being able to sign 11 prospects in a little over four weeks after being out of coaching completely has to be commended. But if Miles wants to turn this program around quickly, 11 commitments is not going to give him enough help.

Having a weak first recruiting class isn’t an impossible obstacle to overcome, but the small class could put a big dent in the roster a few years down the road. The staff will have a chance to fix that in the 2020 class, but as of right now, Kansas does not have any 2020 commitments.

Over half his first signing class comes from the juco ranks.  What’s that old definition of insanity again?

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