You can go through all 148 pages of LSU’s Husch Blackwell report, which discusses how the school mistreated allegations of sexual violence and harassment – warning: it is not easy read – and I defy you, you end up with real winners Find.
Some lose less than others.
Not among them was our old friend Les Miles, who – so far – could be described as the biggest loser.
The slightest loser?
Perhaps – until now – current head coach Ed Orgeron, who is now such a popular figure and as colorful as Miles once was.
Orgeron’s name appears four times on all 148 pages – that is, twelve more if you count redundant footnotes.
In any event, the Orgeron report gives at least a plausible denial of the wrongdoing for every mention.
Miles wasn’t that lucky.
He wasn’t exactly the scapegoat for the whole dirty business – hard to say it was a systematic failure – but maybe he happened to be the headline-maker.
When the first dust of the damning report settled, the LSU in Miles now has its own Bill Cosby – the often comical, accomplished family man (stupid dad department), the willing foil that always made us shake our heads at his spontaneous antics embarrassing mutilation of the language he spoke … and yet had a darker side that we never saw.
And that’s a shame.
It is really disappointing.
We wanted to believe that what we saw and heard (and never quite figured out) was the real Les Miles.
He was so funny, so graciously personable, so defiantly quirky in his own strange little orbit.
Even the rabid fans, tired of his stale crime by 2016, were saddened to see it had to end with his sacking and sincerely wished good Uncle Les all the best.
What did Miles lose?
So far, he’s the only person involved in the report who has been laid off – and it was his youngest employer, Kansas, to do so.
One could even argue that the Miles-Kansas “separation of the paths” announced late Monday night was more of a postponement. And maybe two years coaching Kansas Football is enough for anyone.
What has he really lost?
His legacy at LSU isn’t winning a national championship while chewing on the Tiger Stadium lawn, or the glorious tales of Griswold-style family vacations or the Rosetta Stone Les Miles Edition.
As with Cosby, there was a side to Miles that somehow stayed hidden until he was no longer in the LSU spotlight.
But now it is destined to be remembered.
He still denies a lot of it. However, the report revealed at least two female students at the football office filing complaints against him. One said he kissed her after taking her to his apartment.
The report also said he played a much more active role in recruiting student workers after losing to Alabama in the 2011 national championship game.
Miles wanted college girls with a “certain look. Attractive, blonde with …” I won’t go any further in this family atmosphere, but your imagination is probably just right to fill the void.
If that was a casual remark at a coaching staff meeting, “Guy Talk” isn’t always for the sensitive ear. However, according to the report, the edict was well known at the football office.
At that time, LSU opened an investigation into Miles in 2013, led by another law firm. This resulted in then sporting director Joe Alleva attempting to fire Miles long before the public screwed up that famous Texas A&M game in 2015.
Perhaps the most startling discovery of the latest report was that in this state at this university, the original Miles inquiry remained a secret to all but a handful of people for eight long years, until it was exposed by Hush Blackwell.
In the end, Miles was fired four games in the 2016 season for being too persistent – or too defiant of Alleva – to change his archaic offense, even if an upgrade was accepted after the great escape last year.
But the same defiance and stubbornness apparently led Alleva to try to oust him as early as 2013.
The original investigation found that Miles had not committed any criminal misconduct, but rather raised many red flags so Alleva could set new rules for Miles and order awareness training.
However, Miles’s stubbornness and defiance were back, as Alleva later wrote in an email to some regulators recommending that Miles be fired in 2013.
“I specifically told (Miles) not to text, call, or be alone with student workers, and he obviously wasn’t listening,” Alleva wrote.
Nothing came of it … until now.
Even so, it is meant to be his legacy.
True, he has no one to blame but himself.
But it’s still a little sad.
Scooter Hobbs covers the LSU
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