Les Miles sues LSU to get vacated wins back

Published 12:05 pm Monday, June 17, 2024

Les Miles wants his wins back.

The former LSU coach has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming that the wins it vacated because of NCAA infractions have eliminated him from consideration for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Miles also named the NCAA and the National Football Foundation, which manages the College Football Hall of Fame, as defendants.

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The lawsuit states Miles was deprived of property rights to the vacated wins and his nomination for the Hall of Fame, which must be done by those affiliated with an NCAA member school.

Miles coached at LSU from 2005 to 2016. He led the Tigers to the 2007 national championship, as well as the national championship game in 2011.

In 2023, LSU vacated 37 wins because of recruiting violations stemming from impermissible benefits paid to the father of former player Vadal Alexander by a former booster. The violations occurred between 2012 and 2015, when Miles went 37-12.

The vacated wins dropped Miles’ overall record from 145-73, a winning percentage of .665, to 108-73, a winning percentage of .597. Coaches must have a career winning percentage of .600 in at least 100 games to qualify for selection to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Miles, who also coached at Oklahoma State from 2001-04 and Kansas from 2019-20, is otherwise eligible for the Hall of Fame. He meets the criteria of coaching for at least 10 seasons and 100 games, and not coaching for at least three years.

Other than the adjusted win percentage, the 70-year-old Miles is eligible for Hall of Fame selection, as he served as a head coach for more than 10 wins, coached more than 100 games and has not coached for more than three years.

Miles’ agent George Bass said in a news release announcing the lawsuit that that LSU “promised us its help in undoing this injustice” but “went back on its word, forcing us to take this unfortunate action of suing to regain Les’ rights.”