A recent investigation into LSU’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and dating violence turned up some disturbing findings.
According to the Husch Blackwell report, LSU deeply mishandled a pattern of “inappropriate behavior” with female students by former head football coach Les Miles, botched its response to dealing with sexual assault allegations made against players, and did not appropriately staff or fund its Title IX office.
In response, interim school President Tom Galligan proclaimed that changes to policies were coming, that he’d make necessary upgrades to the Title IX staff, and that he was suspending executive deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry and senior associate athletic director Miriam Segar without pay for 30 and 21 days, respectively.
Miles, who up until this week served as Kansas’ football coach, was let go by the school on Monday.
This week current LSU head football coach Ed ‘Coach O’ Orgeron appeared on 104.5 ESPN’s “Off the Bench” and offered a reaction to everything that had come out.
“Obviously was deeply saddened and disappointed about what it revealed,” he said. “But myself and our staff are committed to fully implementing the protocols described by the university and the experts it retained. It’s a very serious matter.”
Nine of the ten LSU players accused of sexual assault that were investigated in the Husch Blackwell report ultimately played for Orgeron. To date, he has yet to provide a detailed response regarding what transpired there, nor has he explained the private photos of him that leaked out late last year.
Clearly LSU needs to make some big structural changes going forward. Whether that’ll be enough to counteract the culture that has clearly festered there for the last decade remains to be seen.
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