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The Backstory: How USA TODAY's reporting on LSU failures led to turnover, calls for change

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Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles during the game between the Bears and the Jayhawks at McLane Stadium on Sep 26, 2020.

I’m USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week. If you’d like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.

In November, USA TODAY reported that Louisiana State University had a culture of covering up sexual misconduct allegations. The university denied it.

In December, we reported that LSU knew about its failings as far back as 2018. But did nothing to correct it.

In January, we sued for an internal LSU report from 2013 regarding accusations that the head football coach at the time, Les Miles, had sexually harassed and made sexist comments about female student workers. LSU fought us. 

Then, in rapid fashion early this month, two reports emerged.

On March 4, we won the fight for the Miles report, which concluded he used inappropriate behavior with female students.



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