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KU Athletics Is Becoming Better Known For Firing Staff Than For Winning Games

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Kansas football coach Les Miles (above) is the latest in a line of coaches costing the University of Kansas millions to buy out their contracts.

A string of firings and investigations since 2005 have cost the university millions.

Les Miles' recent departure as head coach of the football team, followed by the firing of Athletic Director Jeff Long who hired him, leaves some wondering what's the matter with Jayhawks' sports.

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