LSU Self-Imposes Penalties On Football Program
LSU has self-imposed recruiting restrictions upon its own football program as a result of recruiting violations tied to the 2009 signing of juco defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.
LSU will forfeit two scholarships in 2011-12 and restrict recruiting visits for the 2010-11 academic year. According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, LSU will be allowed to sign no more than 26 when the national signing period begins on February 2nd, 2011. The Tigers will then carry no more than 83 scholarship players during the 2011-12 school year.
The school did not identify people involved in the violations, but sources have told The Advocate that the punishments do stem from an investigation into the recruitment of Hicks by former assistant coach DJ McCarthy. McCarthy and Hicks both departed LSU soon after news of the violations broke last year.
During the internal investigation, additional violations were uncovered. Those included “improper phone contacts, transportation and housing issues between coaching and non-coaching administrative football staff members and the parents and high school coaches of prospective recruits.”
Athletic director Joe Alleva said: “Our compliance office discovered additional violations during the course of this investigation and took immediate corrective measures to ensure they would not occur again, which is what a good compliance office is supposed to do. I am disappointed these violations took place, but I am proud of the way that LSU reacted to the situation. We now stand ready to assist the NCAA in the completion of this process.”
The NCAA enforcement staff will next complete its review of LSU’s investigation and proposed penalties. If it’s good with them, case closed. If it’s not, more sanctions could be added.
It’s likely, however, that SEC commissioner Mike Slive had a hand in determining the self-imposed penalties. If that’s the case — crediting his connections within the NCAA — it’s likely that LSU’s self-imposed sanctions will suffice.
We shall see.
Either way, LSU appears to be playing by the letter of the law these days. The father of recently signed juco quarterback Zach Mettenberger has told The Shreveport Times that his son will not be moving onto campus until he is officially enrolled and accepted. Often, schools allow transfers onto campus before they are officially accepted by the school.