Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill pleaded guilty this morning to a charge of simple battery. The charge stems from an April bar fight where Hill and a second man were accused of punching a man and knocking him unconscious. Video showed the two men high fiving over the victim.
LSU had previously suspended Hill until this case was settled. LSU’s leading rusher in 2012 was already on probation from a misdemeanor charge of carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl. Hill has a hearing on his probation set for August.
WBRZ TV in Baton Rouge has the details on Hill’s sentencing – “two years supervised probation, fined him $375 for the victim’s medical bills, and ordered him to write a letter of apology.”
Update: The Advocate points out that per NCAA guidelines, schools must notify students by July 1 whether their scholarship has been renewed and privacy laws allow students to opt out of disclosing this information. “I have been advised by the University Registrar that Mr. Hill is on file as having exercised (the) opt out right,” Miriam Segar, an associate athletic director at LSU, wrote to The Advocate in response to a records request. “LSU is not authorized under federal law to disclose any record.”
If Hill’s scholarship was pulled, the paper points, he would have 10 days to submit a written notification of appeal. A hearing would then take place and the player would be notified of a decision in three days.