LSU football hit with probation, fine and more as NCAA announces sanctions

INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. (BRPROUD) – The NCAA Division I Infractions Committee has issued its panel’s decision on LSU’s football recruiting infractions.

According to the NCAA, “LSU’s football program violated recruiting rules when a former assistant coach and former assistant director of recruiting separately met with a prospect during the COVID-19 recruiting dead period and provided him with incentives from recruiting. inadmissible recruitment.

The penalties imposed on LSU are provided below:

  • One year probation.
  • A fine of $5,000 (self-imposed).
  • A cap on official visits for football to 55 during the 2022-23 academic year (self-imposed).
  • One week ban on unofficial visits to the football program before the start of the 2022-23 academic year (self-imposed).
  • One week ban on recruiting communications in the football program before the start of the 2022-23 academic year (self-imposed).
  • A reduction of seven testing days in the soccer program during the Fall 2021 testing period (self-imposed).
  • A three-year good cause order for the former assistant coach. During that period, any NCAA member school that employs him must restrict him from any off-campus recruiting activities, unless he shows a reason why the restrictions should not apply.

“Although the [committee] has found more egregious conduct in previous cases, the violations in this case represent intentional misconduct that should concern members,” the panel said in its decision. “The COVID-19 recruiting dead period was intended to protect the health and safety of prospects, student-athletes and institutional staff. It also leveled the playing field for recruitment at a time when government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions varied across the country.”

The panel’s director of hearings, Dave Roberts, spoke to the media at 12:00 pm CT.

LSU responded to the NCAA decision with this statement below:

“Today’s decision by the NCAA Violations Committee involving a former LSU assistant football coach concludes a 21-month cooperative process between the University and the NCAA. Throughout this process, the University has worked closely with enforcement personnel to determine the truth and self-impose sanctions. We thank the Committee and the enforcement staff for their work and for accepting our self-imposed sanctions, and we are pleased to be able to move forward as an institution and as a soccer program. LSU continues to work through the IARP process regarding other allegations of rule violations.”

LSU hosts New Mexico on Saturday night in Death Valley.

More information on the NCAA Division I Committee’s decision can be found here.

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