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NCAA gives LSU probation, scholarship reductions

Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 10:17 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

Oh, what a difference proactivity makes. The NCAA announced today that it accepted LSU's one-year probation and scholarship and recruiting reductions in the wake of self-reported recruiting violations. The NCAA praised LSU's compliance department for its role in bringing the NCAA's attention to the matter, and with that, nothing more severe than that year of probation will be levied on the Tigers.

The violation still qualifies as major, however, and as Cecil Hurt points out, that makes every single member of the SEC short of Vanderbilt to be hit with a major violation since 1990.

The NCAA notes that the prospect in question (not named in the report, but known to be former LSU defensive lineman Akiem Hicks) was provided illegal transportation and lodging benefits from a former LSU assistant coach -- again, not named in the report, but known to be D.J. McCarthy, who resigned abruptly in late 2009 after the NCAA's investigation into LSU began. McCarthy also admitted to using a second cell phone, which he never revealed to the LSU compliance department, to make impermissible recruiting calls to Nicks (who has also since left the team).

As for the scholarship and recruiting reductions, they're relatively minor; LSU's recruiting visits will be reduced by 10% over the next two academic years, and the Tigers will be down two scholarships for this year and next. Both reductions were self-imposed by LSU ahead of time, as was the probation.

Here's what the NCAA had to say in favor of the LSU compliance office:

The committee lauds the institution's compliance office for its efforts to investigate and uncover the violations. The compliance office, and particularly the senior associate director of athletics, continued to ask questions regarding prospect 1's living arrangements throughout the summer of 2009 and into the fall. It refused to certify prospect 1's eligibility and allow him to depart for an away contest on September 3, 2009, because those questions had not yet been answered. Had prospect 1 been allowed to travel and compete before the investigation into his pre-enrollment activities was complete, the institution would likely have committed further serious violations. Because the compliance office was proactive, fully investigated and cooperated with the enforcement staff to uncover the full range of the violations, the institution is entitled to relief as set forth in Penalty C-2 below. Further, the committee imposed no additional penalties on the institution.

The NCAA reserved its harshest penalties for McCarthy, who was given a one-year show-cause penalty effective today, which if he is hired by any other NCAA institution during the time, bars him from doing any recruiting via telephone and requires various administrative duties for himself and the hiring institution. It's functionally a year-long ban, as schools almost never put themselves through such rigorous oversight for the sake of a new assistant coach.

Here's the entire 22-page report from the NCAA on the matter. It's made abundantly clear that McCarthy knowingly and repeatedly violated NCAA rules, even involving two student workers in the process, and that he intentionally misled LSU's compliance efforts on several occasions. For his rather singular involvement, and for LSU's proactive approach to the problem, the Tigers avoided the true wrath of the NCAA, and that is no insignificant achievement.

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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:58 pm
 

NCAA gives LSU probation, scholarship reductions

Is the SEC making a remake of the film, "The Dirty Dozen". See...the SEC has been cheating for a long time. Other conferences have known about it and are doing the same in order to "compete on a level field".
If so, it would be remake of the PAC-12 version lol.  Remember, LSU self-reported which is the definition of integrity.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:56 pm
 

NCAA gives LSU probation, scholarship reductions

I guess this is a major violation because the NCAA says so, but firing the guy who was being shady and not allowing his recruit to enroll should be applauded rather than punished.  This is such a non-issue when you compare it to other programs.  Remember, this was a rogue assistant who was fired as soon as LSU found out what he was doing, and they did so without NCAA pressure or prodding.  In fact, if LSU hadn't self-reported the violations it probably never would have even come to light.  That isn't unethical, its the epitome of ethical.  It isn;t like they bought a free-agent quarterback like Auburn, and nothing even close to the institutional cheating of a USC or Ohio State.  Let us all see this for what it is, a slow news day.  Dodd loves stirring the pot and slinging sensationalism, and he is doing so yet again. Major violation?  No, major integrity.




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:59 pm
 

NCAA gives LSU probation, scholarship reductions

Is the SEC making a remake of the film, "The Dirty Dozen". See...the SEC has been cheating for a long time. Other conferences have known about it and are doing the same in order to "compete on a level field".

I always knew there was a reason I liked Vanderbilt and now we know why.....Vanderbilt has integrity.


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Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:13 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:59 pm
 

NCAA gives LSU probation, scholarship reductions

While I do hate the fact that we have now fell from the very short list of SEC teams to not have a major infraction in the past 25 years, leaving only Vanderbilt, I am almost proud of the way LSU handled this situation. The fact that LSU never benefited in any way by this recruitment says something as well. All I can say is kuddo's to the LSU Compliance department. Apparently the fact that they refused to allow this recruit to even travel to, much less compete in a game because they were not through investigating these compliance issues, went a long way toward keeping this issue from really blowing up.



Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:54 pm
 

NCAA gives LSU probation, scholarship reductions

I have no idea if he was a good coach or not as he was not at LSU long enough for anyone to tell. 


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he was at LSU a short time

what did the receivers do while he was there???

NOTHING!

Russell Shepard said it best when Billy Gonzales came to LSU

our new coach is actually teaching us routes, where to go when a D back does this or that  I have learned more in the 1st week than all last year.

++++

BTW  he came from west coast UCLA maybe???

maybe that is how they do things there??



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:20 pm
 

NCAA gives LSU probation, scholarship reductions

"As for the scholarship and recruiting reductions, they're relatively minor; LSU's recruiting visits will be reduced by 10% over the next two academic years, and the Tigers will be down two scholarships for this year and next. Both reductions were self-imposed by LSU ahead of time, as was the probation."

Actually, this statement is a bit off.  LSU has already dealt with the scholarship reductions these past two recruiting classes, so we are good for a full class next season. 




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:07 pm
 

NCAA gives LSU probation, scholarship reductions

I highly doubt that McCarthy ever works again in college football.  He cheated and lied, and no program is going to want the attention that he will bring with him.  I have no idea if he was a good coach or not as he was not at LSU long enough for anyone to tell.  He was a bad hire and we are paying for it.  I am surprised that we got probation for this as the NCAA was full of compliments for LSU, but it is what it is. 



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