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Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:01 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 5:03 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

What must already be one of the longest weeks of Les Miles' coaching career is getting even longer.

The "compliance issue" which threatened the eligibility of star receiver Russell Shepard will result in his suspension for the opener against Oregon and "a number of games" more, LSU has announced. Thanks to Shepard having spoken with a teammate about that teammate's meeting with NCAA officials prior to the meeting, he has been ruled ineligible.

LSU stated they would apply to have Shepard reinstated and his eligibility restored, but there is no current timetable for a ruling on that application.

A former five-star recruit, Shepard has yet to fulfill his substantial pre-arrival hype in Baton Rouge, but the versatile athlete still finished 2010 LSU's third-leading receiver and fourth-leading rusher. (If there's any silver lining to Thursday's news for the Tigers, it's that the Ducks will be missing the suspended Cliff Harris; as Chris "Heismanpundit" Huston put it on Twitter, "Oregon will not have its best corner available to cover LSU's best suspended receiver.")

Still, if Shepard's suspension is followed up with further trouble for Jordan Jefferson, the Tiger offense -- never the team's strong suit -- will enter the Oregon match-up beyond shorthanded.

The full text of LSU's statement is below:
LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard has been declared ineligible by LSU for violation of an NCAA rule, it was announced Thursday.
LSU will seek reinstatement for Shepard but he is expected to miss a number of games until the reinstatement can be considered by the NCAA. He can continue to practice with the team.
Shepard has been found by the NCAA and LSU to be in violation of Bylaw 32.1.4. Shepard was determined to have discussed an NCAA inquiry with a teammate who was scheduled to meet with an NCAA representative and his actions were deemed to have violated NCAA protocol.
No timeline has been determined for the reinstatement process.


Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:08 am

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

From an LSU point of view number 2

1- Jordon Jefferson has had moments of greatness
2- He has good speed and run ability
3- He has made some nice passes over the last 3 years


1- Jordan Jefferson has had some HORRIBLE moments
2- He has shown very little clock management skill
3- He often makes poor check down decisions

with that said

1- J Lee WAS the starter his RS freshman year and put up some good number (and bad)
2-  Lee played some significant plays vs Fla, Bama and Tenn to help pull out wins
3- has shown some character sticking around after losing his starting job
4- Zach Mettenberger was fighting for starting job at Ga 2 years ago
5-  Mett had great year at JC last year (see C Newton)
6- Kragthorpe is a QB guru and these guys fit his style
7- Miles has always liked a QB who can manage a game and pass when needed.


1- I think Miles and his team know Jefferson isnt playing vs Oregon
2- I think Miles wants Oregon to spend lots of time preparing for Jefferson
3- I think Oregon will be somewhat surprised at the LSU O's playcalling and execution


1- Jefferson has been accused of a crime that is yet to be determined if he committed
2- he did break curfew
3- Miles is slick as a fox

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:58 am

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

From an LSU point of view

1- Shepard has NOT proved himself as a receiver, but seemed to be making strides towards getting there
2- His run after the catch was obviously very good potential for big play
3- His availability to run a reverse or some sort of run play from the wideout position and his speed made him a huge threat


1- he has previosly admitted having a hard time learning the plays and routes
2- he showed difficulty in catching the ball at times

with that said

1- Jakori Gore is a RS freshman with similar style and speed as Shepard
2- Paul Turner and Terrence Magee, both freshman have a similar style and speed as Shepard.
3- Les Miles has singled out all three of these guys as seeing playing time this year and soon


1- sounds like Miles may have expected to lose Shepard
2- sounds like Miles specifically worked these guys to get them ready
3- if #10 is not on the field, Oregon relaxes on D

I like it!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:57 am

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

The funny thing is that Shepard was cleared by the NCAA for the housing issue that started this.  He is suspended because he talked to another player about the situation prior to the other player talking to the NCAA.  Shepard was a five star recruit coming out of HS, but he has not played like it yet.  If we are to be a player on the national scene this year, we have to be able to overcome stuff like this. 

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:55 am

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

Well, with all the other stuff about to come down, at least Oregon, if they lost, can't say that it was because that excellent defensive back of theirs was ineligible for the game.  I'd say this wide receiver cancels that out.  Just hope we have enough bodies come game time.  This is getting ridiculous, 'cause you know more suspensions are coming.  Yuck....Frown

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:07 pm

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

Wow.  Is the bad news ever going to stop for LSU this preseason? 

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:37 pm

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

That's going to really hurt the Tigers.

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:50 pm

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

Who cares? this guy is way overrated anyway

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 6:20 pm

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

Aren't you a Ole Miss fan not a LSU fan? And that's absurd this is a huge hit to the offense. This guy was potentially going to be the 2nd or third best weapon in the passing game this year. And I'm sure they tested the Oregon player for drugs already if he wasn't smoking and he wasn't driving you can't knock someone for riding in a speeding car.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:13 pm

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

Really?  This is ridiculous.   That said, Shepard is not exactly a vital part of the offense given that he has yet to prove himself as a reliable receiver.  

In all of this, there is the fact that OU's starting QB was scooting around in a dope smoke filled car doing 118 mph, and won't miss a beat because he was allegedly taking a nap.   Maybe Russell should have told the investigators he was talking in his sleep...

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