Tag:Russell Shepard compliance issue
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:01 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Russell Shepard ineligible, to miss LSU opener

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.


Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 11:57 am
 

Miles now says Shepard could face suspension

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The last time we checked in on the Russell Shepard situation at LSU, Les Miles was assuring Tiger fans his star athlete wouldn't miss any time for his off-campus housing-related "compliance issue." "He's fine," Miles said. "He won't have to sit out."

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Miles was singing something of a different tune when speaking to the media Tuesday. Per CBSSports.com RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau, Miles admitted that the issue could result in Shepard's suspension for the opener against Oregon, saying it was too early to know one way or the other.

"It's premature at this point," he said, adding this typically Miles-ian gem: "When I know more, I'll be forthcoming. Or I won't be forthcoming, and I'll be honestly deceptive."

For his part, Shepard maintained -- as he always has -- that he wasn't sure what would come of the inquiry into his off-campus living arrangement, saying he could miss "the first game or more games, I don’t know."

If the Bayou Bengals were facing Tulane or some other paycheck patsy in their opener, they'd be able to get by without their third-leading receiver and fourth-leading rusher from a year ago. And they may be able to get by the Ducks all the same.

But facing the prospect of keeping up with one of the most loaded offenses in the country, the stop-start LSU attack will likely need all hands on deck--meaning the next couple of weeks will keep everyone in Baton Rouge on the sharpest of pins and needles.


Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Les Miles on Shepard: 'He won't have to sit out.'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Perhaps the hottest topic during LSU's fall camp has been the status of wide receiver Russell Shepard, the Tigers' co-leading returner in receptions, who recently found himself at the center of a "compliance issue" related to his off-campus housing.

Having skipped SEC Media Days due to the incident, Shepard spoke to the media yesterday (including CBSSports.com RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau) for the first time regarding the issue. "I could be suspended for the first game or more games," he said. "I don't know. It's out of my hands."

But in what must be music to the ears of Tigers fans desperate for one of their most explosive playmakers to take the field against Oregon, Shepard's head coach was much, much more confident regarding Shepard's eligiblity. How confident? This confident:
"There have been communications that would make it appear that it's not very, very serious," Miles said. "He's fine. No, he won't have to sit out." 
So -- as far as Miles is concerned -- there you have it. Shepard's good to go.

But it's difficult to take Miles completely at his word when the player himself still seems unsure. "You never really know," Shepard said when asked if the issue could cost him the season. "I don't think it will ever get that big. But the NCAA's job is to protect athletes as well as universities. They're going to do the best possible thing for college football."

That's exactly the right thing for Shepard to say, considering it's the NCAA who's holding his 2011 campaign in the balance. But you have to forgive Miles and the Tiger faithful for hoping that this once, the organization does the best possible thing for LSU football.

Also in LSU RapidReports: Many LSU fans have wanted to see strong-armed JUCO transfer (and former Georgia quarterback)  Zach Mettenberger take over for incumbent Jordan Jefferson, but to this point Mettenberger hasn't even beaten out Jarrett Lee for the backup's role. But Mettenberger, for his part, is fine with that.

"That's reasonable," he said. "I'm behind two guys who've been here four years. I'm just looking to learn as much as I can from two guys who've really put in some time in the SEC. They're both really good. Both won a lot of games, and now I'm trying to learn as much as I can from them."



 
 
 
 
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