The beat rolls on for the NCAA in its off-season witchhunt.
Today’s victim: Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.
According to multiple reports, LSU has been hit with a one-year probation by the NCAA which includes scholarship and recruiting reductions due to major infractions committed during the recruiting of a player.
LSU managed to avoid greater penalties–similar to those levied on USC and others–because the school self-reported many of the infractions to the NCAA prior to the outset of their investigation into wrongdoings.
The recruit in question appears to have been Akiem Hicks, a junior college transfer, who never actually played for the Tigers. Former wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy was primarily responsible for Hicks’ recruitiment and allegedly provided Hicks with transportation and lodging during an unofficial visit to LSU and also used a second phone to make impermissable recruiting calls in direct violation of NCAA statutes.
LSU’s sanctions include cuts in the number of recruiting visits during the upcoming two academic years and two scholarships over the next two seasons. These penalites in the large scheme of things may not be as damaging to a school like LSU that is overflowing with talent and a solid incoming recruiting class, but any allegations and sanctions are still a blight on a program many believed to be clean under head coach Les Miles.
The LSU sanctions are further proof that no one is invisible, or, for that matter, invincible when it comes to the NCAA on the warpath.
As we’ve said before, you have to wonder who is next.
It’s still several weeks away from the first snaps of fall practice, so it’s certain that the final hammer to drop wasn’t the one that hit Baton Rouge this afternoon.