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LSU hit with NCAA penalties for violating recruiting rules during pandemic

LSU was hit with NCAA penalties on Thursday, but they weren’t related to the scandal involving former basketball coach Will Wade.

Instead, the case surrounds former football assistant coach James Cregg, who was fired in June 2021. Cregg, who served as the Tigers’ offensive line coach, met with a recruit during the NCAA-mandated dead period during he COVID-19 pandemic, according to the NCAA.

In addition to Cregg, a former assistant director of recruiting for LSU separately met with the prospect during that dead period. Both “provided the prospect with impermissible recruiting inducements,” according to the NCAA.

As a result, LSU has been hit with one year of probation, a $5,000 fine and an array of recruiting penalties for the football program. Those include a limit on official visits to 55, a one-week prohibition of unofficial visits, a one-week prohibition of recruiting communications and a seven-day reduction in evaluation days.

Additionally, Cregg has been issued a three-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA.

Cregg served as LSU’s offensive line coach for three seasons, including the Tigers’ national championship season in 2019 under former head coach Ed Orgeron. He is currently an assistant offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

LSU, now in its first season under Brian Kelly, is off to a 2-1 start this season.

The LSU logo is seen on a helmet during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, September 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

LSU violated recruiting rules during pandemic

The issues arose for LSU when the mother of a recruit brought 14 prospects to LSU’s campus in September 2020. According to the NCAA, the football staff was aware the group was visiting but was informed by compliance staff that they could not have any in-person contact with the recruits.


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Publish date : 2022-09-22 16:25:47

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