Skip to content

LSU self-imposes restrictions due to recruiting violations


Just two days after it was reported that Arkansas was in possible violation of NCAA recruiting rules, SEC West rival LSU has self-imposed restrictions on its own football program after an internal investigation found multiple NCAA recruiting infractions.

The report, which was sent to the NCAA and SEC in March, outlined the the investigation of the recruitment of former LSU D-lineman Akiem Hicks. Hicks, who ended up transferring one year after coming to LSU in the summer of 2009, reportedly received impermissible transportation during an official visit and a reduced-rent apartment in Baton Rouge three months before actually enrolling at LSU. The benefits were tied to former WR coach D.J. McCarthy, who resigned in Dec. 2009.

Separately, LSU reported to the NCAA in October that “non-coach administrative staff members” (which, if you don’t know what that means, ask Rich Rodriguez) made impermissible phone calls to recruits, parents or their high school coaches.

A lot of phone calls.

Specifically, from August 2008 through April 1, 2010, 389 calls were made between football administrative staff members and recruits, and 3,615 calls were made to high school coaches of recruits.

According to the release, the non-coaching staff members said they were unaware making phone calls to recruits, parents and high school coaches was an infraction on NCAA rules.

Ah, yes. The ol Cam Newton defense.

As a result of the investigation, LSU is imposing “a reduction in official visits for the 2010-11 academic year, a loss of two scholarships for 2011-12 class, a loss of two overall scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year and a reduction of two national letters of intent LSU can offer before the February 2011 signing date.”

Now, LSU can only play the waiting game in hopes that their self-inflicted knuckle slap was enough to please Mother NCAA.

“LSU took quick and thorough action when we discovered these violations and we are hopeful the NCAA will ultimately agree with our assessment of this case,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. “The reports to the NCAA and SEC and our decision to self-impose penalties are the culmination of many months of arduous work by our compliance office and I am confident their thorough examination of this case has produced appropriate sanctions for the football program.”

(A thank you to the The Daily LSU Reveille)

Permalink 21 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Arkansas Razorbacks, LSU Tigers, Rumor Mill, Southeastern Conference, Top Posts
21 Responses to “LSU self-imposes restrictions due to recruiting violations”
  1. daweapon says: Dec 16, 2010 11:13 PM

    GD I hate the SEC.

  2. 78lion says: Dec 17, 2010 12:04 AM

    If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.

  3. naldo808 says: Dec 17, 2010 12:57 AM

    The entire SEC should be under investigation. The NCAA is horrible. They need to stop turning a blind eye to money.

  4. Deb says: Dec 17, 2010 2:49 AM

    Yeah, the entire SEC should be investigated … because Arkansas self-reported that someone on staff photographed some high school kids wearing their jerseys … and LSU self-reported that a coach who’s already resigned arranged for a kid to get a break on his rent and recruiters spent too much time on the phone with their intended recruits.


    I’m sure no school among those Leaders and Legends has ever broken a rule. (Does Michigan ring a bell?) And we know none of the Pac 10 schools has ever engaged in any of these minor infractions … because USC prefers more elaborate schemes. So please try to stop being the asses you are.

    The only thing that warrants investigating here is why these SEC schools are reporting itty-bitty missteps and hoping the NCAA doesn’t rain terror on their heads, but the one SEC school most likely to have engaged in serious corruption has been exonerated after only a cursory investigation.

  5. bamasucks says: Dec 17, 2010 3:44 AM

    a cursory investigation? the NCAA has known about the MSU/Newton thing since January. i’m assuming that the school that you’re referring to is MSU, since Auburn has already been cleared by the NCAA and Auburn reported it’s findings to the NCAA two months before MSU submitted anything to the SEC or NCAA.

    if the NCAA is in the SEC’s back pocket, what happened with Albert Means?

  6. blitz4848 says: Dec 17, 2010 6:54 AM

    Deb was referring to Auburn—she is a Bama fan and thinks Auburn should get the “death penalty.” She then thinks they should be limited to 10 scholarships for the following 10 yrs and if at any time during those 15 yrs of sanctions Auburn happens to beat Bama they should automatically get a 2nd death penalty and be dropped down to Div II football for 25 yrs!

    That said you cry babies need to get a life….
    The SEC is the best, all the pundits on TV and in the newprint biz continually say it to the point that it rubs y’all raw but it is a fact.

    Jealousy usually is a form of flattery and by the way y’all go on the jealousy is evident.

    Watch what happens in the 4 SEC vs Big 10 matchups, the Sec vs Pac 10 and SEC vs Big 12…………
    as much as y’all would like the SEC to take it on the chin it won’t happen–those games will have the highest rating and most of you will be sitting there watching the SEC win their share and your share as well…….I know this will bring flack but the SEC backs their talk up on the field where it counts………..
    In the Bowls SEC 7 up and 3 down at worst…….

  7. ncrdbl1 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:20 AM

    Banasucks in what dream world has Auburn been cleared? No such thing has happened. Cam was just cleared to play because there is no evidence so far that showed he knew what his dad was doing. In no way shape or form has Auburn been cleared. If you believed published reports not only will Auburn not be cleared when an thorough investigation is completed. They very well could be subject to some of the harshest penalties since SMU. If the alleged FBI wiretaps turn out to be correct Auburn will be completely screwed. If factual the FBI recording could even lead to Auburn losing accreditation, something it has already came close to doing in recent years due to lack of administrative control.

  8. caseymcd179 says: Dec 17, 2010 11:13 AM

    You expect any college to beef up its roster without bribes and cheating? How naive. Get with the 21st century.

    On a serious note, I think any NCAA team found to have a cheating coach should take the coach and drag him through campus naked. Don’t punish the school.

    Oh, and fire him, too.

  9. salmon88 says: Dec 17, 2010 11:32 AM

    “According to the release, the non-coaching staff members said they were unaware making phone calls to recruits, parents and high school coaches was an infraction on NCAA rules.” Who is handling this for LSU? Ignorance is not admissible. This could get them more penalties.

  10. thepar46 says: Dec 17, 2010 12:44 PM


  11. bamasucks says: Dec 17, 2010 1:09 PM

    lmao the alleged wiretaps? yeah, i’m sure those wiretaps really exist. you might want to quit getting your information from LSU message boards.

    if the NCAA had anything on Auburn, Cam Newton wouldn’t be playing right now. the only school that should be sweating this investigation is MSU.

  12. Deb says: Dec 17, 2010 2:16 PM

    Thanks, blitz. It should have been obvious I was talking about Auburn, but much is lost on bamasucks. What a surprise :roll:

    Some booster affiliated with MSU may have negotiated for Newton’s services–we don’t know and it doesn’t really matter. Here’s what we do know:
    1. MSU did not pay for Cam to play. 2. MSU reported the pay-for-play effort to the proper authorities.
    3. Auburn very suddenly wound up with Cam out of the clear blue within a couple of weeks of his first and only visit to the school … while his people were still in the process of demanding six figures from MSU.

    For the terminally dense … it’s a lil suspicious that Cecil was only willing to give his old friend Mullen a $20,000 discount but would turn around and hand the kid to a stranger like Chizik for free.

    As for wiretaps, I never thought MSU, the SEC, or the NCAA had any wiretaps. However, there’s some reason the FBI took a break from investigating a major case of statewide gambling and political corruption involving Auburn boosters to announce they’re also looking into college recruiting issues. They don’t conduct their business on the NCAA’s timetable. They have a federal case to build and will release what information they have in their own good time. When that happens–six months, one year, two years from now–Auburn may much more to worry about than Cam Newton.

    And I don’t pull my info from gossip sites or message boards.

  13. Deb says: Dec 17, 2010 2:26 PM

    @thepar46 …

    Why are you screaming? All-caps is screaming … and difficult to read. Let up on that shift key if you want anyone to read your posts.

    Those Ducks are quacking in the Pac 10, aren’t they? Nah, you guys don’t photograph kids in jerseys or spend too much time on the phone with them. You just pay your players semi-pro salaries. Sorry we’re not quite up to your standards on the corruption scale. We’re still recruiting high school kids in the SEC.

    Not that I’m terribly sympathetic to LSU as a rule, but it’s a bit anal for the NCAA to go as far as clocking the amount of time coaches and recruiters can spend talking with potential recruits and their families. Good grief.

  14. soflatrojan says: Dec 17, 2010 2:33 PM

    Nice post about the wiretaps your 100% correct I have a couple friends who are FBI and I can tell you as a general rule they only care about their case. No my friends are not involved in the Auburn booster case so I have no inside info.

    As for the Ducks they might not be as dirty as Auburn but they are far from a clean program. to their credit they do have the best owner in college sports.

  15. bamasucks says: Dec 17, 2010 5:25 PM

    the FBI is investigating Kenny Rogers….and MSU booster that was recently disassociated by MSU. Auburn reported their findings to the NCAA before MSU reported anything. they were supposedly approached by Rogers in November but didn’t report it until January. why’s that?

    if anyone is going to get into any trouble over all of this, it’s Rogers and MSU. but by all means, keep dreaming.

  16. ncrdbl1 says: Dec 17, 2010 6:35 PM

    Bamasucks the FBI is investigating a failed bank that received TARP money. They did not start out investing trying to find illegal recruiting in college football. But according to several sources evidence of illegal recruiting turned up during the Bank investigations.

    You remind me of the final hold out at the end of 12 Angry Men as he goes out shouting you can prove it you can prove it. The NCAA’s ruling only had to do wit if they had proof that Cam knew of his dad’s actions. Nothing else. Since we live in a land of due process they had to allow him to play until they do find proof.

    I have little doubt that when all is said and done maybe next year of the year after, that the NCAA will have the proof. Interesting that while most trucking firms are cutting cost and laying people off. Cecil Newton’s firm which was barely staying a float, can somehow find loads of new business and finds financing to buy trucks to expand his business soon after his son signs with Auburn.

  17. bamasucks says: Dec 17, 2010 8:34 PM

    they have Cecil Newton’s financial records and they’ve had them for months. i work in the trucking business and you don’t have to *buy* trucks to expand your business. most of the smaller trucking companies sign up drivers that are owner/operators.

    since you seem to have all of the facts on Cecil Newton’s trucking business, did he buy these trucks or did he expand by signing owner/operators?

    post his financial records and maybe we can follow the money trail.

  18. Deb says: Dec 17, 2010 11:43 PM

    @bamasucks …

    As ncrdbl1 said, the FBI is investigating a failed bank and an elaborate scheme to bribe state legislators to approve Mississippi-like gambling operations in Alabama. A couple of longtime Auburn boosters already have been named in this drama.

    The involvement of gambling interests means the feds have their hands full with some pretty unsavory characters. So the fact that they would detour from their primary investigation to indicate they are also looking into recruiting issues involving Newton and/or Auburn means they’ve found something.

    Beyond that, the NCAA has previously sanctioned schools and ruled players ineligible because of the activities of third parties on their behalf–meaning other Cam/Cecil situations have had different outcomes. But those situations didn’t involve a school getting ready to play for the National Championship. The SEC stands to make a lot of money by ruling Cam eligible and having Auburn play for the top ranking. That’s why they’ve ignored their own bylaws to handle this as they have. And it sucks for all concerned. Apparently, everyone knows this except Auburn fans.

    Can’t say I blame you for not being able to admit the obvious. But don’t come on here and argue to the contrary. When it finally hits the fan–which could be five years from now as it was for USC–you’re going to feel ridiculous. And when it finally hits the fan, it’s probably going to involve more players than Cam Newton.

    I just hope Slive goes down with the ship.

  19. cowboys4life says: Dec 18, 2010 11:37 AM


    Where did you hear Auburn reported those events before MSU did? I haven’t heard that at all…..need proof

  20. AU6 says: Dec 20, 2010 2:31 PM

    This sister Deb is a virulent disease isn’t she? Too bad she was born and raised a mullet loving bammer woman, but she hates Auburn (her big sister) that it is effecting her thinking. Need I inform Deb that Bammer is at this time on probation and under threat of the death penalty if they insist on violating the rules before the current probation is over? Deb is obviously a Bryant carry over and thinks her childishly thought through scribblings are true because she believes them. Deb needs to get a life, her suppositions and outright lies are laughed at by even the NCAA. She and her henchmen cannot accept the fact that Auburn devastated them in the IB this season 28-27. Get used to it girly, you lost, you are on probation and you will violate that as soon as your crooked AD and coach can get some deal worked out for another back, like they did the last one, you remember, three autos and a place to live? Remember? No? The NCAA will remind you very soon in a nice little old letter. Calm down Momma!

  21. AU6 says: Dec 20, 2010 2:41 PM

    If any demented or terminally stupid person on this blog believes that the Federal Bureau of Investigations has to “detour” from one investigation to do another, then that believer is very naive and under educated, which is the usual of these type posters. The FBI has a vast force of investigators that are sent where they are needed. The FBI in this mention went to talk to Rogers and Bell to ensure that they weren’t “selling our children” (their quote) to colleges for money. That investigation is ongoing. Auburn was never under investigation concerning Cam Newton. The NCAA investigated Auburn and Cam and found no fault. The NCAA has never punished a player or a player’s family for asking for money or other considerations to sign the letter of intent. Auburn is clear of all investigations and about to become National Champions. We know you can’t pull for us, your hatred runs too deep. I pity you.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!