About a week before LSU opened their season against Oregon, Russell Shepard was ruled out of the game due to a compliance issue.
It was reported at the time the wide receiver could miss multiple games because, as the school wrote in its release, “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.” As it turns out, that protocol violation will indeed result in a multiple-game suspension.
Citing sources close to the program, Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest.com is reporting that Shepard will be forced to serve a three-game suspension before being reinstated by the NCAA. LSU had previously appealed to the NCAA for reinstatement on Shepard’s behalf.
In addition to the win over the Ducks, Shepard will miss a home game this weekend against Northwestern State and a road trip to No. 16 Mississippi State. He will be eligible to return for the Sept. 24 game against West Virginia.
Last season, Shepard was second on the team with 33 catches for 254 yards, and his talent would certainly be a welcome addition to a “passing offense” that brought their 2010 struggles into the 2011 opener.