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Report: LSU’s Shepard to serve three-game suspension

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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 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.

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7 Responses to “Report: LSU’s Shepard to serve three-game suspension”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 7, 2011 10:54 PM

    It is good to know for Shepard, the coaches and we fans. He will be needed for West Virginia and will be missed meanwhile. The old truism: “Loose lips sink ships” certainly apply to Shepard, his loose lips sank him 3 games minimum.

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 7, 2011 11:03 PM

    Off topic: I’m proud to say I haven’t visited ESPN’s website in over 3 months, and I only watch their college football games. I’m glad my friend introduced me to this site.

    Shepard is a valuable piece to the LSU puzzle. He’s what Harvin was to florida.

  3. carolinajimbo says: Sep 7, 2011 11:45 PM

    Mississippi State may surprise them.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2011 5:03 AM

    carolinajimbo: Mississippi State has a good team this year. LSU has had extraordinary success v. MS in recent history, but that aside, any team in the SEC on any given night can defeat any other team. That is the continual risk to all teams in the SEC, especially the SEC West at this time.

  5. usmutts says: Sep 8, 2011 12:11 PM

    No college player should ever be suspended, or in any way kept from playing, for violating an NCAA rule. Ever. In the first place, their rules are a fraud committed on the players. In the second place, the NCAA is an association of colleges ( and the players have no say-so in it ), so any punishment due to a violation of their rules should be handed down on the colleges, not the players.

    If Shepherd committed a violation of some NCAA rule then LSU should be punished, not the player. If he committed a violation of some LSU team rule, then he should be suspended by his coach.

  6. usmutts says: Sep 8, 2011 12:18 PM

    Besides, in a few years there will be about four or five superconferences of 16 or so major superpower teams. They will all withdraw from the useless, hypocritical NCAA completely, set up their own rules, their own national championship and keep all the money for themselves. There’s no way to tell if this will be good or bad for the players, who make it all possible. But we can be sure of one thing: the times they are a-changin’.

  7. bayouself says: Sep 8, 2011 2:25 PM

    Hey guys, we need the NCAA rules in place to keep the players, coaches, teams, schools, boosters, alumni, fans, media, etc to run a tight ship. Nobody likes rules or least most of them, but without them, chaos and unfairness would prevail. Abide with the rules, not that hard to do, and enjoy the football season!

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