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Tahj Jones one of four LSU players ineligible for season

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Any hope LSU had entertained in getting back a projected starter on the defensive side of the ball has officially been dashed.

Head coach Les Miles confirmed Wednesday that linebacker Tahj Jones, as well as three other Tigers, have been ruled ineligible for the 2012 season.  The others are tight end Tyler Edwards (26 career games, no starts), offensive lineman Evan Washington (hasn’t played) and linebacker D.J. Welter (seven career games, zero starts).

Jones and running back Michael Ford had battled eligibility issues in the weeks leading up to the opener, with those issues reportedly related to academics.  While Ford was ultimately cleared prior to Week 1, Jones had missed the first two games as the decision was appealed.

That appeal was denied at some point recently.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2009, Jones played in 27 games the past two seasons.  He exited spring practice as the Tigers’ starting strongside linebacker.

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12 Responses to “Tahj Jones one of four LSU players ineligible for season”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:06 PM

    Maybe this explains why I hear a lot of what sounds to be cheering coming from the direction of Alabama?

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 12, 2012 6:36 PM

    I don’t think this will make any difference in the team. The difference it will make is in the lives of these young men.

    This is grade attrition. Freshmen class starts with 12,000, by the sophomore year the class number is down to 6,000, and continues down. Athletes receive every possible opportunity–remedial classes, remedial tutors, monitors, test prep, and some allowances by professors for extended time for assignments to be handed in, and in all of this along with the free education, many athletes still fail to meet the minimal standards.

    I feel bad for these young men losing an opportunity for an education, but it is almost certain that all could have done better and avoided this consequence.

  3. imaduffer says: Sep 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    Must be tough to have a free ride to college and you can’t find time to go to class or study. Also, when it comes to recruiting at LSU, the bottom of the barrel must be their standard.

  4. thraiderskin says: Sep 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    that sucks for the team and fans…

  5. suprmous says: Sep 13, 2012 3:32 AM

    Southernpatriots, I’m with you on this. It’s gotta be hard. imaduffer, I fail to see where there’s a free ride in education these days. Here I am at 60 and find it hard to believe. It’s attacks like your’s that hurt folks in the long run whether you choose to believe it or not. If you’ve got brothers and or sistahs you wouldn’t want somebody talkin like that about them I’d think but then again who am I to say? I just know I’d go after anybody that said somethin like that about my brothers. I may be a squirt compared to the 3 of them but I’d still go after anybody who had ugly things to say bout em or even my friends for that matter.

  6. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2012 5:13 AM

    We all are up around here several hours already this morning. A generous propane distributor donated to us 40 tanks of propane to cook the food we cooked in the smokers, grills, and roasters for the evacuees and relief workers since the storm came and we ran out. They took the empties and gave us filled ones this morning, and we are already cooking breakfast for many who still cannot return to their homes and of course the huge amount of relief workers volunteering from Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Texas and even as far away as Chicago.

    LSU (and the Saints) give us a welcome reprieve from the continuous dealing with and talking about the wind damages, floodings, and all the mess brought to us all by the hurricane.

    Have a great and blessed day!

    Geaux Tigers!

  7. WingT says: Sep 13, 2012 7:38 AM

    Good morning Southernpatriots. I would like to help by sending a donation – please advise who I should contact etc.

  8. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2012 9:40 AM

    Good morning, WingT. Thank you.

    We will communicate with you shortly about that info, probably before lunch time.

  9. herrick9 says: Sep 13, 2012 11:39 AM

    Whhhaaaaaaaaaa you mean I have to go to class?

    Bosters r gonna be pissed….

  10. tide4life says: Sep 13, 2012 3:39 PM

    You folks hang in there, SP. I ‘member Charleston after Hugo- trying to cook for a family of five on a little disposable grill, dark as the Earl of Hell’s waistcoat after the sun went down. Sounds like you guys are bearing up well. Geaux Tigers! (hope that don’t get me struck by light’nin!)

  11. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2012 4:17 PM


    Thank you. It’s definitely a challenge. When I travel out from the relative safety of my home, though it is now covered with that blue tarp, and see what others are facing, I realize how blessed I am.

    The evacuees we are housing are at least putting up a good front. So far, we have kept everyone fed, with good hot comfort food….ha. Everyone needs comforting in this situation even the great linemen who have come from out of state to help. Night is the biggest challenge of all, as you know from experience.

    If you can do it, I can do it too! Roll Tide! Now there, lightning will probably leave you alone and come for me! ha.

    Thank you again! God bless you!

  12. poppyitis says: Sep 14, 2012 4:36 PM

    Seems about right. I am wailing for the shoe to fall on Alabama, (LSU), Oklahoma, Texas,Auburn. Arkansas. South Carolina and a few others whose graduation rate is around 50-60%. How can players go to a SEC school for 4-5 even 6 years and still not graduate? WOW! O well, what else is new?

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