LSU placed on probation, former assistant charged with violating NCAA recruiting dead period rules

LSU placed on probation, former assistant charged with violating NCAA recruiting dead period rules

LSU was placed on probation for a year, while former offensive line coach James Cregg received a three-year show cause order, following an investigation into Level II recruiting violations that occurred during the long period of recruiting died of COVID-19, the NCAA announced Thursday.

The program also faces several self-imposed penalties, including a $5,000 fine and reduced official visits for the 2022-23 calendar year.

“Today’s decision by the NCAA Committee on Infractions involving a former LSU assistant football coach concludes a 21-month cooperative process between the University and the NCAA,” LSU said in a statement. “Throughout this process, the University worked with law enforcement personnel to determine the truth and impose sanctions on itself. We are grateful to the Committee and enforcement staff for their work and for accepting our self-imposed sanctions, and we are happy to be able to move forward as an institution and as a football program. LSU continues to work through the IARP process regarding other allegations of rule violations.”

Cregg met a rookie in September 2020 while arranging a neighborhood tour for the prospect, violating dead period rules, the inquest found. Cregg also provided the recruit with a bag of used LSU gear, which is considered an impermissible recruiting inducement. The following weekend, a former LSU assistant recruiting director picked up the prospect and his girlfriend from their hotel and drove them to the stadium for a tour, also breaking the same rules.

The NCAA’s COVID-19 recruiting dead period, which prohibited in-person contact, was created in March 2020 and ended June 1, 2021.

“Although the [committee] has encountered more egregious conduct in past cases, the violations in this case represent willful misconduct that members should be concerned about,” the NCAA Violations Committee said in its decision. and the safety of prospects, student-athletes, and institutional personnel. It also leveled the playing field for recruiting at a time when government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions varied across the country. »

Cregg was fired on June 17, 2021 by former Tigers coach Ed Orgeron after meeting with an NCAA law enforcement official. Cregg then sued the school for wrongful termination, and LSU was ordered to pay $492,945.20, according to Daily Advertiser. Cregg’s three-year show of force effectively deters schools from hiring him until the order is complete.

Orgeron and LSU have agreed to part ways on October 11. 17, 2021, effective at the end of the season. Brian Kelly was hired to replace Orgeron on November 2. Feb. 29, 2021, and he’s got the Tigers 2-1 heading into Saturday’s game against. New Mexico to Baton Rouge. Cregg landed on his feet as an assistant offensive line coach for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers ahead of the 2022 season.

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