LSU Notified by NCAA that Infractions are Secondary
BATON ROUGE — LSU has been notified that its self-reported violations of NCAA legislation associated with its Academic Center for Student-Athletes have been deemed secondary in nature, and that the NCAA will take no further action beyond the self-imposed penalties recommended by LSU.
The ruling by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions puts an end to a process that began with an LSU in-house investigation that commenced in January of 2002.
The NCAA accepted LSU’s self-imposed penalties to reduce its initial grants-in-aid in the sport of football for the 2005 signing period by two, to reduce by four the number of official visits in recruiting for the 2003-04 academic year and to take appropriate disciplinary actions and corrective measures against individuals involved.
“After many months of rigorous research and investigation by LSU personnel with the assistance of the Southeastern Conference office and a retained consultant, and a subsequent investigation by the NCAA of all allegations self-reported by the University, the NCAA has reaffirmed our findings that any violations were secondary in nature,” said LSU Chancellor Dr. Mark Emmert.
“I am proud of the exhaustive and meticulous work that LSU has put into this process, and it will only serve to further strengthen our fine academic support system in the athletics program as we put this episode behind us,” Emmert said.