LSU self-reports NCAA violations

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU has concluded its investigation in the D.J. McCarthy/Akiem Hicks case and will now wait and see to what degree the NCAA gets involved.

In its 53-page report, LSU acknowledged there were NCAA violations committed by McCarthy, a former receivers coach, in the recruitment of Hicks. Those violations centered around improper telephone contact, transportation and summer housing for Hicks, who has since left LSU.

The good news for LSU is that Hicks, a junior college transfer, was never allowed to play last year in his only season with the Tigers. His scholarship was not renewed. Had he played, the Tigers would be subject to potentially having to forfeit any games in which he played.

McCarthy was not retained on LSU's staff following this past season. He was not allowed to recruit last fall after the school launched its investigation.

"We stand ready to assist the NCAA with any further information they may need to complete this process," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a release.

"It is a very serious matter any time violations of NCAA rules are discovered, but I take comfort in the fact we have a compliance program in place that discovered these issues early and took swift action to minimize the severity of the situation."

Particularly with these violations being tied to recruiting, LSU could still face some sanctions after the NCAA takes a look at the case. But LSU chancellor Michael Martin said he believes the school avoided "potentially more severe sanctions" because the school detected the violations early and took the proper disciplinary measures.