Tuesday, July 19, 2011
LSU hopeful on NCAA fate
By Chris Low
The NCAA's Committee on Infractions will hold a 3 p.m. ET conference call with the media on Tuesday to discuss the results of an investigation into LSU recruiting violations involving former junior college signee Akiem Hicks and former LSU assistant D.J. McCarthy.
LSU already self-imposed the loss of two scholarships in the 2011 class and also limited recruiting visits. The NCAA could add additional penalties or accept what LSU has already self-imposed.
It sounds like the Tigers aren't expecting bad news. LSU chancellor Michael Martin said Tuesday morning during a breakfast speaking engagement, "I believe we're going to come out of it in pretty good shape," according to The Baton Rouge Advocate.
Hicks never played in any games for the Tigers and left the program in January 2010. Also, the LSU assistant coach involved in Hicks' recruitment, McCarthy, resigned in December 2009.
LSU coaches have also spoken recently with NCAA representatives concerning Willie Lyles, who ran a scouting service and was paid $6,000 by LSU for what LSU officials said was recruiting information on prospects. That's a separate case than the Hicks case.