BATON ROUGE, La. -- Two LSU players, running back Shyrone
Carey and long snapper Steve Damen, were declared ineligible for
the Sugar Bowl because they broke an NCAA rule forbidding sales of
their complimentary tickets, school officials have confirmed.
LSU officials said they appealed to have the players reinstated
for the Jan. 4 game against Oklahoma, but the NCAA rejected the
request. The school said it is appealing to have the players
reinstated for next season.
Damen's father, Randle, told The Times-Picayune newspaper that
his son did not try to sell his tickets, but was ruled ineligible
for giving a phone number of a potential buyer to Carey.
The LSU sports information office said Wednesday that Carey will
not comment on the issue. Coach Nick Saban initially announced the Sugar Bowl ban on Monday.
Each player from the participating teams received six
complimentary Sugar Bowl tickets with a face value of $150 each.
Tickets to the Sugar Bowl, the BCS championship game, reportedly
are selling for $500 and up.
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette confirmed
Wednesday that Carey and Damen were declared ineligible for
allegedly violating the rule. He said no other players have been
LSU associate athletic director for compliance Chris Howard said
the school conducted an investigation, which included interviews
with LSU players, and submitted its findings to the NCAA. He said
LSU is not subject to institutional penalties.
Howard would not comment on the specifics of the matter.