LSU placed on probation, former assistant cited for violating NCAA recruiting deadline rules

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lsu tiger stadium general usatsi LSU placed on probation, former assistant cited for violating NCAA recruiting deadline rules

LSU has been placed on probation for a year while former offensive line coach James Gregg was given a three-year show-cause order following an investigation into secondary recruiting violations that occurred during the extended COVID-19 recruiting period, the NCAA announced Thursday.

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

Greg met a recruit in September 2020 by arranging a tour for the prospect, violating dead period rules, according to the results of the investigation. Gregg gave the recruiter a bag of used LSU gear, which is considered impermissible recruiting inducement. The following weekend, the former LSU assistant director of recruiting picked up Prospect and his girlfriend from their hotel and drove them to the stadium for a tour, breaking the same rules.

The NCAA’s Covid-19 recruiting period, which banned in-person contact, was created in March 2020 and ran through June 1, 2021.

“Although [committee] Having faced such egregious conduct in the past, the violations in this case represent intentional misconduct that should concern members,” the NCAA Infractions Committee said in its decision. “The COVID-19 recruiting dead period is intended to protect the health and safety of prospects, student-athletes and institutions. Protection of employees. This has leveled the playing field for recruitment at a time when government-imposed Covid-19 restrictions vary across the country.”

Gregg was fired on June 17, 2021, by former Tigers coach Ed Orgeron after meeting with an NCAA enforcement official. Gregg later filed a lawsuit against the school for improper conduct, and LSU was ordered to pay $492,945.20. Daily Advertiser. Gregg’s three-year show-cause effectively prevents schools from hiring him until the order ends.

Orgeron and LSU agreed to part ways on October 17, 2021, effective at the end of the season. Bryan Kelly replaced Orgeron on Nov. 29, 2021 and has the Tigers 2-1 heading into Saturday’s game against New Mexico in Baton Rouge. Gregg landed a job as an assistant offensive line coach for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers ahead of the 2022 season.

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