Putting LSU on probation, former assistant gave reason for violating NCAA recruiting rules

LSU has been placed on probation for one year, while former offensive line coach James Craig has been given a three-year exposition order, after investigating Level II recruitment 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 a reduction in official visits for the 2022-23 calendar year.

“Today’s decision of the NCAA Committee on offenses involving a former LSU assistant football coach ends the 21-month collaborative process between the university and the NCAA,” LSU said in a statement. Throughout this processAnd the The university worked in coordination with enforcement officials to establish the truth and impose sanctions itself. We are grateful to the Committee and the enforcement staff for their work and acceptance of the sanctions we imposed on ourselves, and we are pleased to be able to move forward as an organization and as a football programme. LSU continues to work through the IARP process with respect to other allegations of rule violations.”

Craig met a recruiter in September of 2020 by arranging a neighborhood tour for the prospect, violating death-period rules, according to the investigation findings. Cregg also provided the recruit with a bag of used LSU gear, which is a disallowed recruiting incentive. The following weekend, a former assistant to LSU’s hiring manager picked up the prospect and his girlfriend from the hotel and drove them to the stadium for a tour, also violating the same rules.

The NCAA’s COVID-19 recruitment period, which prohibited personal contact, was established in March 2020 and lasted through June 1, 2021.

“although [committee] The NCAA Violations Committee said in its ruling that “the violations in this case represent more egregious behavior than in previous cases, and represent willful misconduct that should be of concern to members.” and safety of prospects, athletes and institutional workers. It also leveled the playing field at a time when the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the government varied across the country.”

Cregg was fired on June 17, 2021 by former Tigers coach Ed Orgeron after he met an NCAA enforcement official. Then Cregg sued the school for wrongful reason to terminate, ordering LSU to pay $492,945.20, according to the Daily Advertiser. The reason for Cregg’s three-year offer is effectively preventing schools from hiring him until the order is issued.

Orgeron and LSU agreed to separate on October 17, 2021, effective at the end of the season. Signed to replace Orgeron on November 29, 2021, Brian Kelly has the Tigers at 2-1 ahead of Saturday’s game against New Mexico in Baton Rouge. Craig landed on his feet as an assistant offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers ahead of the 2022 season.

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