On Thursday, the NCAA announced its findings in its ongoing investigation into LSU’s football program and, specifically, the actions of former offensive line coach James Cregg.
The NCAA found that Cregg had impermissible contact with recruits during the COVID-19 recruiting dead period in 2020, and imposed a three-year showing cause against Cregg and a year of probation against the Tigers.
Still, the sanctions are not particularly severe and were all self-imposed by the university. They include a minuscule $5,000 fine and various minor recruitment limitations. However, this is not the only problem the school currently has with the NCAA.
In March, basketball coach Will Wade was fired for cause due to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations against the basketball program, charging him with five Level I infractions in addition to several other allegations of misconduct. By Ross Dellinger of Sports Illustratedthat investigation is still ongoing and will likely continue into next year.
However, when the NCAA ruling is finally resolved, you likely won’t see a proactive response from LSU the second time around. According to a report by Brody Miller of The Athletic, the basketball program has no plans to self-impose sanctions in cooperation with the NCAA investigation.
We’ll have to wait to see exactly what impact the ongoing investigation has on the basketball program under new coach Matt McMahon, but it looks like the NCAA’s decision will carry a lot more weight this time.
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