No additional penalties

Fans and supporters of the LSU Tigers were able to let out a collective exhale earlier this afternoon when the NCAA announced the Tiger football program would not receive any additional penalties regarding "major violations" that took place during 2008 and 2009. After an extensive internal investigation, LSU self reported the violations and self imposed penalties for the offenses.

The internal investigation centered around the recruitment of former LSU defensive lineman Akiem Hicks.

Hicks was alleged to have lived in an off campus apartment at a discounted rate which constitutes an improper benefit for student athletes under NCAA by laws.

The junior college transfer was also provided improper transportation and was given a cash payment of $350 by a coach not employed by the University.

Also at issue were several instances of improper contact with recruits by former LSU receivers coach D.J. McCarthy.

In addition to the calls originating with McCarthy, LSU's internal investigation uncovered over 4,000 phone calls from LSU staffers who contacted recruits, their families or high school coaches and administrators outside the guidelines of NCAA protocol.

It was discovered that these calls were to confirm travel plans, collect highlight film and other minor operational issues.

In LSU's report to the NCAA, the administration stated that no significant recruiting advantage was gained by the offending calls.

The LSU administration was commended by the NCAA for the thoroughness of their investigation and in the expediency in which the findings were relayed to the NCAA.

In fact, the committee on infractions will allow LSU to take their self imposed two scholarship reduction retroactively.

Only 83 scholarship players were on the active roster for the 2010 season. The Tigers will be allowed to provide scholarships for the full NCAA allotment of 85 for the 2011 season.

LSU will be placed on one year's probation ending July 18th, 2012.

Official visits for the 2012 signing class will be reduced as will the amount of out going recruiting calls from coaches during the month of September.

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