In what has played out as a rollercoaster offseason for LSU football, one story – no, not the one involving the alleged fight between Tigers players and four Baton Rouge citizens – gained new traction on Thursday afternoon.
Junior wide receiver Russell Shepard has been declared ineligible by LSU for violation of an NCAA rule, according to a press release from the university.
LSU will seek reinstatement for Shepard, but coach Les Miles could be without his No. 2 wide receiver for more than just the season opener against Oregon.
While Shepard can continue to practice with the team, he is expected to miss a number of games until the NCAA can consider the reinstatement.
Shepard violated NCAA Bylaw 32.1.4 after it was determined that the third-year Tiger discussed his compliance issue with a teammate, who was supposed to meet with an NCAA representative to review the case.
The investigation began in June when word surfaced of a housing compliance issue, forcing Miles to replace Shepard with T-Bob Hebert at SEC Media Days. At the time, Shepard lived with his current girlfriend, who is also a student worker in the LSU football offices.
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