The report was that fifth-year senior Jarrett Lee and "others" could face eligibility problems, apparently the result of a question posed to Tigers coach Les Miles at Monday's press conference.
There has been no verification or confirmation of academic problems for Lee nor any other players, but the former starting quarterback's playing time has dwindled to mopup time the last three weeks as Jordan Jefferson has re-established himself as the starter for No. 1-ranked LSU.
The reduction in playing time has led to speculation that Lee has had academic woes, and that speculation prompted LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva to issue a statement Wednesday.
"Despite media and message board speculation, no LSU student-athletes have been declared ineligible for post-season competition. The current semester is not complete and finals are still ahead, so it is grossly unfair to our student-athletes and it is both premature and irresponsible to speculate on the final grades and postseason eligibility of our student-athletes."
Finals for the fall semester will be administered all next week and final grades will be posted Dec. 13-14. There is an academic intersession in which any student-athlete can take classes to maintain eligibility.
Miles was asked specifically about whether Lee was in any kind of academic danger on Monday and carefully stepped around the answer.
"Academic issues are certainly very private in my mind," Miles said. "Our guys go through a series of mid-terms, and finals and papers. The overview is something that each guy has and certainly I have of the team. That is not something I am going to share. … The reality is that this time of year everybody responds and comes back. If you have a ‘C' or a ‘B' it is time to pick it up. There is no difference with our football team."
Wednesday night he said almost the same thing when asked about his concerns about any players, and passionately (and accurately) pointed out that the Tigers have not have had any glaring academic casualties between semesters in his tenure.
"Ever since I've been here, guys are in differing positions academically as we go into the end of the season, very much like I was," Miles said. "Kind of the same answer I gave on Monday. You know what? Guys rebound and they make it. Look back. How many guys have not been with us in a bowl game? How many guys have not been with us in any way?
"Whoever reported it, just in my opinion, didn't do any real investigative work. What was said (Monday) could've been said every year I've ever been here."
There were other news/notes from Wednesday's media session, the last for Miles before his team departs for Atlanta.
Studrawa and Gonzales both spent several years coaching with Meyer at his various stops. Meyer was Gonzales' position coach at Colorado State.
"I have not from hard Urban Meyer about any of coaches," Miles said.
"Nobody has contacted me about my coaches."
Porter and Miles are very close. In fact, Porter was the last member of Miles' original LSU staff to depart, which ended a run of nine years together between Oklahoma State and LSU.
"I think Coach Porter will have a lot of opportunities, and absolutely, we would love to have him back," Miles said.
"He's doing fine. He can handle adversity. He's a quality man."
Almost conspicuously so.
"We've never won any games talking so it's never done us any good so we've kind of refrained from that," Miles said. "At least that's kind of how I've seen it."
Miles said starting safety Eric Reid, who sat out the Arkansas game with a thigh injury, "practiced the whole day and appeared to me to run pretty well. I t still think there' some question, but he practiced."
Defensive end Mike Brockers tweeted he had swelling in a knee on Sunday. Miles quipped that he hadn't seen an update tweet.
"He's fine, absolutely fine," Miles said with a smile.
It sounds as if running back Alfred Blue will be ready to go. Miles said the sophomore "practiced every practice and took every snap he could. We look forward to him playing."
Not quite as good news on freshman Terrance Magee: "I don't know that he'll be ready for the game," Miles said.
Mettenberger grew up in Clark County, where Athens is located, and started his career in black-and-red, battling for the starting job with current UGa starter Aaron Murray.
But an arrest between his freshman and sophomore seasons led to Mettenberge''s dismissal from the team and a season of purgatory in junior college. He wound up at LSU, although he isn't likely to take the field against the Bulldogs, barring an injury to Jefferson or mopup duty after Lee.
"I'm certain that there's some real heart-felt emotion that's going on there with him," Miles said. "I have not really reviewed it with him."
"There's a little extra energy in their step," he said. At the end of every season there are guys that have bumps and bruises you have to play through but this team has a special energy about them."
"I think it will be fewer LSU fans, but they'll make more noise," he said.
LSU coaches have dispersed for in-home visits to a few recruits' homes nearby, and there will be more work done late in the week.
"The issue for us now is that there are a few guys we're letting out later this week. For me and the coordinators, we're kind of working hard at the game plan and not getting out. We hope that our prospects, those guys that really want to attend, understand that. First things first, we need to coach the guys already on our campus and try to win a championship."