Probe into preferential treament for LSU athletes

Television stations in Baton Rouge were reporting Wednesday evening that an investigation is underway at LSU to see whether student athletes are getting preferential treatment when it comes to academics.

WAFB and WBRZ say the university is conducting its own look into whether any NCAA rules were broken. Bo Bahnsen, LSU's associate athletics director in charge of compliance, told WBRZ head football coach Nick Saban has taken part in some of the meetings regarding the investigation.

"We are working on some issues that have come up in relation to a personnel matter that we are looking into at this time," Bahnsen told WBRZ's Katherine Mosely.

The broad scope of the investigation, according to LSU Chancellor Mark Emmert, is to find out if faculty members in general are giving favorable treatment to student athletes.

Counselors, instructors, tutors, support staff and the athletes themselves are being interviewed regarding academic assistance, financial aid and recruiting, according to broadcast reports.

After the investigation concludes in two to three weeks, LSU is expected to turn over its findings to the commissioner of Southeastern Conference. Sitting commissioner Roy Kramer announced his retirement earlier this week, and it may be left to his replacement to determine whether or not to turn the findings over the NCAA.

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