LSU has delivered to the NCAA a report detailing violations in its football program involving primarily one former assistant coach and one former student-athlete following an exhaustive internal investigation that began in September.
LSU announced in November that an internal investigation had been launched into possible violations of NCAA rules in its football program. Since that time, the two individuals who were the focus of the investigation have left the university. The student-athlete, who transferred to LSU last summer, never played in a game for the Tiger football team.
“As disappointed as I am in the violations that occurred, I have an equal amount of pride in our compliance office’s quick actions, in our thorough investigation and in our reactions to the findings,” said LSU chancellor Michael Martin. “I believe we have avoided potentially more severe sanctions because we self-detected these violations early and took immediate disciplinary measures.”
The 55-page report was delivered to the NCAA office Tuesday. The NCAA will review the report to determine if additional interviews are necessary in order to complete a full evaluation of the violations.
“It is a very serious matter any time violations of NCAA rules are discovered, but I take comfort in the fact we have a compliance program in place that discovered these issues early and took swift action to minimize the severity of the situation,” said Joe Alleva, vice chancellor and director of athletics. “We stand ready to assist the NCAA with any further information they may need to complete this process.”
Upon the discovery of potential rules violations in September, the student-athlete was not permitted to participate in varsity athletic contests and the assistant coach was restricted from participating in recruiting activities for LSU. The assistant coach resigned from the university in December and the student-athlete left the university prior to the spring semester.
The investigation centered around the recruitment and transfer of the student-athlete from a junior college to LSU in the summer of 2009 and the assistant coach’s role in the recruitment and transfer process.
LSU discovered potential violations associated with impermissible telephone calls to the student-athlete during the recruitment process, impermissible transportation before and after the student-athlete’s arrival at LSU, impermissible housing and reduced-rent at an apartment complex in Baton Rouge in the three months prior to the student-athlete’s enrollment at LSU, and the purchase of one meal by a football office student worker.
LSU, in the report to the NCAA, outlined a plan to strengthen its internal procedures for authorizing the engagement of prospective student-athletes who move to Baton Rouge prior to enrollment, to enhance its rules educations and monitoring process for student workers, the completion of more detailed administrative forms and a thorough review of policies pertaining to the maintenance of telephone logs.