LSU placed on parole, ex-assistant given show-cause for violating NCAA recruiting dead period rules

LSU was placed on probation for one year, while former offensive line coach James Cregg received a three-year show-off order following an investigation into Tier II recruiting violations that occurred during the extended period of recruiting for LSU. COVID-19, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The program also faces several self-imposed penalties, including a $5,000 fine and a reduction in official visits for the 2022-23 calendar year.

Cregg met with a recruit in September 2020, arranging a neighborhood visit for the prospect, violating dead period rules, according to the investigation’s findings. Cregg also provided the recruit with a bag of used LSU equipment, which is considered an impermissible recruiting incentive. The following weekend, a former assistant director of recruitment at LSU picked up the prospect and his girlfriend from their hotel and took them to the stadium for a tour, also violating the same rules.

The NCAA’s COVID-19 Recruitment Deadline, which prohibited in-person contact, was created in March 2020 and ran until June 1, 2021.

“Despite [committee] encountered more egregious conduct in previous cases, the violations in this case represent willful misconduct that should be of concern to members,” the NCAA infringement panel said in its decision. and safety of prospects, student-athletes, and institutional staff. It also leveled the playing field for recruitment at a time when government-imposed restrictions on COVID-19 varied across the country.”

Cregg was fired on June 17, 2021 by former Tigers coach Ed Orgeron after meeting with an NCAA official. Cregg then filed a lawsuit against the school for illegitimate termination, and LSU was ordered to pay $492,945.20, according to the Daily Advertiser.

Orgeron and LSU agreed to part ways on October 17, 2021, starting at the end of the season. Brian Kelly was signed to replace Orgeron on November 29, 2021, and he has the Tigers at 2-1 going into Saturday’s game against New Mexico in Baton Rouge. Cregg landed as an assistant offensive line coach for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers ahead of the 2022 season.

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