Updating NCAA Investigation Status

On Thursday, the NCAA announced its findings in its ongoing investigation into LSU’s football program and, specifically, the actions of former offensive line coach James Cregg.

The NCAA found that Cregg had inadmissible contact with recruits during the 2020 COVID-19 deadlock period and imposed a three-year cause against Cregg and one year of probation against the Tigers.

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In short, the penalties are not particularly severe and were all self-imposed by the university. They include a minuscule $5,000 fine and several minor recruitment limitations. However, this is not the only issue the school currently has with the NCAA.

In March, basketball coach Will Wade was fired for cause due to the NCAA Notice of Allegations against the basketball program, which charged him with five Level I violations, in addition to several other allegations of misconduct. Per Ross Dellinger from Sports Illustratedthis investigation is still ongoing and will likely continue into the next year.

However, when the NCAA decision is over, you probably won’t see a proactive response from LSU the second time around. According to a report by The Athletic’s Brody Miller, the basketball program has no plans to self-impose penalties in cooperation with the NCAA investigation.

We’ll have to wait to see exactly what impacts the ongoing investigation has on the basketball program under new head coach Matt McMahon, but it looks like the NCAA’s decision will carry a lot more weight this time around.

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