NCAA gives LSU football one-year probation for ex-assistant’s conduct

Baton Rouge, La. — The NCAA placed LSU’s football program on one year of probation Thursday after determining that former offensive line coach James Cregg violated recruiting restrictions during the 2020 football season.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found that Cregg violated restrictions against in-person contact with prospective recruits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided improper inducements to a recruit.

The committee also issued a three-year “show cause” penalty against Cregg, meaning his own recruiting activities would be restricted for that period if he were hired by another NCAA member program.

“Although the (committee) has encountered more egregious conduct in past cases, the violations in this case represent intentional misconduct that should be of concern to the membership,” the panel said. “The COVID-19 recruiting dead period was intended to protect the health and safety of prospects, student-athletes and institutional staff. It also leveled the playing field for recruiting at a time when government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions varied across the country.”

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