LSU’s football program received news today that they violated SEC rules during the 2015 recruiting cycle and will be receiving sanctions that will heavily effect recruiting for the next two years.
OT Matt Womack had committed to the Tigers in August and signed financial aid papers with the intentions of enroll early in January. Womack eventually decommitted from LSU and took his talents to Alabama.
From The Advocate in Baton Rouge:
“LSU is banned from signing early enrollee recruits to financial aid agreements for the next two years, and the program will be stripped of 10 percent of its recruiting evaluation days in 2015, according to public records obtained by The Advocate:
The penalties, handed down by the Southeastern Conference and reported by the school Feb. 3, stem from a violation that occurred this fall involving an unnamed recruit.
The recruit signed a financial aid agreement with LSU intending to enroll early in January, but he decided not to enroll at the school. That makes at least some of LSU’s unlimited contact with the prospect illegal.”
With the financial aid agreement signed, schools are allowed to have unlimited contact with the signed player. LSU took advantage of the unlimited contact, and when Womack decommitted, LSU had exceeded the contact limit that a program can have with recruits.
In my opinion, these sanctions are bogus. How is a program at fault for a kid changing his decision? They did not break any recruiting violations until Womack changed his mind. AD Joe Alleva will likely appeal the sanctions and if there is any common sense at the SEC Office, the Tigers should win. It looks like LSU’s world class recruiters will have to take it up a notch to make up for the sanctions. If there is no appeal or a lost appeal, Les Miles and his fantastic recruiting team will have to take their recruiting up a notch.
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