LSU Hopes NCAA Decision Comes Soon
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ This is going to be a long week for LSU athletic director Joe Dean and basketball coach John Brady.
They’re expecting word from the NCAA on sanctions against LSU in connection with the recruiting of former Tigers player Lester Earl.
``We’ve got to put this behind us,″ Dean said Tuesday. ``We’re desperate to put this behind us and get our basketball program moving ahead. The season’s coming up and the coach and the players are especially anxious to see where they stand.″
LSU has been waiting since Aug. 7, when representatives went to Seattle to present their case to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. School officials, including chancellor William Jenkins, detailed their investigation into Earl’s recruitment and charges of violations and unethical conduct in connection with it.
Dean said he was cautiously optimistic that the NCAA would not impose stiffer penalties than those the school already has recommended. LSU has offered to reduce scholarships and official visits, but has asked to remain eligible for postseason play and televised games.
``(Southeastern Conference commissioner Roy Kramer) said, and this is strictly his opinion, that he thought we did a good job presenting our findings,″ Dean said. ``He thinks they will accept the penalties we assessed ourselves.″
The school is bracing for sanctions of some kind, but will keep the option to appeal if the penalties seem too severe, Jenkins said earlier.
The LSU basketball program has had a complete turnover of coaches and players since Earl played early during the 1996-97 season, before transferring to Kansas.