It seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Welp, this hasn’t ended well.

A recruit’s decision not to enroll at LSU after signing a financial aid agreement has the football program in some hot water.

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.

That’s per our good friends at the NCAA.

A financial aid agreement doesn’t bind the player to that particular school like a National Letter of Intent does, but it affords coaches of that school unlimited contact with the signee — contact that would normally be considered against NCAA rules.

The NCAA modified the financial aid agreement (FAA) in April. It continued to allowed schools “relaxed recruiting rules” for prospects who signed an financial aid agreement, but it also warned schools that they could be penalized for recruiting violations if that prospect did not eventually enroll in that school.

Les can’t say he wasn’t warned, either.

David Womack, Matt Womack’s father, told The Clarion-Ledger in the fall that LSU coaches were not planning to contact his son on an unlimited basis because Matt wasn’t completely firm on enrolling early or on his commitment to LSU.

“LSU is not using (the FAA) because if Matt was to change his mind they would have to report it,” David Womack told The Clarion-Ledger.

Makes you wonder if Georgia has thought about that in the case of Roquan Smith, no?

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10 responses to “It seemed like such a good idea at the time.

  1. Bright Idea

    Is this a “gotcha” situation?

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      • Mayor

        Still, if the coach is lead into a good faith belief that the recruit will enroll and relies on that belief in formulating his actions, he and his school should not be penalized when the recruit backs out and doesn’t live up to his word. This is just another example of chickensh!t NCAA rules run amuck.

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        • Dog in Fla

          It’s a War on Management for which the only cure is the NLI

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        • Cojones

          I read it the same way, Mayor. Would imagine that would apply if he signed more than one, but that was outlawed last year, wasn’t it? Sure, if he enrolls, it’s water under the bridge, but how would you know his mind until he enrolls?

          Still, if he has an FAA, how in hell shouldn’t you believe him? His father just said what he thought LSU would do. Was that indeed the case? Trying to have a rule both ways is male bovine manure. Change the friggin’ rule, dumbass.

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  2. AusDawg85

    LSU should have stone-walled the NCAA for this ticky-tack violation. Can no one learn from Auburn??!

    And Mark Richt loses the moral high ground game twice in one day. How are we ever going to keep our status as TOSTO??? (The only school that obeys the NCAA)

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  3. 69Dawg

    Once again the NCAA springs a trap on an unsuspecting SEC coach. They should be ashamed and it was the lovable Mad Hatter too.

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  4. Wow, this is just stupid IMO.

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  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    So…. The kid signs with Alabama, then one of Alabama’s biggest SEC West rivals-LSU, is punished because the kid signed with Alabama rather than LSU.
    But wait:
    “David Womack, Matt Womack’s father, told The Clarion-Ledger in the fall that LSU coaches were not planning to contact his son on an unlimited basis because Matt wasn’t completely firm on enrolling early or on his commitment to LSU.

    “LSU is not using (the FAA) because if Matt was to change his mind they would have to report it,” David Womack told The Clarion-Ledger.”

    So, in spite of the above statement from the recruit’s father, LSU DID contact the kid on an unlimited basis?

    Makes perfect sense.

    It is all part of the process.

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