So, after a two-year investigation into numerous violations, LSU is going the self-imposed penalty route, docking itself eight football scholarships over a two-year period and reducing recruiting visits, evaluations and communication, in the hopes that the NCAA won’t do more.
Most are focusing on the incredibly stupid public display after the national championship game by Odell Beckham Jr., who handed out celebration cash to some of the LSU players, but the much bigger problem the school faces is this:
The father of former offensive lineman Vadal Alexander received $180,000 in stolen money from LSU booster John Paul Funes, who admitted in 2019 that he embezzled more than half a million dollars from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. The money was payment from 2012 to 2017 for what the NCAA characterized as a “no-show job.”
What is it with fathers of SEC players and $180,000? Is that like an unwritten rule of the official going rate?
But I digress.
That’s some seriously bad shit there. Funes is serving time for his actions and I have a feeling that’s going to play into whatever the NCAA decides. What I can’t figure out is why LSU didn’t go ahead and throw a postseason ban into the pot. If ever there’s a time to serve that, it’s 2020.