No greater sacrifice

You may remember this.

In October, LSU announced that it would offer eight football scholarships over two years along with reductions in recruiting visits, communication and evaluations as penance for its football program breaking the most serious Level 1 NCAA rules from 2012-17.

The violations involved $180,000 in payments by LSU booster John Paul Funes to James Alexander for a no-show job. Alexander’s son is Vadal Alexander, an offensive lineman from Buford, Georgia, who was a starting tackle and guard at LSU from 2012 through 2015 under former coach Les Miles. Funes admitted in court to embezzling $500,000 from a Baton Rouge hospital.

Nothing says lack of institutional control like stealing money from a hospital to pay a player’s father.  Needless to say, it’s panic time in Baton Rouge.  The problem is, how much do you have to offer to get the NCAA to back off?

I doubt this is it.

In a normal year, this wouldn’t even be an option, of course.  As it is, a 3-5 team, staggering towards a finish in the midst of a pandemic that would result at best in some lower tier bowl game nobody would give a rat’s ass about, offering up a self-imposed postseason ban comes across as the equivalent of a guy scrounging for change under the couch cushions to come up with a tip for the pizza guy.  I suspect that the NCAA will roll its eyes at the offer as much as pizza dude would at the 47 cents found in the couch.


Filed under SEC Football, The NCAA

20 responses to “No greater sacrifice

  1. aucarson

    So when pundits start to point out that LSU has gone from NC to no bowl appearance the next year, DACOACHO can say he has made such a grand sacrifice.


  2. Louisiana is the most corrupt state in the country. It’s amazing to me that it’s taken this long for this sort of dirt to finally show.

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    • Down Island Way

      Wouldn’t quite phrase de la Louisiane as the most corrupt state, Cali, NY, Illinois (chi town), New Jersey, FLA., alabama, N.C. just to name a few are early leaders….but to throw in their hoops accusations/offers, plus their supports/alumni seen throwing around cash, acknowledging giving cash to players says their boosters know/have no boundaries, add the “sexual misconduct” charges, that place kinda’ smells of like a “free for all” …which brings up the ncaa and their inept/lack of ability to penalize institutions when evidence/testimony/affidavit are given, with a process (NOA) that suggests, the longer this is drawn out the more silence falls on the accusations…


  3. psyopdawg

    20 scholarships x 2 years and 2 years bowl ban


    • The multi-year postseason ban means that some players would be free to transfer immediately.


      • Spell Dawg

        Wonder what that means if Gilbert/Ojulari transfers before the hammer is dropped. I can’t imagine it would be retroactive eligibility if they transfer prior to the/any ban.

        BJ is Azeez’s younger brother, sure looks like a homecoming for two Georgia boys sometime in the near future. LSU’s #4 recruiting class seems bound to take a few hits between now and next Wednesday.


      • psyopdawg

        All the better!


      • 69Dawg

        Does the new no sit rule start 1/1/21? The two year band is not going to increase the exit just slow the recruiting.


  4. Ran A



  5. practicaldawg

    Drain the bayou!


  6. Tony BarnFart

    I’m laughing my ass off at the pizza guy analogy and picturing the pizza guy from Home Alone.


  7. Harold Miller

    They appear to be more like someone pushing people out of the canoe in crocodile infested waters hoping not to be eaten.


  8. Derek

    Things will be better when we legalize and normalize the corruption.

    Dad being a paid spokesperson for “Funes International” is like better and stuff.


  9. godawgs1701

    I mean, the blanket postseason bowl eligibility thing does give them a nice fig leaf for this selfless gesture of sincere sacrifice as punishment. We’ve certainly seen other teams without any shot at postseason games do the same thing. The NCAA really needs to smack these guys just so we can see that they’re still paying attention.


  10. The Decider

    Years ago an older LSU grad told me about the NCAA investigating LSU some time ago. I don’t know if it was the 70s or 80s but LSU had given the NCAA a conference room on campus to have their meetings and stuff. Anyway, someone from LSU had bugged the room so they knew everything the NCAA was looking for and had found. Anyone else heard of this?


  11. You think the NCAA is going to punish them more?! Hahahahhahahahaha….

    What…is McGarity going their as an advisor?

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