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.