LSU hit with recruiting sanctions

LSU was placed on a one-year probation by the NCAA on Tuesday after the Committee on Infractions found major violations within the program stemming from the recruitment of a prospective player.

The Tigers also were given recruiting and scholarship reductions but the NCAA said they escaped harsher penalties because the recruiting violations were self-reported and the administration cooperated with investigators.

The sanctions include a 10 percent reduction in official recruiting visits during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years, as well as a reduction of two initial scholarships for 2011-12 and two overall scholarships for 2010-11. LSU self-imposed the scholarship reductions.

The investigation centered on former receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, who provided junior college defensive lineman Akiem Hicks with transportation and housing while on an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge. McCarthy also used a second phone to make impermissible recruiting calls.

McCarthy resigned in December 2009 while Nicks left the program in January 2010 after never playing a down for the school.

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