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LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 7:23 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The rumors and whispers surrounding the academic status of several of No. 1 LSU's players -- most notably quarterback Jarrett Lee, as reported by LSU RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau-- reached the point that Les Miles was forced to address them Monday saying they're an annual issue at every school.

"This time of year everybody responds and comes back," he said. not referring to Lee (or any player) specifically. "It's time to pick it up. There's no difference with our football team. Academic issues are private in my mind." 

While federal law mandates that that's the case, that statement wasn't likely to douse the brush fires of speculation that Lee and others could miss the BCS national title game. So LSU athletic director Joe Alleva went further on the offensive Wednesday afternoon, releasing a statement that noted that it's not possible for players to be declared ineligible when the semester hasn't even finished yet. The statement in full:
“Despite media and message board speculation, no LSU student-athletes have been declared ineligible for post-season competition.  The current semester is not complete and finals are still ahead, so it is grossly unfair to our student-athletes and it is both premature and irresponsible to speculate on the final grades and postseason eligibility of our student-athletes.” 
Maybe so. But until the semester is completed and Lee and every other Tiger is declared eligible -- and we don't believe our colleague Mr. Guilbeau would drop Lee's name in this report lightly -- this will still be a development worth watching. It may not be fair, but that kind of scrutiny is also part of the territory that comes with being the No. 1 team in the nation and the national title favorite.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:26 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

I think this is wrong it is just not report on something as fact, about grades on a test not yet speculation.  of coarse the media is always right!!!!!!!! Not.....but they are the media and we are but tiny voices....There are privacy issues here, and they must be respected......I fully expect LSU and its players to weather this storm as they have all the other storms....when your at the top of the heap, someone is always trying to knock you off.....

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:08 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

  • People naively drink the Kool-Aid and believe that college athletics is all about honor, privilege and good competition.  I disagree.  It is about winning with unpaid athletes under the pretense of a quality college education.  
  • Every athletic organization is looking for any edge to win.  The rumors and whispers are there because someone knows what is going on and leaked the information about student grades.  
  • The people that work in archiving data are not Secret Service employees.  They are normal joes who may or may not have been sworn to uphold student confidentiality and may have used FERPA at its limit, ie.e, in the echo after the whistle blows after a play.  
  • Witness: "All individuals with access to records that FERPA covers must follow its provisions. However, FERPA does not restrict  examination of or access to educational records by university employees who need such access to fulfill their professional responsibilities. "  
  • In order for the LSU to play in a bowl, the proof of student eligibility has to become available, grades and credit hours.  The information touches so many hands, so to think it will stay confidential is ridiculous.
Where there is smoke there is fire, so we will see what really happens. 

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:36 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

Let's not call this tabloid journalism.  I think we all know that there is probably a great deal of truth to this. That being said, it shouldn't have been reported on. I'm a Bama fan, but those are kids, struggling to grow up, and go to school and make it like we all did.  They don't need this garbage being written and their is no reason for it.  What is they nail their finals and pass? Then their names were thrown out there for nothing. Now if they aren't eligible after finals, then you report it, and then it's a story. Until then, leave them alone.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:08 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

@ donousley--Did you just write that jibberish while calling someone else an idiot?  Now that is funny!

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:44 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

You evidentally an LSU and Les Smiles fan club president. If u think only one person is failing your a bigger idiot than LSU thinks we all are.
Such a stupid report

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:20 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

Gotta side with LSU and Myles on this one.

What is up with Media ethics these days. First they foment the dismissal of PPaterno based solely upon he said/she said with no kind of due process, and then we learn that ESPN is sitting on evidence of the Fine abuse case for years without taking the evidence to the police. How many may have been abused in that time. their excuse, we didn't know if it was credible? (Well that is why we have prosecutors, Judges and Grand Jurues) They certainly didn't have any difficulty saying they checked with voice analysis experts who said it was Mrs Fine in their post-Paterno mea culpa. And now, well we are going to comment on a student-athletes academic elegibility even before teh semester is over. Why? Because "We don't believe our colleague Mr. Guilbeau would drop Lee's name in this report lightly...."

Maybe what we need is for the NCAA to tell ESPN and CBSSports that this kind of tabloid journalism has no place in college sports. If they don't act apppropriately they will not be considered for renewal of their Contracts. They may be in breach of them and if not then maybe teh NCAA needs to put in some of those clauses into the contracts. There are plenty of other markets for these products. The Major league sports have clauses prohibiting players managers etc from criticising referees without penalty so I would assume the same could be done when the media all but violates the laws by hiding evidence and violating laws about discussing students records etc. Commercial speech is not protected like reguilar speech and if I were Lee I would consider filing a defamation lawsuit. (regardless of whether he fails his finals and becomes ineligible he is presently eligible and the statements to the contrary at this time are in fact false.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:04 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

This is exactly why so many schools have gone to the quarters system, most notably Ohio State, to avoid even having grades released prior to the bowl season.  LSU does it the traditional way.  Is it just me or does it seem like LSU is the only school to actually pay attention to the rules with its players?  Does anyone believe that only 3 kids in the entire country have failed drug tests this year (Honey badger and Ware, and that back-up for Alabama)?  You are crazy if you believe they are the only three smoking fake pot, it is clear that other schools simply don't test (remember Aaron Hernandez saying he was never once tested at Florida whil he played?).  It appears to be the same with academics, you only have players ineligible if you follow the rules - so why do we never hear about it happening elsewhere?  I think its the constant attention to following the rules, no matter how arcane they may be, and self-reporting that keeps LSU out of bigger trouble.  Whenevr we hear about a school taking a major hit, its always all at once (like Ohio State or Miami).  They get that bead because they don't police the little stuff.  So if it is true that Lee or whomever failed, then kudos to LSU for doing the right thing.  But it is the emptome of premature to say any such thing before exams have even been taken lol.  And it is also illegal.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:31 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

Upon news of this revelation a college football fan from the south got up from his futon and proudly declared out the bedroom/livingroom/bathroom/kitchen

window or his double-wide, "Woo doggie and by gum!  Fer a minit ther, I thawt that gosh durn book learnin' was gunna git in the way of winnin'!"  He then walked over, kicked the dog, slapped his wife/cousin/sister, grabbed another Bud and put in another dip.  It was 9:24AM. 

Yup, life is good. All you need are the five F's - Firearms, Fried foods, F-ing big trucks, Football and the Father's son.

Yet another example of how "winning" means many different things to many different people. 


(yes, this was all sarcasm)    

Better than messing around with "Jerry's Kids" don't ya think?? haha

Go Big10er12er-fkit

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:28 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

I'm sure Les would love to keep academic issues private........ 

I think all coaches know..since there are LAWS and stuff...

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:20 pm

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

wisc fan

love the sarcasm dude!

how about we talk football?

lose any games by Hail Mary lately?

oh damn, that's right them thar badgers did now didnt they???



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