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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 CBSSports.com 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.
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Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:16 pm
 

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

I'm sure you'd like to keep your sexual orientation private motown...



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:10 pm
 

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

He's right, of course. You can't declare someone ineligible until their grades are in. Still, those issues should be kept relatively quiet, I think. I agree with the asessment that being #1 is going to bring extra scrutiny, it's problematic for reasons already stated.
I've decided to let that go by the wayside. I've got some and I'm looking forward to the game. Academic troubles are for somebody else to deal with.




Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:06 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. 

Go SEC!

(yes, this was all sarcasm)    



Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:47 pm
 

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

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



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:37 pm
 

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

This type of reporting is the crap that they do at ESPN.  Please have some journalistic integrity.  As an LSU grad, I can tell you that finals are hard, so it is in fact possible for any one of the football players to fail an exam.  That doesn't make it likely or worth writing a story about.  Shame on Glenn Guilbeau.  As an LSU law grad, I can also say that he should be careful; he's fairly close to violating several federal laws.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:37 pm
 

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

Guilbeau's latest rapid report pretty much retracts what he wrote earlier.  The semester is not over, so no one can be declared ineligible at this point.  Basketball players often do not attend any classes during the spring semester if they know they are declaring early for the draft because the season will be over before the grades come out.  When I was in college, we used to get put on attendance probation if we missed more than two classes.  I guess times have changed. 



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:25 pm
 

LSU refutes report of players in academic trouble

"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."

Really? Speculation is responsible journalism? Come on man...there's plenty of actual items to discuss without making things up...


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