Posted by Tom Fornelli
LSU took a big blow in December when it found out that running back and team captain Stevan Ridley had been deemed academically ineligible to play in the Cotton Bowl. Well it may turn out that Ridley won't have to miss the Cotton Bowl after all. While there has been no official word from the NCAA or LSU in regards to a change in Ridley's status, there are some indications out of Baton Rouge that bode well for his chances.
LSU had appealed Ridley's case with the NCAA and according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, after practice on Monday morning, Les Miles was seen talking on his cell phone and he gave Ridley a hug after getting off the phone. Of course, when asked about the hug and Ridley's situation, Miles would only say that things are looking good.
"We hear good things, but we're not certain of anything at this point," Miles said. "When we hear officially, we'll be forthcoming."
Then there was this tweet from the Baton Rouge Advocate's Randy Rosetta, the paper's LSU beat reporter.
If that's indeed the case, and Ridley is allowed to play in the Cotton Bowl, it would be a boost for LSU. The Tigers offense hasn't exactly been potent this season, and being without its leading rusher would only compound matters.
Hat tip: CFT