Posted by Chip Patterson
Les Miles shocked LSU fans on Wednesday with the announcement that running back and team captain Stevan Ridley was ruled academically ineligible to compete against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl on January 7. The announcement was made after practice on Wednesday morning, Miles said the university would be appealing the ruling.
While the announcement does come as a bit of a surprise, this does not mean that Ridley will necessarily miss the game. If LSU begins the appeals process immediately, they will have two and a half weeks to make their case to the NCAA for Ridley's eligibility. This is a strange instance where the Cotton Bowl's odd date in the schedule will serve as an advantage for the Tigers. Interesting that it is an academic issue that will keep Ridley from a late bowl game that will likely conflict with classes. I'm just saying.
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