NCAA puts LSU football program on probation for ex-assistant’s conduct

AP file photo by Patrick Dennis / Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., is the football home of the SEC's LSU Tigers.

BATON ROUGE, La. — The NCAA placed LSU's football program on one year of probation Thursday after determining former offensive line coach James Cregg violated recruiting rules during the 2020 football season.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found Cregg violated restrictions against in-person contact with prospective recruits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that he also provided improper inducements to a recruit.

The committee also issued a three-year "show cause" penalty against Cregg, meaning his own recruiting activities would be restricted for that period if he were hired by another NCAA member program.

"Although the (committee) has encountered more egregious conduct in past cases, the violations in this case represent intentional misconduct that should be of concern to the membership," the panel said in a release. "The COVID-19 recruiting dead period was intended to protect the health and safety of prospects, student-athletes and institutional staff.