LSU’s football program has been charged with three violations stemming from a wide-ranging ruling from the NCAA’s Independent Resolution Panel (IRP), handed down Thursday, that also includes the men’s basketball program. As part of the ruling, the football program received a Level I violation, a Level II violation and a Level III violation. Not only was LSU hit with a three-year probation sentence, which is set to end on Sept. 21, 2023, but the football team was forced to vacate 37 of its wins from the 2012-15 season due to the Level I violation.
Vacating victories is significant, as it drops former coach Les Miles’ career record to 108-73 with a winning percentage of .597. That means that he no longer meets the .600 career winning percentage requirement for College Football Hall of Fame candidates. The Tigers must also forfeit two bowl wins from that span.
According to the NCAA’s release, the Level I violation dates back to 2012 when a representative of LSU’s athletics interests paid the father of a prospective athlete a total of $180,150 over a five-year span as part of an embezzlement scheme. The athlete enrolled at LSU and competed from 2012-16. The representative has been disassociated from the program for 10 years.
The other violations were committed under former coaching staffs and the university already self-imposed punishments that the NCAA found adequate. Those included a postseason ban during the 2020-21 season, a reduction in eight football scholarships from 2021-22, a fine of…