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LSU offers up 8 football scholarships to pay for illegal payments, other NCAA violations

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE — LSU is trying to pay back the NCAA for illegal payments to and by former players.

LSU has offered up eight football scholarships over two years to the NCAA along with reductions in recruiting visits, communications, and evaluations for breaking the most serious Level I NCAA rules from 2012-17, according to a Sports Illustrated story confirmed by the USA TODAY Network.

At that time, LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander's father James Alexander of Buford, Georgia, received $180,000 for a no-show job.

Alexander was a starting tackle and guard at LSU from 2012 through 2015 under former head coach Les Miles before being drafted in the seventh round by Oakland in 2016.

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LSU wants the above self-imposed penalties that the NCAA must first approve to also make up for former receiver Odell Beckham Jr. paying LSU players $2,000 in cash in broad Superdome light after LSU won the national championship last January 13 over Clemson in New Orleans.

LSU fans have been very angry with Beckham ever since.

LSU has banned Beckham for two years from all of its football facilities.

Beckham's cash payments were considered a less serious Level III violation and self-reported to the NCAA by LSU as is present head coach Ed Orgeron's recruiting contact violation in January of 2019 that the school also self-reported.

"LSU has worked proactively and in cooperation with the NCAA to identify and self-report any violations that occurred within our football program," LSU associate athletic director Robert Munson said in a statement released to media.

LSU has been awaiting word from the NCAA since early October as to whether its idea of punishment will be enough.

"We believe these self-imposed penalties are appropriate, and we will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the NCAA on this matter," Munson said.

LSU has been trying to convince the NCAA to rule on its football program's violations separate from its men's basketball program's much higher profile alleged violations featuring head coach Will Wade.

LSU's basketball program has been investigated by the NCAA for more than two years, but it has not received any notice of allegations from the NCAA as of yet.