BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The NCAA says LSU committed major
violations in its football program while recruiting a junior
college player and cited a former assistant coach for unethical
The probe found that ex-assistant coach D.J. McCarthy improperly
arranged for transportation and housing for former defensive
lineman Akiem Hicks, then later tried to cover up those actions.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, the NCAA publicly reprimanded LSU
and placed it on probation for one year. The NCAA also accepted
LSU's self-imposed reduction of two scholarships, as well as
reductions in official visits and recruiting calls.
McCarthy resigned in December 2009. Hicks never played for the
Tigers before he left LSU.