NCAA gives LSU one year probation for football violations

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

conduct.

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.