LSU Football Loses 8 Scholarships Because Of Odell Beckham Jr

Ross Houston
October 23, 2020

Louisiana State University is self-imposing penalties on its football program as the NCAA investigates the team for rules violations, according to a report in Sports Illustrated.

Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that LSU is decreasing its allotment of football scholarships by eight and is also reducing "recruiting visits, evaluations and communication".

Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has dismissed a recent scare about a potential coronavirus diagnosis, saying that he doesn't believe the virus can affect him.

LSU's football program is charged with a Level III violation involving Beckham, a former Tigers star, who gave $2,000 in cash to four Tigers football players on the field after the team's 42-25 victory over Clemson in the CFP National Championship game on January 13. In all, Beckham handed out $2,000 in cash to several players as a gift for bringing home the trophy. But the school later admitted that Beckham was handing out real money - quarterback Joe Burrow, who would become the No. 1 pick in this year's National Football League draft, told a podcast it was legal tender - and that it had been in contact with the NCAA about the potential violation of rules prohibiting impermissible benefits.

The NCAA also confirmed that he "arranged employment beginning in 2012 for the parents of a then football student-athlete and paid the father $180,000 during 2012-17 for a no-show job", the report continued.

The NCAA was reportedly made aware of the self-imposed sanctions earlier this month, but it remains to be seen if LSU will face more penalties.

According to ESPN, the Beckham ordeal is just a small part of an overall NCAA investigation into LSU.

Football coach Les Miles and athletic director Joe Alleva - in charge when booster payments were occurring - no longer work for LSU. The scholarship reductions will take place over the next two years, four in each year.

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