NCAA gives LSU 1 year probation for 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.