NCAA slaps LSU football with probation for recruiting violation

The NCAA put LSU’s football program on one-year probation for rules violations committed by former offensive line coach James Cregg.

Cregg, who worked under former head coach Ed Orgeron for three seasons, visited with a prospect and provided him with used team gear during the recruiting dead period forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The former assistant director of recruiting also drove the prospect to campus for a stadium tour and gave him more used gear.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions issued its ruling on Thursday.

LSU also will follow self-imposed penalties: a $5,000 fine, a one-week ban on unofficial visits, a limit of 55 official visits and a week-long period of no recruiting communications.

Cregg, now an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers, also was given a three-year show-cause order. Any school that might hire him must show the NCAA why he shouldn’t be prohibited to take part in any off-campus recruiting activities.

Cregg sued LSU for breach of contract after his termination “for cause.” He claimed the NCAA hadn’t, to that point, ruled he had committed a rules infraction, and the court issued an award of nearly $500,000 in his favor. LSU has appealed.