LSU players face academic problems

Preseason No. 1 LSU suffered a major blow earlier this month when star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off the team.

Now, the Tigers’ top running back from last season and a linebacker may be sidelined by academic problems.

LSU coach Les Miles confirmed Monday that running back Michael Ford and linebacker Tahj Jones were awaiting the results of appeals concerning their academic records.

“Yeah, there is some appeal process that being undertaken for those guys,” Miles said at a press luncheon according to the News Star of Monroe. “And we’ll kind of have to wait and see how that all turns out as we get closer to the game.”

LSU opens against North Texas State on Saturday.

Ford was LSU’s leading rusher last year with 756 yards on 127 carries and seven touchdowns, but was listed as no. 3 on this year’s depth chart behind junior Alfred Blue and sophomore Kenny Hilliard. Jones saw significant playing time last year as a backup and is listed as the No. 2 Sam linebacker this season.

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Calvin Ruff Ruff

August 28th, 2012
8:11 am

LSU is loaded. They will be fine. However, loss of depth could become a real problem as they face BAMA or during an SEC championship game.

Terry Tucker

August 28th, 2012
8:12 am

DAWGS will win the SEC!

(If other SEC schools continue to lose players.)

biggerthanbigdawg

August 28th, 2012
8:12 am

First! Just for u Mike Debell!

biggerthanbigdawg

August 28th, 2012
8:14 am

Buckeye

August 28th, 2012
8:15 am

Dont you know?

It”s SEC! SEC! not GPA! GPA!

volman

August 28th, 2012
8:16 am

Dawgs won’t win the SEC,,, they will fold as usual

Lt Col Razorback -

August 28th, 2012
8:19 am

Against North Texas State, LSU could play their 3rd string and still win handily. But against Bama or Arkansas, they would be challenged and would probably lose to either one of them.

big 10 . . . Really?

August 28th, 2012
8:20 am

I cannot believe that a Suckeye is posting anything on an SEC thread. If there is any school that should be silent, it is THEE OSU . . . Whomp! Whomp! Whooooomp!

SEC SEC

August 28th, 2012
8:25 am

Hey OSU fan go Dot your i , when have the bucknuts every beaten an SEC team? you have no Creditability on this board

I thought OSU was on probation???

August 28th, 2012
8:25 am

Just like a 3rd of the Big 10…

Pirate Bar Dude

August 28th, 2012
8:26 am

Even with the help of tutors, It would be difficult to maintain grades at an institution of higher learning like LSU. I’m sure the kids are challenged everyday in gumbo101 and intro to absinthe shooting.

Honey Badger is Gone

August 28th, 2012
8:28 am

Without me, LSU won’t win the SEC Championship

Damon Evans

August 28th, 2012
8:30 am

Red panties.

GT

August 28th, 2012
8:34 am

I am always surprised when there is such a low number of academic suspensions at any college football program each year. I can remember trying to get pledges in my college fraternity through grades so they could join the fraternity. Some classes had near half the class ineligible for qualifying. Those guys had gotten into college with higher qualification than most of these athletics yet couldn’t hack it. Anyone listen to Crowell speak, how does that kid stay long enough to be kicked out of college for non academic reasons? I don’t know what has come over LSU but I like it. They will probably turn into an ACC school where the football is lukewarm because they are following rules. They actually give more than lip service to education, and they are also picking up fans for doing it right.

Destin Dawg

August 28th, 2012
8:35 am

Vandy 31 S.C. 28

Whiskey Breath

August 28th, 2012
8:36 am

I realize you mutts have the luxury to change rules, schedules, etc. Generally it backfires on you bulldykes. You are always one of the leaders in penalties. Frankly, that is a practice or coaching issue. That hitting below the waist rule will backfire. The elimation of the kickoff rule powered by Coward Richt, will hurt everyone. It will make the game less exciting. Oh, it hasn’t passed yet, but it is coming. Ga can’t beat you on the field, but they sure have the power to change the rules, They influence the rules committee.

Call It Like It Is

August 28th, 2012
8:41 am

What?? You must be kidding. Football players having issues with passing test? I just don’t understand. Could the fact be, that most of these idiots shouldnt be in college in the first place. Most couldnt tell you the difference between a verb and a noun and I highly doubt they could pass Math 101. And people wonder why when 1% of them make it to the NFL, they are broke in a couple of years.

jarvis

August 28th, 2012
8:42 am

I’m shocked. They seemed so smart.

Flo - Ri - Duh

August 28th, 2012
8:44 am

Trivia question: When is the last time Alabama suspended a player for academics? NCAA is investigating Bummer over academic “discrepancies” on the football and basketball teams.

GtDawg

August 28th, 2012
8:44 am

That would be 3 game changers missing not counting the players who left for the NFL.

rtd

August 28th, 2012
8:47 am

I’m waiting to see how Schultz and Bradley will find a way to blame this on Coach Mark Richt!

Frontman

August 28th, 2012
8:48 am

Hey, Flo-Ri-Duh…
When was the last time that the two words “Alabama” and “academics” appeared in the same sentence?

Donna Outlaw

August 28th, 2012
8:48 am

Pay no attention to the OSU fan. I was at the Jan 2008 game when LSU won thet BCS NC against them and all day before the game, OSU fans walked around with smug looks on their faces (all the while wishing they had a city like NOLA in Ohio. As for Bama last year, I guess it’s okay to brag about beating a team that was playing MUCH of their 2nd string the entire game. That wasn’t Bama’s fault but it was a factor and karma hit them over their arrogance when before 6 months passed, someone knocked that $30,000 Waterford crystal football trophy off and broke it. A recruit broke one of Florida’s two BCS football trophies so LSU is still the only team with their two original trophies. As for GPA – MANY football players are MANY school across the country are stellar academic stars but I did meet Mark Blanchard who played in the 90’s and is now a orthopedic doctor in BR and he operated on a friend’s ankle and he graduated from med school with a 4.0 average. How many football playing doctors can say that? And before you talk about the Dawgs winning the SEC – IF other SEC teams continue to lose players, check your own backyard. :)

I am shocked

August 28th, 2012
8:50 am

SEC players not making the grade?!?!? Shocking.

Frontman

August 28th, 2012
8:51 am

GT,
That was at Tech… not an institution of lower learning like any of the SEC schools with the exception of Vandy.

To Tell the Truth

August 28th, 2012
8:56 am

Once again, no surprise here. These scouts need to concentrate on potential students that actually make their grades in high school before offering them the world when most can’t even read or speak correctly! I am so sick of hearing this type of crap when my kid does everything right. For example, he stays out of trouble, makes his grades, works his butt off, but since he is white, there is no way that he can play at the Div 1 level, especially, at a key position. Therefore, I am calling this out to what it is, REVERSE RACISM!

atltiger

August 28th, 2012
8:57 am

how the F is this news in a Georgia newspaper? There are kids on every SEC school’s roster right now waiting on grades. fact. It’s that time of year waiting on sumemr school grades. Why aren’t they reporting on the other 13 school’s academic hold outs? oh…jealousy. I get it. Jones is a backup LB and Ford was aready passed up by 2-3 other backs this fall to get more carries. othing to see here folks….carry on.

winner

August 28th, 2012
8:58 am

Hey Flo and front– news flash– go check out how “banner” did compared to your school as far as the athletic grade thing…………….fools. And Flo, you are talking about Toomertown, not Bama, when referring to NCAA investigation about irregularities into football and basketball…………..stop the hating just because you feel impotent

Bama envy is a real disease– seek treatment immediately, losers

GT

August 28th, 2012
8:59 am

Frontman you are correct sir yet UNC finds itself being looked at because Pepper spent five years there and took some easy courses. I imagine basketweaving at UNC is harder than Latin at some of these places.

Donna Outlaw

August 28th, 2012
8:59 am

Oh, as for that “challenging Gumbo 101″ class comment, YOU try making a good gumbo. Any recipe that starts with “First you make a roux” means you’ll be standing non-stop at your stove for about an hour constantly stirring so make sure you have GREAT arm strength. And most of us learned very young how to make a gumbo so we have no need to take a class…lol The best place for Cajun food if you’re in Georgia is Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville but if you don’t like to see LSU items decorating the place (most Cajun places display NOLA things) then don’t go. ;)

Tommy

August 28th, 2012
9:04 am

I am a college graduate and have never heard of an academic appeal. What is that?You either pass or fail with a GPA. Is this something new or just another way to keep athletes eligible. In my opinion, if you have to appeal a grade you probably should not be there in the first place.Send them home and put them to work.

GT

August 28th, 2012
9:05 am

I love Gumbo! Good luck in this weather our prayers are with you.

Mel

August 28th, 2012
9:06 am

Get your facts straight AJC. Michael Ford was the #2 running back last year and was #4 on the depth chart coming into this season. Tahj Jones will be missed as much as a 202 pound lb can be but the Tigers are very deep at that position and you will probably see 8 players get lots of playing time.

nate from detroit

August 28th, 2012
9:07 am

Does anyone really believe that these academic issues won’t be resolved before LSU’s first big conference game. When is the last time LSU, Bammer, the Barn, etc. lost a key player to an academic issue? It happens about as often as Halley’s Comet comes around.

Donna Outlaw

August 28th, 2012
9:12 am

LSU has Pennington Biomedical Research Center which is a premier research center. Vandy also does great research but before you insinuate Vandy is the only one, do some research. Now I must geaux finish preparing for Isaac. :)

Frontman

August 28th, 2012
9:14 am

Tommy, we’re talking about the SEC here. Of course it’s a way to keep the athletes eligible. winner – thank you for validating my comment in spades.

Donna Outlaw

August 28th, 2012
9:17 am

Thank you GT. After TS Allyson dumped 24 inches of rain in 3 days on us (and all the way over to Houston), we’re most worried about the rain because 20+ inches are expected and Isaac isn’t expected to stall over us as Allyson did so those 20+ inches will come much faster. I’m making chicken and andouille gumbo right now and if you were close, you’d be more than welcome to some. I don’t make gumbo with shrimp because I avoid all recipes that start with “First peel and devein the shrimp”. MESSY and smelly job.

jake

August 28th, 2012
9:24 am

We live in the culture of the athlete. Some of these kids are just too stupid to go to college, yet we celebrate every time they catch a pass, dunk a ball, make a good run, hit a homer, or make a tackle. Until the NCAA decides it wants to see kids who can actually speak and read play these games, then it is what it is.

SimpleDawg

August 28th, 2012
9:28 am

They shouldn’t have taken that summer school course through UNC…..

The Truth

August 28th, 2012
9:30 am

Actually MIA of Ohio plays Ohio this week end. N. Texas State should be a pu$$-over vs LSWho.

RTR

August 28th, 2012
9:37 am

Really bad news has occurred at LSU….bordering on tragic. The mule used in two classes for the football team, Drivers Ed and Sex Education, has died. Due to lack of course credit the entire LSU football team may be ineligible unless a replacement mule is found quickly.

DesignerJacket

August 28th, 2012
9:42 am

Even as a football player, how do you fail a class at LSU?! It’s right there with the Mississippi schools in terms of academics. Seriously, at least make it appear that you go to class! Sheesh…

LSU players face academic problems

August 28th, 2012
9:45 am

Le-a (the DASH don't be silent!)

August 28th, 2012
9:46 am

Lawd! Them remedial classes be gettin’ harder and harder.

DawgNole

August 28th, 2012
9:47 am

To Tell the Truth
August 28th, 2012
8:56 am

Once again, no surprise here. These scouts need to concentrate on potential students that actually make their grades in high school before offering them the world when most can’t even read or speak correctly! I am so sick of hearing this type of crap when my kid does everything right. For example, he stays out of trouble, makes his grades, works his butt off, but since he is white, there is no way that he can play at the Div 1 level, especially, at a key position. Therefore, I am calling this out to what it is, REVERSE RACISM!
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Oooooh, you’ve opened a stinker here, Truth. I feel your pain, but it’s not reverse racism. It’s speed, and until college football recruiting focuses on something other than speed–probably not during our lifetimes–you aren’t likely to see the changes you long for.

Delbert D.

August 28th, 2012
9:55 am

“LSU has Pennington Biomedical Research Center which is a premier research center.”

Painting grass seed green hardly qualifies as biomedical research.

DawgNole

August 28th, 2012
9:57 am

Donna Outlaw
August 28th, 2012
9:17 am

Thank you GT. After TS Allyson dumped 24 inches of rain in 3 days on us (and all the way over to Houston), we’re most worried about the rain because 20+ inches are expected and Isaac isn’t expected to stall over us as Allyson did so those 20+ inches will come much faster. I’m making chicken and andouille gumbo right now and if you were close, you’d be more than welcome to some. I don’t make gumbo with shrimp because I avoid all recipes that start with “First peel and devein the shrimp”. MESSY and smelly job.
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Kinda weird–and almost refreshing–to see recipe/cooking posts on a football blog. Hopefully Isaac won’t result in significant damage to your area, Donna. For what it’s worth, the Weather Channel folks–and their brethren across the nation–are always hysterical when tropical weather moves in. And their disappointment is palpable when a storm doesn’t meet their pre-landfall hype, which normally is the case. Isaac is a small player compared to other Gulf storms; the hope is that it will move on through before its rains raise the issue of flooding.

Paddy

August 28th, 2012
10:04 am

Whiskey Breath………the cut block that is used by UGA, Tech and many other schools is legal by rule. If you don’t like the rule, write the NCAA rules folks. Don’t bitch on this blog until you become pro-active with the people that make the rules. May I suggest you buy a rule book first.

markie mark

August 28th, 2012
10:09 am

Stand back, boys…..Donna is a coona$$….and until you have met (much less dated) a real live one from NOLA, you have no idea what you are in for…..

Dawgnlex is a complete tool

August 28th, 2012
10:10 am

SOUNDS LIKE THE INMATES ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM DOWN THERE.

Leslie Miles is a buffoon. Been riding Saban’s coattails for years.