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When it was announced that LSU Tigers wide receiver Russell Shepard had been suspended by the NCAA for the season-opener against Oregon, there was a caveat that he would also be suspended for "a number of games more."
According to Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest.com, that number is three.
Shepard was suspended for speaking with a teammate about that player's meeting with NCAA officials prior to Shepard's own meeting related to Willie Lyles.
Along with the Tigers win over the Ducks, Shepard will miss this weekend's game against Northwestern State and a road trip against the No. 16 Mississippi State Bulldogs. He will be eligible for the Sept. 24 game against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Shepard ranked second on team with 33 catches for 254 yards last season, adding 226 rushing yards on 32 carries with three total touchdowns.
Be sure to head to And The Valley Shook for all LSU-related analysis.
It's a bit confusing to follow the saga of Russell Shepard, but hours after LSU announced the wide receive was ruled ineligible, we do have some clarity. With two investigations that could have put Shepard's eligibility in question running simultaneously, it was unknown whether the ruling came down because of a summer housing arrangement or because of Willie Lyles.
Technically, it was neither as Shepard lost his eligibility for speaking to a teammate before meeting with NCAA officials about Willie Lyles.
Per the Associated Press, Russell Shepard's suspension results from the Willie Lyles investigation, not his off-campus housing issue. #LSU
Shepard is not in trouble because of Willie Lyles. Instead, Shepard finds himself ineligible because he conferred with a teammate after they had spoken to NCAA investigators during the course of the Lyles investigation. Now, the NCAA is looking into what was said between Shepard and the teammate, and whether it compromised the investigation. It's an issue investigators take very seriously and could impact Shepard's eligibility long-term.
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The fun never ends in Baton Rouge. LSU Tigers wide receiver Russell Shepard has been suspended by the NCAA for the season-opener against Oregon and "a number of games more," the school announced Thursday.
The reason he's been suspended? Shepard spoke with a teammate about that player's meeting with NCAA officials prior to Shepard's own meeting.
LSU said they plan to apply to have Shepard reinstated and his eligibility restored, but there is no current timetable for a ruling on that application.
He can and will continue to practice with the team in the meantime.
Shepard was LSU's third-leading receiver and fourth-leading rusher last season, however he's fallen short of meeting expectations as a top recruit coming into the school. With the events involving Jordan Jefferson, Josh Johns, Chris Davenport, and Jarvis Landry continuing to spiral, the Tigers were counting on players like Shepard to step up against last year's National Runner-Up.
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Questions of LSU Tigers WR Russell Shepard's eligibility for the team's season opener against the Oregon Ducks have been floating for over a month now. According to Randy Rosetta, who's been all over the story from the beginning, Shepard will indeed be suspended for the game due to compliance issues.
In case you're just now joining us, the Baton Rouge speedster is reportedly in trouble for living with a LSU student worker, with the rent being divided in a suspect manner.
Earlier in the week was Tennessee's spell of bad news. Actually, every spell is a spell of bad news for Tennessee, but things got really, really bad for a while. Now it looks like it's LSU's turn. If Jordan Jefferson and others are unable to play due to arrests in the bar brawl case and Shepard is suspended ... well, that game could look like last year's Chick-fil-A game, in which a scandal-depleted UNC team, uh, almost beat LSU.
So carry on, I guess.
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LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard, once thought to be in the clear to play for the Tigers in their season-opening showdown against Oregon, may still be suspended for the game in relation to a compliance issue, according to LSU coach Les Miles. Miles told CBSSports.com that LSU doesn't know whether Shepard will be eligible for the September 3 clash at Cowboys Stadium.
"It's premature at this point," he said, adding this typically Miles-ian gem: "When I know more, I'll be forthcoming. Or I won't be forthcoming, and I'll be honestly deceptive."
Miles is likely not actually lying or planning to lie about Shepard's eligibility — but it's Les Miles, so who knows, really?
Shepard could be a crucial piece of the LSU offense in 2011, having racked up 33 catches for 254 yards and 32 carries for 226 rushing yards as a sophomore in 2010, and may need to step up as the Tigers attempt to replace Terrance Toliver. And if the alleged compliance issue at hand — Shepard living with an LSU employee — turns out to be an impermissible benefit under NCAA rules and grounds for suspension, the Tigers could miss him dearly against the high-speed Ducks.
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Russell Shepard missed the SEC Media Days for what was originally unspecified reasons. On Friday, it was reported that he LSU wide receiver missed the annual affair due to an "off-campus housing issue," but it seems that there was a little more to the story than that.
Shepard has been living with a student who works in the LSU football office, according to ESPN's Joe Schad, and the issues ultimately come down to how the rent was being split between the player and the athletic's office worker.
LSU is hoping that Shepard is available when its season opens on Sept. 3 against the Oregon Ducks at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, Texas, according to Schad. It's unclear how likely Shepard not being suspended at all is, however, considering that the details of his NCAA frowned-upon living arrangements are just leaking to the press -- and perhaps the school -- this week.
Russel Shepard's Friday absence from SEC Media Day is due to a compliance issue related to off-campus housing, TigerSportsDigest.com reports. Shepard was one of three LSU football players expected to represent the school at the event, but had been a mysterious no-show until now.
Shepard has supposedly been dealing with housing issues since he arrived on campus, and could see his eligibility in jeopardy this coming season. The report contradicts an earlier statement by LSU media relations director Michael Bonnette, who denied rumors of suspension saying that Shepard's absence was due to personal reasons.
More details are sure to follow, but it's safe to say that a suspension of any length would be a decent-sized blow to LSU's offense. Shepard ranked second on team with 33 catches for 254 yards last season, adding 226 rushing yards on 32 carries with three total touchdowns. With receiver Terrence Toliver graduating, Shepard was expected to see an expanded role this season.
will now miss the event. The official announcement says that he will miss the event due to "personal reasons.", who was originally scheduled to be one of three Tigers represent the team at SEC Media Day,
This comes on the heels of rumors that Shepard may be suspended from the team for undisclosed reasons.
LSU media relations director Michael Bonnette refuted the rumors.
"Reports that Russell Shepard has been suspended are incorrect. He will miss Media Day for personal reasons."
According to SportsNOLA, the junior may also miss the season opener against Oregon if he is indeed suspended.
Shepard played in all 13 games for LSU last season, ranking second on team with 33 catches for 254 yards as well as 226 rushing yards on 32 carries with three total touchdowns.
Senior offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert will take Shepard's place at SEC Media Day.