LSU Imposes Bowl Ban for This Year
The LSU Tigers will not go to a bowl game this year. The athletic department has announced a self-imposed bowl ban for this season.
But the Tigers are 3-5 on the season and a bowl game might not even be in the cards.
Here's the statement released by LSU Athletics:
“LSU has informed the NCAA and SEC that it will self-impose a one-year postseason ban on its football program for the 2020-21 bowl season, in addition to self-imposed sanctions already declared. LSU leadership made this decision after careful deliberation and review of the NCAA rules violations that have been discovered in the University’s cooperative investigation with the NCAA and IARP. This decision reflects LSU’s commitment to compliance with NCAA regulations and maintenance of institutional control. We regret the impact that this decision has on our current student-athletes, but we make it in the best interest of the football program and University. LSU will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and IARP throughout the enforcement process.”
Sports Illustrated reports LSU is being investigated by a law firm to determine if the school mishandled claims of sexual abuse and domestic violence claims against players on the football team. USA Today reports "at least nine LSU football players have been reported to police for sexual misconduct and dating violence since coach Orgeron took over the team four years ago."
Head coach Ed Orgeron statement:
I respect the university’s decision to proactively address NCAA issues from the past. I share the disappointment of our student-athletes who will not be able to compete this season in a bowl game. I am especially proud of our players’ dedication to the program during these unprecedented times in our country. Their pride in LSU will be the driving force as we continue to build a championship program. Geaux Tigers.
This Saturday LSU faces No. 6 Florida, which is headed to the SEC Championship.