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LSU, players who received money from Odell Beckham Jr. not at risk of significant NCAA penalties


LSU is unlikely to face significant NCAA penalties resulting from some of its players apparently accepting money from Odell Beckham Jr. after the College Football National Championship on Monday night, two compliance experts said to CBS Sports.

LSU Compliance continues to investigate whether Beckham, the former star receiver for the team currently playing for the Cleveland Browns, handed the Tigers players money back to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after LSU’s 42-25 win. Clemson. A tweet that surfaced on Monday night appeared to show Beckham was handing money over to WR Justin jefferson.

The day after the match, a LSU official showed CBS Sports a fake ticket saying that is what was distributed by Beckham.

However, the quarterback Joe terrier said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast that night that the money Beckham donated was genuine.

Any senior or junior heading into the draft would likely not be affected.

“My takeaway is they were partying and having fun,” said Tim Nevius, a former NCAA law enforcement official. “This is under scrutiny despite the fact that it could potentially be a rule violation. But it is unlikely to impact anyone’s eligibility as the guys who took the money are leaving.

“And all of the subclasses that got the money, there is a threshold that will require them to return the money which probably wouldn’t result in a suspension.”

Through NCAA Rule 12.4.1, the suspension of a player (with reimbursement) only intervenes when the advantage is between $ 200 and $ 500.

It’s the same rule that had an impact Ohio state defensive end hunt young people during the season. Young was suspended for two weeks as his case progressed to the NCAA. It was determined that he had paid off a loan used to – according to him – transport his girlfriend to the Rose Bowl last year.

What the NCAA would be most interested in regarding LSU, Nevius said, was whether this was a booster-orchestrated plan to compensate players. It seems unlikely, although Beckham did become a booster in the eyes of the NCAA once he donated headphones to LSU players ahead of the game. These gifts have been approved by the NCAA.

Nevius and Elder Florida State and FAU Compliance Officer Brian Battle agreed. Only LSU subclasses that received money would be affected.

“If they’ve already played in their last game, they probably won’t be bound by the rules,” Battle said.

Any money given to an underclassmen would likely be classified as an added benefit under NCAA rule 16.11.

Nevius investigated the state of Ohio during the infamous Tattoogate case. He said one of the interpretations at the time was that additional benefits exist in “perpetuity”, even after eligibility expires.

“The reason is they don’t want a booster saying, ‘You come to the state of Ohio, we’ll give you a pendant or ring for every touchdown you score or for every tackle you make. Nevius said. “On the other end of this deal is a guy who will buy these items for $ 1,000 apiece. “

If anything, Beckham’s conduct was straightforward cash. LSU is also investigating how Beckham entered the field in the first place. Schools are entitled to a limit of 150 passes for sponsors, parents, etc. to distribute for the post-match celebration.

The day after the match, Beckham was seen celebrating in the LSU locker room where he slapped a policeman on the buttocks. A single battery arrest warrant has been issued for the Browns wide-out.

Nevius pointed out the irony of Burrow set to become the No. 1 draft pick when his teammates may have gotten a few bucks.

“It was a party,” he said. The people were happy. From everything I saw, it was pretty innocent. Joe Burrow will become a multimillionaire in a few months. Usually it’s a harmless thing, but it’s going to be scrutinized because of the people involved and the rules at play. “