LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard will be suspended for the Oregon game.
Two sources told WGNO Sports that Shepard will be held out of the game because of a lingering housing compliance issue. Shepard moved in with his girlfriend who is a student worker in the football office. A source said that LSU was taking the initial action on this issue, not the NCAA.
UPDATE: How many more games Shepard will miss now depends upon a ruling by the NCAA, according to the following release from LSU later Thursday:
LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard has been declared ineligible by LSU for violation of an NCAA rule, it was announced Thursday.
LSU will seek reinstatement for Shepard but he is expected to miss a number of games until the reinstatement can be considered by the NCAA. He can continue to practice with the team.
Shepard has been found by the NCAA and LSU to be in violation of Bylaw 32.1.4. Shepard was determined to have discussed an NCAA inquiry with a teammate who was scheduled to meet with an NCAA representative and his actions were deemed to have violated NCAA protocol.
No timeline has been determined for the reinstatement process.
In July, SportsNOLA was first to report that Shepard had a compliance issue that could force him to the sidelines. Shepard, a junior wide receiver, was scheduled to represent LSU at SEC media days. But he was pulled by LSU and replaced by offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert. Shepard has participated in fall camp.
Now it appears how Shepard handled the intial issue has become costly for himself and the Tigers.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports they have a source indicating the the initial NCAA inquiry actually involves the NCAA's probe of LSU's relationship with scouting service owner and purported street agent Willie Lyles. Shepard has publically admitted having contact with Lyles, who had a scouting company that has been paid for services by many football programs including LSU.
LSU has not made public the details of the Shepard inquiry.
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