LSU vacates 37 football wins from 2012-2015 due to NCAA ruling
LSU’s football program has vacated all 37 victories from 2012-2015 due to an NCAA ruling Thursday on improper benefits payments.
Former Tigers offensive lineman Vadal Alexander was deemed an ineligible player retroactively by the NCAA’s Independent Resolution Panel (IRP) as a result of the NCAA’s findings. LSU went 37-13 in the games in which Alexander participated under then-head coach Les Miles.
Due to the elimination of victories, Miles is no longer eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame since his career record changed from 145-73 to 108-73, dipping just below the required 60% winning rate required for eligibility.
Over $180,000 were given to Alexander and his family by the former head of the Our Lady of the Lake Foundation. The NCAA says John Paul Funes offered employment to both the father and mother of Alexander while his father James was paid for work that was never performed. In all, his father allegedly only worked on five occasions over the five years he received payments via Funes.
According to the NCAA, Funes met the Alexanders through LSU’s assistant athletic director of football operations.
Former LSU basketball coach Will Wade also received a 10-game suspension and two-year show clause penalty as part of the IRP investigation’s rulings. LSU football and men’s basketball each received three years of probation for what are termed Level II violations for failure to monitor.
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