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Notable NFL player mentioned in LSU NCAA allegations

Ed Orgeron during a game

A notable NFL player was mentioned in the Notice of Allegations LSU received from the NCAA during the week.

LSU is facing punishment from the NCAA after being accused of multiple violations. The NCAA accused LSU of a “lack of institutional control,” which is usually the key accusation that suggests significant penalties to sports programs are imminent.

The allegations led the school to fire coach Will Wade despite his relative success as their basketball coach. LSU’s football program may have its hands tied soon too.

The NCAA Notice of Allegations include a mention of $180,000 in payments made to the father of former LSU OL Vadal Alexander.

The allegations also include cash payments made by former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to then-LSU players in January 2020 after the team won the national championship.

A video of Beckham handing out cash to LSU players went viral at the time (see it here). LSU later claimed the money was fake.

LSU self-reported both the Alexander and Beckham violations in 2020 and self-imposed penalties that they hoped would help their situation with the NCAA. Both incidents still were included in the organization’s Notice of Allegations. LSU banned Beckham from their program for two years as a punishment.

Photo: Sep 11, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on during the first half against McNeese State Cowboys at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


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