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Miles: Ridley academically ineligible for bowl

Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:14 am
Edited on: December 22, 2010 11:15 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Les Miles shocked LSU fans on Wednesday with the announcement that running back and team captain Stevan Ridley was ruled academically ineligible to compete against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl on January 7.  The announcement was made after practice on Wednesday morning, Miles said the university would be appealing the ruling.  

While the announcement does come as a bit of a surprise, this does not mean that Ridley will necessarily miss the game.  If LSU begins the appeals process immediately, they will have two and a half weeks to make their case to the NCAA for Ridley's eligibility.  This is a strange instance where the Cotton Bowl's odd date in the schedule will serve as an advantage for the Tigers.  Interesting that it is an academic issue that will keep Ridley from a late bowl game that will likely conflict with classes.  I'm just saying.  

Stay tuned to CBSSports.com, we will continue to update this story as it develops.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Miles: Ridley academically ineligible for bowl

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:22 pm
 

Miles: Ridley academically ineligible for bowl

I agree.  These players are student/athletes and should be going to class and doing the right thing in the classroom.  I know its hard to go to practice, lift, attend meetings, etc but class should be important too.  I did it for 5 years and played football and came away with two degrees.  What will these athletes do with their lives if they can't play professional football?  Football can be taking away but your education stays.  Besides school is cheap for a full scholarship athlete and should be taken advantage of instead of not going.


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Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 1:06 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Miles: Ridley academically ineligible for bowl

 "Interesting that it is an academic issue that will keep Ridley from a late bowl game that will likely conflict with classes.  I'm just saying. "

So he can go to class during the CB and try to get his grades back up! Cool

No way he misses.  Miles will find a way to have him on the field.  Ok with me, I don't want Tigger fans to have any excuses when they lose.



Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:09 pm
 

Miles: Ridley academically ineligible for bowl

spring semester classes at LSU start on January 18th

so I am not sure bowl participation affects attending class

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I am not sure what Ridley did or did not do.  But I am being told by friends on staff at LSU that the coaches believe this is a fixable situation.  And by fix I DO NOT mean cover up.  I hate to make uninformed guesses at what the issue is, so I wont.  But I was told that an appeal was being made and the coaches felt good about the odds.

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with that said,  Ridley did a great jon this year for the tigers.  early in the season, the young guns expected to step up were slow to get in gear.  by year end they were doing much better.

maybe this gives them a chance to shine.


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