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January 12, 2012

Replacement rule costs LSU

LSU lost one of its 2012 football commitments Thursday when offensive lineman Patrick Miller from West Palm beach (Fla.) Dwyer High School enrolled at Auburn.

Apparently, the Tigers got caught in a numbers game as far as scholarships for the spring semester are concerned. LSU did not have enough scholarships to offer early enrollees. As a result, Miller was asked to pay his own way for the spring semester. Miller and his family declined.

According to the NCAA's replacement rule, a university can put on scholarship as many early enrollees as scholarship athletes graduate in December. There were five scholarship players who graduated in December. There were six Tigers commitments who intended to enroll in January.

The five scholarship players who graduated were Will Blackwell, T-Bob Hebert, Mitch Joseph, Jarrett Lee and James Stampley. Lee earned his degree after winter intercession, which ended Jan. 4. Stampley, originally a walk-on, was placed on scholarship this past semester.

Six LSU commitments graduated early from high school and intended to begin classes next week. The six commitments are Vadal Alexander, Ronnie Feist, Reid Ferguson, Gunner Kiel, Lamar Louis and Miller. The individual who was not offered a scholarship for the upcoming semester was Miller.


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