Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Louisiana House Proposes Jail Time for NCAA Violators

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Louisiana House Proposes Jail Time for NCAA Violators

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BATON ROUGE, La.--Lester Earl may be alive and well in Kansas, but his ghost haunts the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Members voted 87-10, last month, to make student athletes--as well as boosters, agents, and others--eligible for jail time when money or goods change hands and the result is NCAA sanctions against a Louisiana school.

Earl was recruited and signed by Louisiana State University but later transferred to Kansas after a falling out with then-Tiger coach Dale Brown. He made numerous allegations that he and his family received illegal payments and services. The allegations resulted in sanctions against LSU, including a loss of scholarships, but no loss of eligibility for Earl.

Rep. William Daniel (D-Baton Rouge) sponsored the bill, which still needs approval by the state Senate.

"This bill is about taking responsibility for your own actions," he says.

Daniel's 20-page bill applies to college alumni groups, boosters, booster clubs, agents, or other parties offering cash or anything worth more than $500 to an athlete or the athlete's relatives. …

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