Tuesday, October 24, 2006


It looks like trouble might be brewing for Les and Crew.

BATON ROUGE (AP) — An assistant strength coach for LSU was arrested and accused of violating state law by inviting student athletes to his home to meet a sports agent and suggesting the agent should represent the athletes, LSU police said Tuesday.
Travelle Ernest Gaines, 26, of Port Allen, surrendered to university police and was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish prison, the university said in a statement.
It was the second arrest in two weeks connected to the school about violations of the law regulating sports agents in Louisiana, the university said. Gaines had been employed with the athletic department since July. ...
University police arrested sports agent Charles Taplin, of Houston, earlier this month for attempting to contact student athletes. LSU said notes and a cellphone gathered during Taplin's arrest, combined with interviews with several student athletes, pointed to Gaines as assisting Taplin.

I had two immediate reactions to this story. First of all, it's illegal to violate recruiting rules in Louisiana? They give people awards for that in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Second, um, doesn't Louisiana have higher corruption priorities than CFB?

"At LSU, we will not tolerate this predatory behavior, and in particular we will not abide those who seek to infiltrate our athletic department. Our student athletes and coaches provided authorities with the information they needed to make this arrest," LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe said in a statement released by the school.

Making money off young men playing football? Scandalous!

Um, NCAA, when two people are arrested, it's probably time to call in the investigators.

Brand will get to LSU investigation once he catches this guy.


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