LSU hopes to avoid more penalties

LSU has docked itself two scholarships and restricted official recruiting visits with the hope that the NCAA won't come down harder on the Tigers over NCAA violations committed by former receivers coach D.J. McCarthy and former junior college signee Akiem Hicks.

McCarthy was forced to resign in December 2009, and Hicks never played in a game for the Tigers. He left the team following the 2009 season.

At the crux of the violations are improper transportation and housing for Hicks as well as excessive telephone contact. Hicks was allowed to live at an off-campus apartment for a reduced rate.

The NCAA will now decide whether or not LSU's self-imposed penalties are enough. If not, the NCAA could decide to investigate further and/or levy even stiffer penalties.

Under the self-imposed penalties, LSU will be allowed to bring in just 23 players in the February signing class as opposed to the usual maximum of 25. Also, LSU will be limited to 83 scholarship players (and not 85) on next year's roster.