ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the LSU Tigers reacts after he returned a punt 42-yards against the Georgia Bulldogs during the third quarter of the 2011 SEC Conference Championship at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

SEC Championship Game 2011, Georgia Vs. LSU: No Sugar This Time

The underdog Dawgs put a scare into LSU, but Sugar Bowl hopes evaporated in the second half.

  • Live
46 Total Updates since November 26, 2011
  • Important 2
  • Updates 27
  • Articles 19
  • All Updates 46

SEC Championship 2011: LSU Denies Academics Will Sideline Players

The talk of being academically ineligible during the post-season for college football players is an issue across all college football programs. However, when a college football program is making a storied run at a national title and their quarterback could be compromised? Well, that's a different story altogether.

For the LSU Tigers, it has officially hit the point where the head coach has had to speak on it, which he did on Wednesday.

Per CBS Sports' Glenn Guilbeau:

QB Jarrett Lee and other players may be ruled academically ineligible for postseason. "That is a yearly issue at all schools," Les Miles said. "This time of year everybody responds and comes back," he said. "It's time to pick it up. There's no difference with our football team. Academic issues are private in my mind."

Also, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva released a statement as well. Making the point that its not actually feasible for players to be ineligible when school hasn't finished yet. 

"Despite media and message board speculation, no LSU student-athletes have been declared ineligible for post-season competition.  The current semester is not complete and finals are still ahead, so it is grossly unfair to our student-athletes and it is both premature and irresponsible to speculate on the final grades and postseason eligibility of our student-athletes."

The Tigers will continue to deal with the focus on their grades and prepare on the practice field as they face the Georgia Bulldogs in the GeorgiaDome for the SEC Championship on Saturday.

For more information and coverage on the Georgia Bulldogs visit SB Nation's Dawg Sports, and for LSU visit And The Valley Shook.


SEC Championship Game, Georgia Vs. LSU: Comparing The Schedules

With the league title bout upon us, it's time to blow up the myth of LSU's formidable schedule. [Yes, this is a joke.]


SEC Championship Game 2011: Georgia Clinches East Title After Crippling Start

Who woulda thunk the Georgia Bulldogs would peel off nine straight wins to take the SEC East title after dropping their first two of the year? No matter how ugly a win it was against the Kentucky Wildcats, Mark Richt's Dawgs have earned their first SEC Championship appearance since 2005.

The season started in the Georgia Dome, with a loss to the Boise St. Broncos, and will now include a second stop. The No. 1 LSU Tigers look like the likely foe, giving the Dawgs a chance to play national spoiler, but the Arkansas Razorbacks and Alabama Crimson Tide aren't out of the running just yet. LSU plays Arkansas to conclude the regular season, and a Hogs victory could mean BCS standings dictate UGA's opponent.

Not bad for a hot seat, huh? 

The SEC title game is set for Dec. 3 in Atlanta.

For more on this game, Georgia Bulldogs fans should check out Dawg Sports and Kentucky Fans should join the discussion at A Sea Of Blue.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.