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Hicks met the female student during his official visit to LSU and kept in touch with her. Because she worked for the athletic department, their phone calls to one another amounted to violations relating to excessive calls to a recruit, the report said. Hicks also stayed with her, free of charge, during an unofficial visit, and later moved into the vacant Baton Rouge apartment of a former LSU player in an arrangement made by McCarthy, according to the report.
To comply with the NCAA’s ruling, LSU will have to issue a report next year on measures it has taken to avoid a recurrence of the infractions revealed by the probe. LSU also will have to inform prospective recruits that it is on probation and explain why.
Meanwhile, the NCAA also placed restrictions on McCarthy’s ability to work for any NCAA football program he works for in the near future.
He must avoid phone contact with recruits, their relatives or legal guardians for a year and enroll in an NCAA rules seminar as well as ethics training.
After McCarthy left LSU, he was hired by the WRA Receiver Academy, which conducts instructional camps. According to the academy’s website on Tuesday, McCarthy was still part of the staff. A phone message left with the organization was not returned.
McCarthy played receiver in college for Washington in the early 1990s. Before arriving at LSU as a receivers coach in 2007, he was an assistant at UCLA, Central Florida and Nevada. He also coached defensive backs for the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2000.
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