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Decision-makers in sports sometimes make dumb moves. Take former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien trading DeAndre Hopkins for a second-round pick and David Johnson for example.
We can label that as a dumb move.
What LSU announced on Wednesday evening — that can only be labeled as genius. Well, maybe we can make words like bold, courageous and inspiring fit too. But genius is where it has to start.
The Tigers are self-imposing a bowl ban for the 2020 season in conjunction with the NCAA’s investigation into violations. Ross Dellenger of SI Now tweeted out the official statement on Wednesday.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 10, 2020
Like I said, genius.
LSU is currently sitting with a 3-5 record. The only remaining games left on the schedule are against No. 6 Florida and Ole Miss. At best, the team will close out the season at 5-5, but this best-case scenario isn’t going to happen.
Far from it, actually.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Tigers finish the regular season 3-7 — only a year after finishing with a perfect 15-0 record and a national championship.
The typical bowl eligibility requirements have been lifted for the 2020 season due to the global pandemic. That means LSU was still in position to make a bowl game, even if the record remains under the .500 mark.
And yet, we might see the Tigers miss its first bowl game since 1999.
Is that going to fly with the NCAA? I mean, probably not, but Auburn is taking a similar approach with its basketball program. Might as well give it a shot and see if it sticks.
Plus, it’s entertaining for us at least.
Either way, this is one of the greatest self-imposed punishments of all time. OutKick owner Clay Travis certainly agrees.
Not gonna lie, LSU self imposing a bowl ban at 3-5 — three days before they lose to Florida to fall to 3-6 — is one of my favorite SEC moves ever.
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