We have come to the end of the road for LSU's March to 85.
Reader "Homework" who has been all over the LSU numbers for us sent this in this morning. If anyone else has more information on the details of Garrett's release from his scholarship, please post them in the comments section. It appears on the surface, just based on the rivals piece below, that Garrett was simply mailed a notice that his scholarship would not be renewed, which prompted him to ask for a release. Not sure if that makes sense though; why would you need to ask for a release if you have not been renewed?
Regardless, it sure was a nice gesture on Les Miles' part to allow him to go to Mississippi State if he wants. It is total BS how these coaches/schools can controls kids, especially the ones that are being forced out. We're basically seeing the professionalization of college football minus the players being able to exercise their full rights as a free agent once they get cut.
We need to gather a little more information on Garrett's situation before we blast Les Miles, but at the moment the whole thing doesn't exactly look good. We'll try to gather a little more on this story over the weekend and post an update. Until then you have to ask yourself the question, had LSU been restricted from oversigning their roster would Chris Garrett be leaving the program? Also, if you subscribe to the notion that Miles knew that he was going to cut Garrett back when he was oversigning his class and basically signing a new recruit to Garrett's scholarship, then why did he wait so long to send him the notice that he would not be renewed? Honestly, it looks like Miles just goes out and gets as many players as he can get away with and then just figures out how to get the roster down to 85.
LSU coach Les Miles confirmed Thursday night that redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Garrett is leaving the football program.
Garrett had a meeting with Miles on Wednesday and asked for his release. Miles granted Garrett his release. Garrett cannot transfer to any Southeastern Conference school other than Mississippi State.
The family received certified mail last week which indicated that Garrett's scholarship would not be renewed. The head coach has the intent to have a discussion with the player and explain to him what needs to be done for him to remain in the program on scholarship.
The March to 85 - LSU
|Player||Position||Reason for Leaving|
|Akiem Hicks||Defensive Tackle||Removed from the team - was involved in NCAA investigation|
|Jhyryn Taylor||Wide Receiver||Transfer|
|Thomas Parsons||Fullback||Medical Hardship Scholarship|
|John Williams||Wide Receiver||Medical Hardship Scholarship|
|Clay Spencer||Offensive Lineman||Medical Hardship Scholarship|
|Chris Garrett||QB||Cut - Scholarship Not Renewed|
|Houston Bates||Defensive End||Released from LOI in April; refused Greyshirt|
|Elliott Porter||Offensive Lineman||Asked to Greyshirt in AUGUST; refused Greyshirt; released|
Had LSU been restricted to signing to their limit of 85 and still suffered the same attrition as above, they would be going into the season with 78 players on scholarship. Instead they will lose these 7 guys and still come in at 85. What a luxury for the coaching staff at LSU to be able to oversign with reckless abandon.