LSU running back John Emery Jr. won’t play this weekend against Mississippi State as his academic ineligibility case remains ongoing after the NCAA requested additional information, his attorney Don Jackson said.
Jackson had expected a decision before LSU played the Southeastern Conference opener, but he said the NCAA asked for clarification late Friday afternoon on a plan designed to keep Emery in good academic standing.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s lingering for another week,” Jackson said, “but I’m optimistic this will resolve all issues.”
Jackson said he, LSU and Emery’s family will work together over the weekend and submit the requested information Monday. He hopes the NCAA will then reinstate Emery for him to play next weekend against Auburn.
“Based on the fact they requested it,” Jackson said, “it’s our hope that will close all issues and he will then be back on the field.”
The attorney representing John Emery Jr. intends to submit new information to the NCAA later this week in the hopes of restoring the junior ru…
Emery, a former five-star recruit from St. Rose who was expected to have a breakout year as a versatile option in LSU’s offense, hasn’t played this season. He has practiced as he waits for the NCAA to reconsider his status.
“As soon as they tell us he's cleared,” coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday, “he's going to play.”
Without Emery for another week, junior Tyrion Davis-Price, freshman Armoni Goodwin and freshman Corey Kiner will lead the backfield Saturday morning against Mississippi State.
The Tigers have struggled to run the ball, averaging 85.67 yards per game behind a battered offensive line. They’re also waiting for sophomore Tre Bradford to receive clearance after he transferred back from Oklahoma.
Emery fell behind on his coursework last fall, and the issue wasn’t resolved by the end of summer classes, Jackson said. He said Emery needed three more credit hours, but he couldn’t meet the requirement over the summer because LSU limits the number of classes students can take that time of year. Emery was an honor student over the summer, Jackson said.
The NCAA deemed Emery academically ineligible the day before the season opener after the governing body denied LSU’s request for a waiver. There was also a request for reconsideration, Jackson said, and Emery unsuccessfully appealed the decision, making him ineligible for the entire 2021 season.
Ed Orgeron confirmed Monday afternoon John Emery Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of academic ineligibility. The running back won’t be able to play unless there’s a sudden change in his status.
Emery’s family then hired Jackson. He submitted “new information” in the case Monday, seeking a reconsideration because of the hardship Emery faced over the last 18 months. Emery's step-father endured a lengthy bout with COVID-19 that required him to be hospitalized and put on a ventilator. Emery’s grandmother also died last year.
Jackson said he supplied additional information throughout the week. He expected a decision by Friday, but then the NCAA made its latest request.
“It’s unfortunate this request was made after the fourth submission,” Jackson said.
Jackson has experience in eligibility cases. He represented former LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton in a case that stemmed from tampering with a drug sample. Fulton was originally suspended for two years. With Jackson’s help, Fulton’s suspension was lifted after an initial denial of his appeal. He returned a year early.
Now, Jackson hopes the NCAA will also let Emery return after the latest request is filled early next week.
“Hopefully that will close all remaining issues,” Jackson said, “and this young man will be back on the field.”