Mettenberger signs with LSU, status for bowl practices uncertain
As expected, ex-Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger signed a letter of intent to play at LSU in 2011.
What’s unknown is whether he’ll be permitted to get a 2010 jumpstart on the practice field at his new collegiate football home.
Head coach Les Miles said Wednesday that Mettenberger could be allowed to participate in LSU’s on-campus bowl practices, but that some paperwork needs to be completed before that would be allowed. Specifically, the Shreveport Times writes, his application for enrollment for the next semester beginning in January still must be approved by an LSU faculty committee because of his arrest record, and his academic work must be approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
“He has to be admitted and on board and squared away,” Miles said. “There is some paperwork. ...
“I’m not certain that he won’t be able to practice (at some time), but we want to make sure that we do things right.”
Mettenberger pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery in early May, two weeks after being dismissed from the UGA football program. He then moved on to Butler County Community College in Kansas, and, in addition to LSU, had drawn the interest of schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arizona.