LSU head coach Les Miles said that he expects defensive tackle Anthony Johnson to escape any potential violations of NCAA rules following a report about several Tigers players using their images to promote a club party earlier in the year.
Johnson and former Tigers player Tyrann Mathieu reportedly allowed Baton Rouge club The Palace to use their images to promote a party and possibly get extra benefits from the club, which would be a violation of NCAA rules. Following the report by Sports Illustrated, Les Miles said on an SEC coaches teleconference that Anthony did not do anything of the sort:
"The only thing I can tell you is we've discussed this with Anthony and Anthony said he participated as everyone else would participate, the cover to go in," Miles said on the SEC coaches teleconference. "If they used his likeness they were not given his permission and he asked to be taken off."
According to Johnson, he had no knowledge that his photo was used on the promotions and when he found out that he was on the flyers, which also featured former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, he asked them to remove him.
LSU vice chancellor Herb Vincent has said that there are no plans to declare Johnson as ineligible as a precaution, since the school does not assume he will be found in violation of NCAA rules.