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Liggins to begin his career at Gulf Coast CC

BLOG — Former Lafayette quarterback Jeremy Liggins will stay in the state of Mississippi to begin his college career rather than play for the LSU Tigers and coach Les Miles.In a meeting with the media today as his team reported to Baton Rouge,La., to begin summer camp, Miles confirmed that Liggins, last season’s EAGLE Player of the Year, did not meet freshmen eligibility requirements and will begin his career at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

“Jeremy Liggins did not make it. He is a non-qualifier. He’ll take another route to this campus by way of a junior college, two-year piece,” Miles said five minutes into his press conference.

Liggins signed with MGCC in June as a backup plan just in case he was not get cleared to play for the Tigers. According to MGCC, summer drills begin on Aug. 8. Another source said Liggins has been working out with the team since July.

Liggins’ spot at LSU, according to Miles, has been taken by former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden, who visited LSU this past weekend. Bolden is a junior, who has three years left to play two. Bolden was 165-for-328 for 2,045 yards with seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions during his career at PSU.

Due to NCAA sanctions that were handed down last week by the NCAA, any Penn State player has the ability to transfer and play immediately for any Division I school.

Miles recruited Bolden when he was in high school prior to him signing with former PSU coach Joe Paterno and when Liggins didn’t qualify, it really allowed Bolden a chance to enter without LSU suffering any penalties in regard to its 25-85 threshold.

“That really opened a spot in our recruiting class that gave us a great need at quarterback,” Miles said. “Rob Bolden is somebody we recruited a few years ago and he chose Penn State. We kind of fell away from communications and I want to say a couple, three months ago, he contacted us through his high school coach and kind of said he was interesting in transferring in respect to what was going on (at Penn State). He had a summer in which he had to fulfill his obligation, in his mind, to Penn State before he asked for a release.

“We met with his dad, his mom last weekend and I think he’s going to be a great teammate. I think he’s going to be able to compete. He’s a nice addition to our team and it’s certainly something that we need.” (August 1, 2012, Page 6)

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