LSU suspends Perrilloux indefinitely for team rules violation

Updated: February 19, 2008, 12:24 PM ET
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

Ryan Perrilloux, the heir apparent at quarterback for defending national champion LSU, has been suspended indefinitely.

LSU coach Les Miles made the announcement Monday, saying Perrilloux violated team rules. Miles said Perrilloux's status for spring practice was unclear. The Tigers open spring workouts on Feb. 29.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune, citing university sources familiar with the situation, reported on its Web site that Perrilloux missed classes, workouts and at least one team meeting.

This was supposed to be Perrilloux's shot to take over the quarterback duties full time at LSU. A rising junior, he stepped in for an injured Matt Flynn to lead the Tigers to a 21-14 victory over Tennessee in the SEC championship game last season. Perrilloux also played in the Tigers' 38-24 win over Ohio State in the BCS national championship game.

Perrilloux, a highly touted high school prospect from LaPlace, La., has already been suspended two other times during his LSU career. He didn't make the trip to the Alabama game last season after allegations surfaced that he was involved in a fight at a Baton Rouge nightclub. Perrilloux was not charged following the police's investigation.

Last May, he was suspended by Miles after being cited for allegedly trying to use his brother's drivers license to get onto a casino gambling boat. Perrilloux was reinstated to the team in time for the start of preseason practice.

With Perrilloux's status in limbo, that means junior Andrew Hatch, who began his career at Harvard, and redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee will move to the top of the Tigers' quarterback chart.

Chris Low is a college football and basketball writer for ESPN.com.

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