LSU will be without standout linebacker Devin White for Saturday’s game against Alabama when it was determined LSU had no grounds on which to appeal a controversial targeting call on White.
“Discussions with the SEC made clear there is no process for appeal,” LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “The suspension will stand.”
In the second half of LSU’s win over Mississippi State on Saturday, White was ejected after being called for targeting on Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.
The controversial call of targeting was upheld upon review, which led to a GoFundMe page being created. Money donated to that site was scheduled to go toward erecting billboards around SEC headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., that were to carry the hashtag #FreeDevinWhite. It was an attempt to pressure the SEC to rescind the half-game suspension.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva put public pressure on the SEC to reverse the call.
Ultimately, though, LSU learned there was no process to appeal the targeting call, so White will sit out the first half against No. 1 Alabama.
White leads the Tigers in tackles with 76, which is 22 more than the team’s No. 2 tackler. White also is tied for second on the team in tackles for loss with seven. He leads the team with six quarterback hits and two fumble recoveries, and he has four passes defensed as well.
White was a first-team, all-SEC selection last season, and was a preseason Associated Press first-team All-American choice this season.