Louisiana State University is penalizing themselves in the form of eight football scholarships and reduced recruiting visits after uncovering booster payments to the father of a football player. The penalties also affect former star wideout and current Cleveland Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., who was captured on video handing out cash to LSU players after their National Championship victory.

The news was reported by SI.com and was confirmed in a statement by LSU officials. LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director said,

LSU has worked proactively and in cooperation with the NCAA to identify and self-report any violations that occurred within our football program. We believe these self-imposed penalties are appropriate and we will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the NCAA on this matter.

The incident with Odell Beckham Jr. has been in the public eye since it occurred, as the below video surfaced online just after it happened @BleacherReport

The ex-LSU receiver has received a two year ban from team facilities because of the antics.

LSU is hoping that these self imposed punishments will keep the NCAA from coming down with an even heavier punishment in the future.

Let's hope that LSU has handled all of their booster issues for the time being so that they can focus on getting their football team back on the championship track.