LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron announced during a SEC teleconference on Wednesday that defensive end Davon Godchaux will return to the team. Godchaux had been arrested and jailed on misdemeanor domestic violence, battery/child endangerment and false imprisonment following an argument with his girlfriend on Monday.
Both Godchaux and his girlfriend were arrested while LSU immediately suspended the player indefinitely.
However, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III announced on Tuesday that all charges against Godchaux had been dropped due to inconsistent statements made by his girlfriend, Godchaux’s statements as well as physical evidence at the scene. Moore said that they have not yet decided whether to drop the charges against the woman.
Orgeron had this to say on the decision to reinstate Godchaux, via Jason Hall of SaturdayDownSouth.com:
“We’re happy the charges have been dropped. Davon is an excellent young man. He’ll return to the team today. We’ll take it day-by-day. We’ll make sure we have all of the information available before we make any other decisions, but he will be with the team today.”
Now a junior, he is in the midst of his third season as a starter along the LSU defensive line. His 20 tackles this season are good for fifth on the team and he also has two sacks and two fumble recoveries.
The 2-2 Tigers fired head coach Les Miles following a disappointing 18-13 loss at the hands of Auburn last Saturday. LSU will host 2-2 Missouri in Orgeron’s head coaching debut with the team this Saturday afternoon.