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Date set for Texas A&M vs. LSU football game; announcement likely coming Friday, LSU's Joe Alleva says

. A date for this season's Texas A&M vs. LSU football game has been decided and will likely be announced Friday, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Thursday. "Yes, I am...I am happy," Alleva told Culotta & The Prince on 104.5 ESPN FM in Baton Rouge when asked if he was pleased with the decision.… Continue reading →

Judge sets LSU football player Jevonte Domond's bail at $3,000

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman offensive tackle Jevonte Domond reports to LSU's West Campus Apartments in August.

Jevonte Domond’s fiancée told a Baton Rouge judge Wednesday that she doesn’t fear the suspended, 6-foot-6, 310-pound LSU offensive lineman who was arrested Memorial Day on felony domestic abuse, and she needs him to help take care of their newborn baby. The woman also told state District Judge Mike Erwin that she was not requesting a… Continue reading →

Healthy and happy, Tyrann Mathieu is enjoying football again

Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu (32) and Brittan Golden (10)  participates in team workouts, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Honey Badger is happy again. Tyrann Mathieu, the former St. Augustine and LSU standout, is darting around the practice field at organized team activities — no brace on his knee, no cast on his thumb. “Football is fun again,” the Arizona Cardinals safety said after Tuesday’s workout. Coach Bruce… Continue reading →

SEC Spring Meeting notebook: Football coaches grumble about league’s graduate transfer rule

Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

DESTIN, Fla. — New Florida football coach Jim McElwain wanted to coach former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson instead of having to scheme against him. “I don’t want to play against him, but we’re gonna,” McElwain said Tuesday. Golson picked Florida State and highlighted an issue many Southeastern Conference coaches have about the league’s graduate transfer… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Cost of attendance payments and satellite camps may be issues that even the mighty SEC can’t get to go its way

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

The Southeastern Conference is under siege. Not so much on the playing fields — like in softball, where five SEC teams will play this week in the Women’s College World Series — or even in football, though it’s been going on three years since the league won that national championship. (No truth… Continue reading →

Suspended LSU football player Jevonte Domond arrested on felony domestic abuse, accused of choke slamming fiancée

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman offensive tackle Jevonte Domond reports to LSU's West Campus Apartments in August.

LSU offensive tackle Jevonte Domond was arrested Monday on felony domestic abuse battery with strangulation, according to police booking records, and he has been suspended from the team. LSU coach Les Miles said he was made aware of the incident Monday, but he’s been unable to contact Domond. “I’m not familiar with the specifics. I knew… Continue reading →

LSU’s Joe Alleva: Debate on some 'some silly NCAA rules' likely to come up at SEC spring meetings next week

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva says one topic that could come up next week at the the annual SEC spring meetings in Sandestin, Fla., is what he called “some silly NCAA rules.” Alleva was interviewed Tuesday morning on 104.5 FM ESPN’s Culotta & The Prince radio show. Some rules could stand to be made “more logical… Continue reading →

SI report: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on LSU coach Ed Orgeron: ‘He’s a phenomenal coach and crazy as all hell’

Coach Ed Orgeron with Mike the Tiger

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson pondered his Wrestlemania 32 and Hollywood successes recently and immediately recalled his former University of Miami defensive line coach, Ed Orgeron now with LSU, according to a report in SI.com.

"He's a phenominal coach and crazy as all hell, Johnson said in the interview. Johnson was heavily influenced by Orgeron's straight no-nonsense approach when… Continue reading →

Joe Alleva: When LSU tries to schedule big-name non-conference home games, this big percentage of schools immediately says 'no'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws downfield as offensive guard Hoko Fanaika (69) and center Ethan Pocic block during the first half at NRG Stadium in Houston.

. Home-and-home series vs. prominent non-conference teams are uncommon these days in college football. And LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva has seen why first-hand. "Literally 80 percent just say 'no' right away" when LSU contacts potential opponents, Alleva said Tuesday morning on 104.5 FM ESPN's Culotta & The Prince radio show. "They're a little more… Continue reading →

SEC spring football capsules: Get caught up on everything you missed

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) gets the handoff from LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) and takes off during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

SEC WEST Alabama Last season: 12-2, 7-1 SEC (lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl) Big issue: Somewhere in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s lost-and-found bin is Alabama’s shield of invincibility. The Crimson Tide lost it when it blew a 21-6 second-quarter Sugar Bowl lead to Ohio State, which blasted through… Continue reading →

LSU's Joe Alleva fighting off push from TV to move game vs. Texas A&M: 'As long as I’m here, we will not play in Tiger Stadium on a Thursday'

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva

The LSU Tigers played all seven of their home games at night last season for the first time since 2009. Athletic Director Joe Alleva would like to keep it that way. After years of lobbying unsuccessfully for the Southeastern Conference to do away with permanent cross-divisional opponents, Alleva has chosen as his cause something a little… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Believe it or not, but the SEC could miss out on the second College Football Playoff

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott breaks free on a long run as Alabama defensive back Landon Collins (26) and linebacker Ryan Anderson (7) give chase during the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Southeastern Conference is in the midst of a significant trend, and we’re not talking about spread offenses. In three years, the SEC went from the last of its seven straight BCS national championships to losing the final BCS title game (Auburn against an SEC-like Florida State team) to Alabama getting bounced from the semifinals of the… Continue reading →

Report: La'el Collins questioned by Baton Rouge police because Brittany Mills' daughter mentioned his name in interview

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- La'el Collins, former LSU offensive lineman, leaves the LSP HQ after talking to detectives about a homicide case in which he is not a suspect.

Former LSU offensive lineman and current Dallas Cowboys rookie La'el Collins was questioned by Baton Rouge police about the shooting of Brittany Mills because her 10-year-old daughter mentioned the football player's name in an interview with police, according to a new Sports Illustrated report. BRPD declined to confirm that detail in the report, which also… Continue reading →

Former LSU Tiger, current New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. selected to grace the Madden NFL 16 cover

Image provided by Odell Beckham Jr., and EA Sports

Former LSU Tiger, and current New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was selected to the cover of EA Sports' Madden NFL 16. Beckham was selected over New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, the other finalist, for the honor. The announcement came during the Wednesday evening CT SportsCenter broadcast on ESPN.… Continue reading →

Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris? LSU coach Les Miles still unsure on starting quarterback, wants leader to emerge over summer

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterbacks Anthony Jennings (10) and Brandon Harris (6) Saturday at LSU's first football practice of the spring.

The summer forecast for LSU’s quarterback position remains cloudy. Coach Les Miles said Tuesday that he wants one of his top two quarterbacks — Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris — to separate himself over the summer. The coach would like to enter fall camp in August with a designated No. 1 quarterback. When and if that will… Continue reading →

Adding La’el Collins is part of the Cowboys’ chemistry test

LSU offensive lineman La'El Collins sits on a bench at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

— Randy Gregory glanced toward Dez Bryant’s locker several times, the new Dallas defensive end noting he didn’t think it was an accident his neighbor was an All-Pro receiver whose career started with off-the-field issues. The Cowboys drafted Gregory despite a failed drug test and concerns about his maturity after making one of… Continue reading →

Is LSU in the running to land Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, or not?

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson answers a question during media day for the NCAA college football team in South Bend, Ind. Golson has announced he is leaving Notre Dame and will use his final season of eligibility elsewhere after graduating later this month. Golson issued a statement to Fox Sports on Thursday, May 7, 2015,  saying he has decided to transfer. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

A day after Golson announced he will transfer to another team for his final season, sources were reporting that Golson’s travel plans for early next week included South Carolina and Georgia. But, so far, no LSU. For all of Golson’s maddening turnovers and befuddling inconsistency, he would be an upgrade at quarterback for dozens… Continue reading →

Former LSU OL La’el Collins signs with Dallas Cowboys, says team will be 'the best offensive line in NFL history'

La'el Collins (Jon Machota / The Dallas Morning News)

The La’el Collins saga ended in fitting fashion Thursday. An NFL owner was pushed to tears, and a professional football team held a 40-minute news conference for an undrafted rookie signee. Yes, this truly was unprecedented. Collins, the former LSU offensive lineman and Redemptorist standout, signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday afternoon following a… Continue reading →

Sources: Former LSU lineman La'el Collins not father of Brenton Mills, has meeting with Cowboys planned

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- La'el Collins, center, former LSU offensive lineman, leaves the LSP HQ with Jen Vitry, left, and attorney Jim Boren, right, after talking to detectives about a homicide case in which he is not a suspect.

Update, 1 p.m. Thursday: Multiple reports say La'el Collins has signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Original story Former LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins is not the father of shooting victim Brittney Mills’ son, Baton Rouge police said Wednesday, as the undrafted free agent planned to meet with another NFL team. Collins’ paternity test produced negative results, police… Continue reading →

Report: An "emotional meeting" with his agents on the eve of the NFL draft started La'el Collins on the path of clearing his name in Baton Rouge murder case

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- La'el Collins, center, former LSU offensive lineman, leaves the LSP HQ with Jen Vitry, left, and attorney Jim Boren, right, after talking to detectives about a homicide case in which he is not a suspect.

. Sports Illustrated's Andrew Brandt describes the "emotional meeting" former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins had with his agents and NFL teams before last week's NFL draft about the death of his one-time girlfriend and his future meeting with law enforcement authorities. Baton Rouge detectives have stated from the outset… Continue reading →

Ongoing legal fight between LSU, former defensive coordinator John Chavis headed to Baton Rouge courtroom June 29

After two months of legal sparring, a court date has been set in the on-going legal fight between LSU and former defensive coordinator John Chavis. A judge could rule to dismiss LSU’s lawsuit against Chavis at a hearing at 9:30 a.m. June 29 in the 19th Judicial Court in East Baton Rouge Parish, court records show. Chavis wants the… Continue reading →

Sources: Super Bowl champion New England Patriots latest in list of teams pursuing ex-LSU lineman La'el Collins

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- La'el Collins, former LSU offensive lineman, leaves the LSP HQ after talking to detectives about a homicide case in which he is not a suspect.

NFL teams on Tuesday continued their pursuit of former LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins — and that includes reuniting him with some familiar faces. Former LSU players and current members of the Miami Dolphins met with Collins in Baton Rouge on Tuesday as pro squads fight to sign what may be one of the NFL’s most highly… Continue reading →

Expert Tony Barnhart: LSU’s Kevin Steele under most pressure to succeed among SEC’s 8 new defensive coordinators

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele gives line backer Duke Riley (40)  a pat, as Riley goes back in, during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Eight SEC schools will begin the 2015 football season with new defensive coordinators, reports college football expert Tony Barnhard. Of the eight, Barnhard says, LSU’s Kevin Steele is under the most pressure to succeed, mostly because of former defensive coordinator John Chavis and what the Tigers accomplished defensively in his six years at LSU.… Continue reading →

LSU’s Jermauria Rasco, Terrence Magee, Ronald Martin, Connor Neighbors and Elliott Porter sign NFL free-agent deals

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Jermauria Rasco takes down Texas A&M wide receiver Speedy Noil as linebackers Kwon Alexander and Kendell Beckwith come in to help.

After having four players selected in the NFL draft over the weekend, the LSU football team has gotten at least five more players into the league via undrafted free-agent contracts. As of Sunday evening, five ex-Tigers had landed free agent deals: running back Terrence Magee with Baltimore, safety Ronald Martin with Seattle, fullback Connor Neighbors with Tennessee, center… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU star La'el Collins goes undrafted, becomes ineligible to enter 2016 draft

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Ex-LSU football offensive lineman La'el Collins enters the Louisiana State Police headquarters in Baton Rouge on Monday morning.

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Update, 11:45 a.m.: Ex-LSU star La'el Collins meets with police, answers all questions, ready to get football career back on track, attorney says. Click here to read more. Update, 10:30 a.m.: La'el Collins is meeting with police Monday morning at the Louisiana State Police headquarters in Baton Rouge. Original story La’el… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU defensive back Jalen Collins flies to Falcons, says positive drug tests behind him; Danielle Hunter off to Vikings

Former Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure announces that the Falcons selects LSU defensive back Jalen Collins as the 42nd pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Football Draft,  Friday, May 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

It certainly hasn’t been the NFL draft LSU fans were expecting, but after two days in Chicago, two former Tigers have found new homes in the pros. And one of those names wasn’t former offensive tackle La’el Collins. The former Tigers standout lineman went undrafted after three rounds, which means he may sit out for the… Continue reading →

Report: If La'el Collins isn't drafted Friday night, ex-LSU standout won't sign contract, will enter 2016 draft

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- 2015 LSU Football Pro Day.LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) is blocked by LSU center Elliott Porter (55).

Former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins is prepared to forego playing in the NFL this year and instead enter the 2016 draft if he's not selected Friday night, according to an ESPN report. The report said that is Collins' plan he formulated along with his representatives. Collins was projected to be a first-round selection… Continue reading →

La’el Collins not picked in first round of draft

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU player from Baton Rouge La'el Collins gestures before boarding a bus at the LSU Football Operations Building headed for the Music City Bowl Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

A nightmare week just got worse for former LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins. Thirty-two picks flew by in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, but the Baton Rouge native was not among those selected on Thursday in Chicago. It marks only the second time in the past 11 years that LSU has not had… Continue reading →

Potential NFL draftees from LSU

OT La’el Collins At LSU: The 6-4, 305-pound Baton Rouge native was a four-year starter on the Tigers line, spending the last two years as LSU’s big body at left tackle. Draft projection: First round Position rank: No. 4 CB Jalen Collins At LSU: An early departure, Collins rebounded in 2014 from a sophomore season in which… Continue reading →