Paul Byrd suggests son Grayson's transfer from LSU involved relationship with coach Paul Mainieri

Infielder Grayson Byrd’s transfer from LSU surprised just about everyone, including coach Paul Mainieri.

It was an abrupt departure that left swirling questions about a player who was one of LSU’s top reserves last season, a guy many felt would challenge for one of the four open infield spots.

Byrd offered his first public comments on his transfer Friday, emailing… Continue reading →

Rabalais: They won’t face charges, but LSU football trio deserves more than ‘in-house discipline’ from coach Les Miles

LSU coach Les Miles (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

It turned out to be little more than a summertime squall. A little potboiler of an offseason drama that galvanized the attention of the LSU fan base and once again drew into question the discipline (or lack of it) of LSU football players, and whether justice is ever properly served when they are involved. East Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

LSU’s Anthony Jennings, Dwayne Thomas and Maquedius Bain have suspensions lifted after DA doesn’t charge trio

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) passes against Notre Dame in the first half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other LSU football players who were arrested last month were reinstated to the team Friday shortly after the district attorney decided against charging them with crimes. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore announced Friday afternoon that the trio would not be charged, putting an end to six weeks of drama surrounding LSU’s starting… Continue reading →

Former LSU DB Rashard Robinson arrested and admitted to being in apartment belonging to QB Anthony Jennings

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is stopped after the catch by LSU defensive back Rashard Robinson (21) during the second half in LSU's Tiger Stadium. LSU won 34-10.

Former LSU defensive back Rashard Robinson was arrested for unauthorized entry into the apartment of Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings on the same June day that Jennings and two other football players were booked in a separate incident. Records obtained by The Advocate show that Jennings filed a report with LSU Police on June 10 for items he… Continue reading →

LSU basketball team begins workouts for Australian tour

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU Tigers head coach Johnny Jones congratulates his players as they leave the court during a timeout in the Tigers' SEC home opener against Georgia, Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge.

One of the biggest benefits of the LSU men’s basketball team’s upcoming exhibition tour of Australia will begin to kick in Saturday. More than three months before they can start preseason practice for the 2015-16 season, the Tigers will begin 10 days of workouts permitted by the NCAA that will allow coach Johnny Jones to get his… Continue reading →

LSU's new 'We Geaux 25/7' ticket-selling campaign features basketball's Ben Simmons, football's Leonard Fournette

LSU is thrusting its two star athletes into the spotlight more than ever.

The school announced Friday that it’s beginning a new ticket-selling marketing campaign – called “We Geaux 25/7″ – based on the jersey numbers of basketball player Ben Simmons and football player Leonard Fournette. Both standouts were ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the nation –… Continue reading →

Rabalais: At No. 13 in preseason, is LSU football similar to 2003 title team? And why Alabama so high?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talks with quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) after a series, during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

First impression of the USA Today coaches’ poll released Thursday, which starts LSU squarely at the tipping point at No. 13: The Tigers draw more respect nationally than they do at home. At home there are concerns aplenty in the wake of an 8-5 season, which ended with a frustrating loss to Notre Dame in the… Continue reading →

Dupre gives Tigers another option

LSU players report for prseason camp Aug. 5, so we’re counting down with a daily series on things to watch: WHO’S INVOLVED: Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural THE SCOOP: Last year, Dural had 20 more catches and 450 more yards than the next LSU… Continue reading →

Austin Bain undergoes surgery

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Kramer Robertson losses control of his catch as he slides while playing against Southeastern in Alex Box Stadium Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

LSU pitcher Austin Bain, now a sophomore, had shoulder surgery and will miss fall practice, while left-hander Jake Latz has showed “encouraging” signs to returning, coach Paul Mainieri said Thursday. In introducing his 2015 signing class, Mainieri announced the news on his pair of significant hurlers. Bain, a Dutchtown graduate, started six games… Continue reading →

District attorney Hillar Moore suggests charges against LSU players may be dropped

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Anthony Jennings, left, may soon be able to resume his competitiong with Brandon Harris, right, for LSU's starting quarterback spot.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore suggested Wednesday that the charges against LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other football players could be dropped and that the case would be decided “fairly soon.” Moore, speaking to reporters at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club meeting, said that if Jennings’ case didn’t involve athletes, it would likely have… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles gives the team's starting lineup in annual address to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club

LSU coach Les Miles

LSU has yet to release a fall camp starting lineup or depth chart. The school didn’t have one in its fall prospectus handed out at media days and didn’t provide one at the end of spring. In a sense, LSU coach Les Miles provided one Wednesday during his yearly address to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. Based on Miles’ comments, here’s… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles to district attorney: 'I'm on your schedule'; DA suggests charges against players could be dropped

LSU coach Les Miles (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore suggested the charges against LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other football players could be dropped. And Les Miles added some fuel to the fire regarding the arrests during his yearly speech to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. Miles spoke directly to one of the guests, Moore, at the Rotary Club meeting held in the… Continue reading →

Former LSU outfielder Chris Sciambra to try out for kicker on Nicholls State football team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU left fielder Chris Sciambra runs to second base on a leadoff double in the first inning Sunday, April 12 at Alex Box Stadium.

LAKE CHARLES — First-year Nicholls State football coach Tim Rebowe is not opposed to taking players that can help him continue to build a program that hasn’t won a game since October 2013 — even baseball players.

As a result, former LSU outfielder Chris Sciambra, who last month completed a four-year career with the Tigers, will compete with three… Continue reading →

Jesuit catcher Trent Forshag to walk on at LSU

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--  Shaw's Kyle Flettrich beats the throw to Jesuit's catcher Trent Forshag last season.

Trent Forshag’s days of playing organized baseball were perhaps coming to a close. The upcoming American Legion Regional Tournament in Arkansas maybe would have been the last games for the catcher and recent Jesuit graduate. But a phone call from LSU baseball coach Paul Manieri to Forshag’s father Brett on Monday changed all that.… Continue reading →

Brendan Suhr, formerly of NBA’s Detroit Pistons, joins LSU basketball staff as associate coach

Associated Press file photo by Kathy Willens -- Brendan Suhr, right, LSU's new associate coach, sits with Isiah Thomas during his days with the New York Knicks.

LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones again chose a coach with vast NBA experience to complete his staff for the 2015-16 season. Jones on Tuesday named former Detroit Pistons assistant coach Brendan Suhr, an assistant on Chuck Daly’s staff when the Pistons won the NBA championship in 1989 and 1990, to be his associate… Continue reading →

St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow commits to LSU

St. Amant High pitcher Blayne Enlow was hoping to get an offer from LSU during an unofficial visit. The result was a dream come true. Enlow, a right-hander and a junior-to-be, committed to be part the Tigers’ 2017 signing class Tuesday. “LSU has always been my dream school,” Enlow said. “That’s the team I’ve always… Continue reading →

LSU Twitter Mailbag: Which LSU players are transferring and who will take all in the quarterback battle?

Danny Zardon is transferring to NAIA

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question. It’s pretty clear that Zardon left for playing time. Mainieri said he and Zardon had an “honest” conversation… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: LSU coach Paul Mainieri not surprised as ex-Tiger Aaron Nola wows 'em in Philly

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Aaron Nola's demeanor on the mound has not changed since his days in Baton Rouge.

In the midst of a hot Philadelphia summer, Aaron Nola is becoming a sizzling sensation. His major league debut last week was a 1-0 loss, but one in which he threw six innings of five-hit, six-strikeout ball. Frustrating, yes, but highly promising. His first major league win came Sunday in Chicago, an 11-5 triumph over the… Continue reading →

Two top reserve infielders, Danny Zardon, Grayson Byrd, transferring from the LSU baseball team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU second baseman Danny Zardon (27) celebrates his solo home run in the third inning with LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (8), Friday, May 8, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Paul Mainieri’s rebuilding effort just got a little tougher. Infielders Grayson Byrd and Danny Zardon are transferring, the LSU baseball coach confirmed Monday night. Zardon, a rising junior who never found an everyday role in the lineup, is leaving the Tigers for Nova Southeastern, an NAIA school in Florida where he’ll be eligible immediately. Byrd doesn’t… Continue reading →

‘Mad Hatter’ Les Miles looks good in stripes as he livens up a recent staff meeting

Twitter photo --Les Miles sports a referee uniform in his office.

Leave it to Les Miles to broaden his reputation as “The Mad Hatter” by adding a hat to his collection during the dog days of summer. Friday, Dean Dingman, LSU’s assistant director of football operations, posted a photo on his Twitter account of Miles wearing a black referee’s hat and black and white striped referee’s shirt.… Continue reading →

Sky deals Fowles to Lynx

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Chicago Sky' Sylvia Fowles (34) shoots over Phoenix Mercury forward Penny Taylor during the second half of  Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals in Phoenix. The Chicago Sky have traded center Sylvia Fowles to the Minnesota Lynx as part of a three-team deal. The Sky on Monday, July 27, 2015,  acquired Erika De Souza from Atlanta and also give the Lynx their second-round pick in next year's draft. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Sylvia Fowles only wanted to play for one team this season — the Minnesota Lynx. The Chicago Sky finally were able to make it happen. After sitting out the first half of the year, Fowles was traded to the Lynx on Monday as part of a three-team deal. “Words can’t describe how excited I am to… Continue reading →

LSU women golfers to host NCAA regional

For the first time since 2007, the LSU women’s golf team will host an NCAA postseason regional event to highlight the 2015-16 schedule. LSU will have two new stops on its eight-tournament regular season schedule, which includes both fall (Sept.-Oct.) and spring (Feb.-April) swings before the postseason. The University Club will host a women’s NCAA… Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse commits to Auburn

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER -- St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse is interviewed after announcing his commitment to Auburn on July 27, 2015, in Vacherie. At left is his mother, Stacy Narcisse. At right is his girlfriend, Niya Ross.

VACHERIE — The birthday party was for Lowell Narcisse. But the gift went to Auburn. More than 300 people crammed into the multi-purpose building in Vacherie to celebrate one of the nation’s top quarterback’s 17th birthday, but more importantly, to see where the St. James junior would play his college ball.… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings goes on Periscope, predicts SEC championship, silent on legal issues

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) passes against Notre Dame in the first half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Late Sunday night, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings made his first foray onto Periscope, a popular live video streaming app.

In his brief appearance, Jennings offered few insights, other than to say he though the Tigers would have a great season.

“I think we will be tremendous – SEC champions,” Jennings said. “I believe that.”

The Tigers junior took a few questions,… Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse to announce his college commitment Monday: LSU, Alabama, Auburn or Clemson

Lowell Narcisse won’t sign his National Letter of Intent until February 2017. But that isn’t stopping the St. James rising junior quarterback from making his commitment. Narcisse, ranked by many as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2017, is slated to announce his commitment at 6 p.m. Monday. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder tweeted that… Continue reading →

LSU gets commitment from Da'Monte Coxie of East St. John

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Tara wide receiver Da'Monte Coxie is tackled by Northeast defenders Jonathan Chatman (40) and Quinshaw kelly (7) after catching a pass on Aug. 29 at Olympia Stadium. Coxie, who has since transferred to East St. John, committed to LSU on Saturday.

Da’Monte Coxie fell in love with LSU in fifth grade after watching a game. He then started watching highlights. “And when they played Alabama in the (BCS) championship game, my feelings just got stronger and stronger,” Coxie recalled. So when the chance came for the East St. John senior wide receiver to play for the Tigers,… Continue reading →

Rabalais: With so many young stars, the next year could be epic at LSU

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette looks toward the scoreboard at LP Field during his 89-yard touchdown run against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. Fournette's touchdown gave LSU a 28-21 lead, but the Irish rallied for a 31-28 win.

Raid the vacation fund for some season tickets. Wipe those remnant episodes of “The Governor’s Wife” off the DVR. (It’s a good idea no matter what.) And it’s probably a good idea to make room on the wall of your Tiger den for another LSU Advocate sports poster. Suitable for framing, naturally. As the lazy summer days… Continue reading →

LSU's top freshmen and sophomores for 2015-16

Associated Press file photo -- Montverde Academy's Ben Simmons dribbles down the floor against Oak Hill (Va.) Academy in the Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament Final at Madison Square Garden on April 4. Simmons, the Gatorade national player of the year, begins his freshman season with LSU this fall.

Many of LSU's best athletes in 2015-16 will be freshmen and sophomores. Here's a quick primer on some young men and women who made headlines before they made it to campus: SAM BURNS Freshman, golfer, Shreveport The consensus world No. 1 junior golfer leaving high school. … Ranked as the world’s… Continue reading →

LSU's new lefty pitcher John Valek immediately eligible as Akron shutting down baseball program

LSU picked up a transfer pitcher who could serve as a potential midweek starter for the Tigers. Lefty John Valek, a Parkland, Florida, native, will join the program after spending the last three seasons as a starter for Akron. He is immediately eligible to play because Akron is shutting down its baseball program. Valek visited the Tigers this week and made his… Continue reading →

Twitter Mailbag returns! We answer questions on LSU's offensive line, defensive tackle, quarterback battle

We spoke to defensive line coach Ed Orgeron about this Tuesday at the LHSAA coaches clinic. Check out the second note in this notebook for what Orgeron said. Basically, he doesn’t seem too concerned, but there’s no denying the fact that LSU is low on DTs. The team has five scholarship defensive tackles: starters Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux and… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers hire Thomas-Swinson as assistant coach

After spending last season a coach down, the LSU women’s basketball program got back to full strength Wednesday with the hiring of veteran coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson. Thomas-Swinson comes to LSU with more than 20 years of coaching experience, including stints as a head coach at St. John’s and Tulsa. She also served as an assistant at her… Continue reading →

Q&A with LSU's Frank Wilson: Other teams trying to woo Tiger recruits? Head coaching job in future?

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington --  LSU's running back Terrence Magee run through drills with coach Frank Wilson during practice on Monday, August 4.

Frank Wilson enters his sixth season as LSU’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. He’s pulled in top 10 signing classes in five of those six years and has tutored running backs like Jeremy Hill, Stevan Ridley and, now, Leonard Fournette. He spoke to The Advocate on Tuesday during the LHSAA coaches clinic for a quick Q&A. Read the story… Continue reading →