Former LSU player Odell Beckham Jr. makes a one-handed touchdown catch for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

During the New York Giants game Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, former LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made a one-handed touchdown catch that had social media asking this: Was it the best catch ever? Click here and see.Continue reading →

Rabalais: It's only half a ‘tradition’ for LSU and Texas A&M

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles meets Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin after last season's game in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers and Aggies begin a Thanksgiving tradition when they meet Thursday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.

It’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving Day without football. Personally, I have a theory that the Pilgrims and Indians used Plymouth Rock as a crude football on some unsuspecting meadow after the first turkey and stuffing was consumed. The Indians would have had home continent advantage, ’tis true. But the Pilgrims, being English, would have had the… Continue reading →

Former LSU greats Dale Brown, Shaquille O’Neal hold court at Hall of Fame induction

Associated Press photo by Colin E. Braley -- Former LSU coach Dale Brown, left, greets former LSU great Shaquille O'Neal as he takes the stage Sunday night during a National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the 2014 inductees into the College Basketball Hall of Fame one by one took the stage and then departed Sunday, college basketball analyst Seth Davis turned to co-host Clark Kellogg of CBS to talk about the evening’s closing act. “We’re coming to the LSU portion of the show,” Davis said. As… Continue reading →

As his role grows, LSU’s Tim Quarterman shows off his versatility

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU's Tim Quarterman is fouled by Gardner Webb's Jerome Hill as he puts up a shot on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — In four games this season, Tim Quarterman has given the LSU men’s basketball team what he couldn’t provide the Tigers a year ago: quality minutes off the bench. Now firmly entrenched as the Tigers’ sixth man, the 6-foot-6 sophomore has made huge strides in expanding his game over the offseason and… Continue reading →

Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger's AP Top 25 vote

Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims (7) celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 48-14. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)

How I Voted will be a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting with a blurb on each explaining that team’s ranking. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Together, Shaquille O’Neal and Dale Brown formed legendary pair; and together, they will enter College Basketball Hall of Fame

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU center Shaquille O’Neal, left, and coach Dale Brown chat during a game in January 1991.

Basketball took Dale Brown around the world, filling a need in a fatherless lad with boundless energy that couldn’t be satisfied by staying home in frosty Minot, North Dakota. Without knowing it, maybe what the globetrotting Brown was looking for was Shaquille O’Neal. They met in a U.S. Army base in Wildflecken, West Germany in 1985.… Continue reading →

Digging into the roots of LSU’s quarterback quandary

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) attempts to elude the sack from Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) but can't during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

Gary Crowton had it all figured out. Matt Flynn was “the guy.” Ryan Perrilloux was “the next guy.” Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee were the “developing third guys” and Jordan Jefferson was the guy scheduled for a redshirt. Flynn graduated. Perrilloux was dismissed. Hatch got hurt. Lee threw a half-dozen interceptions for touchdowns, and Jefferson finished… Continue reading →

LSU men bounce back, beat Weber State 72-58

Photo courtesy Paradise Jam --  LSU's Jordan Mickey defends Weber State's Joel Bolomboy on Saturday during the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Mickey scored 27 points and had 14 rebounds in the Tigers' 72-58 win. LSU will play Clemson at 3 p.m. Monday in its final game of the tournament.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — Near the end of one of their best halves of the still-young season Saturday night, LSU forward Jordan Mickey added the perfect exclamation point to the Tigers’ victory over Weber State. Actually, it was two exclamation points. Frustrated a night earlier when he scored just… Continue reading →

Rutgers rides late run to beat Lady Tigers 64-57

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Raigyne Moncrief runs past a statue of legendary LSU coach Sue Gunter on her way to the Lady Tigers' second half battle against Rutgers' during the Sue Gunter Classic, Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

Despite the Lady Tigers’ second-best offensive output of the season, LSU (2-3) was unable overcome a late scoring barrage by Rutgers (3-0) in a 64-57 loss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday. The Lady Tigers showed flashes of their potential throughout the first half of the Sue Gunter Classic. Junior… Continue reading →

LSU’s La’el Collins has seemingly made all the right decisions — and now the NFL is set to choose him

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) congratulates LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) after Magee's third quarter touchdown run against Kentucky,  Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won big, 41-3

On the night Jeremy Hill found trouble in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge bar, La’el Collins just went home. Todd Black remembers it well. The three had eaten at a restaurant a few hours before Hill sucker-punched a man outside of Reggie’s Bar. Collins, LSU’s star offensive tackle, warned Hill, then the Tigers’ running… Continue reading →

LSU men fall 70-61 to Old Dominion for their first loss

Photo courtesy Paradise Jam -- LSU's Jarell Martin attempts a free throw against Old Dominion at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — The LSU basketball team trailed at halftime for the third time in as many games this season in the Tigers’ opening game of the Paradise Jam on Friday. But unlike their first two games, against Gardner-Webb and Texas Tech, there would be no comeback victory this time. Even though… Continue reading →

No. 22 Rutgers is Lady Tigers’ next test

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Raigyne Moncrief looks for room around Tulane's defense Tulane Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

It has been a long time since the LSU women’s basketball program has had to value to moral victories, but so far this season the Lady Tigers will take wins any way they can get them. After an alarmingly poor effort Monday in a 52-44 win over Jackson State, LSU lost but played better Wednesday while dropping… Continue reading →

SEC football capsules

Eastern Kentucky (9-2) at Florida (5-4, 4-4 SEC) WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday. WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548). TV: SEC Network. SERIES: First meeting. BETTING LINE: N/A. STAT THAT MATTERS: Against nonconference competition in 2014, Florida’s defense is allowing only 2.3 yards per play. NOTES: A new era for Florida football will unfold soon enough. Following last weekend’s 23-20… Continue reading →

LSU to use trip for bonding and teaching

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU coach Johnny Jones watches the action against Gardner Webb on Saturday.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — Considering his freshman- and sophomore-laden team hasn’t been together for all that long, an extended road trip early in the season isn’t such a bad thing for LSU coach Johnny Jones. The way Jones sees it, it can be an invaluable tool for a team that, in the early stages… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings says he ignores fan criticism

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is sacked by Arkansas linebacker Keegan Heller during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 17-0 loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Anthony Jennings is taking the blame for LSU’s passing woes, but he’s not paying attention to the criticism. The Tigers’ starting quarterback is ignoring the season-long wave of criticism from fans. It crashed down on him the hardest following LSU’s 17-0 loss at Arkansas. “You can’t listen to fan criticism — either… Continue reading →

LSU at Texas A&M: Key matchups

Assocaited Press photo -- Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen

LSU SECONDARY vs. TEXAS A&M QB KYLE ALLEN Kyle Allen has completed 61 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. In his previous two contests against Auburn and Missouri, Allen threw for 514 yards with eight touchdowns and only three interceptions. He’ll face an LSU secondary that continues to be the best… Continue reading →

Cox Sports Television to air some, if not all, of LSU baseball’s nonconference road games

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  LSU's Alex Bregman fields a grounder before the Tigers' game against Houston on Monday, June 2, 2014 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium during the championship game of the first round of NCAA regionals.

More LSU baseball games will be televised than originally expected. Cox Sports Television has requested to air all seven of the Tigers’ nonconference road games, said Jeff Brenner, the outlet’s executive producer. The network received permission to air LSU’s games at Southern on March 17 and at Zephyr Field in Metairie against Louisiana-Lafayette on March 31, the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU may dive deep into bowl pool

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGKentucky linebacker Tyler Brause (10) can't hold on as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Among many things, LSU’s hollow 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas on Saturday was like a cannonball leap into the pool. Dropping LSU to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play, the defeat certainly took the Tigers out of College Football Playoff bowl contention, if even they had a shot going in. Certainly there are too many… Continue reading →

LSU center Elliott Porter could miss rest of season after suffering ankle injury

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU center Elliott Porter (55) grimaces in pain after an injury during the first half, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) and LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) watch with concern. Porter came out of the game, and left the field on a cart.

LSU might be without center Elliott Porter for the remainder of the season. Porter, a senior from Waggaman, injured his right ankle in last week’s 17-0 loss at Arkansas and is doubtful for the Tigers’ season finale at Texas A&M and a bowl game, Les Miles said Wednesday. “Elliott … not so certain about this game.… Continue reading →

Podcast: Despite its recent offensive struggles, LSU is not in a quarterback recruiting frenzy for 2015

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) gets pulled down in the by Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) late in the fourth quarter, on one of LSU's failed comeback drives, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. LSU lost to the Razorbacks 17-0.

In this week's "Advocate's LSU Recruiting Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with Sonny Shipp of 247.com about LSU recruiting quarterbacks, its current 2015 commitments and its future. Click here to listen to the podcast.Continue reading →

LSU football chat with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger, Thursday at 11 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety John Battle. left, and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain  walk back to the locker room through the fans storming the field after Arkansas' 17-0 win Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The loss was the second straight for the Tigers, who have a 25-2 record after defeats under coach Les Miles.

LSU is one week away from playing its final game of the 2014 regular season. What is going on with the Tigers' preparations for Texas A&M? Ask Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger in this chat on Thursday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Report: LSU coach Les Miles 7th-highest paid coach in college football; 2 SEC coaches ahead of him

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, and LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley, right, shout instructions to the defense during the first half Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark.

LSU football coach Les Miles has the seventh-highest salary among NCAA college football coaches with a total of $4,369,582 in pay, according to a USA Today database released Wednesday Continue reading →

Tulane women hold off LSU in 51-45 victory

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Anne Pedersen fouls Tulane's Jamie Kaplan Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU controlled the boards Wednesday night against Tulane, and if time of possession was a thing in basketball the Lady Tigers would have won that, too. But the Green Wave was quicker to the basket at just the right times, producing enough clutch offense to slip out of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with a… Continue reading →

Second-half defense key to Tigers’ rally over Texas Tech

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU and Texas Tech players scramble for a loose ball ll Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

It may have taken a little while, but the LSU basketball team’s defense showed up at just the right time Tuesday night. After giving up 82 points to Gardner-Webb in the season opener Saturday, LSU had to turn things up a notch on the defensive end after a poor first half in its second… Continue reading →

LSU football coach Les Miles can’t rule out hangover in loss to Razorbacks

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety John Battle. left, and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain  walk back to the locker room through the fans storming the field after Arkansas' 17-0 win Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The loss was the second straight for the Tigers, who have a 25-2 record after defeats under coach Les Miles.

In a cramped room in the bowels of Razorback Stadium, Les Miles wore the face of someone whose team just lost 17-0. A week earlier, he wore the face of a man frustrated with an overtime loss to a bitter rival. Did that 20-13 defeat to Alabama have anything to do with… Continue reading →

This week in the Southeastern Conference

Associated Press photo BUTCH DILL -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott talks with Alabama quarterback Blake Sims after last week's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 25-20.

RATING GAME Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into Week 13: 1. Alabama (9-1, 6-1; Last week: 2) Someone said Tide was the zombie elephant on the CFP horizon. It’s on the doorstep. 2. Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1; 1) Bulldogs still alive in SEC, CFP chase, but seems like they’ve… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Associated Press photo by MEL EVANS -- Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon

Each week, Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. 1. MELVIN GORDON Running back, Wisconsin Last week I wrote that Gordon would be the Heisman front-runner if he didn’t play in an age when quarterbacks dominate the game and this award.… Continue reading →

Rookie Jeremy Hill gives Bengals much-needed boost

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) carries as New Orleans Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (77) tackles in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

CINCINNATI — Jeremy Hill didn’t expect to get much of a chance as a rookie because the Cincinnati Bengals had Giovani Bernard entrenched as the starter. With six games left, the former LSU standout is leading all NFL rookies in rushing. The second-round pick ran for 152 yards during a 27-10 win at New Orleans… Continue reading →

Zach Mettenberger eyes first win with Titans

Associated Press photo by Gail BurtonTitans quarterback Zach Mettenberger looks to pass during the first half  Baltimore earlier this month.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Zach Mettenberger knows exactly what happens when he doesn’t use the proper technique when throwing to his left. “I throw picks to the other team,” the Titans rookie quarterback said Wednesday. Mettenberger quickly took blame for his pass to the left sideline Monday night picked off by a Steelers cornerback and… Continue reading →

LSU swimming, diving team travels to meet at Texas A&M

The LSU swimming and diving team travels to College Station, Texas, for the Art Adamson Invitational on Thursday-Saturday. Also in the field are Stanford, Texas A&M, SMU, TCU, Arizona State, Grand Canyon and the Boise State women’s team. The morning sessions begin at 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The finals will start at 6… Continue reading →

AP college picks: Boston College can pull a major surprise with a win over Florida State

Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy (2) throws a pass during the first quarter of their NCAA college football game against Louisville on the Boston College campus Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Boston College is in position to be this season’s Iowa State. That doesn’t necessarily sound like a compliment, considering the shape the Cyclones (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) are in these days. But only a few years ago — 2011, to be exact — Iowa State shook up the national championship race with the upset of the year. Oklahoma State… Continue reading →

For second straight night, an LSU team comes up big in OT

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU and Texas Tech scramble for control of the ball Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

For the second consecutive night, an LSU basketball team had to go to overtime in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Tuesday night. And for the second night in a row, LSU rewarded its fans with a win. After the Lady Tigers defeated Jackson State on Monday night, the Tigers followed it up with… Continue reading →

LSU Lady Tigers host experienced Tulane team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU assistant coach Tasha Butts goes over a play on the bench with Ann Jones during a game against Jackson State on Monday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Jones had 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in the overtime win.

The difference between LSU and Tulane early in the new women’s basketball season can be summed up in a single word: Experience. LSU, which has struggled to a 2-1 start, is missing four starters from last year’s NCAA tournament Sweet 16 squad, a number that consists of three departed seniors and suspended junior guard Danielle Ballard. Tulane, which has… Continue reading →

CFP rankings: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Mississippi State make top four

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Alabama coach Nick Saban walks the field before Saturday's game against Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances. Keeping winning and the Crimson Tide, Ducks and Seminoles should be in. The race for the fourth and final spot in the playoff is shaping up to be… Continue reading →

LSU men's basketball team defeats Texas Tech 69-64 in overtime

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU and Texas Tech players scramble for a loose ball ll Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

. For the second night in a row, an LSU basketball team had to go to overtime in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Tuesday night.

And for the second night in a row, LSU rewarded its fans with a win.

After the Lady Tigers defeated Jackson State on Monday night, the Tigers followed it up with a hard-fought… Continue reading →

What went wrong? Ross Dellenger breaks down key plays in LSU loss to Arkansas

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s latest football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention. Enter the Film Room here.… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers edge Jackson State 52-44 in overtime

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Anne Pedersen (4) moves past Jackson State's Tiarra Pollnitz (1), Monday, Nov. 17, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The scoreboard said LSU defeated Jackson State 52-44 in overtime Monday night, but LSU coach Nikki Caldwell was focused on more distressing numbers. She saw her Lady Tigers shoot a season low 32.4 percent from the field, commit a season high 27 turnovers, get outrebounded 48-46 and generally look stagnant and disjointed in their half-court offense.… Continue reading →

Tigers’ Gray ready to face old team

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU's Josh Gray looks to pass against Gardner Webb defenders Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Gray will face his former team when the Tigers host Texas Tech on Tuesday night.

In his second official game in an LSU basketball uniform on Tuesday night, Tigers point guard Josh Gray will come across some familiar faces on the Pete Maravich Assembly Center court. But not many. A year and a half after leaving the Texas Tech program, Gray will see that a lot has changed for the Red… Continue reading →

Video: LSU guard Keith Hornsby says the Tigers did not play well defensively in win against Garnder-Webb

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU's Keith Hornsby puts up a shot in the lane on saturday at the Maravich Center.

LSU guard Keith Hornsby talks about the highs and lows of the team's 93-82 victory against Gardner-Webb last Saturday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: LSU forward Jarell Martin says the Tigers have a lot of players capable of scoring

Louisiana State's Jarell Martin answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference NCAA men's college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

LSU forward Jarell Martin talks about the things the Tigers need to work on after their 93-82 victory against Gardner-Webb and the things the team does well like play unselfishly. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones says Texas Tech is an early challenge

 Associated Press photo by Chuck Burton -- LSU coach Johnny Jones answers a question during the Southeastern Conference men's basketball media day Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones says the Tigers have a busy week with games against Texas Tech on Tuesday and in the Paradise Jam this weekend. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

The Advocate’s College Football Playoff projections for November 18

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston gestures to the crowd after Florida State defeated Miami 30-26 in an NCAA College football game, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The College Football Playoff’s selection committee updates its rankings Tuesday. Here’s how The Advocate’s Ted Lewis and Scott Rabalais see it shaking out: Ted Lewis National semifinals Sugar Bowl (7:30 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Ohio State Nothing, it seems, can beat the Seminoles — opponents… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Defensive players maintain support for struggling offense

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Arkansas fans rush onto the playing field as LSU players including D.J. Welter and Greg Gilmore (99) leave the field, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark., after LSU lost to the Razorbacks 17-0.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — They’ve got their backs. LSU’s defenders, solid in the last two losses, didn’t criticize the team’s offense following the 17-0 defeat at Arkansas on Saturday night. The Tigers (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern) limped to just 123 yards, and quarterback Anthony Jennings, under duress much of the game, threw for just 87. The LSU defense… Continue reading →