Jalen Rose would like to see LSU coach Les Miles back at Michigan

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left,  is congratulated by Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops at midfield after the game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won big, 41-3 Buy this photo

Former Michigan basketball star and current ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose was the subject of a lengthy Q and A on SI.com this week. While most of the questions centered on basketball, SI.com writer Richard Dietsch asked Rose about the embattled athletic director (Dave Brandon) and football coach (Brady Hoke) at alma mater. Rose brought up the name… Continue reading →

LSU defensive line shifting into high gear

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture and New Mexico State offensive linesman Isaiah Folasa-Lutui chase a fumble with NMS recovering during the first half on Sept. 27. Buy this photo

Christian LaCouture slid just 3 feet to his left. He looked up and saw in front of him a tackle — not a guard or center, but a tackle. It felt weird. “Bringing back the old-school days,” a chuckling LaCouture said earlier this week. LSU’s defensive line appears to be… Continue reading →

LSU punt returner Tre’Davious White ‘seeing green grass’ lately

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White, center, returns a punt for a touchdown with an escort from teammates John Diarse and Ed Paris during last week's 41-3 win over Kentucky. Buy this photo

For so long — seven games, to be specific — Tre’Davious White caught the punt and ran toward a hole straight up the field before it closed around him. A typical gain: 8 yards. “I’ve been doing a poor job of judging the field and seeing green grass,” White said.… Continue reading →

The other side: Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson returns an interception for a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver James Butler gives chase during a Sept. 13 game.

Why he’s good Take one peek at the Southeastern Conference interception totals, and one name stands out immediately. Ole Miss senior cornerback Senquez Golson has been a takeaway machine for a Rebels pass defense that leads the conference with 15 interceptions. Golson has seven of those 15 picks. The next-highest interception total in the SEC is… Continue reading →

With Locker hurt, Mettenberger gets chance in start

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) chases Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) in a NFL preseason football game between the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans in the Superdome in  New Orleans, La. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Jake Locker has missed three of the past four games with injuries, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday.… Continue reading →

SEC heavyweights not done knocking each other off

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, yells during the first half of a game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Oct, 18, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

All the hand-wringing over the SEC’s near-monopoly of the top 5 might well prove a moot point. The Southeastern Conference will take care of the matter internally since nobody heaps more abuse on league teams than the SEC itself. In the SEC West, No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 3 Ole Miss, No. 4 Alabama and No.… Continue reading →

Soccer opens conference homestand against Kentucky

The LSU Tigers will look to get back in the win column and snap a four-game losing skid in Southeastern Conference play Friday night when they welcome the red-hot Kentucky Wildcats for a match scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium. Fans can “Geaux Free!” to each of LSU’s three remaining home matches during… Continue reading →

It's official: Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is the starter with the Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger warms up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday and feels this is… Continue reading →

Pick 6: A Q and A with the beat writer of an LSU opponent

Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace (14) runs the ball upfield past a Tennessee defender in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. No. 3 Mississippi won 34-3. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Hugh Kellenberger covers Ole Miss for The Clarion-Ledger, and he’s been nice enough to join us for our Pick 6 on the surging Rebels. You can follow Hugh on Twitter at @HKellenbergerCL. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Reports: Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger to start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday

Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, right, watches his players warm up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Former LSU and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger is set to make his first NFL start this weekend against the Houston Texans, according to multiple outlets. Click here to see the story.Continue reading →

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

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field for the game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Buy this photo

Get the latest news on the LSU football team and share your views with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger in this chat on Thursday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Rabalais: Saturday's Ole Miss at LSU game could be a classic ... for those who stay

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

Notes on a golf scorecard from the endangered species that is the LSU Golf Course … … It’s a sad state of affairs when LSU coach Les Miles has to beg LSU football fans to come early and stay late for Saturday’s Ole Miss game, even to the point Monday where he invited them to bring food.… Continue reading →

Formidable frontcourt big reason LSU fourth in SEC

Associated Press photo by James Crisp -- LSU's Jordan Mickey, left and Jarell Martin defend as Kentucky's Julius Randle looks for an opening Saturday in Kentucky's 77-76 overtime loss in Lexington, Ky. The loss left LSU in a seven-team logjam for fourth place in the Southeastern Conference.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thanks to the not-so-unexpected departure of junior Johnny O’Bryant III to the NBA draft this past spring, two of the jewels of LSU’s freshman class from last year are having to grow up in a hurry. How well they handle things will likely determine if the Tigers can take that next step… Continue reading →

LSU receivers on high alert for Ole Miss’ stout secondary

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural gets behind the Wisconsin secondary on his 80-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Anthony Jennings during the Tigers' season-opening win over Wisconsin at NRG Stadium in Houston. Buy this photo

Every LSU player seems to know the number: 15. That’s how many passes Ole Miss has intercepted through seven games, a stat that leads the nation. “I see a bunch of ball hawks, guys who fly around to the ball,” receiver Travin Dural said of the Rebels defensive backs. No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern) travels to Baton… Continue reading →

Podcast: The last few games for LSU could determine its direction in recruiting

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) signals touchdown as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) runs the punt back for a score as LSU wide receiver John Diarse (9) protects during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Buy this photo

In this "Advocate Sports: Recruiting" podcast, Advocate contributor William Weathers talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about how LSU is constantly evaluating its recruiting needs and targets as its season progresses, and if one area of the team underperforms or has injuries then it could force the team to recruit players to that spot. Continue reading →

LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones set to receive raise, extension

 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 is set to receive a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season and a raise of $400,000. A request for the raise and extension will be made at the LSU Board of Supervisors’ meeting Friday, according to a copy of the board’s agenda. The board’s approval is generally viewed… Continue reading →

SEC gives Jordan Mickey first-team nod

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU's Jordan Mickey scores against Texas A&M last season in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mickey was named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference first-team and received votes for player of the year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LSU forward Jordan Mickey was named a first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference pick, and the Tigers were tabbed to finish fourth in the league race during SEC basketball media days Wednesday. Mickey, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was a second-team All-SEC pick and member of the All-Freshman team last year after… Continue reading →

This week in the Southeastern Conference

Associated Press photo by JIM LYTLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen holds his daughter Breelyn as he celebrates the team's 38-23 win over No. 2 Auburn on Oct 11.

Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into Week 9 as contenders, bowl teams, pretenders and hopeless: Contender (CFP and SEC): ’Dogs must show they’re comfortable being The Hunted. Contender (CFP and SEC): Rebels doing things right, but… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott

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. DAK PRESCOTT, QB, Mississippi State Open dates are never a plus for a player’s Heisman candidacy, which is very much a what-have-you-done-lately award. But Prescott’s hopes are definitely bolstered by the fact… Continue reading →

LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory gets school-record 309th win

OXFORD, Miss. — The LSU volleyball team swept Ole Miss 28-26, 25-18, 25-20 to extend its winning streak to six matches, giving coach Fran Flory her 309th victory to become the all-time wins leader in LSU volleyball history Wednesday night. It was the Rebels’ first home loss of the season With a balanced… Continue reading →

AP college picks: Michigan, Tennessee out to reverse ugly trends against rivals

Associated Press photo by TONY DING -- Michigan wide receiver Da'Mario Jones and teammates celebrate with fans in the student section of Michigan Stadium after the Wolverines' 18-13 win over Penn State last week.

The history and geography say rivalry games. Recent results suggest lopsided matchups. Tennessee hosts No. 4 Alabama on Saturday in a classic Southeastern Conference rivalry that the Crimson Tide has owned recently, winning seven straight. Michigan goes to No. 8 Michigan State in a rivalry that has flipped toward the Spartans, who have won five of six against the… Continue reading →

Video: LSU guard Jarell Martin appreciates the way his teammates have worked to improve

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 guard Jarell Martin talks about the way each of his teammates have worked to improve and get ready for the Tigers' upcoming season. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

LSU forward Jordan Mickey named first-team preseason All-SEC; Tigers tabbed to finish fourth

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Jordan Mickey, joined by LSU basketball head coach Jonny Jones, announces to the media on Wednesday that he will stay at LSU rather than enter the NBA draft.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LSU forward Jordan Mickey was named a first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference pick and the Tigers were chosen to finish fourth in the league race when media days came to a close Wednesday. Mickey, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was a second-team All-SEC pick as a freshman after he averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and led the… Continue reading →

Wednesdays With LSU coach Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU head coach Les Miles talks as he approaches an official during a time out, during the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Buy this photo

LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day. Click here to see the reports.Continue reading →

LSU safety Jamal Adams has been making crushing blocks, tackles for years

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety Jamal Adams celebrates with teammate John Battle after the the Tigers defeated Florida 30-27 on Oct. 11.

Tre’Davious White awoke Sunday morning with a text message from LSU safety Jamal Adams. The message included a photo of Adams crushing Kentucky safety A.J. Stamps on a peelback block last Saturday that sprung White for a 67-yard touchdown on a punt return. “You’re welcome,” the message read with a smiley face attached. Adams’ smashing shot… Continue reading →

LSU’s backfield is catching on recently as the team's most-used receivers

LSU fullback Melvin Jones (49) is run out of bounds on the 3-yard line by Florida linebacker Michael Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. LSU won the game 30-27. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LSU’s running backs and fullbacks are slowly becoming the team’s most-used receivers. No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) enters Saturday night’s game against No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0) having completed as many passes to receivers (eight) as it has backs over the past two weeks. The Tigers’ passing problems — they’re in… Continue reading →

Ole Miss relies on tough defense for its rise toward top of SEC

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Ole Miss defensive end Marquis Haynes jars the ball loose from Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley during last week’s game in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels face LSU on Saturday.

Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Ole Miss’ defense has been this season. But it’s certainly a good place to start. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up just 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the… Continue reading →

Coach Nikki Caldwell wants Lady Tigers to play fast, aggressive

Louisiana State head coach Nikki Caldwell answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference women's basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In putting her team’s 2013-14 season to rest, LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell couldn’t help but think about what the Lady Tigers could have done to affect a different outcome. Back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 were something to be proud of, to be sure, considering they finished both… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers picked to finish seventh in preseason poll

Louisiana State's Raigyne Moncrief answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference women's basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LSU women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference by a select media panel from around the league and the nation. The results of the poll were announced Tuesday as SEC Tipoff ’15, the league’s media days, got underway. Women’s coaches and players took center stage on the first day Tuesday… Continue reading →

LSU report: Volleyball team taking on Ole Miss

Tigers Take on Rebels Wednesday on SEC Network The LSU volleyball team closes out its longest road trip of the season at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Ole Miss at the Gillom Sports Complex in Oxford, Mississippi. The Tigers will be looking to extend their winning streak to six matches, while Ole Miss will… Continue reading →

Video: LSU receiver Travin Dural says the Tigers have to be able to move the ball both ways against Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83) pulls in a touchdown pass in front of Kentucky cornerback Fred Tiller (3) during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Buy this photo

LSU receiver Travin Dural talks to the media about how the Tigers have to be able to move the ball running and passing in order to have a chance to upset No. 3 Ole Miss on Saturday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Here are three ways No. 24 LSU can upset No. 3 Ole Miss on Saturday

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) picks up good yardage after sidestepping Mississippi defensive tackle Bryon Bennett (95) during the first half at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Buy this photo

In this edition of "The Advocate's LSU Football Show," Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais gives three ways No. 24 LSU can upset No. 3 Ole Miss when the teams play in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: LSU guard Raigyne Moncrief says last year's torn ACL isn't holding her back

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU's Raigyne Moncrief celebrates a 3-pointer by Theresa Plaisance's during Sunday's 73-57 loss to South Carolina at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU guard Raigyne Moncrief talks at SEC Media Days about playing with a brace from the torn ACL she suffered last March and how her game is slowly returning to normal. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

LSU women’s basketball picked seventh in SEC

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU Women's Basketball coach Nikki Caldwell answers media questions during LSU Basketball Media Day Wednesday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LSU women’s basketball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference this season by a select media panel from around the league and nation. The results of the poll were announced Tuesday as the SEC Tipoff ’15 got underway. The women took center stage Tuesday with the men to follow… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles wants Tigers fans to 'stay through the fourth quarter' vs. Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU student section fans rock out in the late fourth quarter of a easy win over Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won big, 41-3. Buy this photo

Come with food and stay late. That’s LSU coach Les Miles’ plea to fans ahead of the Tigers’ prime-time showdown with No. 3 Ole Miss on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. “We would expect that the fans and those people that file into Tiger Stadium would come, bring food so that you can stay long and… Continue reading →

LSU's offensive linemen are proving their mettle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU offensive linemen, from left, Ethan Pocic, Elliott Porter and  Vadal Alexander clear a path through Kentucky defenders for LSU running back Terrence Magee, center,  Saturday in TIger Stadium

It wasn’t too long ago that the perceived strength of the LSU offense heading into the 2014 season was anything but that. Mainly because of a lack of experience, there were certainly more questions at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. On the other hand, there was ample experience, as well as… Continue reading →

Video: LSU guard Vadal Alexander says the Tigers want to keep on improving this season

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (74) celebrates with Mike the Tiger, after the second half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville. LSU won, 30-27.

LSU guard Vadal Alexander talks about how the Tigers hard work and willingness to improve has resulted in the team having a big game against No. 3 Ole Miss on Saturday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says Tigers' linemen are more comfortable in team's scheme

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) celebrates after the game, as he and LSU linebacker D.J. Welter (31) join others on the field after the second half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville. LSU won, 30-27.

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture talks about the way the Tigers defensive linemen have been improving this season and the play of Kendell Beckwith at middle linebacker. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: LSU center Elliott Porter says Tigers offensive line is coming together this season

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU center Elliott Porter walks off the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium after last week's 41-7 loss to Auburn.

LSU center Elliott Porter talks about how Tigers offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and the players have worked to get the team a more cohensive offensive line as the season has progressed. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Film Room: Advocate’s Ross Dellenger breaks down the key plays in LSU’s victory over Kentucky

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 →

Key matchups: Ole Miss at LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a first down during the first half at Florida on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Gainesville.

LSU safety Jamal Adams vs. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace Ole Miss won’t come into Tiger Stadium on Saturday night with any secrets: The Rebels like to throw the ball. Ole Miss has the No. 3 passing offense in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 282 yards through the air. Wallace,… Continue reading →

LSU men, women head to SEC media days

The Southeastern Conference begins the countdown to the start of the college basketball season Tuesday and Wednesday with men’s and women’s coaches and players from all 14 schools taking part in SEC Tipoff ’15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two-day SEC basketball media days event was moved from Birmingham, Alabama, this year in part because of… Continue reading →

With Ole Miss’ stout run defense up next, Tigers’ passing game continues to struggle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) leaves the field, checking the replay on the stadium scoreboard after an unsuccessful third down in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Buy this photo

Several people came to Anthony Jennings’ side three weeks ago when the Tiger Stadium crowd rained boos down on LSU’s sophomore quarterback during his rough outing against New Mexico State. Former coaches, his parents, teammates and friends. One person stood out among the group: Matt Flynn. The ex-LSU quarterback called Jennings to offer… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: ‘College GameDay’ is Baton-Rouge bound for Ole Miss game

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a defensive stop agasint Kentucky, during the first half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Buy this photo

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming back to Baton Rouge. The network’s Saturday morning pregame show will broadcast live from LSU’s campus before the Tigers meet No. 3 Ole Miss at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN. The show will set up on the LSU Parade Grounds. GameDay is making its 10th trip to Baton Rouge in… Continue reading →

Scouting report: Ole Miss at LSU

Ole Miss running back Jaylen Walton (6) carries the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. No. 3 Ole Miss won 34-3. (AP Photo/The Daily Mississippian, Thomas Graning)

The basics Kickoff: 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium TV: ESPN Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana Series: LSU leads 58-40-4 Last meeting: Ole Miss 27, LSU 24 (2013) The opponent: Ole MissContinue reading →