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Rabalais: Tigers starting to look dangerous at the right time

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Jordan Mickey dunks over Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody in the second half Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Moment by moment, possession by possession, by each rebound and dunk and block and steal, the LSU Tigers may finally be evolving into the basketball team we all thought it could be. The latest evidence: Saturday’s 73-63 over Ole Miss. For just the second time this season the Tigers are proud owners of a three-game Southeastern Conference… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU gambled and lost — but you can also blame the NCAA and another mindless rule

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles gestures to an official during a review during the Alabama game Nov. 8.

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to be in Indianapolis for an NCAA men’s basketball tournament mock selection exercise. It was a highly organized, informative, exceptionally professional event. It was the NCAA at its big-time best. Thursday, we were witness once again to the NCAA at its bureaucratic worst. LSU’s football program was… Continue reading →

Rabalais: It’s cold outside, but Lady Tigers are riding a hot streak

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Beth Torina coaches against Memphis, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The weather at Tiger Park on Tuesday was chilling. The home team couldn’t be hotter. The LSU softball team returned from the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in posh Palm Springs, California, over the weekend with another sack full of victories, five of them, pushing their record to16-0. It’s the best start in school history. LSU’s ranking… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Tigers, Lady Tigers need to find the will to survive

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Josh Gray hits the floor during an 81-77 loss to Auburn earlier this month in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU seeks revenge Tuesday night at Auburn.

The LSU Tigers and Lady Tigers are packing their bags this week for a pair of road games that will have a huge impact on their postseason travels. They need to pack a couple of wins for their return trips. Skip the T-shirts and trinkets; and for goodness sake, don’t buy the overpriced bottled… Continue reading →

Rabalais: With PMAC packed, Tigers put on show

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Rheagan Courville celebrates her performance on the uneven bars against Florida in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

There was a time when it took Shaquille O’Neal and his larger-than-life, rim-rattling theatrics to fill the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Friday night, the PMAC was filled again, fans drawn to the theatrics of a bunch of perfectly manicured young women vaulting and spinning and tumbling to the choreography of a cutting-edge soundtrack worthy of a Vegas… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Mock NCAA selection meeting an eye-opening process

Advocate photo by Scott Rabalais -- NCAA mock selection committee members, from left, George Schroeder of USA Today, Mike Tirico of ESPN and Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press work during Friday's tournament seeding process in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — A wise man, Dan Akroyd if memory serves, once said, “We mock what we don’t understand.” Well, none of us understand the process of selecting the field for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as well as we think we do, unless we’ve actually been here the second week of March in the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Why a sellout crowd, heroic effort wasn't enough for LSU to shock Kentucky

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to his players on the bench in the first half of LSU's 69-71 loss to  #1 Kentucky Tuesday night in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The crawfish in the second row of the LSU student section was boiling, like the rest of the Deaf Dome. Looking like they were outclassed and outgunned down 13 points with just under 13 minutes left, the LSU Tigers mounted a furious 16-0 rally from 60-50 down to 66-60 up on No. 1 Kentucky with 7:29… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Tigers displayed more intensity in win over Crimson Tide

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Tim Quarterman, left, slaps hands with coach Johnny Jones as he takes a breather in the first half of LSU's game against Alabama on Feb. 7, 2015.

Maybe this is a thing about this LSU basketball team. Maybe they have to be pushed. Threatened. Ridiculed. Shoved to the brink before shoving back with something resembling fight. There were no fights in Saturday’s LSU-Alabama game, one late-game entanglement between a Tiger and a Tider, perhaps, but nothing came of it. If it’s a… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Les Miles blows off steam at recruiting bash

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU football coach Les Miles speaks to the LSU fans during the signing day festivities.

You can spot the times Les Miles doesn’t want to talk about something by the circular patterns imbedded in the way he’ll start to answer a question. He’ll spin this way and that way without ever really saying anything, to the point the reporter asking the question won’t be able to find their way home without a… Continue reading →

Rabalais: In a pivotal year for Les Miles, LSU needs these recruits to pan out

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles answers questions about new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron last month. Miles and his staff finalized a signing class of 25 players Wednesday.

Recruiting is referred to as an inexact science. It’s a statement that does injustice to inexact sciences, like meteorology or coming up with a flu vaccine that actually works (excuse me while I reach for another tissue). Yet every year, fans and us media types sift through the college football classes on… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Tigers show more grit in win over Gamecocks

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Jordan Mickey works his way around South Carolina defense in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Another night in the grindhouse for LSU. The Tigers don’t know any other way to play, really. Their 79-61 victory at Florida a few games back was some kind of statistical anomaly. Otherwise, LSU’s trek through the Southeastern Conference has been a slog, the rest of its games decided by seven points or less and/or in… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU baseball team tries again to climb College World Series mountain

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, head coach Paul Mainieri, and volunteer assistant coach Will Davis observe bunting practice Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

If you play or coach baseball at LSU, the expectations never relent. It’s there from the moment you arrive at Alex Box Stadium for batting practice or a game and see the six national championship flags snapping in the breeze. Or the faces of LSU All-Americans, staring expectantly from plaques on the iron and brick fence ringing the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Benson saga hard not to watch

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson walks with his wife Gayle Benson, left, and granddaughter Rita LeBlanc before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

The lawsuits are flying, the attorneys are massing on the border and people are choosing sides for what promises to be The Battle of New Orleans II, an uncivil war between Bensons and LeBlancs for control of Louisiana’s major professional sports empire. In the middle, like children caught in the eye of a rancorous divorce, are… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Tigers let a big opportunity slip away in loss to Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU forward Jordan Mickey reacts to a traveling call that turned the ball over to Texas A&M in the final seconds of the Aggies' 67-64 win Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Such a waste. A big crowd. A big lead. A chance to establish some big-time momentum and stack up more interest in your program in the tight window of attention span that LSU fans give basketball between the end of football season and the start of baseball season. Pffft! All frittered away on a beautiful Saturday.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Marathon’s Danny Bourgeois aims to help Louisiana take that first step

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Runners make it to mile 16 at the intersection of Jefferson Highway and Claycut Road during the third annual Louisiana Marathon in January 2014.

Danny Bourgeois is convinced there’s a healthier Louisiana out there, lurking under our deep-fried, crunchy exterior. “With this sedentary lifestyle, where sitting has become the new smoking, we’ve all put on a little weight,” said Bourgeois, marketing director and one of the co-founders of the Louisiana Marathon festival, which takes over Baton Rouge’s streets and public spaces… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU football staff could be recruiting ‘dream team’ in the making

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left,  LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, head coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron stand together during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at LSU in Baton Rouge.

Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron were announced as LSU’s new coaches Wednesday, Steele as defensive coordinator, Orgeron as defensive line coach. Their reputation as recruiters borders on legendary, especially Orgeron, the gregarious, high-energy son of south Louisiana, who finally gets to fulfill a longtime career ambition by coaching at LSU. Combine them with established LSU coaches… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Ohio State win shows Meyer no Urban legend

Associated Press photo by Sharon Ellman -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is dunked Monday night after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in Arlington, Texas, to win the national championship -- Meyer's third as a head coach.

DALLAS — An assortment of musings from the first College Football Playoff … In the Dallas suburbs, there is an office complex called Urban Towers. It’s a good paring of words to describe where Urban Meyer currently stands in college football. The Ohio State coach moved into a pretty exclusive neighborhood… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Old-school Buckeyes crunch newfangled Ducks in a CFP rout that few saw coming

Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman holds the championship trophy after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Oregon Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Ohio State won 42-20. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

In the second quarter Monday night, a TV camera caught an Ohio State fan and his homemade sign and flashed it on those Rhode Island-sized video screens here in AT&T Stadium: “While you play dress up, we play football” OK, kind of a Neanderthal statement. But when… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Ohio State's Braxton Miller would bring life to LSU at quarterback, but can it happen?

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DALLAS — “I do expect Braxton to return.” With six little words, Urban Meyer did more to darken the Sunday of LSU football fans than anything he has said since calling that jump pass for Tim Tebow in the 2006 LSU-Florida game. “Braxton” would be Braxton Miller, the Ohio State senior quarterback who has… Continue reading →

Rabalais: As the wins (and that Nike money) keeps rolling in, Oregon’s building a Duck dynasty

Oregon's B.J. Kelley (23) celebrates after defeating Florida State in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Doug Benc)

“You know what really makes your rocket ships go up? Funding. That’s what makes your ships go up. No bucks, no Buck Rogers.” — “The Right Stuff” (1983) Twenty years ago, Oregon made it back to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 37 seasons. It was more than… Continue reading →

Rabalais: With a phone call, John Chavis took the wrong way out of LSU

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Then-defensive coordinator John Chavis, left, and coach Les Miles watch LSU warm up before a 2011 game at Tennessee.

You can find plenty of tall tales here in Texas, the new home of old LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis. Here’s one: “Will clean pool for two tickets to CFP National Championship Game. Call Kevin Sumlin for references.” Rustin McFarland, Texas A&M student and pool boy to the stars, tweeted Dec. 30 that he… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Is LSU’s 6-year championship itch the sign of bigger things to come? Or is the program declining?

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  Les Miles boards a bus departing from the LSU Football Operations Building for the Music City Bowl on Dec. 27.

They say history is the best predictor of the future. If so, this is a pretty interesting point in history for the LSU football program. Despite whatever frustration and angst that may have resulted from the 2014 season, this remains the longest sustained period of success for LSU football ever. The Tigers have had 15 straight winning… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Ohio State's Sugar Bowl shocker vs. Alabama proves it — the SEC’s reign of dominance is over

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban takes the field before kickoff against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff Semifinal / Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Dylan Thompson danced and spun around on his good leg on the Ohio State sideline as teammate Michael Thomas wrapped his meaty mitts around Alabama quarterback Blake Sims for a 9-yard sack at the Crimson Tide 30. It was only with about 11 minutes left in the third quarter. It was only with the Buckeyes having just… Continue reading →

Rabalais: John Chavis’ no comment said it all — he’s going to Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis

John Chavis could have ended the speculation. When he emerged from the LSU locker room Tuesday after the longest delay this side of the review of Brad Kragthorpe’s fake field-goal keeper… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Their LSU Tigers in a bowl game? Super fans Scott and Kent DeJean wouldn’t miss it for the world

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU super fans, twin brothers Kent DeJean, left, of Baton Rouge and Scott DeJean of Lafayette, pose with an LSU jacket touting the Tigers' three football national championships at the Nashville Downtown Sheraton on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When it comes to LSU bowl games, neither monsoon-like rain nor sleet nor mad cow disease will stop the Evil Twins from being in the stands. When LSU kicks off Tuesday here in the Music City Bowl against Notre Dame (2 p.m., ESPN), twin brothers Scott and Kent DeJean will be in the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU football in a 'disturbingly downward trend;' Music City Bowl vs. Notre Dame starts 'incredibly pivotal 2015 season'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, left, watches as coach Les Miles questions a call to officials during the first half of the Tigers' 10-7 win over Ole Miss last week.

NASHVILLE, Tenn . — To quote country music immortal Johnny Cash, when it comes to bowl games, I’ve been everywhere, man. New Orleans. Tampa. Dallas. Pasadena. Atlanta. Miami. Shreveport. Shreveport again. Often, a bowl is just a bowl, the main difference being the colors of the ugly blazers the bowl… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Music City stage could be the setting for John Diarse’s big break

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6), wearing his own jersey, and wide receiver John Diarse (16) wearing the jersey swapped with defensive back Tre'Davious White, shake hands Sunday in Nashville at Vanderbilt University's indoor football practice facility, as the Tigers prepare for the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl matchup against Notre Dame. The jersey swap is a tradition for LSU's last football practice of the year. Diarse is projected to get his first start against the Fighting irish.

From the open-air honky-tonks that spill music out into the night along Broadway to even eateries along the concourses at the airport, this is a town that lives up to its Music City nickname. People come from all over the map hoping to break into the big time,… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU’s Anthony Jennings brings a suitcase full of quiet confidence to Music City Bowl

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Anthony Jennings is interviewed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center late Saturday afternoon, after LSU arrived at the team hotel.

Amid the swirl of TV cameras and interviews and LSU players trying to find their room keys as they arrived at the Opryland resort on Saturday for the Music City Bowl, a small band of youngsters slipped in and took a picture with Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings. As they returned… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Keeping John Chavis, underclassmen from bolting key job for LSU coach Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, talks with defensive coordinator John Chavis before the Sam Houston State game, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

As he settled in for his final on-campus news conference of 2014 Monday night, Les Miles mentioned the Forbes article that rated LSU as the nation’s fifth-most-valuable college football program. The price tag: $103 million. Someone asked Miles if he should get a raise for his role in leading such a lucrative “franchise,” but… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Jimmy Graham’s goal-line gaffe sums up the Saints’ lost season perfectly

Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) strips the football from New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) after a reception near the goal line in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Falcons free safety Dezmen Southward (41) tackles. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

For once Sunday, Drew Brees was able to drop back in the pocket unhurried to find his favorite target open over the middle: tight end/wide receiver/amateur pilot Jimmy Graham. Graham leaped high on his basketball-trained pogo sticks and came down with the ball right at the goal line. The pensive Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd, chewing nails all afternoon… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Wrapping up Christmas gifts for the LSU football team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate as they head to the locker room after the Tiger's 30-27 win over Florida, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Before I dash out to finish my Christmas shopping (don’t judge me), here are a few presents I’d like to bestow on the LSU football family: -- For coach Les Miles, a fresh white LSU hat to wear during the Music City Bowl. Actually, Miles breaks out a fresh new hat for every game, but… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Domination of the hibernating Bears gives Saints a lift

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. The Saints won 31-15. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO — It’s been a crazy, unpredictable, hard-to-define, upside-down cake of a season for the New Orleans Saints. But there are worse things than coming into Week 15 of the regular season 5-8. There are the Chicago Bears. In the latest episode of “Chicago No Hope,” Bears coach Marc Trestman is facing withering criticism… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU coach Les Miles to Michigan? Maybe

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles at the LSU-Texas A&M game Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in College Station, Texas.

Notes on the back of a copy of Les Miles’ contract while pondering that $1.25 million Michigan buyout clause therein … … So far we have no outright fire when it comes to the Les Miles-Michigan story, but smoke signals abound. There are now multiple reports from Michigan, including one Wednesday from the Detroit News, which… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Exposed in their own home, the problems clearly run deep for these Saints

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) looks as time winds down in a NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

It’s not about bricks and mortar anymore with the Saints, where they’re playing the game and whose fans are doing the most screaming. It’s not about being tied for the top spot (or at the moment just below it) in the NFC South standings. It’s about whether the Saints are a good team or not. And right… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Officially playoff-bound, Alabama looks as tough as ever

Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor celebrates after the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Atlanta. Alabama won 42-13. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A word of advice — or better yet, a warning — to whoever has the dubious honor of facing Alabama in the College Football Playoff. “They’re going to have to come with their ‘A’ game,” said Landon Collins, the Crimson Tide strong safety and former Dutchtown star. “That’s what we come with every… Continue reading →

Rabalais: The very first College Football Playoff ... without an SEC team? Hey, it could happen

Alabama head coach Nick Saban walks on the turf during practice Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Atlanta, ahead of the Southeastern Conference championship football game between Alabama and Missouri held Saturday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ATLANTA — Picture your television screen Sunday morning: With doves flying and trumpets blaring, the keepers of the eternal down marker, the high priests and priestess (that’s for you, Condi Rice) of the College Football Playoff committee unveil one by one the four teams in the inaugural, historic, the-world-will-never-be-the-same-again national semifinals. Ah, we have Florida State.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Time is right for 'underappreciated' LSU coach Les Miles to accept Michigan job

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles celebrates the return of working headphones just after the opening kickoff last Thursday against Texas A&M.

Take the job, Les. If Michigan, your alma mater comes calling, if it says it needs Les Miles to rescue its once proud and now sputtering football tradition, you should accept. You both wanted it to work in 2007, but the timing became lousy thanks to that Saturday morning splash report (to spin off a Sean… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Best way to sum up these New Orleans Saints? Expect the unexpected

New Orleans Saints fullback Erik Lorig (41) celebrates with tight end Benjamin Watson (82) after making a catch and goes in for a touchdown in the second quarter of the NFL game , Sunday,Nov. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

In a season that defies description other than to label the whole confounding thing as “non sequitur,' of course the Saints followed up their worst homestand of the Sean Payton era with a big win. On the road. Outdoors. Continue reading →

Rabalais: Blown calls, broken headsets, torched timeouts ... Tigers' win vs. Texas A&M had it all

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) celebrates as he comes off the field after his game-clinching interception with less than two minutes to go, in the game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

And beneath it all, an undercurrent of brute force. Clumsy at times but powerful nonetheless, the wild Thanksgiving Day affair ended in a 23-17 LSU victory. Continue reading →


Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83) catches along pass over Wisconsin cornerback Darius Hillary (5) in the second half of LSU and Wisconsin's season opener, Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU won 28-24.

Pass the cranberries. Pass the yams. But after the plates are cleared away, the biggest question around Louisiana’s Thanksgiving tables will be this one: Can LSU pass the ball? LSU’s 17-0 shutout at Arkansas on Nov. 15 doesn’t look quite so bad in the wake of the suddenly awake Razorbacks quashing the Ole Miss Rebels 30-0 Saturday.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Worst or first? Saints remain stuck in NFC South limbo

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) and New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94), top right, watch the final seconds tick away as the Saints lose 34-27 to the Baltimore Ravens in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

The New Orleans Saints find themselves trapped in some sort of football limbo from which there seems to be no end. Not quite bad enough to be condemned to the kind of hell reserved for the truly dreadful teams — I’m thinking of you, Oakland Raiders, despite that win over Kansas City. Not good enough to be… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Ex-LSU greats Dale Brown, Shaquille O’Neal hold court at Hall of Fame induction like no on else

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 →

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 →

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 →