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Video: Les Miles sings alma mater with players, Tiger Band; peek behind scenes at 3 Doors Down prep

LSU Tiger Marching Band Videographer Moe Athmann captured everything from the band’s halftime preparations with 3 Doors Down to it accompaniment of Coach Les Miles’ proud rendition of the university’s Alma Mater at the end of the game in his final regular season video. And in between, watch for Cathy Miles’ celebratory sing-along with Garth Brooks’ “Callin’… Continue reading →

‘We want this for you’: Teammates thrilled for Leonard Fournette after he breaks LSU’s single-season rushing record

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) breaks the tackle of Texas A&M linebacker Richard Moore (7) to score a touchdown late in the second half of the LSU-Texas A&M football game in Baton Rouge, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. LSU won, 19-7, and Fournette broke the Tigers' single season rushing record.

After the chants of “Les Miles!” faded away into the warm Baton Rouge night, after he approached the applauding student section for what many believed was his goodbye to Tiger Stadium, adoration for LSU’s embattled coach shifted elsewhere. Fans leaned over the north-end-zone railings to snap selfies and shake hands with Leonard Fournette, whose record-breaking night was overshadowed… Continue reading →

Is LSU considering offensive change? ‘You betcha,’ says Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As LSU running back Darrel Williams (34) watches, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron gives instructions during warmups before the game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 in Starkville.

The pitch in Les Miles’ voice rose. He stared down at a questioner, turning from goofy, humorous coach to angry, defensive leader during Saturday’s postgame news conference. The question: Will you contemplate a serious overhaul of your offense? “The serious and overhaul with the offense ... does that include Leonard Fournette?” he asked. “Would we… Continue reading →

Report: Citrus Bowl rep says LSU-Michigan matchup a 'strong' consideration but first...

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU  coach Les Miles tips his hat to an appreciative Tiger Stadium crowd at the the start of Senior Day festivities before the LSU-Texas A&M football game Saturday.

. Just in case the 2015 LSU football season needed another plot twist... According ESPN Baton Rouge radio host Matt Moscona, a representative from the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl said Saturday that an LSU-Michigan matchup in the postseason game is a strong consideration as long as either Michigan State, Iowa or Ohio State… Continue reading →

Three-star safety Clifford Chattman decommits from LSU; Jerald Hawkins and DeSean Smith play in Tigers’ win over Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU fans show off a large sign late in the second half of Saturday's game against Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium. LSU won 19-7.

Three-star athlete Clifford Chattman from McDonogh 35 in New Orleans decommitted from LSU on Saturday, hours before the Tigers defeated Texas A&M 19-7 in Tiger Stadium. He was the third recruit to decommit in the past week, joining 2016 quarterback Feleipe Franks and 2017 athlete Jacoby Stevens. Uncertainty with Les Miles’ future in Baton Rouge has played a… Continue reading →

LSU defense has a great day, stifles Texas A&M in 19-7 victory

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen (10) fumbles the ball and LSU recovers near the goal line during the first half Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

Enough was enough for the LSU defense Saturday night. After being rolled for 1,306 yards, 99 points and 12 touchdowns in their previous three games — all double-digit losses — the Tigers rose up on an emotional night and played lights out in their regular-season finale against Texas A&M. With coach Les Miles’ job possibly hanging… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: What a ride! Les Miles makes grand comeback, crowd goes wild, LSU surges past Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As fireworks go off overhead, LSU head coach Les Miles is carried off the field by LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander (74) and LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) after the game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Tiger Stadium. LSU won 19-7.

Les Miles heard the cheers when he trotted out for pregame Senior Day activities, but at first he didn’t realize they were for him. “I didn’t expect cheers,” Miles said after his team turned back Texas A&M 19-7 on Saturday night, then turned the page to the first day of the rest of his LSU… Continue reading →

Behind the scenes: How, when, where decision to retain LSU coach Les Miles was made Saturday night

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- iLSU head coach Les Miles points to the student section to thank them for his support, before leaving the field after the LSU-Texas A&M football game in Baton Rouge, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. LSU won, 19-7, and it looked likely that it might be his last game coaching at Tiger Stadium.

LSU has its football coach. And it’s Les Miles. The 11th-year coach will remain the program’s leader, athletic director Joe Alleva announced after the Tigers’ 19-7 win over Texas A&M on an emotional Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. “I want to make it very clear that Les Miles is our football coach, and he’ll continue… Continue reading →

Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis’ unit plays inspired football for him, but LSU pulls away

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- LSU coach Les Miles greets Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis, who had been LSU's defensive coordinator, before the Tigers and Aggies played Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis didn’t talk a lot this week about how much his return to Baton Rouge meant to him. But his players knew just how important it was for Chavis, who spent the previous six seasons in the same position at LSU. His boss knew, too. “It was an emotional… Continue reading →

Joe Alleva anounces Les Miles will stay at LSU; Tigers players carry coach off field after victory over Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --LSU head coach Les Miles holds his arms in the air to the cheers of the crowd, after saluting the student section after the LSU-Texas A&M football game in Baton Rouge, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. LSU won, 19-7, in what may have been his last game coaching in Tiger Stadium.

“Keep Les,” the signs read. “We love you, Les,” others said. “Les 4-ever,” read another. They chanted his name. They roared for him. They screamed for him and cheered for him. LSU fans rallied behind Les Miles, their 11th-year coach. LSU players carried him off the field. And LSU administrators ended any speculation… Continue reading →

LSU 19, Texas A&M 7: How much did an emotional night play a role in Tigers’ victory?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU  coach Les Miles tips his hat to an appreciative Tiger Stadium crowd at the the start of Senior Day festivities before the LSU-Texas A&M football game Saturday.

1. What we learned After three weeks of disheartening losses, LSU found enough heart to win a big game over rival Texas A&M. Not a game with championship implications, but one with major implications for Miles’ future as LSU’s coach, who confirmed he is staying after the game. The Tigers’ defensive effort was brilliant, lifting… Continue reading →

Jim Hawthorne’s final game in Tiger Stadium: Fans honor him, the emotions swell — and then it’s time for football

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Longtime LSU sports announcer Jim Hawthorne works in the broadcast booth during the LSU-Texas A&M game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

Jim Hawthorne takes his headset off during a commercial break, and it begins. A man approaches, removes his cap and reaches for the broadcaster’s hand. “Thank you for a heart and head full of memories,” the fan says. Another follows, asking whether Hawthorne will take a picture with his son. He… Continue reading →

Reports: Jimbo Fisher informs Florida State president, others he intends to remain with Seminoles

Associated Press photo by Mark J. Terrill -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, a former LSU offensive coordinator, celebrates with The Coaches' Trophy after the Seminoles' 34-31 win over Auburn in BCS National Championship game Monday night in Pasadena, Calif.

. Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher informed the university’s president this week that he intends to remain with the Seminoles, according to a Palm Beach Post report Saturday morning. Fisher reportedly told FSU President John Thrasher he’s happy with the administration, its support and the program overall., a Baton Rouge-based group that closely monitors college football coaching… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Les Miles ... championship coach or leader of unimaginative offense? Debate to continue until the end

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles waves to fans as he brings the team down Victory Hill before the game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

It’s never been easy with Les Miles. Never easy to give him the credit he deserved. Never easy to know when enough criticism was enough. Never easy for multitudes of passionate LSU fans to pledge unquestioned allegiance to the winningest (by percentage) football coach in LSU history. Never easy to typecast him as a coach with no… Continue reading →

Les Miles tells ESPN he didn't tell Gridiron Club he's stepping down or would be fired after A&M game

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Les Miles holds his weekly press conference amidst growing speculation of his dismissal.

Les Miles met with Gridiron Club members Friday and expressed gratitude for their service, but the 11th-year LSU coach did not indicate whether he’d be coaching the Tigers in the future, Miles said on ESPN on Friday night. Miles disputed the account during an interview on ESPN, saying, “I had no suggestion this was going to be my last… Continue reading →

Senior struggles: LSU’s senior class one of the smallest, least productive in SEC

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Linebacker Deion Jones (45) is one of just 14 seniors on LSU's teams.

Linebacker Deion Jones smirked. The question had such an obvious answer that he couldn’t hold back his facial expression. Why is LSU’s senior class so small? His blunt response sent a group of reporters chuckling: “Guys left,” he answered. There’s more to it, of course, but that’s the bottom line: LSU players left early for the NFL… Continue reading →

Healthy Hawk: LSU coach Les Miles expects left tackle Jerald Hawkins to start against Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins fires off the line during the Tigers' game at Mississippi State on Sept. 12. Hawkins, who sat out last week's game at Ole Miss with an ankle injury, will likely return for LSU's regular-season finale Saturday against Texas A&M.

LSU finally got some good injury news. Junior left tackle Jerald Hawkins will likely start against Texas A&M on Saturday, coach Les Miles said Wednesday during his post-practice news conference. Hawkins suited up but sat out the Tigers’ 38-17 loss at Ole Miss last week with an ankle injury. “He practiced the whole week,” Miles said of… Continue reading →

Which bowl game is LSU headed to? 1 of 3 options appear likely

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) juggles a pass before bringing it in, as Mississippi defensive back Kendarius Webster (15) moves in in during  he first half, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss.

Whether Les Miles is still LSU’s coach or not, at some point over the holidays, the Tigers will have a bowl game to play. LSU’s potential postseason address, speculation over which has been drowned out by the spotlight on Miles’ embattled tenure at the school, is pure guesswork at this point considering the Tigers’ current… Continue reading →

Jimbo Fisher on Florida State: 'I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place.'

LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, left,  and  head coach Les Miles talk football practice in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. LSU  is getting ready to play Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl football game on Jan. 3.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher experssed his affection for Florida State on Wednesday night when asked on his radio show if he'd consider leaving Tallahassee for Baton Rouge. “I’m happy where I’m at,” Fisher said, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place.… Continue reading →

Les Miles, LSU teammates vouch for Leonard Fournette’s Heisman candidacy as star back has two program records within reach

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette runs behind the blocking of offensive lineman William Clapp (64), fullback Bry'Kiethon Mouton (47) and tight end Colin Jeter (81) during the first half Saturday in Oxford, Miss.

Leonard Fournette’s season has gone much like LSU’s. The sophomore running back became a national celebrity and the unquestioned frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy during the team’s 7-0 start that propelled it to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Since then, Fournette and the Tigers have disappeared from the Heisman and national championship conversation.… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Alabama Crimson running back Derrick Henry (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Middle Tennessee, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Each week, The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. This year’s Heisman will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on ESPN. 1. DERRICK HENRY Alabama junior running back WHY HE’S HERE: There’s a lot of volatility to… Continue reading →

'I love this place': Les Miles declines to defend self, hopes to be at LSU ‘another 11 years’

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles walks off the field after the game, Saturday, Nov.21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss won 38-17.

Embattled LSU coach Les Miles declined to defend himself Wednesday and says he hopes to be at LSU another 11 years. Miles’ 11th regular season at LSU ends Saturday with a home game against Texas A&M, and the coach has never faced more questions about his job security. Multiple national reports Monday confirmed… Continue reading →

AP college football picks: A weekend feast with major implications

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz walks with the team during an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.,  on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Every team in the AP Top 25 is playing this weekend in a total of 18 games. All but one of these are guaranteed to be: A) A matchup of ranked teams. B) A rivalry game. C) A game with College Football Playoff implications. D) A game with conference title implications. E) Some combination of the above. So this… Continue reading →

Another star recruit, Jacoby Stevens, decommits from LSU

LSU has lost a commitment from its second recruit in as many days. Junior athlete Jacoby Stevens from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, announced Tuesday that he had decommitted from the Tigers. He joins 2016 quarterback Feleipe Franks, who made the same decision the day prior. Stevens committed to LSU in September but said the… Continue reading →

Tigers receiver Travin Dural to have surgery

LSU receiver Travin Dural will have surgery on a torn hamstring suffered in the loss to Ole Miss on Saturday, The Daily Reveille reported Tuesday night. Dural, a redshirt junior, entered the game as the Tigers’ leader in receiving yards. He leaped to catch a high pass in the end zone in the first half of… Continue reading →

‘It was hurting to me’: A meeting with former coordinator John Chavis stirs feelings in LSU players

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis' departure for Texas A&M last year left many Tigers in disbelief.

In the elevator of LSU’s hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, linebacker Lamar Louis heard the news just hours after a Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame. Around the same time, linebacker Kendell Beckwith heard the same from teammates. He didn’t believe them. After all, the scoop shocked him: John Chavis, his… Continue reading →

CBS' Gary Danielson: Lack of quarterback Les Miles' downfall at LSU, but 'he might not be unemployed for two hours'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana State Police Sgt. Bryan Madden, left, looks on as LSU head coach Les Miles talks with LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) just after the last platt of the game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge. LSU beat Auburn 45-21.

CBS Sports college football analyst Gary Danielson likes Les Miles, but in a podcast on he said he understands why the LSU coach is on the hot seat... Continue reading →

Rabalais: Quite a 'heartrending' moment Monday when Les Miles called Baton Rouge 'home'

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Les Miles holds his weekly press conference amidst growing speculation of his dismissal.

For a coach who has been so embattled almost from day one, so second-guessed, so subject to such withering criticism, Les Miles took on a new persona Monday: That of the sympathetic figure. Miles was asked during his weekly Monday media luncheon — by all indications, his last such gathering as LSU’s football coach — what… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles delivers clear message to players in Monday meeting: 'Team first'

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Les Miles holds his weekly press conference amidst growing speculation of his dismissal.

Lamar Louis has tried to ignore the rumblings, but friends and family members keep on reminding him. Everyone wants to know about the fate of his coach, LSU’s Les Miles. “People texting you, calling you, seeing it on the news,” said Louis, the Tigers’ senior starting linebacker. “Can’t really run… Continue reading →

‘Really good chance’ LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins will play Saturday vs. Texas A&M, Les Miles says

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins grabs the loose ball as South Carolina linebacker Jonathan Walton closes in during the second half Oct. 10, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

At least one player on LSU’s injury list is likely to return against Texas A&M. LSU coach Les Miles said Monday that “there’s a really good chance” junior left tackle Jerald Hawkins will be healthy when the Tigers take on the Aggies at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. He didn’t offer an update on junior receiver Travin… Continue reading →

Report: LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron ‘very interested’ in Syracuse head coaching job

LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron reacts during the second half an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is “very interested” in the head coaching opening at Syracuse, he told on Monday. “I have a lot of respect for Syracuse,” Orgeron told the website for a story published Monday. “Great private school, great education, great tradition. So, obviously, my interest would be very high. I’d… Continue reading →

LSU Film Room: A look at Rebels’ big offensive plays; video breakdown of LSU penalties

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly (10) throws, as pressure from LSU defensive end Arden Key (49) arrives too late, in the second half, Saturday, Nov .21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss won 38-17.

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

First-look scouting report: Texas A&M at LSU

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, center, watches a replay on the scoreboard in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The basics Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium TV: SEC Network Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7 Series: LSU leads 30-20-3 Last meeting: LSU 23, Texas A&M 17 on Nov. 27, 2014, in College Station On Texas A&M Record: 8-3 (4-3 Southeastern) Best win:… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU player: Les Miles heavily involved in offense, often changes play calls or calls plays in big games

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles walks the sideline in the first half against Ole Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — On first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Darrel Williams rushed up the gut for no gain. On second down, Leonard Fournette rushed up the gut and fumbled as LSU lost 4 yards. On third down, Williams ran again — this time for 2 yards. On fourth down after a timeout,… Continue reading →

Down four starters, LSU struggled to maintain offensive continuity in loss to Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. — Receiver Travin Dural limped to LSU’s team bus. Running back Nick Brossette needed crutches to get there. Left tackle Jerald Hawkins watched LSU’s loss Saturday without ever stepping on the field, and the same goes for fullback J.D. Moore and tight end Dillon Gordon. “We lost a couple guys going into this… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: 'If the writing isn’t on the wall for Les Miles, the pencil is at least being sharpened'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- A fairly somber LSU head coach Les Miles ponders a question during his post-game press conference, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss won 38-17.

Whatever Les Miles needed to boost his job security, to help his cause, to prove he is still the man to lead this LSU football program now and into a nationally competitively future, whatever he needed to prove and however he needs to be judged, what happened here Saturday against Ole Miss was the… Continue reading →