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Video: LSU left tackle La'el Collins says he wants to take everything in when he plays his last game for the Tigers in the Music City Bowl

. LSU left tackle La'el Collins talks about his collegiate career and playing in his last game with the Tigers in the Music City Bowl. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

LSU to wear bowl patch during Music City Bowl

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brad Kragthorpe (16) pats LSU place kicker Colby Delahoussaye (42) on the head, after his long field goal in the fourth quarter, after Delahoussaye had some troubles earlier int he game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

. LSU players will wear a patch on their breast during the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 against Notre Dame, according to a tweet from an account belonging to the LSU football equipment staff. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Projections: LSU's Jalen Collins, Kwon Alexander most likely to enter NFL Draft, but what about Jalen Mills, Danielle Hunter, others?

Based on conversations with sources around the Tigers' program, The Advocate projects the probability of departures for LSU's underclassmen. No definitive decisions have been made, sources said, so these are only projections. Players at the top of the list are most likely to enter the draft; players near the bottom… Continue reading →

Playing the what-if game: Tigers would’ve looked mighty different had last year’s early exits stuck around

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

LSU safety Ronald Martin asks himself the question a lot: What if the underclassmen from last season who left early for pro ball would have stayed another year? Imagine it. What if the reliable hands of Jarvis Landry were on the other end of those dropped third-down passes against Alabama? What if… Continue reading →

Sources: Texas A&M has contacted LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis who hasn't signed Tigers' new deal

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis watches pregame warmups before the Tigers' win over Sam Houston State on Sept. 6.

Texas A&M has reached out to LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis about its open coordinator position, multiple sources told The Advocate on Sunday. Chavis’ intentions are not clear. LSU has offered Chavis a new contract with an extension, but it has not been signed, sources said as of Monday morning. Chavis just completed… Continue reading →

From the ice rinks of north Alabama to Death Valley, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors is all about playing aggressively

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback Connor Neighbors celebrates on his way to the locker room, after the second  half of the UL-Monroe game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. LSU won 31-0. LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander is in the background.

Somewhere in his apartment, Logan Stokes can find a pile of hockey gear: a puck, stick, helmet with a facemask, shoulder pads, shin guards and gloves. They belong to his roommate, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors, one of the biggest Southern-born hockey fans — and former players — you’ll find. “He loves hockey,” Stokes said. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s 2014-15 bowl season preview

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Who said the College Football Playoff would be the death of the bowl system? There are 38 bowl games over the next three weeks, plus the new CFP National Championship Game on Jan. 12. Some will be meaningful, others magical, and a few will be blowouts. But, seriously, would you prefer less college football? The… 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 →

LSU coach Les Miles: Several underclassmen considering return; two of five assistants have signed extensions

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Vadal Alexander welcomes coach Les Miles to his usual spot in line singing the alma mater after LSU's 17-6 win over Florida in 2013. Miles said 'several' players have told the staff they are considering returning to school, though he didn't indentify players by name. Alexander is draft-eligible.

LSU coach Les Miles won’t announce if any of his underclassmen have already made the decision to go pro early, but he said “several” players have told the staff they are considering returning to school. “I would say that several underclassmen have said unofficially that they’re considering returning,” he said Friday night after practice. “I can tell you… Continue reading →

Tiger Tracks blog: LSU coach Les Miles tells radio show 'I wish (Michigan) the very best'

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.

Remember when LSU coach Les Miles told reporters Monday that he wasn’t considering the Michigan job? Well, he talked more about that on Sirius/XM Radio on Thursday. Continue reading →

Top linebacker recruit in country Malik Jefferson commits to Texas over LSU, Texas A&M, others

Mesquite (Texas) high school linebacker Malik Jefferson -- one of the nation's top recruits for the class of 2015 -- announced his commitment Friday morning, option for Texas over schools like LSU, Texas A&M and others. Rivals.com ranks Jefferson, who plays at Poteet High School, as the No. 1 player in the country at his position and the No. 22 recruit… Continue reading →

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture has some history with Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) pressures New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers (18) during a game Sept. 27. LaCouture played against Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire in an all-star game when the players were sought-after recruits. They will meet again in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.

Christian LaCouture has the edge on any other LSU defender when it comes to playing against Notre Dame’s No. 2 quarterback. The Fighting Irish (7-5) plan to use starter Everett Golson and sophomore Malik Zaire against LSU (8-4) in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, coach Brian Kelly told reporters earlier this week. Zaire has thrown just… Continue reading →

Report: LSU cornerback Jalen Collins likely to enter the NFL draft; defensive end Danielle Hunter leaning toward staying

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.

. LSU junior cornerback Jalen Collins is likely to enter the NFL Draft, and defensive end Danielle Hunter is leaning toward remaining in school, according to Yahoo Sports. Rand Getlin cited anonymous sources in his story on Collins and his tweet about Hunter. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Pick 6: Q and A with a Notre Dame beat reporter Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame players celebrate around tight end Ben Koyack after Koyack made a 23-yard game-winning touchdown reception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame defeated Stanford 17-14. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

. Eric Hansen, of the South Bend Tribune, has covering Notre Dame since the days of Knute Rockne. Well, maybe not that long. But it’s been a while. Hansen joins us on Pick 6 to answer some questions about the Fighting Irish, LSU’s opponent in the Music City Bowl. Click here… Continue reading →

Report: Michigan ups the ante for Jim Harbaugh to $48 million; school declines comment

Associated Press photo by JOHN FROSCHAUER -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh

. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the University of Michigan continues to make a push for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to be its new football coach and is reportedly offering $48 million. If Harbaugh accepts the offer it would make him the highest-paid coach in college football, with a deal almost $1… Continue reading →

Video: LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says the Tigers will have their hands full with the Notre Dame offense

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.

. LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says he and his teammates hope the Tigers can live up to being the No. 1 defense in the SEC against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Podcast: Don't look for LSU to try to find another quarterback to fill out its 2015 recruiting class

LSU head coach Les Miles walks off the field at halftime during an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

. In this "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast" hosted by Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff, Sonny Shipp of 247sports talks about how LSU probably will not look to add another quarterback to its 2015 recruiting class and Dutchtown football coach Benny Saia talks about former players Eric Reid and Landon Collins.… Continue reading →

JUCO defensive back Jeremy Cutrer inks with LSU

Courtesy the Biloxi Sun Herald

Jeremy Cutrer is an LSU Tiger – again. Cutrer, a 2013 commit out of Kentwood who didn’t qualify, signed with LSU on Wednesday. A former four star prospect out of Jewel M. Sumner, Cutrer is ranked as the sixth-best junior college safety in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He plans to graduate this month and… Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger's Morning Rumblings: LSU hype video; Nashville weather, big move at the NCAA

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs with a full head of steam into Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Howard Matthews (31), before bouncing outside to score unencumbered during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

. LSU has released its hype video ahead of the matchup with Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. A link to it is in the below tweet. The video includes, arguably, the best two plays of the season: RB Leonard Fournette running over Texas A&M safety Howard Matthews and WR Travin Dural’s one-handed… Continue reading →

Brian Kelly says Notre Dame will use two quarterbacks against LSU

Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson and Malik Zaire will both play quarterback when Notre Dame faces LSU in the Music City Bowl, with coach Brian Kelly saying he believes they can both help the Irish against the nation’s best pass defense. “I think both have some different traits and we need a way to… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Tigers have 'the potential to play in championships,' but there's one big 'if'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins celebrates after LSU beat Florida 30-27 on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Jerald Hawkins is trying his best to focus on Notre Dame, LSU’s opponent in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, but he also knows he’s eligible for the NFL draft. And that means making a life-altering decision. “I look at it as a business decision,” said Hawkins, a third-year sophomore right tackle. Hawkins, linebacker Kwon Alexander, defensive… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles talks non-Michigan subjects: QB competition going strong; meetings begin with draft-eligible players

LSU head coach Les Miles yells at a referee in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Alabama won in overtime 20-13. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. LSU coach Les Miles is king of the bizarre press conference (remember this and this). He had another Monday night, refusing to be directly quoted but telling a large group of reporters of his non-interest in the Michigan job. In non-Michigan discussion, Miles spoke about… Continue reading →

LSU left tackle La’el Collins is an AP All-American

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads the team out of the locker room before the game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

La’el Collins’ award trunk is getting awfully full. Collins landed on the Associated Press All-America second team, the AP announced Tuesday. He also was a second-team All-America pick by USA Today and SI.com. Collins, a senior from Baton Rouge, is projected as a mid-to-late first-round NFL draft pick. He passed on the draft last season, returning… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says he’s not considering Michigan

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

LSU coach Les Miles is not considering the open job at Michigan, he said. Speaking to reporters after Monday’s practice, Miles declined to be directly quoted about the opening at Michigan, but the coach — unprompted — said the job is not in his consideration. Michigan contacted Miles’ agent about the job to replace… Continue reading →

LSU fullback Connor Neighbors accepts Senior Bowl invite

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback Connor Neighbors walks off the field as Arkansas fans fill it after the Razorbacks' 17-0 win Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark.

. LSU fullback Connor Neighbors joined a list of LSU players who will play in postseason all-star games. Neighbors has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, the school announced on Monday. Neighbors, a former walk-on from Alabama who earned a scholarship, started nine games this season as the lead blocker for a running game that… Continue reading →

Tiger Tracks blog: New Orleans TV market watched more college football on ESPN this season than every other city, except one

This is a photo of the Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. New Orleans was ESPN’s No. 2 market for college football this year, according to an article on SI.com. The city trailed only Birmingham, who had the highest ESPN college football ratings for a 14th straight year. New Orleans was third-highest rated TV market for CBS’ college football coverage, trailing Birmingham and Memphis. Continue reading →

LSU left tackle La'el Collins highlights team awards at annual banquet

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles poses with LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) and family members, during Senior Day activities before the Alabama game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

. LSU left tackle La’el Collins earned the Charles McClendon Award as LSU’s most valuable player at the annual team football banquet Sunday night. Here’s the full list of awards:Continue reading →

Offensive lineman Matt Womack decommits from LSU, flips to Alabama

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron works with his players during warmups at NRG Stadium in Houston.

A week after gaining a commitment from an offensive lineman, LSU lost a commit from another.… Continue reading →

Video: Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson talks about narrowing his choices to LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tyron Johnson of Warren Easton

. Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 183-pound senior, is a four-star receiver according to 247Sports and has narrowed his choices to LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Johnson had 11 catches for 95 yards in the Eagles' 28-27 loss to Neville in the LHSAA Class 4A state championship football game on Saturday.… Continue reading →

Sources: LSU coach Les Miles is focused on recruiting, assistants’ contracts; staff has been told nothing of Michigan

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles acknowledges fans while walking to Tiger Stadium before Saturday's game against Ole Miss.

If LSU coach Les Miles or his agent has spoken to Michigan about its head coaching job, he’s not telling those around him. Miles is focused on recruiting and getting contracts extended for his assistant coaches, said a source who spoke directly to the coach earlier this week. Assistants have been told nothing from Miles… Continue reading →

How LSU can still get 10 wins: Decisions of some of Louisiana’s top football prospects could make or break 2015 recruiting class

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson (1) is run out of bounds by East Jefferson defensive back Devin Samson (6) during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Frank Wilson says LSU can still get to 10 wins. Addressing the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club this past week, Wilson, LSU’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, claimed the Tigers could reach the 10-win mark for a fifth straight season. That’s mathematically impossible, a questioner pointed out to Wilson. LSU is 8-4 with… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRELSU forward Jarell Martin drives to the basket while being defended by UMass's Maxie Esho on Dec. 2 at the Pete Maravich Center.

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LSU’s initial Music City Bowl ticket allotment down to 700

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) shrugs off Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed (90) to pick up good yardage during the first half Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

As of Thursday night, LSU had sold 7,300 of its allotted 8,000 tickets to the Music City Bowl, a year after struggling to sell tickets to the Outback Bowl. The No. 22 Tigers (8-4) and Notre Dame (7-5) meet in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 30 in a game drawing much more interest than last year’s postseason matchup.… Continue reading →

LSU RB Leonard Fournette, two more on All-SEC Freshman Team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU RB Leonard Fournette had a career-high 146 yards against Texas A&M.

Running back Leonard Fournette, receiver Malachi Dupre and safety Jamal Adams landed on the Coaches All-SEC Freshmen Team, the league announced Thursday. Fournette, the former No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation, led LSU in rushing with 891 yards and eight touchdowns. The New Orleans native had multiple highlight reel plays this season, including a Continue reading →

LSU left tackle La'el Collins makes USA Today All-American Second Team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles poses with LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) and family members, during Senior Day activities before the Alabama game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU senior left tackle La’el Collins has reeled in four honors in four days. On Thursday, Collins made USA Today’s All-American Second Team. The Baton Rouge native already this week made two All-SEC First Teams and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the SEC’s most outstanding blocker. Collins is projected as a… Continue reading →

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

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Alabama defensive back Jarrick Williams (20) and Alabama defensive back Landon Collins (26) zero in on LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) during the second half, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU lost 20-13 in overtime.

Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger is on hand to answer all of your questions about the LSU football team and to take your opinions about the Tigers as well in this chat on Thursday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.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 →

LSU assistants’ pay leads nation for 2nd-straight year; extensions in works

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, talks with defensive coordinator John Chavis before the Sam Houston State game Sept. 6. Chavis and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron have a $1.3 million salary this year.

For the second straight year, LSU’s group of nine assistant coaches have a combined pay that leads the nation, and extensions are in the works for at least some of them. LSU’s assistant salary pool is $5.38 million, eclipsing Alabama’s $5.19 million, according to a list of rankings from USA Today. Auburn’s assistants make $4.64 million for… Continue reading →

Podcast: LSU recruiting should be fine despite early talks between Les Miles and Michigan

LSU head coach Les Miles walks off the field at halftime during an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Reports have surfaced that Michigan has contacted LSU about its coaching vacancy, but that should not have any impact on LSU recruiting if players are choosing the school for its education, facilities and tradition. In this edition of "The Advocate's LSU Recruting Podcast" Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with Lutcher High School football coach Tim… Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger's Morn'n Rumblings Blog: Miles and Michigan; Early enrollees, Mett's role next year

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and LSU head coach Les Miles meet at midfield after the game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

Haven’t you heard enough about Les Miles to Michigan? Well, here’s more: The Detroit News is the third outlet – and the first non-website entity covering the Wolverines - to confirm that UM reached out to the agent of Miles. A reminder that we reported Tuesday night that LSU AD Joe Alleva has had no contact with anyone… Continue reading →

Reports say Michigan reaching out to LSU coach Les Miles

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Reports say that Michigan has contacted LSU coach Les Miles' agent.

Two websites covering Michigan athletics reported Tuesday that the school has reached out to Les Miles’ agent to gauge the LSU coach’s interest in the vacant head coaching position at his alma mater. Scout.com site GoBlueWolverine and 24/7 Sports site Wolverines247 both quoted unnamed sources that “confirmed” the contact. Miles’ long-time agent… Continue reading →

Reports: Michigan has reached out to LSU football coach Les Miles about its coaching vacancy; athletic director Joe Alleva responds

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles and LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (65) celebrate the win after the game Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won 23-17.

Two websites covering Michigan athletics reported Tuesday that the school has reached out to Les Miles’ agent to gauge the LSU coach’s interest in the vacant head coaching position at his alma mater. Scout.com site GoBlueWolverine and 24/7 Sports site Wolverines247 both quoted unnamed sources that “confirmed” the contact. Miles’ long-time agent… Continue reading →

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says he ‘could have done better’ with quarterbacks Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says the Tigers will continue to blend traditional and zone-read schemes.

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron “could have done a better job” with the quarterbacks this season, and the Tigers’ offensive philosophy will continue to be a mesh of traditional and zone-read schemes, Cameron said earlier this week. Cameron, in speaking to the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club on Monday, suggested that he might have… Continue reading →

CB Kevin Toliver, QB Justin McMillan set to enroll early at LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU tight end Travis Dickson (41) signals

Two down, 23 to go. Cornerback Kevin Toliver II, the headliner in LSU’s current 2015 class of commitments, will enroll in school early, his father said Tuesday. Toliver, a five-star prospect from Florida, will start classes in January, his father, Kevin Toliver, said. His son’s recruiting process is “over.” “That’s it,” he added. LSU… Continue reading →