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LSU’s recruiting penalties are historic — and the national consensus is that they’re ‘pretty ridiculous,’ too

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Tiger Stadium

LSU football coach Les Miles visited the home of recruit Matt Womack on Oct. 28. At the time of the visit, it was perfectly within NCAA rules. Two months later, it was not. Miles’ in-home visit with Womack, a tackle from Mississippi, is at the center of recruiting sanctions the program has suffered — penalties 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 →

Report: Ex-LSU standout Chevis Jackson to return to Tigers as team analyst

Chevis Jackson pumps up the crowd as Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon calls for a first half timeout at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge Saturday.

Chevis, who returned an interception for a touchdown in LSU’s 2007 national title game, has been a graduate assistant at South… Continue reading →

Former LSU cornerback Chevis Jackson returns as an "analyst," Tigers confirm hiring of Ryan Pugh as an offensive quality control assistant

Chevis Jackson pumps up the crowd as Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon calls for a first half timeout at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge Saturday.

. Former LSU cornerback Chevis Jackson is returning to the program as an “analyst,” according to 247Sports, and the school has confirmed the hiring of former Auburn center Ryan Pugh as part of the program’s support staff. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Records: LSU slapped with recruiting sanctions after prospect backs out of commitment

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads players including LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU safety Ronald Martin (26) onto the field, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

A recruit’s decision not to enroll at LSU after signing a financial aid agreement has the football program in some hot water. LSU is banned from signing early enrollee recruits to financial aid agreements for the next two years, and the program will be stripped of 10 percent of its recruiting evaluation days in 2015, according to… Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger: 'I really do believe' LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will play more in 2015; Jamal Adams, Davon Godchaux, Kevin Toliver II are players to watch

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) and quarterback Anthony Jennings warm hip before the Kentucky game on Oct. 18 in Tiger Stadium.

Here are the highlights from the LSU baseball/football chat with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger on Thursday: On players to watch... Dellenger: True. (Jamal) Adams exploded onto the scene around mid-season last year. Davon Godchaux is another to watch, and, maybe, Kevin Toliver II at cornerback. On spring football... Dellenger: Spring has to be taken with a grain of salt. Spring is more of an… Continue reading →

Cat or dog? Ex-LSU player player La'el Collins says "I'm a Tiger" at NFL combine

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins congratulatesrunning back Terrence Magee (18) after Magee's third-quarter touchdown run against Kentucky.

. Former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins wrote an NFL draft diary for The USA Today on Wednesday. Collins talked about the entire combine process, which includes the workouts, meeting the NFL teams and doing all kinds of tests. Collins said one question on a test asked if he would rather be a cat or a… Continue reading →

Chat replay: Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger answers your LSU football, baseball questions (Feb. 26)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU second baseman Kramer Robertson (3) tags Boston College designated hitter Jake Palomaki (11) out at first after Palomaki got caught between first and second bases in the fourth inning, Friday, Feb. 20, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger is on hand to answer all of your questions about the LSU baseball team and the football team in this chat on Thursday at 11 aa.m.… Continue reading →

Report: Ex-Auburn center Ryan Pugh hired as LSU's new offensive graduate assistant, got rave reviews at Cincinnati

Former Auburn center Ryan Pugh (Associated Press)

. Former Auburn center Ryan Pugh has joined the staff at LSU as a an offensive graduate assistant, FootballScoop tweeted Tuesday and a source confirmed Wednesday. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Nation’s top-ranked 2016 cornerback, Saivion Smith, commits to LSU

IMG Academies photo by Casey Brooke Lawson -- IMG Academy's Saivion Smith

Dozens of highly touted prospects who flooded LSU’s campus last weekend for the school’s annual junior day were banned from walking on Tiger Stadium’s playing field. From the club level, they could only look upon that green grass. Florida cornerback Saivion Smith, though, was determined to walk a surface that has seen so many historic moments. So, he… Continue reading →

LSU strength and conditioning coordinator Tommy Moffitt IDs a handful of Tigers standing out in offseason program

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (74),LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32),LSU head coach Les Miles, LSU offensive tackle Evan Washington (75) sing the alma mater with the team to celebrate the win Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won 23-17.

LSU strength and conditioning coordinator Tommy Moffitt says the Tigers' football players have been making great progress in their offseason workouts. Moffitt, speaking on the Culotta & The Prince radio show on 104.5 FM ESPN on Tuesday morning, said LSU began its offseason program on Jan. 21 with an individual workout program for every player. He says… Continue reading →

Indianapolis Colts release former LSU star Rickey Jean-Francois

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano answers a question during a press conference at the NFL team's practice facility in Indianapolis, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The Colts face the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Former LSU defensive lineman Rickey Jean-Francois was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, according to various reports. Jean-Francois signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Colts in 2013. He had 34 rackles, three sacks and six passes defenses while playing in 60 percent of the team's snaps. Jean-Francois was drafted by the San Francisco… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU cornerback Jalen Collins’ stature is growing, even if he’s just a tad shorter than advertised

Associated Press photo by DOUG McSCHOOLER -- LSU defensive back Jalen Collins talks with reporters during a news conference Saturday at the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jalen Collins might have checked off the most important item on his checklist at the scouting combine when he measured in at 6-foot-1. It turned out his listed height with LSU was a farce. But it was only a farce by an inch. If it had been off by, say, two inches,… Continue reading →

Former LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander ‘having fun’ with NFL combine

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander, left, and safety Jalen Mills are ready to take part in the NFL combine.

INDIANAPOLIS — Kwon Alexander said his decision to leave LSU a year early was difficult. But it was time to leave. A factor in Alexander’s decision was the departure of defensive coordinator John Chavis, who went to Texas A&M. An athletic outside linebacker who led the Tigers with 90 tackles last year, Alexander said the pre-draft process has… Continue reading →

Kenny Hilliard, Terrence Magee want to continue LSU’s run to the NFL

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU senior running backs Terrence Magee, left, and Kenny Hilliard share a laugh during media day in August.

INDIANAPOLIS — LSU has recently sent numerous running backs to the NFL. And Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee would like to be next in that lineage. “LSU has kind of a stable of backs, and it’s kind of been a tradition,” Hilliard said Thursday at the NFL combine. “Coach Mike Wilson did a great job… Continue reading →

LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele says he is in the first phase of an 'easy' transition with the Tigers and is watching film

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- New LSU football defensive coordinator Kevin Steele

. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is spending most of his days leading up to spring practice watching film of LSU’s defensive players from the last two seasons. “In fact I’m taking a break from doing that at this very minute,” Steele said. Click here to see the report. Continue reading →

LSU’s La’el Collins out to prove himself as the best lineman in NFL draft

LSU offensive lineman La'El Collins answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

INDIANAPOLIS — With a focus on football and a belief that he’s the best offensive lineman in the 2015 NFL draft class, La’el Collins is ready to prove those things at the NFL combine. “Everything we do at LSU prepares you for this, and that’s why I’m extremely confident,” the former Tigers tackle said Wednesday… Continue reading →

LSU resurfacing, installing drainage to football practice fields in a $485,000 project expected to be approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Receiver Malachi Dupre meets Jamal Adams in a one-on-one drill at the Charles McClendon practice fields last August.

LSU plans to resurface two of its four outdoor football practice fields and install a drainage and irrigation system underneath both. The $485,000 project is expected to be approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents at its next meeting Monday. A timeline and start date for the project has not been determined, said Eddie Nunez,… Continue reading →

Report: Former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins expected to meet with the Baltimore Ravens at the NFL Combine

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins runs through drills during practice for the Senior Bowl on Wednesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

. Former LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins is not expected to be available when the Baltimore Ravens make their pick with the 26th selection in the upcoming NFL draft, but the team is interested in meeting with him at the NFL Combine. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are one of 22 formal meetings… Continue reading →

Report: Tyrann Mathieu on how, why he had to run away from the 'Honey Badger' nickname

Arizona Cardinals third-round draft pick Tyrann Mathieu smiles during a news conference Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the teams' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

. Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu entered the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine with a lot of well-publicized baggage after he was dismissed from LSU's team before his junior season. With the 2015 combine this week, Bleacher Report caught up with “The Honey Badger,” who opened up about his swift rise and fall at LSU, the media… Continue reading →

LSU among finalists for Calvary quarterback Shea Patterson; announcement coming today

Advocate file photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Calvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson after the La. state championship game in December.  Calvary Baptist defeated Catholic New Iberia, 27-24 to capture the state Division III title.

Calvary quarterback Shea Patterson, who is ranked as the top-rated high school QB by, is expected to make his school choice on Tuesday... Continue reading →

Ex-LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis officially announced as coach on Texas A&M's staff

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

Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis' hiring at Texas A&M was officially announced in a news release Friday. “John Chavis has a long, highly successful career as both a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in the SEC," Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. "He has already brought new insights and a great level of intensity to our staff… Continue reading →

Tiger Tracks: LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley hired by Texas, holds no grudges toward Tigers

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley talks with his players during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 in Auburn.

Former LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley is expected to be hired by Texas for the same position, the Longhorn Network reported on Friday morning. Haley was reassigned to an administrative role when LSU hired defensive line coach Ed Orgeron in January, along with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. See the story here.… Continue reading →

Georgia assistant Tony Ball hired as LSU’s new receivers coach: ‘Timing was right’

Photo provided by -- New LSU wide receivers coach Tony Ball

Tony Ball is ready to give crawfish another try. Ball, the receivers coach at Georgia for the last six years, will be LSU’s new receivers coach. He accepted the job Friday morning and will begin work in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Ball said. LSU confirmed the hire in a release Friday afternoon. “I enjoy trying different foods.… Continue reading →

Report: LSU to interview Maryland receivers coach Keenan McCardell

. Maryland receivers coach Keenan McCardell will interview for the opening on LSU’s staff, according to ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge. McCardell, 45, is the second coach known to have interviewed for the position to replace Adam Henry, who left for the San Francisco 49ers over the weekend. Georgia receivers coach Tony Ball confirmed with the… Continue reading →

LSU expected to interview Georgia receivers coach Tony Ball

LSU was expected to interview Georgia receivers coach Tony Ball on Wednesday for its staff opening, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday. WNXX-FM 104.5’s Culotta & The Prince first reported Wednesday morning that Ball would interview to replace the departed Adam Henry, who left for the San Francisco 49ers. Ball confirmed the news to the Atlanta Journal… Continue reading →

Indianapolis Colts release former LSU safety LaRon Landry in cost-cutting move

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts free safety LaRon Landry (30) during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have released safety LaRon Landry, inside linebacker Andrew Jackson and offensive tackle Xavier Nixon.

Landry started 18 games over the last two seasons after signing with Indy in March 2013. He also served a four-game suspension in 2014 after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Landry had 144 tackles and 2 1/2… Continue reading →

LSU gets commit from New Orleans safety Clifford Chattman

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU cheerleaders lead the Tigers onto the field before the game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Clifford Chattman calls LSU his “dream school.” So Chattman, the McDonogh 35 junior safety, decided to end his recruitment a year early after committing to the Tigers on Wednesday morning. “I always wanted to play at LSU since I was growing up and my dad would be watching them on… Continue reading →

LSU receivers coach Adam Henry leaving the staff for San Francisco 49ers

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Adam Henry, here, speaking with LSU coach Les Miles, has left the staff.

LSU receivers coach Adam Henry is leaving the staff to join the San Francisco 49ers, the school confirmed Sunday afternoon. A source told The Advocate earlier Sunday that Henry had planned to leave for a job with the 49ers, and team spokesman Michael Bonnette quickly confirmed the news. Henry, 42, joined the staff in 2012. He recently signed a… Continue reading →

Six former LSU players invited to the NFL Combine

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) watches, LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) looks for running room as Notre Dame cornerback Cole Luke (36) and Notre Dame safety Elijah Shumate (22) move in to make the stop during the first half Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

. Six former LSU players were invited to the NFL combine, including all three underclassmen who passed on their senior years. Left tackle La’el Collins, running backs Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard, and underclassmen defensive end Danielle Hunter, linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Jalen Collins were invited to the event in Indianapolis. 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 →

LSU's loss to Notre Dame draws record TV ratings

Notre Dame place kicker Kyle Brindza (27) and holder Malik Zaire (8) watch Brindza's game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against LSU, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Notre Dame won 31-28. Trying to block the kick was LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) ORG XMIT: TNMH122

Most LSU fans would probably like to forget what millions saw on television Dec. 30. The Tigers' 31-28 loss to Notre Dame in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl drew a 3.4 rating and had an average of 5.3 million viewers, the bowl announced Thursday. That's the second-highest rating ever for the game. The Music… Continue reading →

LSU’s 2015 signing class, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Catholic High's Derrius Guice eludes Brother Martin's Adam Henderson on a punt return for a touchdown last season.

HEAD OF THE CLASS Kevin Toliver II, Jacksonville/Trinity Christian, CB, 6-2, 185 Ranked second-best CB in nation; was committed 820 days Maea Teuhema, Keller, Texas/Keller, OG, 6-4, 340 No. 2 guard in the nation and brother of DE Sione Tyron Johnson, New Orleans/Warren Easton, WR, 6-1, 191 State’s No. 1 player and Louisiana’s only composite five-star Derrius Guice, Baton… Continue reading →

Walker: Christmas comes on signing day as Jesuit’s Foster Moreau lands at LSU

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jesuit tight end Foster Moreau catches a touchdown pass as St. Paul's Shawn Butler tries to stop him Sept. 12.

Foster Moreau committed to LSU on Christmas Eve. Christmas came about six weeks later — Wednesday morning to be exact. For the Jesuit tight end, it was right on time, ending what he admitted was a “terribly stressful” process. Moreau announced his commitment to LSU on Dec. 24, then had to play… Continue reading →

National experts: LSU a big signing day winner; Tigers ramp up class late in game

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU's Mike the Tiger mascot  high fives a fan during signing day festivities.

LSU and coach Les Miles did "it" again. "It" is finishing the recruiting period strong and inking a top-notch class on national signing day. After most schools finalized their classes Wednesday, national recruiting experts heaped praise on LSU's class, which ranked anywhere from No. 5 to No. 13 in the country. "The LSU… Continue reading →

LSU signee Tyron Johnson joins Tigers — despite their struggles in the passing game

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Warren Easton football player Tyron Johnson puts on an LSU hat after announcing he will play for the Tigers next year during a signing ceremony at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

LSU’s woes in the passing game and at quarterback had an effect on receiver Tyron Johnson’s signing decision Wednesday. Frank Wilson convinced him to sign anyway. “Other people were putting other thoughts in my head. I wanted to play in a pro-style offense and some of them had better offenses than LSU,” Johnson said. “It did… Continue reading →

What's up next? Tiger recruiting efforts hone in on a talent-rich pool of players in 2016's class

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Tiger Stadium

Willie Allen’s tweet came across Tuesday morning: “366 days away,” it read. For some, the countdown to 2016 National Signing Day began even before this year’s big day Wednesday. It’s not without good reason. Allen, an offensive tackle from John Curtis, is part of a 2016 crop of Louisiana talent that’s being compared to… Continue reading →

LSU signs seven of Louisiana’s top 10 prospects

Keller Indians offensive tackle Maea Teuhema (76) goes in for the 7-yard touchdown around Plano West Wolves cornerback Mark Cooks (2) on the hook ladder on November 13, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Plano West Wolves won 66-41. Special to S-T/Ray Carlin. ORG XMIT: B732694947Z.1

For LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, the good news began at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. In the middle of the night leading up to National Signing Day, Wilson learned that Toby Weathersby, an uncommitted four star offensive tackle from Texas, had chosen to ink with the Tigers over Arkansas. Everyone else had to wait a few hours to… Continue reading →

Tigers find next big thing for National Signing Day: Maea Teuhema

Maea Teuhema signs with LSU.

In Tonga, the word for sibling is the same as it is for cousin. It’s born from a culture in which people who would be considered aunts and uncles in Western countries can be your parents as much as your birth parents. It’s a concept that may describe the how the Teuhema and… Continue reading →

'To hell' with Louisiana players who don't want to go to LSU, coach Les Miles says

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

LSU coach Les Miles has a message for Louisiana high school football players who opt not to play college football at LSU. "If he finds a way to wiggle out of the finest state in America, if he finds a way not to enjoy Louisiana ... to hell with him," Miles said to a group of fans Wednesday night. Continue reading →

LSU signee Donte Jackson: ‘I slept with the Tigers in my head’

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER -- Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson signs his letter of intent with LSU on Wednesday morning. Jackson, who accounted for 20 touchdowns and made 59 tackles this season, was a five-star prospect, according to 247Sports.

As usual, Donte Jackson wasted little time. The Riverdale senior athlete known for his blazing speed made his bond with LSU official at 9:24 a.m. Wednesday when he signed with the Tigers. He held a signing ceremony earlier at 8 a.m. at his high school with family and teammates watching. “I feel… Continue reading →

Video: LSU's 2015 class lacks linebackers, but the Tigers still net a recruiting class among the best in the nation

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads players including LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU safety Ronald Martin (26) onto the field, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

. Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger lists all of the highs and some of the lows with LSU's 2015 recruiting class and talks about how the Tigers can't wait to get their new players on the field. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Podcast: LSU comes through with playmakers and offensive linemen in its 2015 class

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles' eyes get big as he runs up to an official to protest a pass interference call against the Tigers, during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

. In this edition of "The Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting" podcast presented by Paretti Jaguar Land Rover of Baton Rouge, Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with recruiting guru William Weathers and recruiting expert Rene Nadeau about LSU's 2015 recruiting class. Click here to listen… 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 →