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‘Mad Hatter’ Les Miles adds another piece of headwear to his collection

Twitter photo --Les Miles sports a referee uniform in his office.

Leave it to Les Miles to broaden his reputation as “The Mad Hatter” by adding a hat to his collection during the dog days of summer. Friday, Dean Dingman, LSU’s assistant director of football operations, posted a photo on his Twitter account of Miles wearing a black referee’s hat and black and white striped referee’s shirt.… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings goes on Periscope, predicts SEC championship, silent on legal issues

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) passes against Notre Dame in the first half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Late Sunday night, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings made his first foray onto Periscope, a popular live video streaming app.

In his brief appearance, Jennings offered few insights, other than to say he though the Tigers would have a great season.

“I think we will be tremendous – SEC champions,” Jennings said. “I believe that.”

The Tigers junior took a few questions,… Continue reading →

LSU gets commitment from Da'Monte Coxie of East St. John

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Tara wide receiver Da'Monte Coxie is tackled by Northeast defenders Jonathan Chatman (40) and Quinshaw kelly (7) after catching a pass on Aug. 29 at Olympia Stadium. Coxie, who has since transferred to East St. John, committed to LSU on Saturday.

Da’Monte Coxie fell in love with LSU in fifth grade after watching a game. He then started watching highlights. “And when they played Alabama in the (BCS) championship game, my feelings just got stronger and stronger,” Coxie recalled. So when the chance came for the East St. John senior wide receiver to play for the Tigers,… Continue reading →

LSU fighting to keep, fill out No. 1-ranked recruiting class as major camp looms

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU football coach Les Miles says, 'The offense definitely improved' in Saturday scrimmage.

Les Miles tried to get his son, Manny, to stay in Louisiana, to come to LSU. You don’t need to leave the state, Miles said to Manny, the former U-High quarterback and pitcher now at North Carolina. Yes I do, Manny said to his father. Manny didn’t want to play in… Continue reading →

District Attorney Hillar Moore reviewing case involving LSU QB Anthony Jennings; Les Miles anticipates 'positive outcome'

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ORG XMIT: ALBA123

LSU coach Les Miles is letting the nation know that the Tigers quarterback battle will restart soon — and that it could have included a third quarterback. Suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings will have a “positive” end to his arrest and is set to rejoin the LSU football team soon, Miles said Monday on national… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Suspended QB Anthony Jennings to return to Tigers after 'positive' end to arrest

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- LSU coach Les Miles speaks to reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala.

The LSU coach, during his trek around ESPN’s studios Monday, said the Tigers “would’ve loved” to have Miller. He also said that Jennings will return to the team… Continue reading →

Extra dough for grub: Football players gobble up cost of attendance boost

LSU running back Leonard Fournette speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Texas A&M senior Julien Obioha was asked to move from defensive end to defensive tackle this spring. The New Orleans native, a former Brother Martin standout, gained 20 pounds for the switch and is trying to add more. So he has a pretty good idea of how he’ll spend the new cost… Continue reading →

LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Vadal Alexander and Jalen Mills land on media’s All-SEC first team

LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

LSU running back Leonard Fournette, offensive tackle Vadal Alexander and safety Jalen Mills led eight Tigers on the preseason All-SEC teams released Friday. Fournette and Alexander landed on the first team offense while Mills was one of the first-team safeties. No other player from LSU is on any of the other two preseason offensive teams.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Bill Arnsparger restored the roar at LSU

Advocate file photo -- Bill Arnsparger waves to the crowd after a victory over Alabama.

When Nick Saban was considering the LSU job in late 1999, he did so without ever having set foot on the campus. But there was someone’s opinion he wanted to hear. So he called LSU senior associate athletic director Verge Ausberry. He wanted Bill Arnsparger’s number. So they talked football, Saban and Arnsparger, two tough-minded, NFL-hardened, defense-oriented… Continue reading →

Bill Arnsparger, who helped lead the LSU football revival of the mid-1980s, dies at age 88

Bill Arnsparger, former football coach at LSU

Bill Arnsparger, who came to LSU at a relatively advanced age to reverse the Tigers’ football fortunes in the mid-1980s, died Friday in Athens, Alabama. He was 88. Arnsparger only coached at LSU for three years, but he immediately elevated the Tigers’ standing and was twice named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. He never finished worse… Continue reading →

USA Today columnist ranks Les Miles near bottom of SEC coaches in job security

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ORG XMIT: ALBA116

No SEC football coach enters this season on the hot seat, USA Today columnist Dan Wolken opines, but some definitely have more job security than others. LSU’s Les Miles falls on the lower end of that scale, Wolken says, for various reasons, including the fact that the Tigers have lost four in a row… Continue reading →

Georgia coach Mark Richt says he has ‘no idea’ on a starting quarterback

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Georgia coach Mark Richt speaks to reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala.

HOOVER, Ala. — The Georgia Bulldogs are in search of a starting quarterback and a drought-ending Southeastern Conference title. First things first: Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said he has “no idea” who will win the quarterback job. His only prediction at SEC Media Days Thursday was that it will be “a tremendous competition” among Virginia… Continue reading →

Behind the scenes at SEC Media Days with LSU's Leonard Fournette: Big smile, laughs, flashy red pants

LSU running back Leonard Fournette speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Leonard Fournette was supposed to wear a black suit. “Classic” is how one LSU media relations staff member described the outfit. Black pants, black jacket, light shirt, black loafers, tie. It was perfect for the star’s first appearance at Southeastern Conference Media Days — where the lights don’t get… Continue reading →

Rabalais: 8-5 finish frustrated Les Miles’ LSU Tigers, but continued lack of QB clarity leaves a lot up in the air

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Eight is not nearly enough. LSU fans know it after the Tigers went 8-5 last season, merely treading water at 4-4 in the SEC, then losing the Music City Bowl to Notre Dame. LSU coach Les Miles and his players know it as well, and they made it a… Continue reading →

LSU RB Derrius Guice ‘OK’ after severe dehydration

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- LSU coach Les Miles said Thursday that freshman running back Derrius Guice was released from a hospital Wednesday night, adding 'it would be impossible for me to suggest what happened.'

HOOVER, Ala. - Former Catholic High star and LSU freshman running back Derrius Guice is “OK” after being hospitalized on Wednesday night, coach Les Miles said Thursday. Guice, ranked as high as the No. 2 running back in the 2015 class, has been released from the hospital after doctors ran test on him, Miles said.… Continue reading →

Get ready, LSU fans: Anthony Jennings vs. Brandon Harris QB competition about to restart

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterbacks Brandon Harris, left, and Anthony Jennings look to throw to receivers during practice in August 2014.

HOOVER, Ala. — Brandon Harris has been taking advantage of his competitor’s time away from LSU’s starting quarterback battle, but Anthony Jennings may be back soon enough. LSU coach Les Miles said he is “optimistic” that the team’s four suspended players will return, and that includes his incumbent starter, Jennings, at the team’s… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: LSU coach Les Miles, players know 8-win season won't cut it in Baton Rouge

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ORG XMIT: ALBA118

HOOVER, Ala. – Eight is not enough. LSU fans know it after the Tigers went 8-5 last season, just treading water at 4-4 in the SEC then losing the Music City Bowl to Notre Dame. LSU coach Les Miles and his players know it as well, and made it a recurring theme of their appearance here… Continue reading →

See where media picked LSU football to finish in SEC West this season

HOOVER, Ala. – LSU was picked to finish third in a very competitive Southeastern Conference West Division as the media’s predicted order of finish was released at the conclusion of SEC Media Days on Thursday.

The Tigers, 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the league a year ago, received 10 first-place votes in the West and received the fourth-most votes… Continue reading →

LSU’s Les Miles says he’s 'confident,' 'optimistic' Anthony Jennings, other suspended players will return to team

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. - LSU coach Les Miles, arriving at SEC media days on Thursday morning, said he is “confident” and "optimistic" that suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings and others will return to the team. Miles said Jennings, who was arrested in June on a count of unauthorized entry and subsequently suspended from the team, has… Continue reading →

LSU running back Leonard Fournette named to Doak Walker Award watch list

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette takes in LSU softball's game against Texas A&M with a side of nachos, Monday, Apr. 20, 2015 at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

. LSU running back Leonard Fournette was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list, it was announced Thursday morning. The award is given to the nation's top running back at season's end. Fournette joines other 68 other players on the list, including big names like Georgia' Nick Chubb, Arkansas' Alex Collins, Ohio State's Ezekiel… Continue reading →

Sources: LSU RB Derrius Guice transported to hospital

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Catholic High's Derrius Guice scores a touchdown despite efforts by East Ascension's Jamien Sampson on Nov. 7 at Olympia Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Former Catholic High star and current LSU freshman running back Derrius Guice on Wednesday was transported to a hospital from the LSU football practice facility after losing consciousness, two sources told The Advocate. Guice tweeted late Wednesday, a sign that he’s in good condition. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed that a player was taken to a… Continue reading →

SEC Media Days 2015: Scott Rabalais’ Four Downs from Wednesday

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Arkansas coach Bret Bielema: “You recruit your own problems. Just because you’re a great player doesn’t mean Arkansas is going to recruit you. I’m never going to waver on that.”

1. THE BLAME GAME Alabama coach Nick Saban always has an ax to grind. Saban has railed against no-huddle offenses (before Lane Kiffin added it to his playbook), satellite camps and now the NFL draft schedule. Saban said his team’s chemistry for its CFP semifinal loss to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl was hurt by… Continue reading →

SEC West coaches are making big money — but everyone can’t win at once

Associated Press photo -- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze led the Rebels to the Chick-fil-A Bowl last year and will earn $4.3 million this season.

HOOVER, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference Western Division is college football’s land of plenty, with all seven schools throwing huge piles of money at their respective coaching staffs to try to gain an upper hand. The theory: More cash invested equals more victories. But Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin summed up the conundrum… Continue reading →

SEC Media Days: Who’s on stage Thursday?

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

LSU On stage: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Coach: Les Miles Players: Leonard Fournette, So., RB; Vadal Alexander, Sr., OT; Kendell Beckwith, Jr., LB Question Miles is sure to face: Who will be your starting quarterback? With incumbent Anthony Jennings currently suspended after being charged with breaking into an apartment… Continue reading →

‘That’s my dog’: Kevin Steele gives LSU, Alabama rivalry a little lagniappe

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Alabama coach Nick Saban

HOOVER, Ala. — Reggie Ragland knows Kevin Steele’s eyes better than most. When he’d run off the field, he would look into them. When he’d run on the field, he would look into them. When he was on the field, he would look into them. Those days are over for Ragland, Alabama’s senior linebacker, and Steele,… Continue reading →

USA Today columnist: Nick Saban breaks out lame excuses for Alabama’s poor finish last season

Alabama coach Nick Saban speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

USA Today columnist Dan Wolken has a suggestion for Alabama coach Nick Saban, who used part of his time at SEC Media Days on Wednesday to theorize about what went so wrong for the Crimson Tide at the end of last season: Admit you were beaten and move on. Wolken says lame excuses are unbecoming of… Continue reading →

Prized LSU defensive tackle Travonte Valentine transferring after never playing for Tigers

Champagnat's Nathaniel Holloway (31) and Travonte Valentine (75) chase after Victory Christian quarterback Caleb Lewis (2) as he scrambles during the first half of the FHSAA Football Class 2A Finals in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.(Special to the

. HOOVER, Ala. – LSU four star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine will leave Baton Rouge having never played a down. Valentine, the Tigers’ 350-pound former highly rated recruit, is transferring, LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed to The Advocate on Wednesday. Valentine, a Miami native, was never ruled eligible by the NCAA for a game last season, and he did… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin's changing story on John Chavis hard to believe

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin walks the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

HOOVER, Ala. — New Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey stood at the podium Monday at SEC media days and talked about how the times are changing. So are the stories. Back in January, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin admitted in a radio interview that he spoke on Dec. 30 to… Continue reading →

SEC Media Days 2015: South Carolina, Mississippi State and Tennessee meet the press

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Tennessee coach Butch Jones speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Hoover, Ala.

SOUTH CAROLINA THEN AND NOW The Gamecocks had to beat Miami in the Independence Bowl to salavage a winning record (7-6) after going 3-5 in conference last season. They aren’t expected to win the East, but improvement over last season is realistic. THE BUZZ Coach Steve Spurrier hasn’t settled on a starting quarterback, which isn’t unusual.… Continue reading →

Steve Spurrier remains confident — even as he enters Year 23 in the SEC

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

HOOVER, Ala. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spent his Tuesday morning at Southeastern Conference Media Days poking fun at some league rivals, discussing his football program and — of course — fending off questions about his advancing age. The most quotable coach in the SEC turned 70 in April, and he now enters his… Continue reading →

SEC Media Days 2015: Scott Rabalais’ Four Downs from Tuesday

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

1. FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expressed his pleasure at seeing the Confederate flag taken down recently at the statehouse in Columbia. Attention now shifts to Mississippi, where the Confederate cross is part of its state flag. “I hope as a university we’re on the forefront trying to make things better,” Mississippi… Continue reading →

Late LSU coach Bo Rein will be featured on ‘SEC Storied’ documentary

Robert "Bo" Rein was LSU's football coach for 42 days before dying in mysterious plane crash.  (State-Times file photo)

HOOVER, Ala. — Late LSU football coach Bo Rein will be the subject of an “SEC Storied” documentary that will air Sept. 15 on the SEC Network. Rein was hired in December 1979 to succeed Charles McClendon, but never coached a game. On Jan. 10, 1980, on his way back from a recruiting trip to Shreveport, Rein’s private… Continue reading →

Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi: LSU's defense does nothing 'spectacular' as John Chavis proved he could do 'more with less'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis

. Label Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi as someone who's not too impressed with LSU's talent on defense. At SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Ifedi said the Tigers' defense "doesn't do anything spectacular." “They don’t have the greatest players in the world. But they just always had the right answers for what you’re doing,"… Continue reading →

Texas A&M adopting ‘Chief’ as John Chavis’ litigation war with LSU continues

Associated Press photo by Butch Dill -- Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin answers questions Tuesday during Southeastern Conference media days in Hoover, Ala. Sumlin says the brouhaha over the Aggies hiring defensive coordinator away from LSU 'hasn't been a distraction to me at all.'

HOOVER, Ala. — The word had barely left Julien Obioha’s mouth before he quickly corrected himself. “Chavis …” he said before pausing, “Chief … has a fiery personality.” Texas A&M players like Obioha, one of the Aggies defensive linemen, are still adjusting to their new defensive coordinator. You may have… Continue reading →