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Louisiana Tech to face Illinois in Heart of Dallas Bowl

Louisiana Tech will face Illinois in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Louisiana Tech (8-5) lost at Marshall 26-23 on Saturday in the Conference USA title game. The Bulldogs had won seven of their previous eight games. It’s the first bowl trip for the Illini since 2011. Illinois beat Penn State and Northwestern to… Continue reading →

Lewis: In its first shot, the College Football Playoff committee nailed it

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones holds the championship trophy following the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin after midnight Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 59-0. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

In the end, after all the gnashing of teeth over the impact of early-season losses, after worrying that just winning wasn’t enough, after wondering whether there’s such a thing as having too many uniform combinations and after speculating that the entire field might come from the SEC West, they got it right. Four clear-cut champions from… Continue reading →

Tradition overflows as Alabama and Ohio State will clash in Sugar Bowl

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2009, file photo, Florida coach Urban Meyer, left, congratulates Alabama coach Nick Saban following the Crimson Tide's 32-13 win in the NCAA college football SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Saban's top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) faces Meyer's fourth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) on New Year's Day, a semifinal matchup between two of the most storied programs in the games history. Theres history between the two, most notably at two classic SEC championship games. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

The reformatted college football postseason turned out to be pretty sweet for the Sugar Bowl. Surging Ohio State burst into the No. 4 spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Sunday, putting the Buckeyes (12-1) in the Sugar Bowl opposite No. 1 Alabama in a national semifinal on New Year’s Day. Ohio State, which has won 11 straight, made… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech plays C-USA title game at Marshall

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz

Although Louisiana Tech has won 25 football conference championships, the Bulldogs will be playing in a specific conference title game for the first time Saturday. Louisiana Tech (8-4) will face Marshall (11-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Huntington, West Virginia, at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. Although both teams went 7-1 against C-USA foes, Marshall earned the… Continue reading →

Miscues doom Southeastern as Sam Houston State prevails 21-17 in FCS playoff opener

Southeastern linebacker Isiah Corbett tackles Sam Houston State quarterback Jared Johnson in the first round of FCS playoffs Saturday in Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Holding on to a three-point lead with less than 10 minutes left against Sam Houston State on Saturday, Southeastern’s offense jumped offside on fourth-and-1 from the Bearkats’ 24-yard line. It was the sixth false start penalty of the day for the Lions, and it proved to be the most costly. Southeastern took its… Continue reading →

Game of champions: Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston State meet in first round of FCS playoffs

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Southeastern Louisiana football

It’s been a little more than a week since Southeastern coach Ron Roberts was lifted onto the shoulders of his players as they celebrated clinching at least a share of the Southland Conference title in the final regular season game of the year at Nicholls State. A few days later, Sam Houston State defeated Central Arkansas 38-31… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns assistant Marquase Lee and Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Manny Diaz are nominees for the 2014 Broyles Award

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Elijah McGuire tries to beat Appalachian State's Devan Stringer on Nov. 22, 2014 at Cajun Field.

Ragin' Cajuns running backs coach Marquase Lovings and Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Manny Diaz are the assistant coaches headling the list of nominees for the 2014 Broyles Award, which will be present on December 9th. The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles, who… Continue reading →

Long journey leads Graves back to the Bayou Classic

Photo provided by GoGrambling.com -- Grambling State University linebacker coach Terrence Graves addresses the media during the week 7 press conference.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Terrence Graves sat like many others, surrounded by his family and with food covering the table. “It was different,” Graves said Sunday. “First time in almost 16 years I had been able to go home.” Coaching is Graves’ calling. An intense competitor who refuses to let much hinder preparation for… Continue reading →

Long journey leads Graves back to the Bayou Classic

Photo provided by GoGrambling.com -- Grambling State University linebacker coach Terrence Graves addresses the media during the week 7 press conference.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Terrence Graves sat like many others, surrounded by his family and with food covering the table. “It was different,” Graves said Sunday. “First time in almost 16 years I had been able to go home.” Coaching is Graves’ calling. An intense competitor who refuses to let much hinder preparation for… Continue reading →

Grambling defensive coach back in Bayou Classic

Photo provided by GoGrambling.com -- Grambling State University linebacker coach Terrence Graves addresses the media during the week 7 press conference.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Terrence Graves sat like many others, surrounded by his family and with food covering the table. “It was different,” Graves said Sunday. “First time in almost 16 years I had been able to go home.” Coaching is Graves’ calling. An intense competitor who refuses to let much hinder preparation for… Continue reading →

Southeastern travels to face Sam Houston in playoffs

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern football coach Ron Roberts holds up the Southland Conference trophy after Thursday's win over Nicholls State at Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux. Southeastern finished with a 7-1 conference record.

If a shared Southland Conference title left anyone with questions about whom the best team was, they’ll get an answer Saturday when co-champions Southeastern and Sam Houston State face off in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The announcement came Sunday morning as the Lions watched the selection show on the big screen in Strawberry… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana to play at Sam Houston State in the first round of the FCS playoffs

Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott makes a 77-yard touchdown reception against Nicholls in the first half Thursday at Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana, two teams that finished tied for first in the Southland Conference this season, will play each other in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The playoff bracket was released Sunday in a broadcast on ESPNU. SLU (9-3, 7-1) will play at Sam Houston State (8-4, 7-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner of the… Continue reading →

Tim Rebowe introduced as Nicholls State coach

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Secondary Coach Tim Rebowe calls plays Friday during practice in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Tim Rebowe was introduced as Nicholls State’s football coach on Friday, ending more than a decade-long tenure as a defensive assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette. Rebowe, 51, is taking over a Colonels program that won just six games over the past four seasons and ended an 0-12 regular season with a 62-3 loss… Continue reading →

Southeastern rips Nicholls State 62-3 to claim at least share of Southland Conference championship

Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott makes a 77-yard touchdown reception against Nicholls in the first half Thursday at Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

THIBODAUX — For the second consecutive season, Southeastern Louisiana players hoisted the Southland Conference championship trophy over their heads. This time around, though, coach Ron Roberts went skyward with the hardware, as his players put him on their shoulders in celebration. Roberts immediately demanded to get down, but it didn’t matter. For the… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana looks to keep River Bell Trophy vs. Nicholls State

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southeastern Louisiana players celebrate with the River Bell Trophy after a 52-27 victory over Nicholls State in November.

HAMMOND — Among the keepsakes around the Southeastern Louisiana players’ lounge has been the River Bell Classic trophy, which has resided there for the past three years. Adorning those same walls are pictures of the senior classes that have come before to claim the 23-year-old symbol of the winner of the Southeastern-Nicholls State game — a… Continue reading →

SLU topples McNeese State

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett picks up some of the 41 rushing yards he had against McNeese on Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett couldn’t let his final regular-season home game as a Lion pass without at least a little drama. After a 34-minute scoring drought for Southeastern in which Bennett went 5-for-11 for 71 yards, Bennett went off for a pair of touchdowns and 73 yards in the final 11 minutes of the… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana prepping for key game against McNeese State

Photo by RANDY BERGERON/SLU Public InformationCentral Arkansas linebacker Chris Chambers tries to bring down Southeastern running back Rasheed Harrell on Oct. 18 in Hammond.

HAMMOND — A week after handing Southeastern Louisiana its first Southland Conference defeat in three seasons, Stephen F. Austin did the Lions a favor and brought greater clarity to the league race. With the Lions crushing Houston Baptist 76-7 on Saturday, the Lumberjacks defeated McNeese State 31-16, knocking the Cowboys out of a three-way for the SLC lead… Continue reading →

Video: SLU coach Ron Roberts says quarterback Bryan Bennett should be fine for McNeese State game

Photo provided by SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANARon Roberts, who guided Delta State to four Gulf South Conference championships and four appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs, enters his first season at Southeastern Louisiana.

Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts previews Saturday's game against McNeese State and talks about the health of the players on his team. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Southeastern dominates Houston Baptist

Southeastern running back Kody Sutton finds the path to the end zone against Houston Baptist Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

Southeastern Louisiana backup quarterback Jordan Barnett has been waiting his turn for five years. First, he was redshirted. Then, a torn ACL required three separate surgeries before he began serving as the backup to Bryan Bennett, who’s spent the past two seasons rewriting the Lion record books. But in Saturday’s 76-7 win against Houston… Continue reading →

Southeastern putting entire focus on Houston Baptist

HAMMOND — Under different circumstances, Southeastern Louisiana football coach Ron Roberts said he may have had reason to raise an eyebrow. The Lions not only dropped their last game two weeks ago — a 27-17 defeat at Stephen F. Austin — but lost their grip on the Southland Conference lead, falling into a three-way tie… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana looks to stay in thick of Southland Conference race

Photo by RANDY BERGERON -- SLU Public Information -- Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott is upended as he sails into the end zone during a game against Northwestern State at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

HAMMOND — A week after losing their grip on sole possession of the Southland Conference lead, Southeastern Louisiana returns from an open date to find its in an advantageous position to repeat as champion. Plenty has transpired since Southeastern had its 15-game conference win streak snapped Oct. 25 in a 27-17 road loss to Stephen F.… Continue reading →

State Football Capsules

McNeese State (5-2, 3-1 Southland) at Northwestern State (4-4, 2-2 Southland) WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches TV: None SERIES: McNeese State leads 42-20-1. STAT THAT MATTERS: Eleven of the previous 16 games… Continue reading →

State Football Capsules

McNeese State (5-2, 3-1 Southland) at Northwestern State (4-4, 2-2 Southland) WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches TV: None SERIES: McNeese State leads 42-20-1. STAT THAT MATTERS: Eleven of the previous 16 games… Continue reading →

SLU defense savors big challenge vs. potent SFA

Southeastern linebacker Isiah Corbett takes an interception in for a touchdown in the third quarter against Northwestern University at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond Saturday. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HAMMOND — The way Southeastern Louisiana senior linebacker Isiah Corbett sees it, stopping the run is a prerequisite toward the Lions’ ultimate goal of becoming the Southland Conference’s top defense. Heading into the eighth week of the season, the Lions are well on their way to achieving such distinction. Standing in the way, though,… Continue reading →

Hard-hitting former LSU defensive back Micah Eugene finds a soft landing spot at Southeastern

Photo by RANDY BERGERON/Southeastern Public Information -- Southeastern defenders Micah Eugene, right, and Kaleb Muse tackle Incarnate Word running back Junior Sessions in the first quarter of a Sept. 27 game at Benson Stadium in San Antonio.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana safety Micah Eugene picked himself up off the Strawberry Stadium turf in utter disbelief. After delivering what he believed to be a legal hit against Central Arkansas running back Desmond Smith, Eugene went into panic mode at the sight of a flag following what would have been a forced fumble and recovery… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana relishes spot atop Southland Conference standings

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info -- Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott picks up 48 yards on Southeastern's first offensive play against Central Arkansas Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

HAMMOND — Thanks to another strong finishing kick, Southeastern Louisiana put away another Southland Conference opponent and gained a measure of distinction after eight weeks of play.… Continue reading →

Southeastern surges past Central Arkansas

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern defenders Dereck Robinson, Isiah Corbett,Tupou Aleamotua and Drew Misita swarm Central Arkansas wide receiver Jatavious Wilson in the first half Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

HAMMOND — In front of one of the largest crowds in school history, the Southeastern Louisiana football team put on a show in its homecoming game against Central Arkansas. The Bears kept it close for the majority of the game, including closing the deficit to three points with only a few minutes to play, but… Continue reading →

SLU surges past UCA

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public InformationSoutheastern defenders Dereck Robinson, Isiah Corbett,Tupou Aleamotua and Drew Misita swarm Central Arkansas wide receiver Jatavious Wilson in the first half Saturday at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

In front of one of the largest crowds in school history, the Southeastern Louisiana University football team put on a show for its homecoming game against Central Arkansas. The Bears kept it close for the majority of the game — including closing the deficit to just three points with only a few minutes to play —… Continue reading →

Lions seek fast start in SLC showdown

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State's Garrett Atzenweiler (31) carries the ball against Southern, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

HAMMOND — It may have sounded a bit harsh to take the brunt of the criticism. When asked about the offense’s propensity for slow starts in four of the team’s past five games, Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett stepped forward with his hand raised high. “That’s my fault,” Bennett said. “Those guys are… Continue reading →

Saturday’s state football capsules

Sam Houston State (3-3, 2-0 SLC) at Northwestern State (3-3, 1-1) WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Harry Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches TV: SLC Network (Baton Rouge: WBTR, New Orleans: WUPL, Lafayette: KLFY) SERIES: Northwestern State leads 19-17 STAT THAT MATTERS: The Demons gained 6.6 yards per rush and 7 yards per play against Incarnate Word last Saturday. NOTES: Being… Continue reading →

Safety Tyler Stoddard brings passion — and plenty of tackles — to the Southeastern secondary

Southeastern Louisiana safety Tyler Stoddard drops Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee in the first quarter Sept. 13, 2014, at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

HAMMOND — Four games into his college career, Southeastern Louisiana’s Tyler Stoddard became a starter at free safety. By year’s end, he was the team leader with 90 tackles, earning first-team all-freshman honors from College Sports Journal. A year later, Stoddard’s production tapered off to 63 tackles — third on the team — not because… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana rides strong run attack into Central Arkansas game

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern wide receiver Marquis Hayes runs past Lamar University defenders in the first quarter Saturday at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas.

HAMMOND — For all the prolific numbers Southeastern Louisiana’s fast-paced offense can accumulate, the Lions’ latest method of victory seemed to really appeal to their coach. Just when it appeared Lamar may catch Southeastern late in the third quarter of last week’s Southland Conference game, the Lions unleashed a torrid rushing attack to beat the Cardinals across the… Continue reading →

Special teams have been extra special for Southeastern

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southeastern's Xavier Roberson runs 79 yards on a punt return before being pushed out of bounds by Tulane linebacker Brandon Schmidt in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.

HAMMOND — When Northwestern State coach Jay Thomas talked about the points of emphasis going into last weekend’s clash against Southeastern Louisiana, he talked about quarterback Bryan Bennett and the Lions aggressive defense. But he didn’t stop there. Thomas also lauded the Lions’ special teams play, declaring they were the best his team had faced,… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana kicker Ryan Adams happy to take long path to Hammond

HAMMOND — The journey involved in becoming the team’s starting place-kicker may have rivaled the one that brought Ryan Adams from Dayton, Ohio, to Southeastern Louisiana. Neither trip worked out quite as envisioned, but is in the midst of a happy ending. Adams, who was signed by former Southeastern coach Mike Lucas, found himself entrusted with… Continue reading →

Denzel Thompson, Southeastern Louisiana look ahead to Lamar

Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern defensive back Denzel Thompson runs back an interception against Northwestern State in the first half of Saturday's game at Strawberry Stadium.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana football coach Ron Roberts tries to motivate his players to seek a breakthrough moment — the time they rise above the rest. Senior defensive back Denzel Thompson heeded Roberts’ call with the game of a lifetime that not only resulted in personal gain, but in victory as well. Thompson — who stepped into a larger… Continue reading →

Mike Lucas returns to Southeastern, this time guiding Northwestern State’s defense

Former Southeastern Louisiana coach Mike Lucas

Later that evening, amid the euphoria of Southeastern Louisiana’s first Southland Conference championship, senior offensive linemen Gasten Gabriel, Marshall Paris and Geremy Wilson phoned an ally 700 miles away to share in the accomplishment. With SLU applying the finishing touches on a perfect 7-0 run through the league with a 52-27 home victory over Nicholls State on… Continue reading →

UNO coach has plan for young players

The University of New Orleans men’s basketball team will begin practice a little bit later in the year than they usually would, but coach Mark Slessinger plans on using all the time he can to prepare his young team for the upcoming season. With a roster comprised of nine players classified as either freshmen or sophomores, Slessinger… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana heads home, turns attention to Northwestern State

Photo by RANDY BERGERON/Southeastern Public Information -- Southeastern defenders Micah Eugene, right, and Kaleb Muse tackle Incarnate Word running back Junior Sessions in the first quarter of a Sept. 27 game at Benson Stadium in San Antonio.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana’s three-game road swing over. So is its two-game losing streak. Nothing like a 56-point league victory on the road to reinvigorate the No. 11 Lions (3-2, 1-0 Southland Conference) heading into their first conference home game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Stadium against Northwestern State (2-2, 0-0). The game will be… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz says Auburn better than last year

Associated Press file photo by ORLIN WAGNER -- Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz adjusts his headset as the Bulldogs play at Kansas in September 2013.

AUBURN, Ala. — Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz has studied Auburn’s game film from both this season and last, and comes away far more impressed with the 2014 version of the Tigers. “We have watched a lot of film from 2013, and I do not think it is close how much better they are this year than what they… Continue reading →

Around the state: A look at Saturday’s football matchups

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- UL-Monroe coach Todd Berry talks to an official during the first quarter of a game at LSU on Sept. 13.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Estes Stadium (9,000), Conway, Ark. TV: Southland Conference Network SERIES: Central Arkansas leads 6-2. STAT THAT MATTERS: Nicholls State has been outscored 143-12 in the first two quarters this season. NOTES: Following a 77-3 loss to North Texas last weekend, Nicholls State has now been outscored… Continue reading →

Southeastern looks to regain swagger as Southland play begins

Southeastern Louisiana Public Information photo by Randy Bergeron -- Southeastern Louisiana running back Rasheed Harrell drives into the end zone past Stephen F. Austin defenders, from left, Lance Skyler, Trey Vallier and Collin Garrett last season.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana football coach Ron Roberts tried to convey the message to his team before the season began about the potential pitfalls of their past success. With shiny new credentials that included the school’s first gleaming Southland Conference championship, first home FCS playoff victory and one-point quarterfinal loss, the Lions would no… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Jacob Newman stays humble, keeps expectations high

Photo by Randy Bergergon/SLU sports information -- Southeastern's Jacob Newman

HAMMOND — When Southeastern Louisiana senior defensive end Jacob Newman learned of his selection to the All-Southland Conference’s preseason first team, the distinction barely registered on his radar. “The preseason doesn’t mean a whole lot,” he said. “It’s kind of like coach (Ron Roberts) says: ‘If you have potential, that means you haven’t done anything with… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana shifts focus to Incarnate Word

Photo by RANDY BERGERON/SLU Public Information -- Southeast Missouri defenders Tim Hamm-Bey and Justin Elias chase down Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott on a 62-yard gain in the first quarter Saturday at Houck Stadium in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

HAMMOND — When quarterback Bryan Bennett scored on a 22-yard run and Ryan Adams added the extra point for a 23-17 lead against Southeast Missouri last week, Southeastern Louisiana was just under three minutes away from a hard-fought road win. Then the Lions defense took the field and never returned to the sideline.… Continue reading →

Southeastern coach Ron Roberts wants to see how Lions respond to loss

Associated Press photo by BUTCH DILLSoutheastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts will lead the Lions into their second spring game under his watch on Saturday.

HAMMOND — This was the time last year when Southeastern Louisiana first displayed the type of resolve that would later define it as a champion. The Lions were coming off consecutive road losses to TCU and South Dakota State, a stretch that threatened to derail their season. Instead of imploding, Southeastern went back on… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Devante Scott back to form

HAMMOND — They’re still vivid reminders that hang in the locker of Southeastern Louisiana wide receiver Devante Scott that epitomize a dark time in his career. Whether it’s before each practice or home game, Scott opens his locker where the two knee braces he alternated wearing a year ago — one gold, one black —… Continue reading →