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Northwestern State hires Daryl Daye as associated head coach and defensive coordinator

NATCHITOCHES — With eight years as a college head coach, six more as a defensive coordinator and two seasons in the NFL, new Northwestern State associate head coach and defensive coordinator Daryl Daye brings accomplishment and experience to the Demons’ football program. Daye, head coach at Division II Missouri Southern for the past three seasons,… Continue reading →

Notebook: Pace gives insight into possible Saints’ offseason

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) outruns Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Bradley McDougald to the end zone to score on a 36-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

INDIANAPOLIS — The New Orleans Saints are one of a small handful of teams that are not scheduled to have formal media availability this week at the scouting combine. But former director of player personnel Ryan Pace, who is now the general manager of the Chicago Bears, stepped to the lectern Wednesday morning… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s 2015 signing class, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Covington's George Brister

Head of the class Larry Cutbirth, Fontana, Calif./Citrus College, QB, 6-5, 15 Cutbirth passed for 4,972 yards, 45 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in two seasons at Citrus College. Solomon Parker, Stone Mountain, Ga./Georgia Military Institute, DL, 6-0, 290 Had 19 tackles and a sack last season at GMI. George… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Ron Roberts says he thinks 2015 ‘is our best signing class’ yet

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts

Southeastern Louisiana has one Southland Conference championship and a share of another in the past two seasons. And if Lions coach Ron Roberts’ assessment of Wednesday’s signing class is on target, more titles could be on the way. “I’m excited,” he said. “I think it’s a great class. We’ve got to see how it’s going… Continue reading →

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wins the Manning Award

Oregon's Marcus Mariota during the national anthem before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Ohio State Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

It’s not like 2014 Manning Award winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon is a stranger to the family for whom the honor that goes to the nation’s top college quarterback is named. For the past three years Mariota was one of the counselors at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux where he not only worked with the… Continue reading →

Video: Oregon coach Mark Helfrich says the Ducks run the ball more than most people think

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich talks with a reporter as he arrives for the teams media day for the NCAA college football playoff championship, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Dallas. Oregon is scheduled to play Ohio State on Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich talks about the success the Ducks have had running the ball this season and past years. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer talks about his past quarterbacks

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches during NCAA college football practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Ohio State is scheduled to play Alabama in  Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer talks about the myth of "system quarterbacks" and the different quarterbacks he has had over the years. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana 2015 Commitments List (as of Jan. 8, 2015)

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.

Javon Tillman, Sierra CC (Roseville, Cal.), 6-2, 180, DB… Continue reading →

QB Jeff Driskel to transfer from Florida to Louisiana Tech

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is transferring to Louisiana Tech for his final year of college eligibility. Driskel, who will be a fifth-year senior, will be eligible to play immediately under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule. “I look forward to the upcoming chapter of my life,” Driskel said in a statement released… Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant says team unity lifted the Buckeyes to a 42-35 victory against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) tries to catch the ball as Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant (12) defends during the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal game, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

. Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant told reporters all week before the Sugar Bowl that Alabama wasn't invincible and that teams with players willing to play for each other always have a chance. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott says Buckeyes' Sugar Bowl win caps a big bowl season for the Big 10

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Ezekiel Elliott celebrates the Buckeyes' 42-35 win over Alabama. Elliott was the game's offensive MVP with 230 rushing yards, a Sugar Bowl record.

. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a Sugar Bowl record 230 yards and had two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Buckeyes' 42-35 victory against Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal game. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell says the Buckeyes defense never waivered

Associated Press photo by JAMIE MARTIN -- Ohio State players celebrate after defeating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

. Even when Ohio State trailed 21-6 in the second quarter, Buckeyes' defensive coordinator Luke Fickell says the defensive players never doubted that they could stop Alabama when it counted the most. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he would play 10 more games with his players

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer indicates a Ohio State touchdown by wide receiver Michael Thomas in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal game against Alabama, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer talks about how his players rallied to defeat Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones leads the Buckeyes to the national championship game

Alabama linebacker D.J. Pettway (57) sacks Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones (12) in the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal game, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

. In just his second collegiate start, Ohio State sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones completed 18 of 35 passes for 243 yards one touchdown and one interception to lead the Buckeyes to a 42-35 victory against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Video: Alabama receiver Amari Cooper says it's Bourbon Street, not New Orleans, that he dislikes

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims listens during media day for the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Alabama is slated to square off against Ohio State on New Year's Day.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper clarifies the statements he made on Saturday when some people thought he said he didn't like the city of New Orleans. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa can't wait for the Sugar Bowl

Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa arrives with his team at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, La., Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. Ohio State plays Alabama in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal on New Year's Day, (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa talks about his eagerness to play against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday and how he liked being a part of the college football awards circuit. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell says the Buckeyes haven't faced an offense like Alabama's this season

. From its' massive offensive line to its all-world receiver in Amari Cooper, Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell says the Buckeyes face a big challenge in the Alabama offense. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin thankful to be at the Sugar Bowl with the Tide

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffen during practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. They will square off against Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA football game, which will be played Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin talks about the Ohio State defense, learning from Tide coach Nick Saban and a variety of other subjects during his session with the media on Monday before the Sugar Bowl. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Video: Alabama quarterback Blake Sims says he has learned a lot under offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) drops back to pass during practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. They will square off against Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA football game, which will be played Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. Alabama quarterback Blake Sims talks about playing Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl in the College Football Playoff Semifinal and how he has progressed in the Tide's offense. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Buckeye Bites - The Ohio State coaches and players talk to the media at the Sugar Bowl

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, center, talks to his players during NCAA college football practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Ohio State is scheduled to play Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. Ohio State out-going offensive coordinator Tom Herman, sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones and sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott talk to the media at the Sugar Bowl. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Bama Bites - Tide players and coaches talk to the media before the Sugar Bowl

Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough (1) works through drills during college football practice, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT

. Sound bites from the Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, defensive back Nick Perry and linebacker Trey DePriest during their session with the media at the Sugar Bowl on Sunday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Alabama and Ohio State arrive in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide arrives at Louis Armstrong International Airport Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, for the 81st annual Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Jan. 1, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

. Alabama coach Nick Saban and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer talk to the media after their respective team planes touch down at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech puts together ‘something pretty special’ to play in bowl

Associated Press photo by HAL YEAGER -- Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon (28) runs past UAB defensive tackle Jontavious Morris (55)  on Nov. 8 in Birmingham, Ala.

DALLAS — Illinois needed to win its last two games to become bowl-eligible, then had to wait another week before finding out if there would be more football. Louisiana Tech knew after winning six of seven at the end of the regular season that it was going to a bowl. And the Bulldogs have already played an extra week,… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois in the Heart of Dallas Bowl: What you need to know

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol

WHERE: Dallas WHEN: Noon TV: ESPN Line: Louisiana Tech by 6. Series Record: Louisiana Tech leads 1-0. Illinois will try for the third time in five seasons to win a bowl game and finish 7-6. This is the Illini’s first bowl game for third-year coach Tim Beckman. Louisiana Tech goes for its… Continue reading →

Best in the state: Ringo, McGuire

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Louisiana-Lafayette defensive lineman Christian Ringo

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire and defensive lineman Christian Ringo captured the two top honors on the 2014 All-Louisiana college football team announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol captured awards for first-year players and Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs was honored for his turnaround of the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech’s Houston Bates excited to face former Illinois teammates in Heart of Dallas Bowl

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayete's Terrance Broadway scrambles away from Louisiana Tech's Houston Bates on September 6 at Cajun Field.

DALLAS — Houston Bates kept telling his Illinois teammates last year how much fun it would be to play in a bowl game. The Fighting Illini now get to find out what he meant, with Bates opposing them as one of Louisiana Tech’s starting defensive ends in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. “Playing with… Continue reading →

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 on playing in the Senior Bowl: 'I had a little extra bounce in my step today. But I didn’t feel like I had to calm myself down.'

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 →