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Mickles: Tim Rebowe welcomes a big challenge — and he believes Nicholls State can win

First-year Nicholls State coach Tim Rebowe: ‘You can have some success there. You just have to do it the right way with the right people in that area. The community is starving for some success, so they’re really getting behind it.’

Tim Rebowe knew what he was getting into when he accepted an offer to become the head football coach at Nicholls State last November. The Colonels were coming off a dreadful 0-12 season that stretched their losing streak to a school-record 18 games, which in itself might have scared off most potential candidates. Not Rebowe, a 52-year-old Norco… Continue reading →

Ed Eagan smashing records at Northwestern State

Photos by Gary Hardamon  Ed Eagan # 7

LAKE CHARLES — Ed Eagan can’t help but think about breaking records. The Northwestern State senior receiver and kick returner set five school records and tied another during his breakout 2014 season. Eagan is already the Demons’ all-time leader in career kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff returns, single-season receptions and single-game… Continue reading →

Cowboys look forward to playing in Tiger Stadium

Associated Press photo by Nati HarnikNebraska running back Ameer Abdullah scores the game-winning touchdown ahead of McNeese State defensive back Jermaine Antoine last season. The Cowboys nearly upset the Huskers, falling 31-24. This season the Cowboys are playing another traditional power on their home field as they visit LSU.

LAKE CHARLES — Before the McNeese State football team begins its Southland Conference schedule in the hopes of capturing its first league championship since 2009, the Cowboys will face their toughest test of the season.… Continue reading →

Sam Houston picked to win Southland football title; Southeastern selected as Top 3 in both polls

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State.

LAKE CHARLES ­— To no one’s surprise, Sam Houston State was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference football title in polls by the league coaches and sports information directors. The predicted order of finish was announced Wednesday morning at the outset of the conference’s media day at the… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Team capsules

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State.

Abilene Christian COACH: Ken Collums PLAYERS: Junior QB Parker McKenzie, sophomore RB De’Andre Brown EASY TO ANSWER: Abilene Christian’s offense is in capable hands with McKenzie, the Southland’s top returning passer in yards (3,084) and TDs (22), and Brown, who as a freshman ranked second in the league at 96.2 rushing… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Sam Houston State and Southeastern look like the teams to beat again, but the SLC keeps building depth

SLU Public Info photo by Randy Bergeron -- Southeastern’s Harlan Miller and Kaleb Muse drag down Lamar’s Kade Harrington in October 2014.

When the Southland Conference rolls out its preseason football predictions from its coaches and sports information directors at the league’s media day Wednesday in Lake Charles, there shouldn’t be any jaw-dropping surprises. While you never know how preseason polls will shake out, reigning regular-season co-champions Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana should be near the top —… Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →