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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →