Together, Shaquille O’Neal and Dale Brown formed legendary pair; and together, they will enter College Basketball Hall of Fame

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU center Shaquille O’Neal, left, and coach Dale Brown chat during a game in January 1991.

Basketball took Dale Brown around the world, filling a need in a fatherless lad with boundless energy that couldn’t be satisfied by staying home in frosty Minot, North Dakota. Without knowing it, maybe what the globetrotting Brown was looking for was Shaquille… Continue reading →


With Grambling improved, excitement grows for the Bayou Classic

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --  Southern players run onto the field prior to the start of their game against Grambling during the 40th annual Bayou Classic.

There was a time when conventional wisdom held that, when it came to the Bayou Classic, records didn’t matter. Fans would fill the Mercedes-Benz Superdome regardless. And they did, making Thanksgiving weekend in New Orleans a must for those wanting to both… Continue reading →


Now the senior member of the safety corps, Kenny Vaccaro is ready for the Saints to lean on him

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) celebrates a tackle against Green Bay Packers in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

As Kenny Vaccaro positions himself in the box and sets up, he surveys the offense. It’s second-and-18, and the Saints are trailing 20-10 with 13:53 remaining in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but whatever the New Orleans safety… Continue reading →


Anthony Davis scores career-high 43 as Pelicans beat Jazz

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) takes a shot while defended by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second half of their NBA Basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The New Orleans Pelicans won 106 - 94. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

SALT LAKE CITY — Anthony Davis wanted to come out strong to help the New Orleans Pelicans end their road swing with a win. He got off to a fast start and kept it going. Davis had… Continue reading →


Three area quarterfinal playoff games involve teams from the same district

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott is brought down by Denham Springs' Zach Stuart, left, and Caleb Roddy in a Class 5A regional round playoff game Friday.

Some football playoff games are automatically deemed a “match made in heaven,” based on the teams’ strength and history. The third week of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s playoffs will be rematch week for the Baton Rouge area. It… Continue reading →


Video: Buckle up your chinstraps, the Baltimore Ravens are coming to New Orleans to play the Saints on Monday

Associated Press photo by GAIL BURTONRunning back Trent Richardson carries the ball during last week's game against the Ravens in Baltimore. On Wednesday, the Browns traded Richardson to the Colts for a first-round draft pick.

The New Orleans Saints are bracing for a hard-hitting game on Monday when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens, who have long had a reputation for having one of the NFL's most physical teams, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Continue reading →


Podcast: Southern gets its "Christmas" gift Bayou Classic game against Grambling State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mississippi Valley State quarterback Patrick Ivy (9) is swarmed by Southern's Bradley Coleman (84), Aaron Tiller (94), and Mikale Jenkins (95), Saturday, Nov. 15, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern linebacker/fullback Brian McCain said the Bayou Classic is "It's the championship before the championship, Christmas before Christmas." What did the Jaguars football team do to set up the big matchup? Listen to "The Advocate's Southern University Podcast" with Advocate Online Sports Editor… Continue reading →

State Schools

Louisiana-Monroe tops New Mexico State

Associated Press photo by Andres LeightonLouisiana-Monroe running back Centarius Donald scores past New Mexico State defensive backs Jaden Wright and Jacob Nwangwa during the first half of Saturday's game.

LAS CRUCES, N.M., — Pete Thomas threw for 350 yards and one touchdown as Louisiana-Monroe beat New Mexico State 30-17 on Saturday. New Mexico State’s Larry Rose III ran for 64 of his 229 yards to score a touchdown with… Continue reading →

LSU Recruiting

Podcast: Despite its recent offensive struggles, LSU is not in a quarterback recruiting frenzy for 2015

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) gets pulled down in the by Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) late in the fourth quarter, on one of LSU's failed comeback drives, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. LSU lost to the Razorbacks 17-0.

In this week's "Advocate's LSU Recruiting Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with Sonny Shipp of about LSU recruiting quarterbacks, its current 2015 commitments and its future. Click here to listen to the podcast.Continue reading →


Salmen’s Kalani Brown signs with Baylor

Salmen's Kalani Brown committed to play basketball at Baylor University.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey knows a thing or two about landing dominant post players. It was just a few short years ago when she signed highly-touted 6-foot-8 center Brittney Griner, now starring in the WNBA. Add Salmen’s 6-foot-6 Kalani Brown… Continue reading →


Duck season off to flying start

Advocate staff photo by GARY KROUSEOpening week haulOutdoors writer and media show host Don Dubuc, left, joined former Baker, LSU and New Orleans Saints player and Saints broadcast analyst Hokie Cajun, center, for a trip with Ryan Lambert, right, from Lambert's lodge for Thursday's hunt on the east side of the Mississippi River across from Buras. As has been the case for opening-week Coastal Zone duck hunts, these hunters' take included teal, pintails, gray ducks, a wigeon and a lone poule d'eau. A cold front bringing rain and north winds moving across the coastal parishes Sunday will be reinforced by another, but dry, cold front predicted for Tuesday. The fronts should move more ducks into the state and the winds and chillier temperatures should move more birds into the range of shooters for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday week.

The best way to assess the first week of the duck season is the eyeball test. Because thousands of eyes were on the skies across south Louisiana for the past eight days, this first week passed with flying colors — colors like gray as… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: LSU may dive deep into bowl pool

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGKentucky linebacker Tyler Brause (10) can't hold on as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Among many things, LSU’s hollow 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas on Saturday was like a cannonball leap into the pool. Dropping LSU to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play, the defeat certainly took the Tigers out of College Football Playoff… Continue reading →

General Sports

Arkansas defeats Ole Miss 30-0 for second straight SEC shutout

Associated Press photo by SARAH BENTHAM -- Arkansas running back Alex Collins carries the ball over Ole Miss defensive lineman Bryon Bennett during Saturday's game in Fayetteville, Ark. One week after defeating LSU 17-0, the Razorbacks dropped Ole Miss 30-0.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ole Miss’ late-season Southeastern Conference swoon continued in a 30-0 loss at Arkansas on Saturday. The Rebels (8-3, 4-3 SEC), who have now lost three straight conference games after opening the season 7-0, committed six turnovers on… Continue reading →

The Advocate´s football preview 2014 section

Class is in session for LSU football’s standout freshmen

Brandon Harris is shirtless in the photo. His back is to the camera, and his arms are outstretched as if he’s mimicking an airplane. He’s standing near midfield at Tiger Stadium, staring at the new south end zone structure looming before… Continue reading →

Acadiana Preps

Rummel grinds out win over Teurlings Catholic

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza --  Rummell's Shahid Reece sacks Teurlings Catholic quarterback  Cole Kelley in a select Division I quarterfinal playoff game Saturday at Joe Yenni Stadium.

Teurlings Catholic coach Sonny Charpentier looked back on his team’s 28-20 playoff loss Saturday and contemplated his team’s “missed opportunities ... that turnover,” and those “men up front” of victorious Rummel. Rummel scored the first half’s only touchdown of Saturday’s Division I select… Continue reading →

Acadiana Football 2014 Preview

Terrance Broadway is the Cajuns’ leading man

Advocate photo by Brad Kemp -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway poses at Cajun Field

In the weeks before he embarks on the most important season of his career, Ragin’ Cajuns senior quarterback Terrance Broadway clowned on the sideline at practice. As the second-unit offense and defense worked on the field, Broadway stared blankly into space as… Continue reading →