Sources: Herb Vincent to leave LSU for position with SEC

Herb Vincent, LSU’s lead spokesman for both the academic and athletic sides of the university, is stepping down to take a similar position with the Southeastern Conference, sources familiar with the situation said Thursday.

An announcement from the SEC is expected Friday, a source said.

A 1983 LSU graduate, Vincent has been the school’s senior associate athletic director for external affairs since May 2006 and was appointed associate vice chancellor for university relations in August 2009. In the latter position, Vincent has served as primary public relations official for the university. In his role with the athletic department, he oversees the baseball program, the sports information, marketing and promotions offices, and he serves as primary liaison with LSU Sports Properties.

Vincent is expected to replace Charles Bloom, the SEC’s former associate commissioner of communications. Bloom, who was an assistant sports information director at LSU in the 1980s, left the SEC late last year to become senior associate athletic director for external affairs at South Carolina, his alma mater.

Bloom was in charge of the SEC’s media relations and public relations efforts for 17 years before leaving the conference office in December.

This will be Vincent’s second stint with the SEC. He worked in Birmingham, Ala., as the conference’s assistant director of public relations for two years before returning to LSU in 1988.

Vincent was LSU’s sports information director from 1988-2000. He left briefly to serve as vice president of communications for College Sports Southeast, a regional cable sports network, before returning to LSU in 2002.

Vincent also worked as an assistant SID at Louisiana-Lafayette and in the now-defunct USFL with the New Orleans Breakers and Los Angeles Express.