Playing the what-if game: Tigers would’ve looked mighty different had last year’s early exits stuck around

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

LSU safety Ronald Martin asks himself the question a lot: What if the underclassmen from last season who left early for pro ball would have stayed another year? Imagine it. What if the reliable hands of Jarvis Landry were on the other end of those dropped third-down passes against Alabama? What if… Continue reading →

Sources: Texas A&M has contacted LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis watches pregame warmups before the Tigers' win over Sam Houston State on Sept. 6.

Texas A&M has reached out to LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis about its open coordinator position, multiple sources told The Advocate on Sunday. Chavis’ intentions are not clear. LSU has offered Chavis a new contract with an extension, but it has not been signed, sources said. Chavis just completed his sixth regular… Continue reading →

As Christmas break nears, LSU men host College of Charleston

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU coach Johnny Jones

No one has to tell LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones that playing a game just three days before Christmas can be tricky. Final exams are over, and players are looking forward to going home for a few days to relax and spend some time with their families. But there’s still one piece of… Continue reading →

Tigers’ shooters on the mark in second half

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRELSU forward Jarell Martin drives to the basket while being defended by UMass's Maxie Esho on Dec. 2 at the Pete Maravich Center.

At times, it has seemed like the LSU basketball team just can’t miss from the field in the second half of its first 10 games. It may only seem that way, but it was especially so Thursday night in a 79-70 road win against UAB. “I don’t know if that’s how it seems, but I guess… Continue reading →

From the ice rinks of north Alabama to Death Valley, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors is all about playing aggressively

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback Connor Neighbors celebrates on his way to the locker room, after the second  half of the UL-Monroe game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. LSU won 31-0. LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander is in the background.

Somewhere in his apartment, Logan Stokes can find a pile of hockey gear: a puck, stick, helmet with a facemask, shoulder pads, shin guards and gloves. They belong to his roommate, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors, one of the biggest Southern-born hockey fans — and former players — you’ll find. “He loves hockey,” Stokes said. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.… Continue reading →

LSU women's basketball team defeats UC Santa Barbara 78-45

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS ---LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell gives instruction to Ragyne Moncrief (11) in the second half of LSU's  75-42 win over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The LSU women’s basketball team implemented a new platoon system with Purple and Gold units and the Lady Tigers responded with a season’s high in points to claim a convincing 78-45 victory over UC Santa Barbara Friday at the Thunderdome. LSU (5-5) broke its 10 players into two units and split up the action between the media… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s 2014-15 bowl season preview

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Who said the College Football Playoff would be the death of the bowl system? There are 38 bowl games over the next three weeks, plus the new CFP National Championship Game on Jan. 12. Some will be meaningful, others magical, and a few will be blowouts. But, seriously, would you prefer less college football? The… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Several underclassmen considering return; two of five assistants have signed extensions

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Vadal Alexander welcomes coach Les Miles to his usual spot in line singing the alma mater after LSU's 17-6 win over Florida in 2013. Miles said 'several' players have told the staff they are considering returning to school, though he didn't indentify players by name. Alexander is draft-eligible.

LSU coach Les Miles won’t announce if any of his underclassmen have already made the decision to go pro early, but he said “several” players have told the staff they are considering returning to school. “I would say that several underclassmen have said unofficially that they’re considering returning,” he said Friday night after practice. “I can tell you… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Wrapping up Christmas gifts for the LSU football team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate as they head to the locker room after the Tiger's 30-27 win over Florida, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Before I dash out to finish my Christmas shopping (don’t judge me), here are a few presents I’d like to bestow on the LSU football family: -- For coach Les Miles, a fresh white LSU hat to wear during the Music City Bowl. Actually, Miles breaks out a fresh new hat for every game, but… Continue reading →

Johnny Jones’ technical — and some energized play on defense — helped LSU surge past UAB

Associated Press photo by MARK ALMOND -- LSU coach Johnny Jones watches his team during the first half Thursday's game at UAB.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After his team struggled at times during the first half of Thursday night’s game with UAB, LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones saw just what he wanted to see early in the second half. One look was all it took. When Jones was whistled for his first technical foul in two-plus seasons as… Continue reading →

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, left-hander Jared Poche' named preseason All Americans

. Shortstop Alex Bregman and left-handed pitcher Jared Poche were named to Collegiate Baseball’s All-American second team. Here’s the full list of preseason All-Americans. Bregman, a junior who the coaching staff expects to lose to the MLB Draft after this season, will start as LSU’s shortstop for a… Continue reading →

Tiger Tracks blog: LSU coach Les Miles tells radio show 'I wish (Michigan) the very best'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, and LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley, right, shout instructions to the defense during the first half Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Remember when LSU coach Les Miles told reporters Monday that he wasn’t considering the Michigan job? Well, he talked more about that on Sirius/XM Radio on Thursday. Continue reading →

Top linebacker recruit in country Malik Jefferson commits to Texas over LSU, Texas A&M, others

Mesquite (Texas) high school linebacker Malik Jefferson -- one of the nation's top recruits for the class of 2015 -- announced his commitment Friday morning, option for Texas over schools like LSU, Texas A&M and others. Rivals.com ranks Jefferson, who plays at Poteet High School, as the No. 1 player in the country at his position and the No. 22 recruit… Continue reading →

On a roll: LSU surges past UAB with strong second half

LSUs Jalyn Patterson pressures UABs Nick Norton  during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Once again Thursday night, the LSU basketball team found itself on the short end of the score at halftime of a game — this time against UAB. But for the fourth time in five opportunities, the Tigers found a way to extricate themselves and pull out a victory. This time, LSU combined a hot-shooting second half with a bothersome… Continue reading →

Video: LSU guard Keith Hornsby says the Tigers were a different team in the second half against Alabama-Birmingham

LSUs Keith Hornsby follows UABs Tyler Madison during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)

. LSU guard Keith Hornsby scored 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting from the field in the Tigers' 79-70 victory at Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: LSU forward Jordan Mickey says the Tigers' adjustments paid off against Alabama-Birmingham

Associated Press photo by Mark AlmondLSUs Jordan Mickey looks to shoot in front of UABs Tosin Mehinti during the second half of Thursday's game. LSU won 79-70.

. LSU forward Jordan Mickey scored 13 points and had eight rebounds in the Tigers' 79-70 victory at Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

LSU women try to rebound against UC Santa Barbara

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell reacts to Rutgers' stealing the ball from one of her players during the Sue Gunter Classic, Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The LSU women’s basketball team looks to return to the win column before the holiday break and wraps up its two-game California road trip Friday at UC Santa Barbara. Tip time is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CST from the Thunderdome, and the game will not be televised. The game will… Continue reading →

Rookie of the Year in back of Odell Beckham Jr.’s mind

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a catch against Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. said being named the league’s top rookie doesn’t dominate his thoughts. But it’s not far away, either. “It’s always in the back of your mind,” Beckham, the former Newman High School and LSU star said. “But right now, we’ve got two more games and whatever happens, happens.… Continue reading →

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture has some history with Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) pressures New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers (18) during a game Sept. 27. LaCouture played against Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire in an all-star game when the players were sought-after recruits. They will meet again in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.

Christian LaCouture has the edge on any other LSU defender when it comes to playing against Notre Dame’s No. 2 quarterback. The Fighting Irish (7-5) plan to use starter Everett Golson and sophomore Malik Zaire against LSU (8-4) in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, coach Brian Kelly told reporters earlier this week. Zaire has thrown just… Continue reading →

LSU’s Josh Gray to miss UAB game

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRELSU guard Josh Gray drives on UMass guard Trey Davis on Dec. 2t at the Pete Maravich Center.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — LSU point guard Josh Gray, who has been nursing a sprained right ankle for the past five days, won’t play in Thursday night’s game against UAB in Bartow Arena. LSU hit the floor for early warmups with Gray dressed in a purple T-shirt and black sweatpants. He was wearing a splint on… Continue reading →

Opening Tip: LSU at Alabama-Birmingham in men's basketball at 8 p.m.

LSU guard Keith Homsby, left, is blocked by West Virginia forward Elijah Macon (45) during an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

. Get the latest news and notes before the LSU at Alabama-Birmingham men's basketball game on Thursday at 8 p.m. in this blog from Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles. Click here to see the report. Continue reading →

Report: LSU cornerback Jalen Collins likely to enter the NFL draft; defensive end Danielle Hunter leaning toward staying

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) celebrates as he comes off the field after his game-clinching interception with less than two minutes to go, in the game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

. LSU junior cornerback Jalen Collins is likely to enter the NFL Draft, and defensive end Danielle Hunter is leaning toward remaining in school, according to Yahoo Sports. Rand Getlin cited anonymous sources in his story on Collins and his tweet about Hunter. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Pick 6: Q and A with a Notre Dame beat reporter Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame players celebrate around tight end Ben Koyack after Koyack made a 23-yard game-winning touchdown reception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame defeated Stanford 17-14. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

. Eric Hansen, of the South Bend Tribune, has covering Notre Dame since the days of Knute Rockne. Well, maybe not that long. But it’s been a while. Hansen joins us on Pick 6 to answer some questions about the Fighting Irish, LSU’s opponent in the Music City Bowl. Click here… Continue reading →

Report: Michigan ups the ante for Jim Harbaugh to $48 million; school declines comment

Associated Press photo by JOHN FROSCHAUER -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh

. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the University of Michigan continues to make a push for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to be its new football coach and is reportedly offering $48 million. If Harbaugh accepts the offer it would make him the highest-paid coach in college football, with a deal almost $1… Continue reading →

JUCO defensive back Jeremy Cutrer inks with LSU

Courtesy the Biloxi Sun Herald

Jeremy Cutrer is an LSU Tiger – again. Cutrer, a 2013 commit out of Kentwood who didn’t qualify, signed with LSU on Wednesday. A former four star prospect out of Jewel M. Sumner, Cutrer is ranked as the sixth-best junior college safety in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He plans to graduate this month and… Continue reading →

Injuries may limit Tigers at guard vs. UAB

LSU guard Tim Quarterman (55) looks to get around SMU guard Keith Frazier (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the NIT Monday, March 24, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

One of the many things that excited LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones going into the 2014-15 season was the versatility of his top players. With at least five players he was counting heavily on having the ability to contribute at two or three positions, Jones was looking forward to having more flexibility in his lineup for whatever… Continue reading →

Video: LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says the Tigers will have their hands full with the Notre Dame offense

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture and New Mexico State offensive linesman Isaiah Folasa-Lutui chase a fumble with NMS recovering during the first half on Sept. 27.

. LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says he and his teammates hope the Tigers can live up to being the No. 1 defense in the SEC against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Podcast: Don't look for LSU to try to find another quarterback to fill out its 2015 recruiting class

LSU head coach Les Miles walks off the field at halftime during an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

. In this "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast" hosted by Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff, Sonny Shipp of 247sports talks about how LSU probably will not look to add another quarterback to its 2015 recruiting class and Dutchtown football coach Benny Saia talks about former players Eric Reid and Landon Collins.… Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger's Morning Rumblings: LSU hype video; Nashville weather, big move at the NCAA

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs with a full head of steam into Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Howard Matthews (31), before bouncing outside to score unencumbered during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

. LSU has released its hype video ahead of the matchup with Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. A link to it is in the below tweet. The video includes, arguably, the best two plays of the season: RB Leonard Fournette running over Texas A&M safety Howard Matthews and WR Travin Dural’s one-handed… Continue reading →

Early drought dooms Lady Tigers to 59-44 loss at Long Beach State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell speaks with DaShawn Harden against Jackson State, Monday, Nov. 17, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Sheila Boykin posted her second straight double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, but the LSU women’s basketball team fell 59-44 at Long Beach State on Tuesday night at Walter Pyramid. LSU (4-5) had its two-game winning streak end as the Lady Tigers played their first road game. Long Beach… Continue reading →

LSU left tackle La’el Collins is an AP All-American

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads the team out of the locker room before the game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

La’el Collins’ award trunk is getting awfully full. Collins landed on the Associated Press All-America second team, the AP announced Tuesday. He also was a second-team All-America pick by USA Today and SI.com. Collins, a senior from Baton Rouge, is projected as a mid-to-late first-round NFL draft pick. He passed on the draft last season, returning… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Tigers have 'the potential to play in championships,' but there's one big 'if'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins celebrates after LSU beat Florida 30-27 on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Jerald Hawkins is trying his best to focus on Notre Dame, LSU’s opponent in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, but he also knows he’s eligible for the NFL draft. And that means making a life-altering decision. “I look at it as a business decision,” said Hawkins, a third-year sophomore right tackle. Hawkins, linebacker Kwon Alexander, defensive… Continue reading →

Brian Kelly says Notre Dame will use two quarterbacks against LSU

Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson and Malik Zaire will both play quarterback when Notre Dame faces LSU in the Music City Bowl, with coach Brian Kelly saying he believes they can both help the Irish against the nation’s best pass defense. “I think both have some different traits and we need a way to… Continue reading →

Ailing guards creating a dilemma for LSU

LSU coach Johnny Jones, enter, talks to the referee during an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

The LSU basketball backcourt is banged up, and how coach Johnny Jones plans to shuffle the fold remains to be seen. Both junior guard Josh Gray and sophomore guard Tim Quarterman did not practice Monday, did not accompany the team on its annual visit to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital on Tuesday and did not… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles talks non-Michigan subjects: QB competition going strong; meetings begin with draft-eligible players

LSU head coach Les Miles yells at a referee in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Alabama won in overtime 20-13. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. LSU coach Les Miles is king of the bizarre press conference (remember this and this). He had another Monday night, refusing to be directly quoted but telling a large group of reporters of his non-interest in the Michigan job. In non-Michigan discussion, Miles spoke about… Continue reading →

LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones: Point guard Josh Gray receiving ‘aggressive treatment’ for ankle injury

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Josh Gray flies past Sam Houston in attempt to score Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said Monday that junior point guard Josh Gray was receiving aggressive treatment for an ankle injury he suffered in Saturday night’s 76-67 win against Sam Houston State. Jones said there were no updates on the exact nature or severity of the ankle injury, which sent Gray to the sidelines just three minutes… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says he’s not considering Michigan

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

LSU coach Les Miles is not considering the open job at Michigan, he said. Speaking to reporters after Monday’s practice, Miles declined to be directly quoted about the opening at Michigan, but the coach — unprompted — said the job is not in his consideration. Michigan contacted Miles’ agent about the job to replace… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers head west for two games

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS ---LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell gives instruction to Ragyne Moncrief (11) in the second half of LSU's  75-42 win over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The LSU women’s basketball team will face its first true road test of the season as the Lady Tigers open a two-game swing at 9 p.m. Tuesday against Long Beach State. Long Beach State (8-1) is coming off a 58-56 overtime victory over No. 18 California. Devin Hudson provided the… Continue reading →

Shaquille O'Neal's son, Shareef, shows signs of playing just like his father

Associated Press photo by Colin E. Braley -- Former LSU coach Dale Brown, left, greets former LSU great Shaquille O'Neal as he takes the stage Sunday night during a National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction in Kansas City, Mo.

. The ability to block shots is there. So is the willingness to rebound, play defense and score. But the rest is all hidden in the gangly potential that comes from being a growing, high school basketball player. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Tiger Tracks blog: New Orleans TV market watched more college football on ESPN this season than every other city, except one

This is a photo of the Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

. New Orleans was ESPN’s No. 2 market for college football this year, according to an article on SI.com. The city trailed only Birmingham, who had the highest ESPN college football ratings for a 14th straight year. New Orleans was third-highest rated TV market for CBS’ college football coverage, trailing Birmingham and Memphis. Continue reading →

LSU left tackle La'el Collins highlights team awards at annual banquet

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles poses with LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) and family members, during Senior Day activities before the Alabama game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

. LSU left tackle La’el Collins earned the Charles McClendon Award as LSU’s most valuable player at the annual team football banquet Sunday night. Here’s the full list of awards:Continue reading →

Offensive lineman Matt Womack decommits from LSU, flips to Alabama

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron works with his players during warmups at NRG Stadium in Houston.

A week after gaining a commitment from an offensive lineman, LSU lost a commit from another.… Continue reading →

Long runs boost LSU women past Southeastern 75-42

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU's DaShawn Harden (24) battles for possession of the ball with Southeastern's Elizabeth Styles (11) in the first half of LSU's  75-42 win over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

In the photo on her bio page in the LSU media guide, Lady Tigers senior forward Sheila Boykin is wearing a jacket over a Rolling Stones T-shirt recalling the group’s classic 1972 album, “Exile on Main St.” There have been times in her LSU career where Boykin had to feel like an exile herself. Struck down… Continue reading →

How LSU can still get 10 wins: Decisions of some of Louisiana’s top football prospects could make or break 2015 recruiting class

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson (1) is run out of bounds by East Jefferson defensive back Devin Samson (6) during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Frank Wilson says LSU can still get to 10 wins. Addressing the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club this past week, Wilson, LSU’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, claimed the Tigers could reach the 10-win mark for a fifth straight season. That’s mathematically impossible, a questioner pointed out to Wilson. LSU is 8-4 with… Continue reading →

Video: Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson talks about narrowing his choices to LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tyron Johnson of Warren Easton

. Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 183-pound senior, is a four-star receiver according to 247Sports and has narrowed his choices to LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Johnson had 11 catches for 95 yards in the Eagles' 28-27 loss to Neville in the LHSAA Class 4A state championship football game on Saturday.… Continue reading →