Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was on LSU's campus on Tuesday and talked to football players

Maurice Clarett ponders a question during a press conference at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

. Troubled footballer turned educational speaker Maurice Clarett is on LSU’s campus Tuesday and spoke to members of the football team, a school spokesman confirmed. Clarett, a former Ohio State running back who was dismissed from OSU and then had a host of off-the-field issues, has been traveling the nation speaking to college and high school football teams. It’s unclear… Continue reading →

Scouting LSU football opponents: Mississippi State at a glance, biggest threat, weak spot  

Summer Scouting is a daily weekday post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule.

Game reset

When: 8:15 p.m., Sept. 12
Where: Scott Field, Starkville, Mississippi
Early spread: LSU -3
Who’s before and after: vs. McNeese… Continue reading →

Scouting LSU football opponents: McNeese State's storyline, biggest threat, weak spot

Summer Scouting is a daily post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule each day (excluding Sunday) until SEC media days begins.

Game reset

When: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 5
Where: Tiger Stadium
Early spread: N/A
Who’s… Continue reading →

LSU kicks DT Trey Lealaimatafao off the team after third off-the-field incident

Trey Lealaimatafao

LSU has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao from the football team, the school announced Monday. Lealaimatafao was arrested for simple battery and simple robbery, a felony, on June 19 stemming from a June 16 fight in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar. The arrest was Lealaimatafao’s third such off-the-field incident and second arrest in one… Continue reading →

LSU’s Johnny Jones is in favor of new 30-second shot clock, even though it won’t change Tigers’ offense much

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU coach Johnny Jones

With an up-tempo style of play already in place, LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones is looking forward to the new rules changes that were approved last month to improve the pace of play. The biggest change implemented for the 2015-16 season involved taking five seconds off the shot clock, which had been set at 35 seconds… Continue reading →

Star coaches, impact freshmen give SEC basketball a brand new look

Avery Johnson (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Southeastern Conference men’s basketball coaches are confident their league won’t take a step back in the post-Billy Donovan era. Donovan left for the Oklahoma City Thunder in April after leading Florida to two national titles and four Final Four appearances in his 19-year tenure. Donovan was replaced by Louisiana Tech’s Michael White, one of four new coaches… Continue reading →

Grizzlies’ Jarell Martin says he has stress fracture in his foot

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --Former LSU  forward Jarell Martin works to ignite the LSU student section against Auburn at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Grizzlies first-round draft pick Jarell Martin says he has a stress fracture in his foot that will prevent him from playing in any summer league games. Martin and second-round pick Andrew Harrison were introduced Monday. Martin says he “overworked my body” throughout the pre-draft process. “We’ll see when we get back how… Continue reading →

Reports: UNO will remove interim tag, make ex-LSU standout Blake Dean its full-time baseball coach

Photo provided by UNO athletics -- Blake Dean

UNO decided to stick to whom it knows when it came to replacing former baseball coach Ron Maestri. After naming Blake Dean the team’s interim coach following Maestri’s decision to retire at the end of the 2015 season, UNO decided to remove the interim tag and make the 27-year-old the team’s full-time head coach Monday, several outlets… Continue reading →

A win for LSU: Judge denies John Chavis’ request to stay school’s suit against him in Louisiana

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis

LSU won the first battle fought in a Louisiana courtroom between the university and former defensive coordinator John Chavis. A judge Monday denied Chavis’ request to stay LSU’s suit against him in Louisiana, continuing the parties’ legal battle in two states: Texas and Louisiana. Chavis attorney Jill Craft plans to appeal the ruling from State District Judge Timothy… Continue reading →

Basketball recruiting: U-High’s Wayde Sims commits to LSU; Southern Lab’s Cailain Williams pledges to Lady Tigers

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University High's Wayde Sims (44) drives past Port Allen's Nigel Allen (31) in the Class 3A quarterfinal boys basketball game, Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, at Port Allen High School in Port Allen, La.

Some basketball players make a quick decision to commit to a college as soon as a scholarship is offered. That is definitely not the story of University High senior-to-be Wayde Sims, who committed to LSU on Sunday. Sims, the son of former LSU player Wayne Sims, was offered a scholarship by the Tigers during his freshman season… Continue reading →

Danielle Ballard’s basketball career at LSU is over, according to university release

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's Danielle Ballard (32) is fouled by Arkansas' Jessica Jackson (00) while going up for a layup  in the first half of LSU's 53-57 loss to Arkansas Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Danielle Ballard’s basketball career, alternately marked by brilliant individual performances and disappointing disciplinary measures, has come to an end at LSU. On Saturday, the Lady Tigers issued a news release that focused largely on their offseason workouts but noted that Ballard — one of the biggest stars in program history — will not return for her senior… Continue reading →

Q and A with LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri: What was Tigers' ultimate undoing?

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri at practice, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, during the College World Series at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri sat down with The Advocate to discuss one of the best regular seasons in program history... Continue reading →

Break ends for Alex Bregman after signing with Astros

Associated Press photo by David J. PhillipHouston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, left, talks with newly-signed shortstop Alex Bregman, a former LSU standout, during batting practice Thursday in Houston. The Astros announced Thursday the signing of Bregman, who was selected with the second overall pick in the MLB draft.

HOUSTON — Alex Bregman has only had a week off since wrapping up his career at LSU when the Tigers were eliminated from the College World Series. That’s enough of a break for Houston’s top draft pick this season. He’s ready to get back to baseball. “I’m just very excited to get to work,”… Continue reading →

Aaron Nola selected for Futures Game

Photo by MIKE FEIFEL -- Aaron Nola pitches for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Former LSU and Catholic High standout Aaron Nola was selected to participate for the U.S. team in MLB’s Futures Game, set for July 12 in Cincinnati. Nola, chosen by Philadelphia with the seventh pick in last year’s draft, earlier this month was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 22-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his first… Continue reading →

LSU's Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey end 'very nervous,' heart-pounding night by landing with Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dwain Dinkins, 20, takes a picture of his friend, former LSU basketball forward Jarell Martin, center, with Martin's sister Crystal Veal-Barnes, left, and mother Joyce Veal, during a NBA draft party hosted by friends and family at Walk-Ons near LSU in Baton Rouge, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

In what became their second and final year at LSU, little separated forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey on the court as they helped the Tigers to their first NCAA tournament berth since 2009. Both players averaged more than 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds and were first-team All-Southeastern Conference picks — including the coaches’ team — at… Continue reading →

ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas wonders why LSU didn't win more games with future NBA draft picks Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey

LSU's Jarell Martin, right, and Jordan Mickey, left, takes part in a drill during a practice for an NCAA college basketball second round game in Pittsburgh Wednesday, March 18, 2015. North Carolina State plays LSU on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas took the LSU basketball program to task after former Tigers forwards Jarell Martin (selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 25th pick) and Jordan Mickey (selected by the Boston Celtics with the 33rd pick) were selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Martin played alongside former LSU forward Jordan Mickey, who also… Continue reading →

Women’s basketball director Jon Silver takes assistant coaching job at Vermont

LSU director of women’s basketball operations Jon Silver accepted a women’s basketball assistant coaching position at the University of Vermont as announced Thursday by Catamounts coach Lori Gear McBride. Silver has been involved in all facets of the Lady Tigers program over the past four seasons. He has coordinated practice and game scheduling, team travel, fundraising, equipment, the… Continue reading →

Former LSU shortstop Alex Bregman agrees to $5M-plus signing bonus with Astros

FILE - In this June 7, 2015, file photo, LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (8) throws out Louisiana-Lafayette's Joe Robbins during the third inning of a game at the LSU Super Regional of the NCAA college baseball tournament in Baton Rouge, La. The Houston Astros announced Thursday, June 25, 2015, that they signed the shortstop, who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros have agreed to a contract with shortstop Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in the amateur draft, that includes a $5.9 million signing bonus. The deal, announced Thursday, is for well under the $7,420,100 slot value. Houston received the No. 2 pick as compensation for not signing pitcher Brady Aiken, last… Continue reading →

LSU defensive end signee Arden Key cleared, will report in August, school says

Four-star defensive end signee Arden Key has been cleared by the NCAA and is scheduled to arrive at LSU in August, school spokesman Michael Bonnette said Wednesday. Key, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Georgia, is one of the most highly regarded recruits in a 2015 Tigers signing class ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation. Key was not… Continue reading →

Former LSU SS Alex Bregman to sign with Astros for $6 million; Chinea to sign Wednesday and Foster, Stevenson to ink in coming days

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman  makes the catch off Missouri's Trey Harris in the ninth inning last month at Alex Box Stadium.

Former LSU shortstop Alex Bregman has agreed to a contract with the Houston Astros, MLB.com reported Wednesday, and ex-first baseman Chris Chinea is signing with St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Bregman, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and a two-time All-American at LSU, landed in Houston on Wednesday morning and told MLB.com that… Continue reading →

Former LSU pitcher Anthony Ranaudo working on consistency

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former LSU pitcher Anthony Ranaudo had just come off of a promising performance with the Texas Rangers in which he shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6.2 innings on June 18. However, on Wednesday at Zephyr Field, Ranaudo was being shelled by the Class Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Pitching for the Round Rock Express, he allowed… Continue reading →

First look at LSU’s 2016 baseball schedule: Tigers host Florida, Vanderbilt; travel to Missouri, Tennessee

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU takes on TCU, Thursday, June 18, 2015, during game ten of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. LSU lost 8-4.

LSU’s 2016 baseball schedule includes marquee home series against Florida and Vanderbilt, a showdown with Louisiana-Lafayette in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic and trips to Missouri and Tennessee. The Tigers open SEC play with a three-game series against Alabama starting March 18 and close it against Florida on May 19-21. It’s the first time since 2010 that the… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU star Kevin Mawae: Shame on Brandon Harris if he doesn't seize opportunity after Anthony Jennings' suspension

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Former LSU center Kevin Mawae, shown attending an LSU game with wife Tracy and others, said Wednesday that he thinks the recent suspension of quarterback Anthony Jennings and three other players  opens the door for other players

Former LSU and NFL star center Kevin Mawae said Wednesday that he thinks the recent suspension of quarterback Anthony Jennings — and three other players — opens the door for other players, particularly backup quarterback Brandon Harris. “Deep down inside as a competitor you’re like, ‘This is my chance to go out and light it up.’ If… Continue reading →

Highly touted, injured LSU pitcher Jake Latz meeting setbacks in stress reaction recovery

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU freshman LHP Jake Latz (67) is expected to be in the mix to be a starter in LSU's weekend rotation this season.

Freshman pitcher Jake Latz continues to have setbacks while going on his sixth month of recovering from a stress reaction in his elbow. Latz, a highly touted 2014 signee, did not pitch this season after the injury flared up in February. The southpaw was expected to compete for a starting weekend spot before the injury. He’s rehabilitating… Continue reading →

Pooping birds targeted in four-month-long construction project at LSU's Alex Box Stadium

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU fan Rusty Simoneaux of Baton Rouge catches a foul ball hit by UNC-Wilmington center fielder Casey Golden (6) in the third inning during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Friday, May 29, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The days of bird droppings raining down on LSU baseball fans are over. Crews are attaching netting to the bottom side of the Alex Box Stadium grandstands overhang, a four-month-long project that’s expected to keep the birds away. Construction began about two weeks ago and is scheduled to end just in time for fall practice in October, coach Paul… Continue reading →

Rabalais: For three of LSU's suspended foursome, conduct was foolish but not fatal to future with the team

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive tackles Evan Washington (75) and Vadal Alexander (74) block as quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws during the second half of the Music City Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

As baseball was winding down in the College World Series last week, the police blotter was filling up with the names of four LSU football players arrested for a variety of transgressions. The biggest name, of course, belongs to starting quarterback Anthony Jennings. He, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested for unauthorized entry into… Continue reading →

Pooping birds targeted in four-month-long construction project at LSU's Alex Box Stadium

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU fan Rusty Simoneaux of Baton Rouge catches a foul ball hit by UNC-Wilmington center fielder Casey Golden (6) in the third inning during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Friday, May 29, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The days of bird droppings raining down on LSU baseball fans are over. Crews are attaching netting to the bottom side of the Alex Box Stadium grandstands overhang, a four-month-long project that’s expected to keep the birds away. Construction began about two weeks ago and is scheduled to end just in time for fall practice in October, coach Paul… Continue reading →

LSU football operations facility to get expanded, renovated; Nutrition center to break ground this fall

Existing view of LSU's indoor football facility (Courtesy of LSU)

Tiger Stadium isn’t the only building getting expanded. LSU’s football operations facility — including the weight room and locker room — is getting a facelift. The school is expanding and renovating the 10-year-old facility on Skip Bertman Drive. The Tiger Athletics Nutrition Center, meanwhile, is back on schedule and could break ground as early… Continue reading →

Former Purdue quarterback Danny Etling transferring to LSU

Purdue quarterback Danny Etling  throws against Iowa during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Purdue defeated Iowa 24-10. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

For years, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has mentored Danny Etling. Now, he’ll be coaching him. Etling, a former Purdue quarterback who visited campus last weekend, is transferring to LSU and will be eligible in 2016. The school announced Monday that they had received Etling’s signed papers. In keeping with NCAA transfer rules, Etling… Continue reading →

Joe Alleva on arrested LSU football players: Any punishment will come after judge's ruling

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Athletic Director Joe Alleva.

LSU athletes are constantly drilled with a message of accountability and responsibility, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Monday, which is why Alleva finds himself “very disappointed” when athletes get in trouble with the law. That’s what happened last week when four LSU football players ­— quarterback Anthony Jennings, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive linemen Maquedius… Continue reading →

LSU’s Conner Hale signs with the Seattle Mariners

LSU third baseman Conner Hale fields a ground out by Louisiana-Lafayette infielder Evan Powell during the second inning of a game at the LSU super regional of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LSU third baseman Conner Hale signed with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Hale, who hit .327 with four home runs and 56 RBIs as a junior this season, was selected by the Mariners in the ninth round of the MLB draft earlier this month. He announced the news by tweeting a photo of him signing his paperwork while… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Should LSU's baseball season be considered a success or failure?

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU designated hitter Chris Sciambra greets fans upon arrivinving at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday during the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

When passing judgment on this LSU baseball season just done, a sharp distinction should be drawn between disappointment and failure. There’s nothing wrong with the fan, the player, the coach, being disappointed by the fact the Tigers came up short, well short, of winning this year’s national championship. It is LSU’s perennial quest, to force a repaving of… Continue reading →

How’d LSU baseball do in 2015? Check out Ross Dellenger’s grades

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman  makes the catch off Missouri's Trey Harris in the ninth inning last month at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU committed 18 errors in its first 10 games. The Tigers coasted from that point, though. They had 45 errors in the final 44 games, finishing with a fielding percentage of .976. That was fourth in the SEC and 24th nationally. SS Alex Bregman made nine errors this year (.975), the fewest in any of his… Continue reading →

There's something special about LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, his stepson Tyler

Courtesy photo -- LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron poses in Tiger Stadium with, from left, sons Parker, Tyler and Cody.

Across America on Sunday, dads received doubtless heartfelt but ultimately forgettable gifts. Two years ago, Tyler Spotts gave his stepfather a gift that will last a lifetime, which has a value can’t be calculated. He added the name of that man to his own. And now, thanks to one of those twists of fate that are… Continue reading →

New Voice of the Tigers Chris Blair: 'There’s something different when you hear the roar at an LSU game'

Chris Blair

Chris Blair remembers the unmistakable cheers that used to come screaming through his car radio. He always knew what game it was: LSU football. “We’d listen to Death Valley on the radio. There’s something different when you hear the roar at an LSU game,” he said. “It’s a literal roar.”… Continue reading →