Faster than he looks, ‘baller’ Beau Jordan takes hold of left field

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Beau Jordan (24) runs through third base on his way to score in the third inning during the Purple and Gold World Series, Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Hoover Metropolitan Stadium has a bullpen just inside the left field fence. Bryce Jordan lingered there into the late hours of April 2, his task to catch LSU’s continuing carousel of relief pitchers in a game tied at 5 after 13 innings. His twin brother, Beau, was making his first conference start just feet away in left field.… Continue reading →

LSU softball notebook: Solid freshman class primed to make an impact right away; Constance Quinn returns her focus to the diamond

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Senior Bianka Bell fielding questions, Friday, February 5, 2016, during LSU softball's media day in Baton Rouge, La.

With all but one everyday starter returning and most of last year’s rotation back, LSU softball coach Beth Torina understandably has great expectations for her team this season. But that doesn’t mean this season’s crop of freshmen will take a back seat to the veterans. Torina spoke highly of her freshmen Friday… Continue reading →

LSU opens second half of SEC play Saturday against Mississippi State; Tigers try to keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against Oklahoma, Saturday, January 30, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

In a crazy college basketball season — no one seems to know what’s up and what’s down — the LSU men know one thing: They need to put their best foot forward over the next nine games. Thanks to six nonconference losses, the Tigers know they need to make up some ground in Southeastern Conference play to secure… Continue reading →

Offensive lull sinks LSU in blowout loss to Mississippi State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU forward Alexis Hyder (20), center, attempts to keep the ball away from Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan (15), left, and Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2), Thursday, February 4, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU’s offense was efficient enough in the first and and fourth quarters Thursday night. The problem was what happened in between them. After hanging around during the opening period, the Lady Tigers couldn’t keep up with No. 11 Mississippi State in a 71-52 loss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU (8-15, 2-7 Southeastern) scored only 16… Continue reading →

With Ashleigh Gnat eyeing perfection third straight week, LSU opens tough, five-week SEC slate

LSU's Ashleigh Gnat vaults during the finals of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (Photo/ Hal Yeager)

It began on floor. LSU assistant coach Bob Moore entered the gym to recruit Ashleigh Gnat, who progressed from a round-off double layout to a tuck full-in to a tuck-and-a-half punch front, each tumbling pass a bit harder than the last. Knat sauntered to vault, executing a Yurchenko full, then a Yurchenko one-and-a-half before throwing the Yurchenko… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Les Miles is a hugger, a survivor and the clear winner of this year’s national signing day

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Les Miles addresses the crowd Wednesday during The Gridiron Club Bayou Bash.

Michigan landed the nation’s No. 1 player. Texas made a Texas-sized 11th-hour push, including talking a longtime commitment out of playing in Baton Rouge. Alabama cleaned up, as usual. But let there be no debate: On this 2016 national signing day, there was no bigger winner than LSU coach Les Miles. LSU emerged… Continue reading →

LSU’s 2016 signing class: Get the inside scoop on all 23 signees

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity

Edwin Alexander Defensive tackle 6-foot-2, 310 pounds St. Thomas Aquinas/Hammond Committed: April 18, 2015 247Sports position rank: 8 247Sports composite rating: Four stars AT A GLANCE Committed to LSU in his sophomore season, during which he amassed more than 40 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He withdrew his commitment… Continue reading →

After a hectic, meticulous recruiting process, ‘someone big’ — LSU — fell in love with Lindsey Scott Jr.

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Zachary quarterback, and LSU commitment, Lindsey Scott, right, is all smiles and wearing an LSU cap at a signing ceremony at the high school Wednesday. Scott signed with LSU and five other players signed to play with colleges after graduation this May. At left is (OL) Kellton Hollins who is going to TCU

A football emblazoned with a red “Z” sits between two plants on a mantel in Lindsey Scott Sr.’s luxury Zachary apartment. He takes the ball and begins to toss it from hand to hand, walking around the apartment with headphones in his ear and a splintered iPhone in his hand. That ball was special. “Dad — aw, you’re not… Continue reading →

Rummel star Kristian Fulton signed with LSU on Wednesday — and a family tie made it even more special

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Archbishop Rummel senior Kristian Fulton, considered the top prospect in Louisiana, signs with LSU during a ceremony Wednesday in Metairie.

Moments after the “L-S-U ... L-S-U” chants died down and the throng of media finished asking Kristian Fulton questions, Michelle Fulton bent down and whispered three words in her son’s left ear. “Greatness begins here,” she said, a reference to a slogan LSU sent Fulton in his offer letter. Fulton, the five-star cornerback from Rummel, smiled.… Continue reading →

Despite talent gained in 2016, Dylan Moses’ exodus leaves LSU football a little lean for 2017

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- University High's Dylan Moses prepares for a collision with Teurlings' Luke Gossen

Dylan Moses’ tweet a few weeks ago made it official: Louisiana lost its top-ranked college prospect for the 2017 class. “Just touchdown in Florida!!!” the Jan. 16 message read. The former University High star and ex-LSU commitment had arrived at his new home: IMG Academy, a boarding school specializing in the academic tutoring and athletic training of… Continue reading →

‘This is a team that can win it all’: No. 3 signing class, combined with LSU’s returnees, have Les Miles and his Tigers thinking title

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU cheerleaders and the Golden Band from Tigerland work to pump up the crowd ahead of head coach Les Miles' arrival to the River Center, February 3, 2016, during The Gridiron Club Bayou Bash, which celebrates LSU's incoming recruiting class.

Fireworks in LSU’s 2016 signing class came in January, when five highly touted prospects enrolled early. Booms were heard in the summer, when eight recruits committed in an 18-day span in June. And the feel-good story of the class? That happened Sunday, when Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. announced his commitment. That didn’t… Continue reading →

Signing day 2016: SEC schools battle to the very end

Nigel Warrior, a safety from Peachtree Ridge High School, gestures as he commits to the University of Tennessee during national signing day at the College Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Feb, 3, 2016, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  ORG XMIT: GAATJ203

Ole Miss struck first, but Mississippi State got the last laugh. The tug-of-war between Mississippi schools Wednesday was just one of several recruiting battles waged across the Southeastern Conference on national signing day. As the in-state rivals fought over local prospects, the rest of the league’s members attempted to flip recruits from their conference competition. State,… Continue reading →

Ben Simmons finding that shooting more means more wins for Tigers

Auburn forward Horace Spencer (0) and Auburn forward Jordon Granger (25) defend a shot by LSU forward Ben Simmons (25) Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

AUBURN, Ala. — Ben Simmons did his homework before Tuesday night’s game against Auburn. After getting off just seven official field-goal attempts in the LSU basketball team’s gut-wrenching loss to top-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday, Simmons took the time to do some analytics and discovered seven is his magic number. Actually, eight is a better number for Simmons and… Continue reading →

Short-handed Lady Tigers brace for No. 11 Miss. State

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON --  LSU's Rina Hill defends Auburn's Janiah McKay during Monday night's game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

After forwards Akilah Bethel and Tatum Neubert suffered injuries during practice Sunday, adding two more names to LSU’s seemingly never-ending list of maladies, coach Nikki Fargas’ husband Justin jokingly posed her a question. “Can y’all not wear helmets?” asked the former NFL running back. Protective headgear might have saved the Lady Tigers from only a… Continue reading →

Live coverage: LSU’s Les Miles on National Signing Day: ‘I like this class very much’

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, holds the bowl trophy while being interviewed after the game Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. LSU won 56-27.

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Rehab on schedule, LSU’s Jake Latz hoping to return by midseason

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU pitcher Jake Latz

Through 10 shutout innings, Jake Latz was cementing a spot in LSU’s weekend rotation, flummoxing a young LSU lineup with his low-90s fastball and a plus breaking ball he’s still yet to throw in a college game. He jogged out for the 11th. “It just kind of flared up all of a sudden,” Latz said Friday.… Continue reading →

Ben Simmons’ fast start spurs LSU past Auburn 80-68

LSU's Ben Simmons shoots around Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016  in Auburn, Ala. LSU won 80-68.(Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

AUBURN, Ala. — After attempting just one field goal in the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s heartbreaking two-point loss to No. 1 Oklahoma, Ben Simmons went on the offensive early Tuesday night. When he did, Auburn paid the price. Simmons took 15 shots from the floor in the game, including seven in the first… Continue reading →

Recruits already in school let LSU sign more than 25

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Donaldsonville WR Stephen Sullivan

Saivion Smith enrolled early at LSU so he’d be ahead of the game. After all, the highly touted defensive back wants to play immediately as a freshman next year. What better way to assure that than getting a five-month head start on learning the defensive system and participating in spring practice? The same… Continue reading →

Depleted Lady Tigers can’t handle Auburn

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON --  LSU's Rina Hill defends Auburn's Janiah McKay during Monday night's game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Injury-depleted and offensively challenged, returning home for only their second game in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center since Jan. 20 wasn’t much of a cure for the LSU Lady Tigers. Using only six players once again until the closing seconds, LSU frittered away too many possessions to Auburn’s sticky trapping defense Monday night and lost another game in a… Continue reading →

LSU would sooner forget Oklahoma and focus on Auburn

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Forward Ben Simmons and the Tigers almost pulled out a win against guard Jordan Woodard and Oklahoma on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Now LSU turns its focus to Auburn and the rest of the SEC schedule.

In the aftermath of Saturday’s narrow loss to top-ranked Oklahoma, the LSU men’s basketball team didn’t have a lot of time to think about what might have been had it taken down the Sooners. It was back to work Sunday for LSU’s coaches and players, who had to quickly press the refocus button and… Continue reading →

Why LSU rolling out red carpet, stocking up on defensive linemen, linebackers this recruiting cycle

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Getting the chance to talk new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda about where they fit in the Tigers' scheme played a big role in some recruits deciding to come to LSU.

During weekend official visits to LSU, prospects are treated like kings. They dine, on the school’s dime, at Texas de Brazil. They’re escorted around campus and throughout the city by the program’s current star players. They eat lunch from the Tiger Stadium suite level and finish the weekend breakfasting and playing basketball at coach Les Miles’ home.… Continue reading →

Short-handed Lady Tigers lose at home to Auburn

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON --  LSU's Rina Hill defends Auburn's Janiah McKay during Monday night's game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Injury-depleted and offensively challenged, returning home for only their second game in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center since Jan. 20 wasn’t much of a cure for the LSU Lady Tigers. Using only six players once again until the closing seconds, LSU frittered away too many possessions to Auburn’s sticky trapping defense Monday night and lost another game… Continue reading →

LSU's Joe Alleva: 'Embarrassing' to hear students' vulgar taunts at Oklahoma game; national pundits weigh in

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Oklahoma bench comes to life after back to back three pointers from Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24), Saturday, January 30, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

Update, 11:50 a.m. LSU students hurled obscenities, ice and objects during and immediately after the Tigers’ 77-75 loss in men’s basketball Saturday against No. 1-ranked Oklahoma. Continue reading →

After letting a win against No. 1 Oklahoma get away, the LSU Tigers return to SEC play Tuesday at Auburn needing a strong closing kick to reach the NCAA tournament

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against Oklahoma, Saturday, January 30, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

Barring a major collapse in the next five weeks, the LSU men’s basketball team could have all but wrapped up an NCAA tournament bid with a win over No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday. At the least, toppling an experienced and talented OU team would have done wonders for LSU’s RPI heading into the final month-plus of the… Continue reading →

With 'whole room' painted orange, Gator-turned-Tiger Saivion Smith lured to LSU by DBU reputation

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Saivion Smith, who is part of LSU's 2016 signing class, photographed, Tuesday, January 12, 2016, in Baton Rouge.

Saivion Smith’s football-playing goal was simple: He wanted to be a five-star quarterback starting for his beloved Florida Gators. “My whole room was painted orange,” he said. “I promise.” Days before Wednesday’s big day — national signing day — Smith is not a five-star quarterback. He’s a five-star player — at least according to Scout.com — at cornerback.… Continue reading →

Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott commits to LSU, giving Tigers their first QB in 2016 recruiting class

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Zachary High QB Lindsey Scott Jr., is an All-Metro MVP.

LSU’s search for a quarterback in the 2016 class is over. Continue reading →