Late LSU signee Jevonte Domond expects to report Sunday

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A tour of the south end zone expansion at LSU's Tiger Stadium.

Jevonte Domond is en route to Baton Rouge. Domond, a four-star junior college offensive tackle from Arizona who signed with LSU earlier this summer, graduated from Glendale Community College and is set to arrive Friday. He’ll report with other members of the team Sunday. Preseason camp begins Monday. Domond, 6-foot-6, 300-pounder, is listed as the No. 1 junior college player in Arizona and the 10th-best junior college offensive tackle in the… Continue reading →

Two LSU football players arrested; both issued misdemeanor citations

Trey Lealaimatafao, left, and Davon Godchaux

Two LSU freshmen football players were arrested last week, one accused of stealing a bicycle outside the school’s Middleton Library and the other accused of tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment, an LSU police official said Monday. Defensive linemen Trey Lealaimatafao, 17, of San Antonio, and Davon Godchaux, 19, of Plaquemine, were issued misdemeanor citations Thursday, Capt. Cory Lalonde said. Their cases will be referred to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office, he said.… Continue reading →

Barkevious Mingo focused on becoming better player in second season

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) jogs to the next drill at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea, Ohio, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA, Ohio — Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo is banking on bigger being better after a rookie year that started fast and then sort of fizzled. He’s been bulking up this offseason, ready to fit in with the faster and stronger of the NFL. As the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft out of LSU, Mingo made an instant impact for the Browns, flying all over the field and registering a sack in each… Continue reading →

Quarterback battle dead heat for LSU

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings drop back to pass during practice this spring.

Anthony Jennings’ summer has included the normal doings for an LSU football player. He’s gone through the agility workouts, the weight lifting, the conditioning sprints. He’s gone to class, met with coaches and studied the playbook. There’s something else he’s done, too, said Scott Burton, Jennings’ high school coach at Marietta, Georgia. “He feels like he’s had an opportunity to turn this into his team,” Burton said. “Anthony feels like this is his job, this… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU QB Zach Mettenbeger: It’s ‘never fun to get punched’ in face

Associated Press photo by MARK HUMPHREY -- Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger answers questions following practice at training camp Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Mettenberger was sucker-punched last weekend by an Alabama fan while at a bar with fellow rookie Taylor Lewan. The man ran out of the bar before being chased down. A police report also was not filed.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger knows only too well the intensity of the Alabama-LSU rivalry. Mettenberger was sucker-punched last weekend by an Alabama fan while at a bar with fellow rookie Taylor Lewan. A man came up to him and said, “Roll Tide.” The former LSU quarterback said he answered “Good luck with that” before getting slugged. The man ran out of the bar before being chased down. A police report… Continue reading →

Ron Richard steps down as TAF president; Rick Perry takes over

Advocate file photo by Richard Alan Hannon Maj. Gen. Ron Richard

The Tiger Athletic Foundation announced Maj. Gen. Ron Richard, USMC (Ret.), is stepping down as president and CEO of the organization. Rick Perry, longtime TAF employee and current senior vice president, was named president and CEO. Richard will remain with TAF in the role of president and CEO emeritus. A number of major TAF projects took place during Richard’s term as president and CEO, including additions of the Cox Communication Center for… Continue reading →

Leonard Fournette first high schooler to win Corbett Award for amateurs

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Leonard Fournette won the Corbett Award as outstanding male amateur athlete

Before he ever makes his Tiger Stadium debut, Leonard Fournette has made Louisiana sports history. The LSU-bound running back from St. Augustine has become the first person on the basis of his high school accomplishments to receive the Corbett Award, designating him the state’s outstanding male amateur athlete for the past year. All of the previous recipients of the award, which was inaugurated in 1967, were current or former college athletes. Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Christina… Continue reading →

LSU defensive tackle released from hospital

Trey Lealaimatafao tweeted this photo of himself in the hospital Tuesday.

LSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, seriously injured after punching through a window Monday, has been released from the hospital and will begin rehabilitation, team spokesman Michael Bonnette said Wednesday. Lealaimatafao, a 6-foot, 300-pound three-star defensive tackle signee from San Antonio, punched through a glass window in the LSU weight room Monday, tearing muscles to the bone, multiple sources said. He had been hospitalized over the last two nights for… Continue reading →

The LSU Top 10: Jamal Adams

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As his Nitro teammates watch the big screen, Jamal Adams verbally commits to LSU during the Under Armour All-America Game.

“Top Ten in Ten” is a 10-part blog series on the top 10 players, by importance, for LSU’s 2014 season. We’ll have a player each weekday, counting down to the No. 1 player on Aug. 4, when LSU begins fall camp.… Continue reading →

LSU breaks ground on gymnastics practice facility

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Longtime LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux, right, puts her father's shovel back in the pile of dirt used for Tuesday's groundbreaking of a state-of-the-art training and practice facility. It is scheduled for completion in 2015.

D-D Breaux didn’t need one of the fancy gold-painted shovels traditionally used at groundbreaking ceremonies when LSU officials gathered Tuesday to kick off construction of the Tigers’ new gymnastics training center. She brought her own. When LSU President F. King Alexander, Athletic Director Joe Alleva and high-ranking Tiger Athletic Foundation officials dug their shovels into a pile of dirt, Breaux used her late father’s shovel to symbolically make her mark on the practice facility she’s had an eye… Continue reading →

LSU shows off nearly complete south end zone expansion of Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A tour of the south end zone expansion at LSU's Tiger Stadium.

Joe Alleva glanced over the row of seats, beyond the metal railing, past the two levels of suites and way, way down to the south end zone of Tiger Stadium. “You’re right on top of it,” Alleva said, wearing dark sunglasses and a protective LSU hardhat. “Thought we would be too far back of the field,” LSU’s athletic director continued. “We’re not.” LSU showed off its multimillion dollar makeover to 90-year-old Tiger Stadium on Tuesday, ushering reporters… Continue reading →

Injured DT tweets hospital photo, says he’s “doing well”

Trey Lealaimatafao tweeted this photo of himself in the hospital Tuesday.

LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, seriously injured after punching through a window Monday, tweeted a photo of himself Tuesday morning in the hospital with the message, “Hi everyone I’m doing well.” Lealaimatafao, a 6-foot, 300-pound three-star defensive tackle signee from Texas, punched through a glass window in the LSU weight room Monday, tearing muscles to the bone, multiple sources said. Lealaimatafao punched through the window after a dispute with another football player,… Continue reading →

Close to signing pro, Marshall hopes to live dream of college baseball

Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post photo -- LSU baseball signee Mac Marshall of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga.

As the major league baseball signing deadline winded down Friday, LSU star pitching signee Mac Marshall and his roommates kept themselves occupied. They played a soccer video game, watched the AMC hit "Breaking Bad" and went to Raising Cane’s. “It was a crazy day,” said Doug Norman, Marshall’s roommate and an LSU pitcher signee himself. Marshall, the headliner to LSU’s star-studded 2014 signing class, didn’t sign with the Houston Astros. An offer never… Continue reading →

LSU newcomer Cannizaro savors Tulane memories

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU baseball's new hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Andy Cannizaro with his wife, Allison, and children Gabrielle, 3, and Pierce, 9 months, at his introduction news conference Monday.

Andy Cannizaro has plenty to be proud of in baseball. He was a scout for the New York Yankees. He was a two-time All-American at Tulane, and he had two brief stints in the major leagues. Above them all, though, stands one moment: the 2001 NCAA super regional win over LSU, a series victory that sent the Green Wave and its starting shortstop, Cannizaro, to the College World Series. “To this day, that weekend… Continue reading →

Hairston transfers to Rice

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU place-kicker James Hairston kicks off against Ole Miss laSt season at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. Hairston transferred to Rice in hopes of adding field goals to his kickoff duties.

Former LSU kickoff specialist James Hairston transferred to Rice, the school announced Monday. Hairston, a rising senior, was the primary handler of LSU’s kickoffs over the previous three seasons. He announced his departure in March because he wants a shot at kicking field goals. A graduate of LSU in finance, Hairston is eligible to play this season under NCAA rules. Hairston is a Dallas native, and he has an uncle who played football and… Continue reading →