Just days before signing day, closing strong with defensive recruits should be LSU’s focus, analysts say

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles answers questions about new LSU football defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

Leo Lewis was a few hours into his official visit to LSU on Friday night when the news broke: He had decommitted from Ole Miss. Lewis, the top-ranked inside linebacker recruit in the nation and a four-star prospect, didn’t commit to a new school. But his decision to decommit from one Southeastern Conference school while on a… Continue reading →

'Terrible shooting day' dooms LSU in road loss to lowly Mississippi State

LSU guard Keith Hornsby (4) and Mississippi State guard I.J. Ready (15) dive for a loose ball in the second half of a NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Mississippi State won 73-67. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Battling through a foot injury, Jordan Mickey produced one of the best games of his LSU basketball career Saturday. Unfortunately, the other half of the Tigers’ big two-man tandem down low, Jarell Martin, suffered through one of his worst games battling foul trouble and a pesky 2-3 zone defense… Continue reading →

Tigers looking to find leadoff man

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- LSU's Mark Laird lays down a bunt on Sunday against Georgia.

Kyle Bouman is a left-handed pitcher. Sean McMullen is a left-handed batter. “You think, ‘Maybe I’ll have an advantage,” ’ Bouman said. Nope. The now departed McMullen found ways to get on base during his two-year LSU career. Walk. Hit by pitch. Double. Single. Homer. Bouman saw it in… Continue reading →

LSU gymnasts almost vault past No. 1 Oklahoma

FORT WORTH, Texas — To LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux, Saturday night’s Metroplex Challenge wasn’t as much about competing against No. 1 Oklahoma as about measuring the mettle of her No. 2 Tigers. In that regard, she considered the evening a roaring success, even if they did come up a little short on their way… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Associated Press photo by KATHY WILLENS -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates after making his now-famous one-handed catch for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 23.

PHOENIX — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. grabbed The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year award for 2014. Best known for the play of the year, his one-handed snag of a touchdown pass while falling backward against Dallas, the first-round pick (12th overall) from LSU easily won against a loaded… Continue reading →

Gators’ Glass edges Tigers’ Norwood in 400

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — LSU’s Vernon Norwood and Florida’s Najee Glass stepped onto the track in the final heat of the men’s 400-meter dash and turned in the world’s fastest race of the indoor season to headline Saturday’s action at Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Track Center. With Norwood opening his season with a blistering run of 45.56… Continue reading →

Walker: Recruiting process is a blessing — but for athletes’ parents, it can also be a bear

Advocate file photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Gerald Willis stands with his mother, April Justin, and sister, Gerrah Willis, before signing with Florida last year. Justin now hosts 'Momma Knows Best,' a summit she started to educate parents about the recruiting process.

So you think the recruiting process is stressful for high school athletes? Try being a parent. Just ask Monique Jason, the mother of St. Augustine standout receiver Stanley Morgan. Shespent plenty of time with Google figuring it all out. “I’d be up until 4 or 5 in the morning on the computer looking up… Continue reading →

National Signing Day: recruiting bashes for LSU, Southern, Tulane, UL-Lafayette, state schools

Key information on recruiting bashes across the state: LSU WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday WHERE: L’Auberge Casino Hotel ON THE PROGRAM: LSU coach Les Miles will talk about the Tigers’ latest class at 5 p.m. COST: $150; $1,500 for table of 10; free admission at 4:30 p.m. MORE INFORMATION: Call Tom Breaux at (225) 806-2884 Continue reading →

6 things you might’ve forgotten about the 1990 LSU-Loyola Marymount game

Advocate file photo by STEPHEN SAVOIA -- LSU versus Loyola Marymount University Feb. 3, 1990.

1. Despite having three future NBA first-rounders — Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Jackson and Stanley Roberts — LSU finished 23-9 and was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA tournament by Georgia Tech, which went to the Final Four. 2. Loyola Marymount finished 26-6 and reached the Elite Eight, losing 131-101 to eventual champion… Continue reading →

LSU-Loyola Marymount: Hank Gathers, Bo Kimble, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Jackson, Stanley Roberts ... a look back, 25 years later

Advocate file photo by STEPHEN SAVOIA -- Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers shoots over LSU's Stanley Roberts during their memorable game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Feb. 3, 1990. The Tigers won 148-141 in overtime.

Al Toups had a problem. Make it two. As the official scorekeeper for LSU basketball, there were moments he didn’t have time to actually watch the action between the Tigers and Loyola Marymount on Feb. 3, 1990. The baskets were coming that fast. “I was just looking down at the scorebook,” Toups recalled.… Continue reading →

The Advocate’s 2015 Super Dozen: Louisiana’s top high school football recruits

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University fullback Nick Brossette tries to stiff arm Parkview Baptist cornerback KJ Drummer in the Division II championship game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division II State Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The class is especially loaded at running back, with a pair of star backs from Baton Rouge in Derrius Guice (Catholic) and Nicholas Brossette (University). Guice and Brossette are considered to be two of the nation’s best backs. Throw in fullback David Ducre (Lakeshore), and the depth of the class at the position is even deeper. Continue reading →

The Advocate’s Super Dozen: Star power like 2014 is lacking, but plenty of talent remains if you seek it out

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Plaquemine's Brian Jordan brings down Easton's Tyron Johnson during the Warren Easton vs. Plaquemine high school football game at Pan Am Stadium in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Welcome to Pine. One stoplight. No post office. Two gas stations. And one dang good football player. Derrick Dillon may not have grown up in Baton Rouge or New Orleans or Lafayette or Shreveport or Monroe, but the Pine High standout still managed to make his way onto The Advocate’s Super Dozen… Continue reading →

LSU guard Jalyn Patterson misses second game in a row

LSU guard Jalyn Patterson (15) tries to control the ball as he Vanderbilt guard Wade Baldwin IV (4)  defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won in overtime 79-75. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

. STARKVILLE, Miss. – LSU freshman point guard Jalyn Patterson will be sidelined for a second game in a row when the Tigers play Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon. Patterson was in street clothes and did not participate when LSU players took the floor at Humphrey Coliseum for pregame stretch and warm-ups about 1 hour and… Continue reading →

Opening Tip: LSU at Mississippi State men's basketball, Saturday at 1 p.m.

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Jordan Mickey works his way around South Carolina defense in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

. Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles provides pregame news and and notes before the LSU at Mississippi State men's basketball game at 1 p.m. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell, the former LSU star, relishes his chance at a Super Bowl ring

Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell dives over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler in an attempt to reach the end zone during the AFC championship game Jan. 18. Playing in an offense that's not always friendly to newcomers, LaFell caught 74 passes for 953 yards with seven touchdowns during the regular season.

PHOENIX — Brandon LaFell wanted to play in a game that mattered. That’s all he did during his time at LSU, helping the Tigers win a BCS title at the end of the 2007 season. But he went through a serious drought in the NFL. During his first three years in Carolina, the Panthers missed… Continue reading →

Early SEC losses serve Tigers well

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Jarell Martin pushes past South Carolina's Michael Carrera in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

As strange as it may seem, two disappointing losses early in Southeastern Conference play may have served the LSU basketball team well. It didn’t help them in the league standings, of course, but shocking setbacks at Missouri and at home against Texas A&M might have instilled some mental toughness in the Tigers — especially in the closing minutes… Continue reading →

LSU board approves contracts of new LSU football coaches Kevin Steele, Ed Orgeron, four other assistants

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, New LSU football defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, LSU head coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

SHREVEPORT — The LSU Board of Supervisors approved the contracts Friday of new LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. Steele, hired to replace John Chavis earlier this month, has a two-year contract for $1 million a year. Orgeron, who replaced the reassigned Brick Haley, has a two-year… Continue reading →

Fournette second in early Heisman odds

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a first down during the first half at Florida on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Gainesville.

The 2015 season doesn’t begin for more than seven months, but LSU running back Leonard Fournette is already garnering Heisman Trophy attention. Fournette, the Tigers’ rising sophomore and former top recruit in the nation, is second in early Heisman Trophy odds, according to Bovada. He’s 7-1 to win the 2015 Heisman, tied with Mississippi State quarterback Dak… Continue reading →

LSU gymnastics team gears up for ‘important’ meet in Fort Worth

Photo by HAL YEAGER -- LSU teammates cheer for Lloimincia Hall as she competes in the floor exercise during the finals of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships on April 19, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala.

While it’s still early in the season, the LSU gymnastics team will take part in one of the biggest competitions on its schedule Saturday night. In fact, as far as LSU coach D-D Breaux is concerned, the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, is vitally important to the success of her program — both in the near future… Continue reading →

Report: Odell Beckham Jr.'s one-handed catch record only lasts one day

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR VISA - New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, left, celebrates with New York Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. after setting the Guinness World Record for the most one handed catches in one minute with 33, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Visa enlisted Beckham Jr. and Brees on the heels of the Visa Checkout campaign featuring the one-handed shopping experience. (Doug Benc/AP Images for Visa)

One day after former LSU and current New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught 33 passes one handed from Saints quarterback Drew Brees to set a Guinness Word Record his place in the record books was gone. Iowa receiver Tevaun Smith broke the record with 41 one-handed catches in one minute. Here… Continue reading →

LSU running back Leonard Fournette is an early favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next year

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a long touchdown from scrimmage as Notre Dame cornerback Cody Riggs (2) gives chase during the second half Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Notre Dame won 31-28 on a last second field goal to end the game.

. The 2015 season doesn’t begin in more than seventh months, but LSU running back Leonard Fournette is already garnering Heisman Trophy attention. Fournette, the Tigers rising sophomore and former No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation, is second in early Heisman Trophy odds, according to Bovada. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

LSU women rout Ole Miss 70-41

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mississippi Lady Rebels guard Gracie Frizzell (12) and Mississippi Lady Rebels guard Erika Sisk (5) look on as LSU Lady Tigers guard Raigyne Moncrief (11) recovers the ball, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

At a recent practice, LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell made Jenna Deemer run sprints if she didn’t take an open shot. Next time, it was her teammates that had to run. The message was clear: the freshman from New Orleans’ Ursuline High School with the silky jumper needed to seize her offensive opportunities.… Continue reading →

Jalyn Patterson up to practice

LSU guard Jalyn Patterson, bottom, battles for a loose with Vanderbilt forward James Siakam during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won in overtime, 79-75. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

LSU freshman guard Jalyn Patterson was expected to try and practice Thursday after being sidelined for Wednesday night’s comeback victory over South Carolina — reportedly with concussion-like symptoms. LSU coach Johnny Jones stopped short of saying Patterson, who was injured late in Saturday night’s win at Vanderbilt, suffered a concussion while diving for a loose… Continue reading →

Unheralded fifth freshman pitcher, LSU’s Austin Bain motivated on the mound; New competitor at third base

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dutchtown's Austin Bain was the District 5-5A MVP.

LSU’s four true freshman pitchers — Jake Latz, Alex Lange, Jake Godfrey and Doug Norman — have received their share of praise heading into this season. But there’s a fifth rookie pitcher on the roster. Geismar native Austin Bain, listed as a pitcher and infielder, slipped out of sight after being shut… Continue reading →

LSU's new football commitment Chidi Valentine-Okeke is a Nigerian with a connection to a current Tigers player

The best way for Mike Tunsil to sum up LSU’s newest commitment is this: “He was the only kid willing to go against Travonte Valentine in practice,” Tunsil said with a laugh. Highly regarded offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke committed to LSU on Thursday, a surprising commitment from a Nigerian native who’s ranked as a five… Continue reading →

LSU is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today coaches preseason poll

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior infielder Alex Bregman fields questions from the media during LSU Baseball's Media Day, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

. LSU is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today coaches poll released Thursday, giving the Tigers a top-10 ranking in five of the six major college baseball polls. The sixth preseason poll – the writers rankings – has not been released. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

First he had to relearn how to walk; now LSU redshirt freshman pitcher Jesse Stallings wows coaches

Photo provided by LSU sports information -- LSU pitcher Jesse Stallings

A ballpark in Alexandria became a meeting place for prominent LSU baseball figures one night last summer. LSU coach Paul Mainieri found himself two hours northwest of Baton Rouge to watch a pitching prospect take the rubber. Mainieri took his seat in the stands, soon realizing that he wasn’t the only person with LSU ties in the audience.… Continue reading →

Tigers top Gamecocks in see-saw affair

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Jarell Martin pushes past South Carolina's Michael Carrera in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Struggling for the third game in a row, LSU point guard Josh Gray couldn’t buy a basket in the first 37 minutes of his team’s Southeastern Conference matchup Wednesday night against South Carolina. Gray misfired on his first four shots from the field, but made two key baskets down the stretch — including a huge 3-pointer —… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Tigers show more grit in win over Gamecocks

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Jordan Mickey works his way around South Carolina defense in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Another night in the grindhouse for LSU. The Tigers don’t know any other way to play, really. Their 79-61 victory at Florida a few games back was some kind of statistical anomaly. Otherwise, LSU’s trek through the Southeastern Conference has been a slog, the rest of its games decided by seven points or less and/or in… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers need win against Ole Miss to enhance NCAA hopes

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell cheers her players on in the second half of LSU's 84-79 win over Kentucky Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

As January draws to a close, the LSU Lady Tigers face a decisive final five weeks of their season filled with both opportunities and dangers. LSU righted the ship two weeks ago with wins over ranked teams in Mississippi State and Kentucky, but a 75-58 loss a week ago at then No. 5 Tennessee pushed the Lady… Continue reading →

Podcast: LSU could flip some committed players before signing day

From left to right, LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, head coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron stand together during a news conference at Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Hilary Scheinuk)

. Just because a player has committed to another school doesn't mean that LSU can't flip the commitment and get him to commit to the Tigers. Who are the players that LSU would like to flip? How has LSU recruiting changed over the years? What is the scouting report on LSU commitment Lanard Fournette? Those questions are… Continue reading →

High school coach of LSU quarterback Brandon Harris told him to leave Tigers

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) throws during warmups for the game Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 in Auburn.

. David Feaster, Brandon Harris’ high school coach at Parkway, told the quarterback to transfer to a junior college after his first semester at LSU, the coach said on a north Louisiana radio show Wednesday morning. Feaster tried to talk Harris into transferring, he said on the Tim Fletcher Show, and he said LSU is telling… Continue reading →

Live chat; ask now! Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger on LSU football, baseball

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, right, and LSU special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto, left, congratulate LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) after his kickoff return touchdown during the first half Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

. Get the latest news and notes are share your views on the LSU football team less than a week away from National Signing Day in this chat with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger on Thursday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

LSU opening tip: South Carolina at LSU men's basketball on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against Texas A&M, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

. Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles provides news, notes and views before Wednesday's South Carolina at LSU men's basketball game at the Pete Maravich Assembly center at 6 p.m. Click here to see the report. Continue reading →

No more ‘Johnny Wholestaff’: LSU relievers hope to develop roles with addition of rookie starters

LSU pitcher Alden Cartwright and the Tigers' relievers might be more specialized this season. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Alden Cartwright actually enjoyed when he didn’t have a specific role in LSU’s bullpen last season. He never knew when coach Paul Mainieri would suddenly turn to him and say those five words. “I kind of like when Coach Mainieri is like, ‘Hey, Cartwright, go warm up,’ and two minutes later I’m in the game,” the former Runnels… Continue reading →

Johnny Jones tries to keep LSU aware of South Carolina’s big wins

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against Texas A&M, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

To ensure his team doesn’t overlook anyone, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones looks at who a particular opponent has played and how it fared in those games. Sometimes, it can be a real eye-opener. Take, for example, South Carolina’s 68-45 blowout of Clemson on Dec. 19. When those intrastate rivals met, Clemson was 3½ weeks… Continue reading →

Video: LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones says the Tigers continue to grow as a team

LSU coach Johnny Jones watches the second half of his team's NCAA college basketball game against Florida on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. LSU defeated Florida 79-61. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)

. LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones previews Wednesday's game against South Carolina and reviews the Tigers' wins last week. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger's Twitter Mailbag

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri fields questions from the media during LSU Baseball's Media Day, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

. Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

LSU defensive back Jalen Mills headed to trial in early April for simple battery charge, could face 6 months in prison or $1,000 fine

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior safety Jalen Mills

LSU defensive back Jalen Mills will head to trial on April 8 for a charge of simple battery. A trial date was set during a status hearing last week, court records show, and it could impact Mills’ participation in spring practice. The April 8 court date comes in the midst of Continue reading →

Podcast: The LSU men's basketball team is proving itself to be worthy of the NCAA tournament

Associated Press photo by Mark Zaleski -- LSU guard Jalyn Patterson dives for a loose ball during the second half Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Patterson scored 10 points and had three assists in the Tigers' 79-75 overtime win over Vanderbilt.

. The victories are coming and the RPI is increasing. If the NCAA tournament were this week the LSU men's basketball team, by plenty of accounts, would definitely be in. But how good are the Tigers are what lies ahead? Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles answer those questions in this… Continue reading →

LSU forward Jordan Mickey named LSWA Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) is fouled by LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) while going up for a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. LSU defeated Florida 79-61. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)

. After averaging a double-double for the week and helping his team to a pair of conference road wins, LSU’s Jordan Mickey has been named the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after voting by a LSWA panel on Monday. Mickey opened the week with 14 points and 14… Continue reading →

LSU basketball starting to creep higher in NCAA tournament bracket projections

LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) celebrates with guard Keith Hornsby (4) after scoring against Vanderbilt in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won in overtime, 79-75. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

After dropping to the high 50s in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) a week ago, the LSU men’s basketball team has climbed about 20 spots on the strength of back-to-back road wins against Florida and Vanderbilt. LSU, 15-4 overall and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference going into Wednesday night’s home game against South Carolina, held down the 37th spot… Continue reading →

LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele to get two-year contract for $1M a year; salary a big drop from John Chavis’ deal

Associated Press file photo by Hilary Scheinuk -- Kevin Steele, left, shanes hands with LSU  coach Les Miles as he was introduced as the Tigers new defensive coordinator. Steele was offered a two-year contract at $1 million per year, which is expected to be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday.

New LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has been offered a two-year contract paying him $1 million per year. Steele’s contract was released Monday afternoon and is expected to be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday. Steele’s salary is $300,000 less than what his predecessor, John Chavis, made in his final year… Continue reading →