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 … 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 … Continue reading →

LSU’s Miles drives through ‘Car Wash’

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU  coach Les Miles will try to show the way to another successful season.

There was a tint of purple and gold covering the ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut, on Monday as LSU coach Les Miles spent the afternoon participating in ESPN’s “Car Wash.” The day included 16 programs, four networks, two mediums and one Mad Hatter. Miles went from set piece to set piece, discussing every major talking point … Continue reading →

LSU freshman DT suffers 'big cut,' in hospital

Associated Press file photo -- Trey Lealaimatafao joins his mother, Diana, and father, Semaia Lealaimatafao, in November in San Antonio. Monday, Lealaimatafao punched a glass window at the LSU weight room, tearing muscles to the bone.

LSU freshman Trey Lealaimatafao suffered a serious arm injury during a weight room incident Monday and had to be rushed to the hospital, a source said. 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 down to the bone, a source … Continue reading →

LSU track to have three athletes in world junior meet

EUGENE, Ore. — The LSU track and field program will be represented by three athletes in the IAAF World Junior Championships that get underway Tuesday at Hayward Field. Two of the athletes who qualified with top-two performances at the USA Junior Championships earlier this month — Jada Martin and Rebekah Wales — competed for … Continue reading →

Mississippi lineman Matt Womack commits to Tigers

Photo provided -- Offensive lineman Matt Womack, from Hernando, Miss., who attends Magnolia Heights private school in Senatobia, Miss., joins LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, left and coach Les Miles after commiting to play football for the Tigers.

Offensive lineman Matt Womack has committed to LSU, he tweeted Sunday. Womack, a three-star prospect out of Hernando, Mississippi, is LSU’s 14th commitment in the 2015 class, a group that ranks No. 13 nationally in 24/7 Sports composite team rankings. Womack’s commitment is non-binding. He can make it official on signing day in February. Womack, 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, … Continue reading →

As the spotlight hits, Leonard Fournette keeps working

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Running back Leonard Fournette (5) runs through the defense while picking up good yardage during the Under Armour Bowl. The Highlights defeated the Nitros 31-21.

HOOVER, Ala. — While Les Miles paraded around the Hyatt Regency Birmingham on Wednesday answering questions about his highly touted star running back, Leonard Fournette practiced at LSU’s indoor facility back in Baton Rouge, pulling sleds and running laps. Cyril Crutchfield knows. He was there watching. “He’s a workhorse,” said Crutchfield, Fournette’s high school coach … Continue reading →

Mac Marshall to play for LSU after Astros fall short

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

Talented left-handed pitcher Mac Marshall will play at LSU. The Tigers can thank Brady Aiken for that. The Major League Baseball signing deadline passed Friday without Marshall signing with the Houston Astros, a huge coup for an LSU program that needs a power weekend arm. The Astros failed to sign the draft’s No. 1 pick, … Continue reading →

Johnny O’Bryant impressing in summer league

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Johnny O'Bryant

LAS VEGAS — James Michael McAdoo had nothing but swaths of space before of him. The Warriors forward streaked down the court after a Milwaukee Bucks turnover, his teammate hitting him with a great lead pass while the rest of the Bucks trailed behind. His path to the basket, and therefore, two points, could not have … Continue reading →

Ex-LSU quarterback Rob Bolden transfers to Eastern Michigan

Associated Press file photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Former LSU quarterback Rob Bolden has transferred to Eastern Michigan, the school announced Friday.

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Former LSU quarterback Rob Bolden has a new home: Eastern Michigan. Bolden, a Michigan native who spent his first two college seasons at Penn State before joining the Tigers, transferred to Eastern Michigan, the school announced Friday. Bolden came to LSU in 2012 and played that position for two years … Continue reading →

Comcast adds SEC Network

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Comcast Cable has reached a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network. The network, which launches Aug. 14, was already set to be carried on cable and satellite providers like DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse. The addition of the nation’s largest cable provider announced Friday means … Continue reading →

Guidelines changing for NFL draft advisory board

Associated Press photo by BUTCH DILLLSU coach Les Miles speaks to media at the Southeastern Conference media days on Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.

LSU fans and coach Les Miles aren’t the only ones overwhelmed with the number of juniors and third-year sophomores leaping early for the NFL draft. The NFL’s College Advisory Committee, or the draft advisory board, has developed new guidelines for those considering forfeiting their final year or years of eligibility. Teams are now restricted to five evaluation requests, … Continue reading →

Bo Wallace using snub for extra motivation

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace (14) throws in the second half.

HOOVER, Ala. — En route to the Hyatt Regency hotel, Bo Wallace learned to what All-Southeastern Conference preseason team he was selected: the third. “It’s another chip,” the Ole Miss quarterback said, “on my shoulder.” There are a lot of them. Wallace’s appearance at SEC media days on Thursday — the final of the four-day event … Continue reading →

Four downs: Thursday at SEC media days

Somewhere in Louisiana there’s a candle burning for Nick Saban, 10 years after he left LSU for the Miami Dolphins before heading to Alabama in 2007. This won’t help: “We’ve moved around a lot,” Saban said. “If I had it to do over, I’d have just tried to stay in one place and … Continue reading →

Kentucky tries to turn talent into victories

Associated Press photo by BUTCH DILL -- Kentucky defensive end Bud Dupree speaks to reporters at Southeastern Conference media days Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Hoover, Ala.

HOOVER, Ala. — Mark Stoops has established that Kentucky can bring in highly-rated recruits. Now the Wildcats’ second-year coach is trying to turn that added talent into a few more victories. Stoops is still looking for his first victory in the Southeastern Conference following a 2-10 season in 2013, including an 0-8 mark in … Continue reading →

In the spotlight at SEC media days: Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama

THEN AND NOW: The Bulldogs finished 8-5 (5-3 SEC) last year, and junior running back Todd Gurley will have to carry his offense when their season kicks off Aug. 30 against Clemson. THE BUZZ: Mark Richt has quite the challenge ahead — former star quarterback Aaron Murray is no longer in the picture, meaning senior passer Hutson … Continue reading →

All-SEC first team: stars of note

Georgia running back Todd Gurley (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Notable players on the All-Southeastern Conference first team announced Thursday: Even with his recent citation for possession of marijuana, Auburn’s senior quarterback won the media vote as the SEC’s preseason first-team quarterback. Marshall finished with 1,976 passing yards and 14 touchdowns while also running for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. … Continue reading →

Georgia’s Todd Gurley: 2,000 yards ‘would be awesome’

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

HOOVER, Ala. — Todd Gurley downplays talk of being a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, but the Georgia running back can’t contain a smile at the mention of one milestone that’s probably unrealistic. What would it be like to run for 2,000 yards like Boston College’s Andre Williams did last season? “If I could get 2,000 yards, … Continue reading →

Trio of Louisiana backs named to Doak Walker Award watch list

LSU’s Terrence Magee, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Alonzo Harris and Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon were named to the Doak Walker Award watch list announced Thursday. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. Last season, Magee rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns with six receptions for 49 yards and two kickoff returns for 45 … Continue reading →

LSU expected to introduce Andy Cannizaro

LSU is set to introduce its new assistant baseball coach at a news conference Monday, and it’s expected to be former Tulane star and New York Yankees scout Andy Cannizaro. The Tigers will also introduce the 2014 signing class and reveal the 2015 schedule. The Advocate reported on LSU’s 2015 schedule in March. Cannizaro, … Continue reading →

Media Days predictions: LSU to finish third in SEC West

** FOR USE AS DESIRED WITH NFL DRAFT STORIES ** FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2008 file photo, LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson (93) sacks Auburn quarterback Chris Todd (12) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala. Jackson is a top prospect in the 2009 NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

HOOVER, Ala. - Left tackle La’el Collins earned a first team All-SEC selection while LSU was picked to finish fifth overall in the SEC and third in the SEC West in media voting released Thursday at SEC media days. … Continue reading →

Rabalais: These Tigers should relish the underdog role

Associated Press photo by Butch Dill -- LSU coach Les Miles speaks Wednesday to media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days in Hoover, Ala.

Here’s a little fact that you probably already knew, but this just confirms it: We “media experts” aren’t so expert a lot of the time. The Southeastern Conference will release the media’s preseason all-conference team and predicted order of finish Thursday from the writers and broadcasters … Continue reading →