No white jerseys for LSU's Saturday game; Tigers to wear purple against South Carolina

LSU will wear something other than white jerseys at home against a Southeastern Conference team for the first time in nearly 20 years. South Carolina will wear white tops in the relocated game against the No. 7 Tigers (4-0, 2-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, forcing LSU to wear purple jerseys. The Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3) were planning on wearing white tops… Continue reading →

LSU vs. South Carolina game moving to Tiger Stadium; ticket purchase details released; 2:30 p.m. CST kickoff

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Aerial of Tiger Stadium on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

It’s game on at Tiger Stadium on Saturday. The game between LSU and South Carolina will be moved to Baton Rouge in the wake of deadly flooding in Columbia, South Carolina, both schools and the Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday. Game is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. LSU season ticket holders have until 5 p.m.… Continue reading →

Catching Up With No. 7: Leonard Fournette talks South Carolina flooding, LSU’s surprising start

A Minute With Leonard is a new, weekly Q&A series with LSU running back Leonard Fournette. On his way to his second class of the day Tuesday, Leonard Fournette was approached by two freshman girls from New Mexico. “They’re speaking Spanish to me. I’m trying to tell them, ‘I don’t speak Spanish,'” a smiling Fournette said Tuesday night during an impromptu session… Continue reading →

LSU flagged in consecutive weeks for playing without helmet, which Les Miles calls ‘a smart rule’

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Lewis Neal, left, helps cornerback Tre'Davious White push Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney out of bounds on Sept. 26. Neal was penalized for playing after his helmet came off, the first of two such penalties the Tigers have been flagged for this season.

Penalties have plagued LSU this season, some more odd than others. The No. 7 Tigers have committed their fair share of the usual infractions: pre-snap blunders, illegal blocks and defensive pass interferences. But in back-to-back weeks, officials flagged a player for continuing to participate in a play without his helmet. LSU coach Les Miles could… Continue reading →

LSU, John Chavis expected to meet in court for hearing on former defensive coordinator's defamation claims

. About five weeks before they meet on the football field, LSU and former defensive coordinator and current Texas A&M assistant John Chavis will square off in a Baton Rouge courtroom. LSU and Chavis are scheduled for a hearing on Oct. 19 regarding Chavis’ claims that LSU defamed the coach by issuing false information to the media. Jill… Continue reading →

LSU able to host South Carolina Saturday; Columbia plagued by water main breaks

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of LSU showing the track, PMAC, Tiger Stadium and new Alex Box Stadium.

The LSU-South Carolina set for Saturday in flood-ravaged Columbia, South Carolina, could be moved, possibly even to Baton Rouge. Continue reading →

LSU basketball notebook: Sore ankle keeps freshman Ben Simmons out of preseason’s first practice

LSU sports information photo by STEVE FRANZ -- LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones directs his players during the team's first practice of the preseason Monday.

When the LSU men’s basketball team took the floor Monday afternoon for the first full-scale practice of the preseason, there was one notable absence. Freshman forward Ben Simmons, the consensus national player of the year, didn’t participate in the opening practice because of a sore ankle. Also sitting out was junior forward Brian Bridgewater, who injured his leg… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Tigers, South Carolina still plan to play Saturday despite flooding, but monitoring situation

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles walks down Victory Hill for the game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

On Sunday afternoon, Les Miles picked up the phone and called his son, like any concerned parent would. LSU’s football coach didn’t contact Manny, now in his first year as a preferred walk-on at North Carolina, to ask about his grades or classes. Miles called because of the torrential rain and widespread flooding in the area.… Continue reading →

Website: LSU running back Leonard Fournette is biggest Heisman Trophy favorite this early in at least seven years

. LSU running back Leonard Fournette has set a bevy of rushing records through his stunning four-game start. Now, he’s setting new marks for Heisman Trophy odds. Fournette, the Tigers’ sophomore sensation, is now a 1-to-2 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, according to gambling site Bovada. The site says Fournette is the biggest Heisman Trophy favorite this… Continue reading →

No SEC discussions yet, but threat of historic flooding could affect LSU’s game at South Carolina

Flood waters climb up the walls of homes in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The rainstorm drenching the U.S. East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing many roads because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The threat of historic flooding in South Carolina forced South Carolina coaches out of Williams-Brice Stadium, but coach Steve Spurrier said he expects his team’s preparations for Saturday’s game with No. 7 LSU to go on as planned. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT in Columbia, which was inundated by more than a foot of rain… Continue reading →

Film room: LSU's running game takes center stage in its 44-22 victory against Eastern Michigan

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention. (click photos to enlarge) How They Happened (big-play analysis) A good pull: On second-and-10 from the Eastern Michigan 21-yard line, LSU QB Brandon Harris kept the ball on a zone-read play and ran around left end for a 21-yard touchdown.

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  • “I was like, ‘You can’t miss this’ ” — LSU LB Deion Jones, two other Tigers picked off passes in win over Eastern Michigan

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU defensive end Arden Key (49) and LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrate with LSU linebacker Deion Jones (45) after Jones' interception and touchdown against Eastern Michigan, Saturday, October 3, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

    Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback might as well have served the ball to Deion Jones on a silver platter. Under heavy pressure from freshman defensive end Arden Key, Roback rolled to his right and threw a side-armed pass while falling to the Tiger Stadium grass. Jones stepped in front of the intended receiver and took… Continue reading →

    First-look scouting report: LSU at South Carolina

    South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    The basics Kickoff: 11 a.m. Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C. TV: ESPN Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7 Series: LSU leads 17-2-1 Last meeting: LSU 23, South Carolina 21 (Oct. 13, 2012) On South Carolina Continue reading →

    LSU's Leonard Fournette reveals players 'joking and playing' in practice for game vs. EMU

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) flies through a hole in the middle of the line for a three yard touchdown run in the first half Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015  in Baton Rouge.

    The big question entering LSU’s game against Eastern Michigan: Would running back Leonard Fournette get the single-game school record against the nation’s worst rushing defense? The question afterward: Why did LSU need Fournette to nearly claim that lofty record to beat lowly Eastern Michigan? Fournette ran for 233 yards, scored three touchdowns and carried… Continue reading →

    ‘We were advised to leave': South Carolina flooding affecting Gamecocks ahead of game against LSU

    A truck plows through a flooded street in Florence, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 as rain continue to fall causing flooding in some areas of the state. A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing "too many roads to name" because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    South Carolina coaches were working in the team’s football stadium studying film when they were told to leave Sunday morning.

    Why? Flood waters.

    “A lot of areas were being closed down,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said on a teleconference with reporters on Sunday.

    The Gamecocks have much more to worry about than their 2-3 record or facing No. 7 LSU… Continue reading →

    Rabalais: Here’s hoping LSU learned something from Saturday night’s snoozefest against Eastern Michigan

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) jukes his way past a host of Eastern Michigan defenders, including a diving  defensive back Jason Beck (39) in the second half Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015  in Baton Rouge. LSU beat Eastern Michigan 44-22.

    Zzzzzzzz. Um, sorry. I dozed off during the early part of my column. Kind of took my cue from the LSU Tigers’ effort Saturday night against Eastern Michigan. Hey, guys, a little knowledge for you: Just because your school paid a $985,000 guarantee to the Eagles to play this game, there’s nothing in the contract that… Continue reading →

    LSU’s Leonard Fournette makes SEC history in win over Eastern Michigan

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) flies through a hole in the middle of the line for a three yard touchdown run in the first half Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015  in Baton Rouge.

    It was just another Saturday night at the office for Leonard Fournette. Another 200-yard rushing night. Another three-touchdown game. Another eye-popping performance for the Heisman Trophy voters. Fournette soared past the 200-yard mark for the third consecutive game, treating hearty fans who stuck around on a brisk evening to a bit of history in ninth-ranked… Continue reading →

    Tigers’ passing sluggish against Eastern Michigan

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural drops a pass with Eastern Michigan defensive back DaQuan Pace defending in the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

    LSU desperately tried to get its passing game off the ground against Eastern Michigan. The No. 9 Tigers, however, soon found their wings were clipped. Despite holding off the pesky Eagles for a 44-22 win Saturday night, LSU struggled to get sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris in rhythm with his receivers all night. A mixture of… Continue reading →

    LSU 44, Eastern Michigan 22: Scott Rabalais says the Tigers aren’t as good as they think they are in his Three and Out

    Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU students send a message to Southern’s Devon Gales — “Pray For Devon 33” — during Saturday’s game. Gales, who wears No. 33, was injured in a game at Georgia a week earlier.

    The LSU Tigers aren’t as good as they think they are. For the second straight week, the Tigers gave a low-wattage effort against an outclassed nonconference opponent. The long trip to unfamiliar Syracuse could be explained for the effort there, but this was Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, the Tigers looked like they thought… Continue reading →

    LSU freshman makes first start, Leonard Fournette says seriousness was lacking as 'everybody was joking and playing' in practice

    LSU head coach Les Miles sings the LSU alma mater with his players after an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. LSU won 44-22. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Arden Key didn’t wait long to make his presence felt during No. 9 LSU’s 44-22 win against Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. On the first play from scrimmage, the freshman defensive end read an option and helped bring down Eagles running back Darius Jackson. Key made his first career start against the Eagles in place of junior… Continue reading →

    Up next: LSU at South Carolina

    THE BASICS When: 11 a.m. CDT Saturday Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina TV: ESPN Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The Gamecocks… Continue reading →

    LSU report: Volleyball to face Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. — The LSU volleyball team closes out a two-match Southeastern Conference road trip on Sunday against Auburn at 5 p.m. at Auburn Arena. The match will be air live on the SEC Network and will be streamed online through WatchESPN. “Auburn has been a team that has given us some challenging… Continue reading →

    LSU fans show 'PRAY FOR DEVON 33' sign in support of injured Southern football player Devon Gales

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Members of the LSU chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi show support for Southern University's Devon Gales as LSU takes on Eastern Michigan, Saturday, October 3, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

    . LSU football fans took to the stands on a cool Saturday evening to show their support for Southern football player Devon Gales, who suffered a spinal injury in the Jaguars' loss at the University of Georgia last week. Gales, who remains hospitalized in Georgia, is able to move his shoulders and wrists, but at… Continue reading →

    Live updates, analysis: LSU hosts Eastern Michigan in non-conference mismatch in Tiger Stadium

    Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Fans cheer as the LSU football walks down Victory Hill for the game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

    What do you get when you mix one of college football's most powerful rushing attacks with one of the sport's worst rushing defenses? Eastern Michigan vs. LSU at 6 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Follow live updates below from the game.… Continue reading →

    What to watch for from LSU men’s basketball this season

    Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU freshmen, from left, Antonio Blakeney, Ben Simmons and Brandon Sampson, join a solid veteran corps back from last season's 22-win effort.

    Five storylines for the LSU men’s basketball team going into preseason practice: 1 The newbies. While LSU has a solid group back from a team that won 22 games last year, most of the buzz has centered around a three-man recruiting class that was ranked third in the nation. Touted… Continue reading →

    LSU basketball gets rolling toward its most anticipated season in years Monday with the start of preseason practice

    Ben Simmons (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

    Holding 10 days of practice in early August, before a 13-day exhibition tour of Australia, was certainly advantageous to the LSU men’s basketball team. It gave the Tigers a leg up on their preparations for the 2015-16 season, which officially begins Monday with the first full-scale practice that will kick off Johnny Jones’ fourth season as coach. It’s… Continue reading →

    Game Day: LSU vs. Eastern Michigan, what will happen when Leonard Fournette meets Eastern Michigan's defense?

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) breaks free on his 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, pursued by Syracuse safety Rodney Williams (6), blocked by LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83), and safety Chauncey Scissum (21) in the second half Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 in the Carrier Dome. LSU beat Syracuse 34-24, and Fournette had two touchdowns.

    Game Day blog is a weekly post published a few hours ahead of LSU’s game. Starting two to three hours before kickoff, we’ll have pregame news and notes available on a separate page, which we’ll link to.

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    LSU report: Tillis leads Tigers to volleyball win

    ATHENS, Ga. — Behind 2-1, the LSU volleyball team stormed back behind the record performance of sophomore outside hitter Gina Tillis to defeat Georgia on Friday night. LSU (6-8, 2-1 Southeastern) pushed its winning streak to two matches as the… Continue reading →

    Look inside LSU locker room: Pristine helmets, perfect lockers, search for Les Miles shoes

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Student managers, left to right, Patrick Hood, David Jackson and Samuel Degeneres work Friday afternoon putting out all the jerseys and equipment needed for Saturday's Eastern Michigan game, inside LSU's Jeff Boss Locker Room at Tiger Stadium.

    LSU’s equipment managers have a problem, and it involves Les Miles’ shoes. In 10 years as LSU’s football coach, Miles has changed the style of shoe he wears on game days just twice. He’s particular about them. They are his babies — his old-school, frumpy, out-of-date, size-12 babies. His current game-day shoe… Continue reading →

    Rabalais: Look for Leonard Fournette to end one strange week with a bang against Eastern Michigan

    Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83) blocks Syracuse cornerback Julian Whigham (1) as Syracuse cornerback Corey Winfield (11) attempts to stop LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the first half Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in the Carrier Dome. LSU won 34-24.

    In a stunning rejection of sports-minded smarty pants everywhere, Leonard Fournette apparently will play in Saturday night’s LSU-Eastern Michigan game. And the game after that. And the season after that. This is good if you love LSU football since Fournette may well be, well, the best Tiger football player since a certain Halloween ghost wearing No. 20 was… Continue reading →