Southeastern Louisiana football team to begin spring drills

HAMMOND — The defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana football team will begin its on-field preparation for 2014 when spring practice opens Tuesday.

The Lions, who finished 11-3 overall, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and finished ranked No. 6 in the final national polls, will take the practice field for the first time at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Lions will practice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for the next five weeks. On April 5, the Lions will host a 2 p.m. scrimmage in Strawberry Stadium. Spring drills culminate with the Spring Game at noon April 12. The Lions open the season Aug. 30 by hosting Jacksonville.

New offensive coordinator Chet Pobolish will oversee a squad that returns the 2013 Southland Conference and Louisiana Player of the Year, quarterback Bryan Bennett.

Alabama

Fraternity brother sues ex-player Love: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., a fraternity brother has sued former Alabama defensive lineman Wilson Love for alleged assault.

Online court records show that Connor McKenna’s suit filed Sunday in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court says Love knocked him unconscious during a spring break trip in March 2012.

He’s seeking $100,000 plus unspecified punitive damages. Love graduated in December and didn’t see action.

McKenna’s suit says they had returned to their Los Angeles hotel room after a night out when Love assaulted him “without any provocation”, knocking him out and breaking his nose, among other injuries.

The suit says hotel staff called an ambulance and McKenna was treated at Marina Del Rey Hospital, later requiring surgery. Love’s attorney, Bob Prince says he plans to file a motion to dismiss within the next 30 days.

Miami

Knighton out of hospital: In Coral Gables, Fla., Miami offensive lineman Hunter Knighton is out of the hospital after falling ill during a workout last month.

The circumstances behind Knighton’s health issue remain unclear, with school officials saying only that the player’s family has asked for privacy. Knighton was hospitalized a few days before spring practice began on March 1.