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12/1/15 5:55 am CST

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Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First of all, I want to thank all of you who chimed in on yesterday’s Mail Call. The topic I received the most email about was the way Athletic Director Joe Alleva handled the drama of the last two weeks. I said after the Ole Miss game that Les Miles’ approval rating had hit an all-time low among fans, but I can tell you without a doubt that it never dipped nearly as low as Alleva’s is now. 

The other hot topic of discussion was the offensive coordinator job and potential candidates for the position should Cam Cameron’s contract not be renewed. Before going any further, it’s important to note that as of now there’s been no word on whether Cameron will be back next year, although that hasn’t slowed down the chatter about possible new offensive leadership. That chatter was intensified yesterday when former Georgia head coach Mark Richt reportedly said “If and when I do coach again, I’m looking forward to coaching again in terms of being more hands on. I miss coaching quarterbacks, I miss calling plays, I miss that part of it. Whether it’s in the role of head coach, coordinator, quarterbacks coach, whatever it is, if in fact I choose to do that, I’d be really excited about coaching QBs again and getting in the middle of the offensive strategy.” 

Richt, a former quarterback himself, is an outstanding candidate with about as impressive a résumé as one can have. (See his wikipedia page). If  LSU were to pursue Richt as OC, the Tigers’ chances of picking up an elite quarterback would rise exponentially. I say this not only because Richt is a former QB himself and known for developing quarterbacks, but because the nation’s No. 1 quarterback, Jason Eason, had committed to play for Richt at UGA and then de-committed after Richt’s firing. If LSU is to pursue Richt for the OC position, they had better act fast. Reports are that he will be meeting with Maryland today about their head coaching position.

In recruiting news, the LSU staff has been busy on the recruiting trail since the “contact period” began on Sunday. One of the first targets visited by the LSU staff was Louisiana’s own elite defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence (DT, 6'4", 300, Neville of Monroe, No. 3 on our list of Top LA Prospects for 2016). Jake Martin of the Ouachita Citizen, who occasionally writes for this site, spoke with Lawrence yesterday and asked him about his in-home visit with LSU coaches Frank Wilson, Ed Orgeron and Bradley Dale Peveto. Lawrence said he enjoyed the visit and that LSU, Alabama and Ohio state are his Top 3 with Washington also in the mix. Lawrence hopes to make his decision soon but currently is focused on trying to repeat as state champions with Neville, as the Tigers welcome Easton in the 4A semi finals Friday. Besides defensive tackle and quarterback, LSU’s other big position of need is linebacker, and the staff’s biggest LB target is 5-star Ben Wilson of Gordo, Alabama. Word is that LSU’s Kevin Steele began the contact period by visiting with him yesterday. As for Les Miles, he was in the home of LSU’s five-star safety commit Saivion Smith last night.

In other football news, congratulations are in order for LSU’s Deion Jones and Arden Key. Jones was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Tigers with 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and half a sack in the 19-7 victory over A&M. Key was named SEC Freshman of the Week after collecting a career-high eight tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and three quarterback hurries. The LSU defense allowed season lows of seven points and 250 yards in the game.

Now turning to basketball, the LSU men’s basketball suffered it’s third straight defeat last night with an awful 70-58 loss at Charleston. The Tigers fell behind 39-17 at halftime behind poor shooting, costly turnovers and bad defense, and their frantic full-court defense couldn't make up for that deficit in the second half. LSU trailed just 11-10 before the Cougars went on a 28-7 run to go up 39-17 at the half. LSU was able to go on a 23-11 run to cut the lead to 50-40, but Charleston responded with a 7-0 run, and LSU couldn't get closer than seven (63-56) the rest of the way. While it was encouraging to see LSU respond in the second half by outscoring Charleston 41-31, it should have never come to that in the first place. The Tigers shot just 6-25 (24%) from the field, 2-10 from the 3-pt line and 3-10 from the free throw line in the first half. That, along with 9 turnovers, a 9-2 disparity on second chance points and a 9-1 disparity on points off turnovers, were the key areas that spelled LSU's doom in this contest. 

I’m not going to sugar coat this folks, LSU has some big deficiencies from several areas that need to be rectified in December if the Tigers want to contend in the SEC this year. At the same time, we can't write off a team that is playing three freshmen extensively and is still without Keith Hornsby and Craig Victor who will be available later this month. I think we'll know much more about this team over the next 4-5 weeks, but at this point things do not look encouraging.

Ben Simmons led LSU with 15 points and 18 rebounds but struggled from the field (4-for-15) as did Tim Quarterman, who had 14 points on 4-for-15 shooting. Aaron Epps was an efficient 4-for-5 for nine points and five rebounds as he started in place of Elbert Robinson. Brian Bridgewater was another surprise as he contributed seven points and nine rebounds and played really hard in the second half to help LSU make a brief second half run. Antonio Blakeney was an abysmal 0-for-9 from the field with one point and Brandon Sampson was held scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting.

LSU returns to action this Wednesday night at home to play against North Florida at 7 pm in the PMAC. The game can be seen online on SECN+ and can be heard on 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area.

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Last but not least, we have crunched the numbers from last week’s LA High School Football Pickem contest and found that this week’s winner is Bob Register (user MMR). Mr. Register correctly picked 24 of 28 games and moved into 2nd place in the overall standings. Congratulations, Bob! Voting for this week’s games is now open. 


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11/30/15 12:00 am CST

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After the emotional rush of Saturday night’s strange turn of events which ended with Les Miles keeping his job after a 19-7 win against Texas A&M, today I’m left with the sobering question, “Now what?”  To steal a phrase from Les Miles himself, “I’ve gotta be honest with you.” As much as I’d like to say otherwise, the situation at LSU is not all roses now that Les Miles’ job is secure for the time being. To me, it’s clear that Alleva and a large faction of big boosters wanted Les Miles out, but for several reasons their plan did not materialize, and that leaves Coach Les Miles in a precarious position. If all of the same decision makers are in play next year and the Tigers begin to falter with an early season loss, it’s not a stretch to think that Miles’ job security could once again be in the media spotlight, and my fear is that this could impact recruiting in a big way. It also seems obvious that some staff changes are needed now, and that the team desperately needs to add a quarterback or two to this year’s recruiting class which currently contains none. My brief thoughts on these topics and others can be found in today’s Mail Call, linked below.

DandyDon.com Mail Call - Post Texas A&M Edition 

After concluding the regular season with an 8-3 record, the Tigers came in at No. 23 in both of the major polls this week. Now that we’re at this point, it’s interesting to note that if the McNeese State game would have been played, LSU would likely be sitting at 9-3. I call that “interesting” because before the season started, I conducted a poll asking you to predict LSU’s final regular season record, and the largest vote-getter was 9-3 (33.27%).

Please don’t misinterpret the last two sentences of the previous paragraph as me saying that I’m satisfied with LSU’s record this year – I am not. LSU’s talent-laden offense clearly underachieved (ending 54th in the nation in total offense, 111th in passing offense and 10th in rushing offense), and LSU’s defense took a step in the opposite direction (going from 9th in the nation in total defense in 2014 to 25th in 2015, and dropping from 3rd in passing defense to 45th.) I have to say though that I was very impressed with what I saw from the defense in Saturday’s game and find that encouraging. As for special teams, LSU ended the season 127th out of 128 teams in opponent punt return average, 73rd in opponent kick return average, 72nd in punting and 49th in field goals. Obviously, that won’t cut it.  

With that said, I’m confident that with the appropriate staff changes and a strong finish to this recruiting class, which is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, 2016 could be a very exciting season for this young but very talented Tiger team.  And let’s not forget that there’s still a bowl game to be played this year. According to a report from ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge, representatives from the Citrus Bowl are considering a Michigan-LSU matchup in their annual New Year’s Day bowl game in Orlando, Florida. Imagine what a storyline that would be! 

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In basketball, the LSU men’s team (3-2) is on the road in Charleston, South Carolina tonight to play against the Charleston Cougars (3-2). The Tigers are looking to snap a two-game losing skid after losing to Marquette (81-80) and NC State (83-72 in overtime) last week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This season, Charleston has beaten South Carolina State (74-54), Navy (72-58) and Western Carolina (57-56) and has lost to Davidson (82-81) and Coastal Carolina (67-61). Tipoff is at 6 p.m. tonight and can be heard on 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area. There is no television broadcast scheduled for the game, but live stats will be available through LSUsports.net. Look for a full recap on the game in tomorrow's report.

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11/29/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Whoa! In true Les Miles fashion, the Mad Hatter pulled out an emotional 19-7 victory over Texas A&M in what was expected to be his last night in Tiger Stadium, and soon after we learned from Athletic Director Joe Alleva that Miles will remain as LSU’s head football coach. So what brought about this unexpected turn of events? Throughout the week, we heard criticism of how LSU’s administration was handling the matter from multiple media outlets, both locally (like this one) and nationwide. We also witnessed an outpouring of support from fans on Les Miles' weekly talkshow on Wednesday, which was followed by a resounding show of support for Miles from fans in Tiger Stadium last night. Even Shaquille O'Neal pledged his support for Miles and tactfully admonished the LSU administration for how they've handled the situation the past week. With LSU ultimately winning last night over an 8-3 Texas A&M squad, the sequence of events could not have been written any better for LSU to retain Miles as its head coach. Of course, another factor at play could have very well been that Joe Alleva’s main target to replace Les Miles, Jimbo Fisher, reportedly told associates yesterday that he is staying at FSU. Whatever the reason or reasons may have been, I am glad that the administration ultimately made the call they did, and my hope is that the damage caused by the events of the last two weeks will be minimized by Alleva putting an end to the speculation last night. (A complete transcript of Joe Alleva’s post-game comments can be found below.)

Although the head coaching position is secure for now, the next few weeks should be very interesting as there will undoubtedly be several staff changes made. With Cam Cameron's contract ending after this season, it seems doubtful that he'll return, and quite frankly the Tigers need a reenergized offense that I am not confident Cameron can provide. And, obviously, the special teams' woes this season seem to make Bradley Dale Peveto's return as Special Teams Coordinator unlikely. We’ll have plenty of time to discuss all the potential changes and what impact they might have in recruiting in the coming days and weeks, but for now let’s get back to last night’s big win.

Despite quarterback Brandon Harris struggling mightily in the passing game, LSU was able to win by leaning on its offensive strength, the running game, and solid defense. Leonard Fournette had a big night, running 32 times for 159 yards and a game-securing touchdown, and in doing so he surpassed Charles Alexander's 1977 single season rushing record of 1,686 yards. (Fournette is now at 1,741 yards with the bowl game still remaining.) Fournette also had a team-high four catches for 43 yards. The other offensive star of the game was freshman running back Derrius Guice who gave the Tigers a huge spark early in the second half with a 50-yard TD on an end-around to put LSU up for good, 13-7.

Defensively, LSU had its best game of the season, holding A&M to a season-low seven points on only 250 total yards. The Tigers only allowed two plays of more than 20 yards, and for the first time this season LSU’s defensive backfield looked like DBU. LSU’s defensive line also did a great job of generating pressure and came away with four sacks and five quarterback hurries. A couple of defenders who deserve special shout-outs are freshman DE Arden Key, who finished the game with a career-high eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries, and freshman DB Donte Jackson forced two turnovers in the game - an interception and a fumble recovery. LB Deion Jones led the team with 11 tackles for his fifth 10-plus tackle game of the season. 

Of course, not everything about the night was positive. As briefly mentioned earlier, Brandon Harris struggled mightily at quarterback, ending 7-of-21 for 83 yards and an interception. Against opponents better suited to stop the run, that kind of performance would have likely spelled doom for the Tigers. And while special teams play was improved as a whole, Trent Domingue missed three field goals and Jamie Keehn had one punt that went only 16 yards.  

Here are the game’s video highlights and a video of the postgame press conference, and below is the boxscore. 


Athletic Director Joe Alleva’s post-game comments:

“Obviously there's been quite a bit of speculation the past few days about the future of our football coach and football program. I made it very clear that my policy is to wait until the end of the season, and obviously it's the end of the regular season right now. The season is complete and I want to make it very clear and positive that Les Miles is our football coach and will continue to be our football coach. Okay? I'm looking forward to working with Coach Miles as he leads this team to a bowl game and another great recruiting class. Les and I have talked, we've talked about this program, and we are committed together to working to win and compete at the highest level. And I really, frankly, don't have much more to say than that. I'm very pleased about tonight's outcome and I'm very pleased that Coach Miles is our coach. We're going to go forward together and win championships here at LSU.”

Closing tidbits:

• Here are great videos showing Les Miles getting carried off the field by his players after the big victory, and that touching moment when he paused his post-game interview to sing the school’s alma-mater

• I’ll leave you with a couple of good reads to go along with your Sunday morning coffee.

CBSSports.com: LSU coach Les Miles deserves better than AD Joe Alleva's ineptitude

Les Miles gets his biggest upset victory, and it is well-earned


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