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2/27/15 5:35 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

We start today’s report with some disturbing news related to LSU recruiting. According to this report by the Advocate, LSU has been slapped with recruiting sanctions stemming from a recruit who signed a financial aid agreement and then changed his mind and signed with another school. As we’ve discussed before, a financial aid agreement doesn’t bind a player to a school, but does bind the school to the player. The way I understood it, the benefit to the school is that it can have unlimited contact with the player once he signs the agreement, but it turns out that the rule is more complicated that that. Apparently, the school is only allowed the unlimited contact if the player ultimately signs with LSU, and that’s why LSU is in a pickle at this time. Evidently, LSU took a risk and used its privileged contact with a player trusted to honor his commitment and enroll early, but that player ended up changing his mind and signing elsewhere. The public records obtained by the Advocate do not list the name of the recruit involved, but many assume that it was Matt Womack who signed a financial aid agreement with LSU in August before de-committing and signing with arch-rival Alabama. To make matters more interesting, shortly after the news of LSU’s sanctions surfaced, Womack sent out a simple tweet that said, “Roll Tide.” According to reports, LSU will not be able to sign anyone to a financial aid agreement for the next two years and will be stripped of 10 percent of its recruiting evaluation days in 2015, which amounts to having only 189 evaluation days instead of 210. To me, this just doesn’t seem right.

Now turning to baseball, LSU defeated Southeastern Louisiana last night, 9-8, to improve to 7-1 on the season. The game was awfully sloppy at times, but give it to the Tigers for gutting out the win. The Tigers led 7-1 heading into the fifth inning but then began to self-destruct and allowed Southeastern to come from behind and take an 8-7 lead before rallying for two runs in the eighth to avoid what would have been LSU’s first back-to-back midweek since 2002. 

Freshman Doug Norman got the start for the Tigers and allowed five runs (1 earned) on six hits while striking out six in 4.1 innings of work. Five bullpen pitchers combined for 4.2 innings of relief and allowed three earned runs on five hits and seven walks. The Tigers committed three errors on the night, but it felt like a lot more than that because of all the free bases allowed on walks, HBPs and wild pitches.

Offensively, LSU collected 13 hits, including at least one from every batter in the starting lineup. Jake Fraley led the Tigers at the plate with three hits in five at bats and came through with the huge 2-RBI triple to put the Tigers ahead in the 8th. Kramer Robertson went 1-for-2 with two RBI and Jared Foster continued to swing the bat well and ended 1-for-5 with two RBI. Chris Chinea and Connor Hale contributed two hits a piece.

The Tigers will return to action today with the first of a three-game series against Princeton starting at 7 p.m. Sophomore left-hander Jared Poché will get the start for the Tigers. The game will be streamed online via SECN+ with Lyn Rollins and Ben McDonald on the call. 

Jumping back to football for a minute, Ron Higgens of NOLA.com is in the process of publishing a great Q&A with LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on the topic of LSU’s quarterbacks. In it, Cameron says he’s very confident in LSU’s quarterbacks and suggests that fans need to “RELAAAAAX.” He’s goes on to say that Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris need to get physically and mentally tougher, and that they’re doing just that. Click here for part 1 of 3 of the Q&A.

A few tidbits in closing: 

•  LSU’s Lady Tigers basketball team lost at Ole Miss, 57-58. With the loss, the Tigers are now 15-12 overall and 9-6 in SEC play with one regular season game remaining, a home contest against No. 12 Texas A&M Sunday at 1 p.m.

• The 16-0, 7th-ranked LSU softball team returns home this weekend, welcoming the Ball State Cardinals, Florida Atlantic Owls, Northwestern State Lady Demons and the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks to Tiger Park for the 2015 Purple and Gold Challenge which begins today and runs through Sunday. The Tigers will play two games today starting with Stephen F. Austin at 5 p.m. After that game the Tigers will face Ball State.   

• One week after knocking off Top-5 Florida in front of a record home crowd, the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team will face its second straight Top 5 opponent when the Tigers compete at No. 5 Alabama on Friday. The contest will begin at 8 p.m. CT from Alabama’s Coleman Coliseum. The SEC Network will broadcast the meet live, and LSU will provide a free online audio broadcast at www.LSUsports.net/live starting at 7:45 p.m. 

• The men’s basketball team returns to action tomorrow against Ole Miss at 1 p.m., and we’ll have more on that matchup in our morning report, but for now I want to leave you with something that should make you very excited about the future of LSU basketball. It’s a new release of LSU prize recruit Ben Simmons’ senior highlights, and it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time. I can’t wait to see this young man in the purple and gold. 

Reader Comments: Scott, Athlon has LSU at No. 13 in their preseason Top-25. If the Tigers get the QB dilemma solved, they’ll surprise some people.

Reader Comments: As you’ve said before, Louisiana is loaded with DTs in 2016. This article’s author seems to think LSU will get its share! LSU could sign multiple 5-star defensive linemen in 2016: DL projectionl

 

 

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2/26/15 5:45 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First of all, it was great hearing from many of you yesterday about the Q&A I conducted with Lyn Rollins. I was hoping to see Lyn on the call for an LSU baseball game last night, but because of inclement weather the game against Southeastern Louisiana was postponed until tonight at 6:30 p.m.  

With yesterday’s game being rescheduled for today, the Tigers will now play nine games in the next 11 days, assuming Mother Nature cooperates. Anytime you play that many games in so few days, it teaches you a lot about your pitching staff, and it will be interesting to see how LSU’s holds up. So far, the Tiger staff has been outstanding and hasn’t shown any lack of depth, and it could get even stronger soon when heralded left-handed freshman Jake Latz recovers from his elbow injury and begins throwing. Earlier this week, Coach Mainieri reportedly said that Latz will see the doctor next week and that the outcome of the visit will determine how quickly he returns to action. 

Here’s a look at what lies ahead for LSU baseball:

Tonight, 6:30, Southeastern LA at LSU, SECN+
Friday, 7 p.m.,  Princeton at LSU, SECN+
Saturday,  4 p.m., Princeton at LSU, SECN+
Sunday, 12 p.m., Princeton at LSU, SECN+
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Stephen F. Austin at LSU, SECN+
Wednesday, 3 p.m., Grambling at LSU, SECN+
Friday, 7 p.m., Houston at Minute Maid Park, CST
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Baylor at Minute Maid Park, CST
Sunday, 11 a.m., Nebraska at Minute Maid Park, CST

In football recruiting news, just a few days after landing a commitment from Saivion Smith, the nation’s No. 1 cornerback, LSU extended an offer to his teammate at IMG Academy, elite defensive end Rahshaun Smith. The Tigers are also recruiting two more very highly rated prospects from the Academy, DE Shaver Manual and CB Khalil Ladler. Having landed Smith’s commitment this early in the recruiting process could pay big dividends for the Tigers as he has stated that he will be encouraging his teammates to follow him to Baton Rouge. 

After only offering two quarterbacks in the 2015 class, LSU seems to be stepping up its QB recruitment big-time for 2016. LSU already has a commitment from an outstanding QB in Feliepe Franks, and appears to be in good shape with the highly regarded quarterback out of Maryland whom I mentioned yesterday, Dwayne Haskins. In addition, LSU has extended offers to two other out-of-state quarterbacks in Brandon Peters of Indiana, and Jarrett Guarantano of New Jersey. Many of you will be interested in knowing that three of the four aforementioned quarterbacks are classified as “Pro-Style” quarterbacks, with Franks being the only exception. But as I cautioned before, I wouldn’t read too much into the labels that are put on quarterbacks as they are very subjective and loosely defined. For an interesting take on the whole pro-style vs. dual threat thing, see this article by AndTheValleyShook: On LSU's Quarterback Problem, And Focusing On The Right Things

Videos of all four quarterbacks mentioned above can be found in our Media Gallery, or by using the links below:

Feliepe Franks (6'5", 205, Crawfordville, FL, LSU Commit) - Video Highlights
Dwayne Haskins (6'3", 185, Potomac, MD) - Video Highlights
Brandon Peters (6'5", 205, Avon, IN) - Video Highlights
Jarrett Guarantano (6'4", 200, Oradell, NJ) - Video Highlights

In other football news, LSU has reportedly hired two new offensive assistants to its football staff. According to this article by Jimmy Smith, the two are Ryan Pugh (former All-American center at Auburn) and Blaine Gautier (former record-breaking UL-Lafayette quarterback). Gautier will be filling the spot recently vacated by Sean Patterson Jr. 

The LSU Lady Tigers basketball team will look to return to the win column as they conclude the road portion of their regular season schedule at Ole Miss this evening at 6 p.m. Last time out, LSU (15-11, 9-5 SEC) was handed a 63-41 setback at Arkansas and was limited to a SEC season-low 17 field goals and 27.2 shooting clip. Ole Miss (16-11, 6-8 SEC) is coming off a 67-59 upset victory over No. 13 Kentucky on Monday. Tonight’s game will be carried online only through the digital platform of SEC Network Plus. The telecast is available on www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry the game on its flagship station Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. 

Last but not least, I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange page later today, so if you have LSU tickets for sale, please send me the info for your listing.

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2/25/15 5:45 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

I’ve got lots of good stuff to share with you today, including the news of Coach Miles picking up a commitment from the nation’s top cornerback and Coach Johnny Jones’ basketball team coming away with a very impressive, much-ended win. But first, I’m happy to share with you a new Q&A I conducted with longtime broadcaster extraordinaire, Lyn Rollins, on the topic of LSU sports. In it, Lyn and I briefly touch on football before turning the focus to LSU baseball. My favorite part of the interview is Lyn’s five favorite things about LSU baseball, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy that, too. I hope you’ll give it a quick read and let me know your thoughts. 

Touching Bases: DandyDon.com Catches Up with Lyn Rollins on LSU Sports, 2015

Now for the good news in football recruiting: LSU picked up a huge commitment yesterday from cornerback Saivion Smith (6-1, 175) of Bradenton, FL, who is widely regarded as the No. 1 cornerback in the country. According to reports, Smith informed the LSU staff of his commitment to LSU during last weekend’s Junior day event, which he attended with his parents, but waited to announce it on ESPNU yesterday.  Just a few weeks ago, LSU landed three cornerbacks in the 2015 signing class – Kevin Toliver, Donté Jackson and Xavier Lewis - who Mike Detillier described as the best group of cornerbacks LSU ever signed, and with the addition of Smith in next year’s class, it’s clear to see that LSU’s DBU moniker is in no treat of fading anytime soon.

Something very interesting happened after Smith’s public commitment that has a lot of Tiger Fans even more excited. Just minutes after Smith’s announcement, quarterback target Dwayne Haskins of Potomac, MD (the big-time “pro-style” quarterback I mentioned last week) tweeted, “congrats brother. looking forward to playing with you. #GeauxTigers @Saivion3” Haskins hasn’t yet committed to LSU, but that tweet sure indicates that a commitment from him could be on the horizon. 

Now turning to basketball…. The LSU men’s team avenged an earlier home loss by annihilating Auburn 84-61 to improve to 20-8 overall and 9-6 in SEC play. Jarell Martin once again led LSU’s offensive charge, and the bigger Tigers of purple and gold were able to dominate inside to earn the very impressive victory. The win was critical considering LSU can probably only afford to lose one more SEC regular season game, and this game was the easiest on paper when you look at Auburn’s losing record.

Martin led the Tigers with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Jalyn Patterson had an outstanding game and added a career-high 16 points and seven assists while Jordan Mickey contributed 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Keith Hornsby chipped in 13 points, and Tim Quarterman and Josh Gray added 8 and 6 points, respectively. For the game, the Tigers shot 57.8% from the field (37-64), 33.3% from the 3-point line (7-21) and 37.5% from the free-throw line (3-8) while holding Auburn to 37.7% shooting from the field (20-53). LSU out-rebounded the home Tigers 36-29 and committed 11 turnovers while forcing 16. Overall, it was the Tigers most complete performance of the season, and if the Tigers can continue that kind of play it could make for an exciting post-season.

Here are the game’s video highlights, and here’s a quick recap of how it played out: LSU led 41-34 at halftime, but Auburn kept within striking distance early in the second half before the purple and gold Tigers went on a 15-0 run to lead 64-46. Auburn never got closer than 16 the rest of the way.

LSU must now turn their focus to Ole Miss, who is certainly no pushover. Although the Tigers won in Oxford earlier this season, Ole Miss is a formidable opponent (19-8, 10-4 SEC) and LSU has struggled in many home games this season. The game against the Rebels is this Saturday at 1 pm and will be televised on the Fox Sports Network while the radio broadcast will be available on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.

In baseball news, the second-ranked LSU Tigers (6-1) will play host to Southeastern Louisiana (5-3) at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. (Update 8:30 a.m.: The Game has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 6:30 because of rain.) The game can be viewed live online on SEC Network +, accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app, with Lyn Rollins and Ben McDonald on the call. Knowing that Southeastern is an in-state foe, some might assume that this game should be an easy win, but it would be a mistake to think that way. For starters, LSU learned last week that nothing can be assumed when they lost to Nicholls State. Secondly, Southeastern has a very solid baseball program which advanced to the Baton Rouge NCAA Regional last year and played LSU very competitively in the Tigers’ 8-4 win. Coach Paul Mainieri has announced that freshman right-hander Doug Norman (0-1, 7.71 ERA, 4.2 IP, 0 BB, 3 SO) will once again get the start for the Tigers, while Southeastern will counter junior left-hander Domenick Carlini (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 2 BB, 11 SO). 

Reminder in closing: If you haven’t already done so and you have a few more minutes to spare, give my Q&A with Lyn Rollins a read. Lyn is a class act and I’m sure you’ll appreciate what he has to say. 

Reader Comment: Scott, here’s a link to consider sharing - a good read on La’el Collins: LSU product La'el Collins confident he can play left tackle in NFL after Combine

 

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