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2/13/15 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Yesterday I heard from a ton of you about Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ address Thursday night in which he stressed that Louisiana is facing a nearly $1 billion budget deficit this fiscal year and a $2 billion deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Gov. Edwards scared a lot of Tiger Fans when he suggested the unthinkable, saying that if if the legislature fails to act and they are forced to proceed with planned cuts, there could be serious ripple effects including no college football this fall. My take is that the Governor’s words represented a very unlikely worst case scenario and were meant to grab Louisianians’ attention, which they obviously did. This is a serious matter, but I’m not at all worried about there not being any college football in Louisiana this fall. Lawmakers know what a economic engine football is in Louisiana and what political suicide it would be to let that happen. The two things I’m most concerned about, purely from an LSU sports perspective, are 1) the state of Louisiana’s TOPs program, which is very instrumental in funding scholarship-restricted sports like baseball, and 2) what effect the Governor’s words might have on recruiting, as you know out-of-state recruiters will surely use them against LSU until there’s some assurance given that the state has a solution to this problem. This site has never been about politics and never will be, so I’ll leave it at that, but will be sure to keep you posted on any new developments that relate directly to LSU sports. 

Now on to our normal order of business… the start of LSU softball went about as well as could be yesterday, as the Tigers opened the season with a pair of 9-0 run-rule wins. In Game 1 against Ohio State, Carley Hoover earned the win in the circle by pitching a 2-hit, complete-game shutout. Offensively, the Tigers were led by junior Sahvanna Jaquish, who went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Emily Griggs, who went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and a stolen base. In the nightcap game, highly heralded freshman Sydney Smith, who was 54-1 in high school, lived up to the hype by pitching a 1-hit complete game shutout with eight strikeouts. The offensive highlight of that game came from the bat of senior infielder Jenna Kreamer who notched LSU’s first home run of the season with a grand slam to give LSU a 4-0 lead in the third. It was Shreveport native’s first home run in a Tiger. Way to start, Tigers!

Just one week from today we’ll be recapping LSU’s first baseball game of the season, and that reminds me that Coach Mainieri has announced his starting rotation for the weekend series against Cincinnati. Junior left-hander Jared Poché will start Friday night, sophomore righty Alex Lange will start Saturday, and senior southpaw John Valek, a transfer from Akron, will start Game 3 on Sunday. One interesting tidbit I saw from Big Ten Baseball freelance writer Chris Webb is that when Valek was at Akron he faces Cincinnati in 2014 and was hit hard, surrendering eight runs (four earned) on nine hits in four innings pitched. Of course that was nearly two years ago and Valek has reportedly really blossomed under the direction of LSU pitching coach Allen Dunn.  

In football recruiting news, Chris Allen (LB/DE, 6'4", 222, Southern Lab, No. 2 on our list of Top LA Prospects for 2017) spent a lot of time on LSU’s campus, according to this report by Jimmy Smith of Nola. You might recall that last weekend Allen visited Alabama and then promptly named the Crimson Tide his leader. Another interesting thing noted in Smith’s article is that former LSU commit Dylan Moses (LB/RB, 6-2, 230, IMG Academy) is still high on LSU and has been reportedly recruiting for LSU while at IMG Academy. The word is that he and Allen have spoken about playing together at LSU in Coach Aranda’s new system. If LSU were able to land those two linebackers, that would be an amazing haul at a huge position of need. 

LSU will likely extend several new offers for 2017 today when the staff holds its annual Boys from the Boot Event and if any news breaks I’ll be sure to let you know.

Turning to men’s basketball,  LSU (15-9, 8-3) will try to rebound from a tough road loss to South Carolina as they host #15 Texas A&M (18-6, 7-4) in a noon contest on CBS. The Aggies started conference play winning their first seven contests but have lost four straight in the SEC, including a 63-62 loss at Alabama this past Wednesday. The Tigers lost to A&M 71-57 in College Station on January 20th as the Aggies’ front court tandem of Jalen Jones and Daniel House punished LSU inside with 38 points on 16-23 shooting from the field. 

Although this will be an extremely tough game for LSU, this is very close to a must win for them. The Tigers have missed out on two golden opportunities recently, losing 77-75 at home to the previously #1 Oklahoma Sooners and 94-83 this past Wednesday at South Carolina. For the Tigers to beat the Aggies today, they’ll have to get much better production from their front court this time. Ben Simmons and Craig Victor were limited to 10 points each on 7-18 combined shooting when they last played A&M. LSU will also need to dominate the glass today before a packed home crowd. Here’s a very interesting stat – the Tigers are 13-1 when they win or break even in rebounding but only 2-8 when they don’t. A win would keep LSU well on track for NCAA tourney consideration while a loss would put the Tigers on very thin ice. Today’s game will tell us a lot about the resilience and determination of this team and should also be a very exciting game. 

Today’s closing tidbits: 

• Here is some information by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about ticket prices and distribution for LSU football’s season opener against Wisconsin in Lambeau field. According to a plan drawn up by Green Bay Packers officials, UW will receive 40,000 tickets, LSU will receive 20,000 and the Packers will be in control of the remaining tickets, most of which will be premium seats (suite and club seats). As soon as I hear more about what this means for LSU season ticket holders, I’ll pass it along.

• According to FootbalScoop.com, former LSU cornerback Chevis Jackson, who was a defensive analyst on Les Miles' staff last season, will be the new defensive backs coach at Ball State. Chavis played at LSU from 2004-2008 and was a part of LSU's 2007 BCS National Championship team.



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2/12/16 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

LSU softball starts today, football’s Boys from the Boots event is tomorrow, and baseball season starts a week from today… all are signs that change is in the air and spring is right around the corner! We’ll touch on each of those topics and more in today’s report, starting with softball. Here we go…

The No. 3 ranked LSU softball team opens the season tonight as the Tigers begin play in the Tiger Classic with a matchup against the Ohio State Buckeyes at 5 p.m. at Tiger Park. LSU will play five games in all this weekend, with the second coming  tonight at 7:30 against North Florida. On Saturday, the Tigers will battle UConn at 5 p.m. and Pacific at 7:30, and on Sunday they’ll conclude the Classic with a game against Pacific that is set for 11:30 a.m.

LSU heads into the new year returning virtually all of its offense, defense and pitching from last year’s team that raced out to the best start in LSU softball history and advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the fourth time in program history. With over 80 percent of LSU’s leading hitters and pitchers back, including All-Americans Bianka Bell, Bailey Landry, Sahvanna Jaquish, Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper,  expectations are sky high for this year’s team, which Coach Beth Torina has called the most deep and talented of any she’s ever coached.  

If you live in the area and don’t have plans for the weekend, gather up the kids and head out to Tiger Park for what should be a picture-perfect Spring-like weekend for softball. If you can’t make it out there, today’s and tomorrow’s games will be streamed live through SEC Network+ with Lyn Rollins and Yvette Girouard calling all of the action.

In football recruiting news, the hunt for 2017 prospects (and beyond) will be ratcheted up a notch beginning tomorrow when LSU hosts its annual Boys from the Boot invitation-only recruiting event. The event, not to be confused with LSU’s Junior Day which will be held next weekend, gives invited prospects and their families a chance to meet the coaching staff and tour LSU’s impressive facilities. There are no workouts or drills, but it’s a very informative and entertaining day for the prospects and their parents. There are usually about 40 prospects at the event, and below is a list of a few I’ve heard will be attending. The number next to each player’s name represents where he’s found on our early list of Top LA Prospects for 2017, which, by the way, will change a lot between now and next Signing Day as we continue to gather info on prospects. 

2. Christopher Allen (LB/DE), 6'4", 222, Southern Lab
11. Brad Stewart (CB), 6'0", 193, McDonogh 35
13. Bryan Jones (DE), 6'5", 240, Madison Prep
16. Dennis Collins (DE), 6'3", 250, West Monroe
20. Cheyenne LaBruzza (DB), 6'0", 175, Albany
22. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB), 5'7", 191, Catholic of BR
23. Ethan Harvey (OL), 6'3", 285, Evangel
29. Jontre Kirklin (ATH/QB), 6'0", 180, Lutcher
30. Trey Coleman (RB), 6'1", 190, West Monroe
40. Robert Scott Foust (QB), 6'4", 190, West Monroe
54. Amik Robertson (ATH), 5'9", 165, Thibodaux 

There are also several players for the class of 2018 expected to attend, including Haynesville teammates Jalen Harris (DE) and Jamarceon Jackson (S), and Parkway teammates Terrace Marshall (WR) and Justin Rogers (QB).

And while on the topic of recruiting, I want to give you a quick update on what I’m hearing on about LSU 2016 DE/LB target Sci Martin. A reader I hear from who is close to the situation tells me that Martin is still unsure of his decision and that is the only reason he has yet to sign anywhere. At this point it appears about 80% certain that Martin will chose LSU, but you never know. Martin committed to the Horned Frogs on December 9 and hasn’t officially de-committed, and is also considering Alabama. His parents, by the way, both would like to see him stick close to home and play for LSU, and I understand Coach Ed Orgeron has done an outstanding job recruiting him. As soon as I hear more, I’ll let you know.

In other football news, it was announced yesterday that five former Tigers have been invited to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. The five are linebacker Deion Jones, offensive linemen Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander, defensive back Jalen Mills, and a player whose name we haven’t heard in a while, cornerback Rashard Robinson. As you probably recall, Robinson, one of the most talented cover cornerbacks to play at LSU in recent years, was dismissed from the team after getting into trouble multiple times during his brief time as a Tiger. The Pro Combine is set to begin on  February 23rd and will run through the 29th. 

In baseball news, in my previous report I mentioned that LSU pitcher Riley Smith injured his shoulder and would see a doctor yesterday. Here’s an update: According to The Advocate, it turns out that the injury was nothing serious and Riley should be good to go after a few days of rest. Riley, a hard throwing junior transfer right-hander who was selected in the 31st round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, is competing with sophomore Austin Bain and senior Akron transfer John Valek for a spot in the Tigers’ weekend rotation behind junior Jared Poché and sophomore Alex Lange. I also mentioned yesterday that reliever Collin Strall is dealing with a shoulder injury that will have him out for a while, and that produced a lot of response from fans concerned about LSU’s pitching depth. I’m pulling for Strall to make a quick recovery,  but I just want to put your mind at ease by telling you that LSU’s bullpen is super deep this year. For those of you interested, here’s a slideshow by Randy Rosetta of nola.com on LSU’s bullpen leaders.

Today’s closing tidbits: 

• Congratulations are in order for LSU’s Ben Simmons who was named to the Wooden Award Top 20 list. The award, named after the legendary Coach John Wooden, is presented annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players. The Award will be presented during the weekend of April 7-9.

• I have updated our Ticket Exchange page but it currently contains very few listings (four concerning football season tickets and one about baseball season tickets). If you have any tickets you’d like to sell, please email me the information so I can add it to the page. Thanks!

That’s it for today, folks. Get out there and enjoy this beautiful day.



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2/11/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Despite a valiant effort, the LSU men’s basketball team (15-9, 8-3) could not stop South Carolina’s offense late, as the Tigers fell 94-83 in a game that was much closer than the score indicates. With the loss, the Tigers now find themselves in a three-way tie for first place in the SEC with South Carolina and Kentucky, making this Saturday’s home contest against the Aggies (CBS, noon CT) all the more important.

Here’s a quick recap of how last night’s game played out: Despite South Carolina’s leading scorer, Michael Carrera, sitting on the bench for over 18 minutes in the first half, LSU trailed 39-35 at the break due in large part to very poor free throw shooting (5-14) and allowing eight offensive rebounds by the Gamecocks. LSU cranked up its offense in the second half, but South Carolina responded with aggressive inside play that led to numerous layups and free throws. Down 78-82 with under two minutes remaining, Tim Quarterman missed a 3-point attempt, and the Gamecocks made 10 free throws in the final 90 seconds to secure the victory.

While a victory would have been a huge résumé boost for the Tigers, the loss isn’t the end of the world as the Tigers are still tied for first place in the conference. And let’s give credit where credit is due – the Gamecocks are a great squad (20-3 before this game and 12-0 at home) whose top-five scorers are three seniors and two juniors. That veteran experience is a big reason why they won last night. It’s still frustrating to see LSU finish only 16-28 (57.1%) from the free throw line. This poor free throw shooting, combined with the Tigers’ inability to stop the Gamecocks’ inside offensive attack, were the main reasons the Tigers weren’t able to capitalize on this golden opportunity. 

Antonio Blakeney once again had a great performance with 22 points, which included four of LSU’s nine 3-point field goals. Ben Simmons led the second half offensive run by scoring 15 of his 20 points in the second half. Surprisingly, he only finished with six rebounds but did have six assists. Keith Hornsby was the only other Tiger in double figures (14). Craig Victor (six points, 1-4 FG) and Tim Quarterman (seven points, 0-5 FG, three turnovers) really struggled offensively in this game. 

Here are the game’s video highlights.

Switching gears here… LSU baseball gets underway just one week from tomorrow, and that has me stoked! Yesterday, Coach Mainieri met with a few members of the media and dished out a few tidbits including this injury update that I picked up from articles by The Advocate and Tiger Rag:

Baseball Injury Update: Right-handers Riley Smith and Collin Strall are dealing with shoulder injuries. Smith, you might recall, has been battling for the Game 3 weekend starter role along with RHP Austin Bain and LHP John Valek. Smith will reportedly see a doctor today and has not been ruled out completely for opening weekend. Stall, who has been dealing with shoulder soreness for a while and has yet to pitch since spring practice began, is definitely out for opening weekend. Another pitcher who’s been dealing with injury ever since arriving at LSU in 2014 is highly-heralded southpaw Jake Latz. Yesterday Mainieri stated that Latz is awaiting approval from a doctor before beginning to toss a ball around. At Baseball Media Day (on July 29th), Coach Mainieri said he expected  Latz to begin throwing in the next two weeks, which means it could be any day now assuming his gets the clearance he’s waiting on. If all goes well, Latz might be able to contribute on the mound in late April or early May.

In football recruiting news, there’s still no official word on when 2016 LSU LB/DE target Sci Martin will be announcing his decision, but I’m hearing it could be as soon and that LSU is in good shape. Martin, a versatile pass-rushing specialist from McDonough 35 who could excel at DE or LB in Aranda’s multi-front defense, would be a huge addition to LSU’s stellar 2016 class.

And speaking of LSU LB/DE targets, one of LSU’s biggest for 2017 – Christopher Allen – just came off a visit to Alabama and now names the Crimson Tide as his leader. Allen (6-4, 222, Southern Lab) is No. 2 on our list of Top Louisiana Prospects for 2017 and was believed to be an LSU lean before attending Bama’s Junior Day. The good news is that LSU has a chance to impress Allen and several other major targets for 2017 this Saturday when they host the annual Boys from the Boot Event, which we’ll write more about in a subsequent report. 

Today’s closing tidbits: 

• Please keep LSU cornerback signee Kristian Fulton and his family in your prayers. When Fulton signed with LSU, one of his reasons for doing so was to remain near to his close-knit family, including his maternal grandmother who was ill. According to 247Sports, Fulton’s  beloved grandmother passed away this week. I know I speak for Tiger Fans everywhere when I extend my condolences to the Fulton family.

• As a follow up to yesterday’s personal note, I regret to inform you that I have no fish pic to share with you today. I gave it a quick whirl before heading back home from my successful gardening trip but the water was too high and man it was cold. Still, it did me a world of good just to get out there.



 

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