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2/28/15 5:35 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Well folks, there’s rarely a dull moment when it comes to LSU sporting news. In today’s report, we’ve got a lot to cover, starting with news that broke last night of former LSU coach John Chavis and LSU set to battle it out in the courtroom. Here we go…

According to multiple reports, John Chavis and LSU have filed lawsuits against one another over whether the former LSU defensive coordinator owes LSU a $400,000 buyout. The case hinges on when exactly Coach Chavis took the job as Defensive Coordinator with Texas A&M. According to The Advocate, Chavis’ deal with LSU calls for a buyout of $400,000 if the coach left LSU before Jan. 31, 2015. Chavis contends that he turned in a 30-day notice to terminate the contract on January 5, which presumably would put his last day as February 4. Chavis wasn’t officially announced as A&M’s defensive coordinator until February 13. According to reports by The Houston Chronicle, Chavis landed in College Station, Texas, and was seen exiting a private jet with A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin on New Year’s Day, and it’s apparent from many photos posted on Twitter that Chavis was recruiting for Texas A&M during the month of January. According to The Advocate’s report, Chavis is suing Texas A&M as well, contending that if in fact LSU is owed the $400,000, A&M should pay for it. Stay tuned, folks. This could get interesting.

Yesterday evening, LSU issued the following statement on the Chavis matter: 

“Late Friday afternoon, amid an ongoing dialogue between LSU and former LSU football defensive coordinator John Chavis, LSU received notice that Chavis has sued LSU in Texas state court. The lawsuit, which was filed in Brazos County, Texas, concerns Chavis’ early termination of his employment contract with LSU.  

“The state of Texas is not a proper venue to decide a contractual dispute between Louisiana State University and one of its former coaches, and LSU will pursue immediate dismissal of Chavis’ suit.  LSU has also initiated a legal action against Chavis in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to recover the $400,000 buy-out owed to LSU by Chavis.  LSU regrets that what is ordinarily a simple matter must be resolved in litigation, but it will vigorously defend the contractual and constitutional rights of the University.” 

In baseball, LSU improved to 8-1 on the season with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Princeton. The Tigers were out-hit 4-6, but were able to edge out the win with aggressive base-running and excellent pitching, especially from the bullpen.

Jared Poché got the start for the Tigers, lasted 6.2 innings, allowed two earned runs on six hits, and stuck out five. He also walked one and had a wild pitch. Alden Cartwright relieved Poché in the top of the seventh with two runners in scoring position and did a fine job of getting LSU out of a jam. Zac Person pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Jesse Stallings came in and earned his fifth save of the season by retiring Princeton in order with three strikeouts in the ninth. 

LSU was led at the plate by Jake Fraley who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Fraley got his second consecutive start because of Andrew Stevenson being out with a hamstring injury, and in both games he took advantage of the opportunity with impressive outings. In Thursday’s win, he had three hits including a game-winning two-RBI triple, and last night he had two stolen bases to go along with his hot hitting. Andrew Steveson is expected to return to action today and it will be interesting to see what that means for Fraley.

Here are the baseball game’s video highlights and here is the box score.

Because of anticipated rain in Baton Rouge later this weekend, the game that was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday has been moved to today as the second half of a doubleheader. The first game of the twin bill will start at 4 p.m. and the second game will follow approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both games can be viewed online on SEC Network +, available at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. The games can also be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.

In basketball news, LSU’s men return to action today with an important home contest against Ole Miss. The game tips-off at 1 p.m. and will be televised regionally on FSN including Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southwest as well as the FoxSportsGo app. The game will also be available on the WatchESPN app outside the SEC footprint. Every game from here on out is important for the Tigers in terms of NCAA tournament selection and SEC tournament seeding. The Tigers enter the contest 20-8 and 9-6 in the SEC, while Ole Miss is 19-9 and 10-5. Ole Miss is currently tied with Texas A&M for third place, and this is particularly significant because the top-four teams in the conference standings receive a double bye in the SEC tournament. LSU and Georgia are currently tied for fifth place. When LSU and Ole Miss met earlier this season (January 14), LSU won 75-71 at Oxford. Both teams are playing better at this point in the season and today’s game should be a great one. 

As for LSU’s football recruiting sanctions that I wrote about yesterday, here’s an article by Scott Rabalais of the Advocate that I think makes a few interesting points worth repeating. First, the rule is ridiculous. That’s clear to see. Second, while the sanctions seem unjust to me, they shouldn’t be terribly damaging. Loosing 21 evaluations days is not a huge deal as often all of the allotted days are not used anyway. Losing the ability to sign any prospects to FAAs the next two years does hurts more, but it does not mean, as some have understood it, that LSU cannot sign any early enrollees during that time. The only silver lining I can see in this whole deal is that maybe it will shed some light on the need to change the rule and help bring about the arrival of an early signing period in college football, which is something that’s been discussed a lot lately.  

One more football-related tidbit: Here’s part 2 of 3 of Ronn Higgins’ Q&A with LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on the topic of LSU quarterbacks.

Last but not least, a big congratulations to the No. 2 LSU gymnastics team for defeating No. 5 Alabama last night! With the win, the Tigers have gone undefeated in the SEC for the first time in school history!

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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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