dandydons-lsu-sporting-news


2007 BCS Champions

2007 BCS
National Champions

2003 BCS National Champions

2003 BCS
National Champions

1958 National Champions

1958
National Champions

NCAA Baseball Championships:

1991
1993
1996
1997
2000
2009

 

DandyDon is proud to recognize David Toms as a great ambassador of the Tiger Nation.

LSU vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field - September 3rd, 2:30PM
0 Day, 0 hour, 0 minute

7/27/16 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

We’ll start today’s extra-strength daily dose with a little news on the basketball front: Coach Johnny Jones has announced that former Tiger basketball great and New Orleans prep legend Randy Livingston will join the LSU staff as an assistant coach. Livingston was one of the best prep basketball players to ever play in Louisiana, leading Newman High to three consecutive state championships from 1991-1993 and earning USA Today All-American First Team honors. He also shared the National Prep Player of the year award with Jason Kidd in 1992 and Rasheed Wallace in 1993. From there, he went on to LSU where his collegiate career was marred by knee injuries. Still, the 6-foot-4 guard established himself as a special talent and was selected in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. Livingston enjoyed 11 seasons in the NBA and then went on to play several years in the Turkish league and the NBA-D League. With that kind of playing experience, there’s no doubt that he knows the game extremely well. As for his coaching ability, all I know is that he served as a coach in the NBA D-League for two seasons. Most recently, Livingston’s been working in Australia where he put together a scouting service for men’s and women’s college prospects, something that should come in handy in keeping LSU’s Aussi connection alive and well. And since he’s a New Orleans native and legend, he should help in keeping the state’s top talent at home. Here’s hoping this hire is just what’s needed to give Coach Johnny Jones’ Tigers’ a much-needed boost.   

Now for some news on the football recruiting front: LSU picked up its fourth commitment in five days yesterday when 2017 defensive tackle Neil Farrell (6-4, 295) gave his verbal pledge. Farrell hails from Mobile, Alabama’s Murphy High School and is “only” a three-star, but when you see his offer list you know that you can safely ignore that ranking. Earlier this month, he went to Alabama’s camp and received an offer from Nick Saban, and then a couple of weeks later went to Florida State’s camp and received one from Jimbo Fisher. In fact, the young man holds offers from many additional top programs including Clemson, Florida and Michigan, and that should tell you that he’s a big-time prospect. If you need more proof, you can check out his impressive video highlights. With Farrell’s pledge, LSU’s 2017 class now contains 18 commitments and is ranked No. 4 in the nation according to 247Sports’ team rankings.

Sticking to the topic of football, recently we’ve written about returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this season, and we’ll continue along those lines today. So far we’ve covered Josh Boutte, Toby Weathersby, Tyron Johnson and J.D. Moore on offense, and Greg Gilmore, Frank Herron, Duke Riley and Corey Thompson on defense. (You can find those write-ups here.) Today we’ll conclude the series with a look at a few veterans who will probably be counted on more heavily on special teams this year. Here we go… 

Returning Tigers Who Will Likely Play Greater Roles this Season
Part III: Special Teams

The obvious player to write about here is punter Josh Growden. With Jamie Keehn having graduated after handling all of the Tigers’ punting duties for the past three seasons, Growden is set to take over as LSU’s third consecutive Australian punter without having ever punted in a live game. His performance will obviously have a major impact. Another returning Tiger who could play a much greater role this season than last is kicker Colby Delahoussaye since Trent Domingue has transferred to Texas. In light of Delahoussaye’s recent tragic accident, it’s hard to say at this point how much he will be able to participate in preseason activities, which could open the door for true freshman kicker Connor Colt or sophomore Cameron Gamble to claim the starting placekicking job. Of course, I hope and pray for Delahoussaye’s quick recovery, not only because he’s a very valuable, experienced member of the team, but because he’s a fine young man who’s been through an unthinkable ordeal. One last player to mention here is Donté Jackson whose elite speed I hope to see more fully utilized in the return game. Last year as a freshman, the speedster returned eight kickoffs for 164 yards and four punts for six yards. Every time Jackson gets his hands on the ball he’s a threat to bust a big play, and I hope to see him get several more opportunities this year on special teams, and perhaps even on offense as well.

Mentioning Delahoussaye reminds me to share with you this message he sent out to Tiger Fans via Twitter yesterday:  “I want to thank you so very much for all the thoughts and prayers, it truly means so much to me and my family. I am back in Louisiana and have very minor injuries and will recover back to 100% in a very short amount of time. The main thing I want everyone to focus on is sending many prayers to Mike and Sam’s families. They need prayers now more than ever. They were amazing friends and I will miss them dearly. God Bless.” 

With 38 days remaining until LSU’s season opener vs Wisconsin at Lambeau Field on September 3rd, let’s continue our countdown by looking at an impressive number, LSU's 38 first-round NFL draft picks.  Starting with Steve Van Buren as the No. 5 pick of the 1944 draft to 70 years later with Odell Beckham, Jr. being selected No. 12 overall in 2014, the Tigers have had at least two first-round selections each decade for eight consecutive decades. Many younger Tiger fans may take for granted LSU's recent NFL draft success and think that's been the norm for the program, but the numbers by decade show that through 1999, the most first-round picks in a decade was the 90s when the Tigers produced five. LSU squashed that number in the 2000s with nine first-rounders and almost matched the 90s total of five when they had four first-round picks in the 2007 NFL draft. In fact, JaMarcus Russell was selected No. 1 in that draft, joining Billy Cannon (No. 1 in 1960) as the only two Tigers to be selected No. 1 overall. With six first-round picks so far this decade and three more drafts to go (2017-2019), LSU has a good chance to eclipse its record of nine. The Tigers have failed to have a first-rounder the past two NFL drafts, but I attribute that to the fact that La'el Collins was unjustly linked to a double homicide just weeks before the 2015 draft and LSU did not have many departures this previous draft, evidenced by 18 returning starters for this year's team. Get this: In Miles' 11 seasons as head coach, LSU has had 13 first-round picks, which is over a third of LSU's overall total of 38. For 2017, the Tigers could obliterate the 2007 record of four first-round picks with Leonard Fournette, Tre'Davious White, Jamal Adams, Ethan Pocic, Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, Kendell Beckwith, Lewis Neal, Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux all having potential to be first-rounders. This is just further proof that it’s a great time to be a Tiger!

In other football news, Athlon Sports released its Top 10 SEC Heisman Candidates for 2016 and you might be surprised at who made their cut. Of course, running back Leonard Fournette is at the top of their list, as he should be. What took me back a bit was seeing who they have at No. 8 – quarterback Brandon Harris. Here’s what they had to say about the junior returning starter: “It may come as a surprise to those who always say ‘LSU could be really good if it had a quarterback.’ But the Tigers’ quarterback actually finished in the top five in the SEC last year in yards per attempt. Harris was mostly efficient, throwing 13 touchdowns to only six interceptions, and also has shown an ability to scramble. Obviously, he will need better numbers than he had last year to win the Heisman, and Les Miles loves to run the ball, but don’t rule Harris out if LSU has a stellar season.” 

Reader Comments: Scott, my son in law has rented a couple of busses to take Tigers from Milwaukee to Green Bay. Please post this to help some traveling Tigers: We have two charter buses to the Frozen Tundra from Milwaukee full of Tiger fans. The first bus is full and the second bus is filling-up quick. The buses will depart from Milwaukee at 7a.m. on Game Day. The pick-up and drop-off is located at the Hilton Double Tree which is at 611 W. Wisconsin Ave. The cost is $100.00 per person. As for the bus, it is a 56 passenger Charter that has a bathroom, wi-fi and electrical outlets. In addition, we will be providing some beer. The duration of the trip is typically about a two and a half hour drive to Green Bay. However, considering the amount of people expected to travel that day, it is more likely to be three hours. For the return trip, the bus will pick us up at a location TBD approximately 2 hours after the end of the game. This will allow the traffic to die down and let us take in some more Green Bay atmosphere. Please send me an email if you are interested at LSUbustogreenbay@gmail.com. It will be first come first serve. Once I receive your email, I will reply with payment instructions.


FONT SIZE:

font-up font-down

7/27/16 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

We’ll start today’s extra-strength daily dose with a little news on the basketball front: Coach Johnny Jones has announced that former Tiger basketball great and New Orleans prep legend Randy Livingston will join the LSU staff as an assistant coach. Livingston was one of the best prep basketball players to ever play in Louisiana, leading Newman High to three consecutive state championships from 1991-1993 and earning USA Today All-American First Team honors. He also shared the National Prep Player of the year award with Jason Kidd in 1992 and Rasheed Wallace in 1993. From there, he went on to LSU where his collegiate career was marred by knee injuries. Still, the 6-foot-4 guard established himself as a special talent and was selected in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. Livingston enjoyed 11 seasons in the NBA and then went on to play several years in the Turkish league and the NBA-D League. With that kind of playing experience, there’s no doubt that he knows the game extremely well. As for his coaching ability, all I know is that he served as a coach in the NBA D-League for two seasons. Most recently, Livingston’s been working in Australia where he put together a scouting service for men’s and women’s college prospects, something that should come in handy in keeping LSU’s Aussi connection alive and well. And since he’s a New Orleans native and legend, he should help in keeping the state’s top talent at home. Here’s hoping this hire is just what’s needed to give Coach Johnny Jones’ Tigers’ a much-needed boost.   

Now for some news on the football recruiting front: LSU picked up its fourth commitment in five days yesterday when 2017 defensive tackle Neil Farrell (6-4, 295) gave his verbal pledge. Farrell hails from Mobile, Alabama’s Murphy High School and is “only” a three-star, but when you see his offer list you know that you can safely ignore that ranking. Earlier this month, he went to Alabama’s camp and received an offer from Nick Saban, and then a couple of weeks later went to Florida State’s camp and received one from Jimbo Fisher. In fact, the young man holds offers from many additional top programs including Clemson, Florida and Michigan, and that should tell you that he’s a big-time prospect. If you need more proof, you can check out his impressive video highlights. With Farrell’s pledge, LSU’s 2017 class now contains 18 commitments and is ranked No. 4 in the nation according to 247Sports’ team rankings.

Sticking to the topic of football, recently we’ve written about returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this season, and we’ll continue along those lines today. So far we’ve covered Josh Boutte, Toby Weathersby, Tyron Johnson and J.D. Moore on offense, and Greg Gilmore, Frank Herron, Duke Riley and Corey Thompson on defense. (You can find those write-ups here.) Today we’ll conclude the series with a look at a few veterans who will probably be counted on more heavily on special teams this year. Here we go… 

Returning Tigers Who Will Likely Play Greater Roles this Season
Part III: Special Teams

The obvious player to write about here is punter Josh Growden. With Jamie Keehn having graduated after handling all of the Tigers’ punting duties for the past three seasons, Growden is set to take over as LSU’s third consecutive Australian punter without having ever punted in a live game. His performance will obviously have a major impact. Another returning Tiger who could play a much greater role this season than last is kicker Colby Delahoussaye since Trent Domingue has transferred to Texas. In light of Delahoussaye’s recent tragic accident, it’s hard to say at this point how much he will be able to participate in preseason activities, which could open the door for true freshman kicker Connor Colt or sophomore Cameron Gamble to claim the starting placekicking job. Of course, I hope and pray for Delahoussaye’s quick recovery, not only because he’s a very valuable, experienced member of the team, but because he’s a fine young man who’s been through an unthinkable ordeal. One last player to mention here is Donté Jackson whose elite speed I hope to see more fully utilized in the return game. Last year as a freshman, the speedster returned eight kickoffs for 164 yards and four punts for six yards. Every time Jackson gets his hands on the ball he’s a threat to bust a big play, and I hope to see him get several more opportunities this year on special teams, and perhaps even on offense as well.

Mentioning Delahoussaye reminds me to share with you this message he sent out to Tiger Fans via Twitter yesterday:  “I want to thank you so very much for all the thoughts and prayers, it truly means so much to me and my family. I am back in Louisiana and have very minor injuries and will recover back to 100% in a very short amount of time. The main thing I want everyone to focus on is sending many prayers to Mike and Sam’s families. They need prayers now more than ever. They were amazing friends and I will miss them dearly. God Bless.” 

With 38 days remaining until LSU’s season opener vs Wisconsin at Lambeau Field on September 3rd, let’s continue our countdown by looking at an impressive number, LSU's 38 first-round NFL draft picks.  Starting with Steve Van Buren as the No. 5 pick of the 1944 draft to 70 years later with Odell Beckham, Jr. being selected No. 12 overall in 2014, the Tigers have had at least two first-round selections each decade for eight consecutive decades. Many younger Tiger fans may take for granted LSU's recent NFL draft success and think that's been the norm for the program, but the numbers by decade show that through 1999, the most first-round picks in a decade was the 90s when the Tigers produced five. LSU squashed that number in the 2000s with nine first-rounders and almost matched the 90s total of five when they had four first-round picks in the 2007 NFL draft. In fact, JaMarcus Russell was selected No. 1 in that draft, joining Billy Cannon (No. 1 in 1960) as the only two Tigers to be selected No. 1 overall. With six first-round picks so far this decade and three more drafts to go (2017-2019), LSU has a good chance to eclipse its record of nine. The Tigers have failed to have a first-rounder the past two NFL drafts, but I attribute that to the fact that La'el Collins was unjustly linked to a double homicide just weeks before the 2015 draft and LSU did not have many departures this previous draft, evidenced by 18 returning starters for this year's team. Get this: In Miles' 11 seasons as head coach, LSU has had 13 first-round picks, which is over a third of LSU's overall total of 38. For 2017, the Tigers could obliterate the 2007 record of four first-round picks with Leonard Fournette, Tre'Davious White, Jamal Adams, Ethan Pocic, Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, Kendell Beckwith, Lewis Neal, Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux all having potential to be first-rounders. This is just further proof that it’s a great time to be a Tiger!

In other football news, Athlon Sports released its Top 10 SEC Heisman Candidates for 2016 and you might be surprised at who made their cut. Of course, running back Leonard Fournette is at the top of their list, as he should be. What took me back a bit was seeing who they have at No. 8 – quarterback Brandon Harris. Here’s what they had to say about the junior returning starter: “It may come as a surprise to those who always say ‘LSU could be really good if it had a quarterback.’ But the Tigers’ quarterback actually finished in the top five in the SEC last year in yards per attempt. Harris was mostly efficient, throwing 13 touchdowns to only six interceptions, and also has shown an ability to scramble. Obviously, he will need better numbers than he had last year to win the Heisman, and Les Miles loves to run the ball, but don’t rule Harris out if LSU has a stellar season.” 

Reader Comments: Scott, my son in law has rented a couple of busses to take Tigers from Milwaukee to Green Bay. Please post this to help some traveling Tigers: We have two charter buses to the Frozen Tundra from Milwaukee full of Tiger fans. The first bus is full and the second bus is filling-up quick. The buses will depart from Milwaukee at 7a.m. on Game Day. The pick-up and drop-off is located at the Hilton Double Tree which is at 611 W. Wisconsin Ave. The cost is $100.00 per person. As for the bus, it is a 56 passenger Charter that has a bathroom, wi-fi and electrical outlets. In addition, we will be providing some beer. The duration of the trip is typically about a two and a half hour drive to Green Bay. However, considering the amount of people expected to travel that day, it is more likely to be three hours. For the return trip, the bus will pick us up at a location TBD approximately 2 hours after the end of the game. This will allow the traffic to die down and let us take in some more Green Bay atmosphere. Please send me an email if you are interested at LSUbustogreenbay@gmail.com. It will be first come first serve. Once I receive your email, I will reply with payment instructions.

7/26/16 6:05 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

After three news-filled days with lots to report, things are a little quiet on the LSU news front, so what we’ll do today is resume our series on returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this football season, as well as our Countdown to Game Day. Then we’ll close out with a word on recruiting and on Alex Bregman’s big league debut last night. Here we go… 

Returning Tigers Who Will Likely Play Greater Roles this Season
Part II: Defense

Great defense starts with a solid defensive line, and second-year defensive line coach Ed Orgeron’s scheme of constant pressure and aggressiveness requires quality depth. With Lewis Neal (6-2, 264), Davon Godchaux (6-4, 293) and Christian LaCouture (6-5, 307) projected as the three starters in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme, juniors Greg Gilmore (6-4, 313) and Frank Herron (6-4, 289) will be heavily relied on to spell the starters and keep the defensive front fresh enough to consistently apply the pressure it needs to effectively stop opposing offenses. Gilmore (13 tackles in 2015) and Herron (23 tackles in 2015) both have the size and athleticism to plug holes against opposing running games and help collapse pockets on opposing quarterbacks. That type of pressure will allow the four linebackers in Aranda’s 3-4 scheme to finish off plays with tackles near or behind the line of scrimmage. 

Speaking of linebackers, senior Duke Riley (6-0, 227), who has played in 38 games but started just one in his career, projects to be a full-time starter this season. Riley tallied 24 tackles last year while demonstrating the type of lateral speed needed to go side-to-side and track down ball carriers. In Aranda’s scheme as a middle linebacker, I suspect Riley will have a breakout year in his senior campaign. Another veteran who’ll play a big role at linebacker is Corey Thompson (6-2, 221), a converted safety who finished with 15 tackles in 2015 after redshirting due to an injury in 2014. The fifth-year senior is considered to be a physical player, and his safety speed is sure to be an advantage in pursuing ball carriers and effectively covering on pass plays as an outside linebacker. Barring injury, the four aforementioned players should have a huge impact on an LSU defense which I fully expect to be significantly improved.

If you missed Part I of this series which focused on returning offensive players who will play greater roles this season, you can find it here

Moving on with our countdown to Game Day… yesterday we talked about LSU’s 40-3 dominating 2005 Peach Bowl victory over Miami, and today, with 39 days remaining, let’s look at an amazing play from that same season that gave Les Miles his first career victory at LSU. I’m referring to a 39-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell to Early Doucet on fourth down to beat Arizona State 35-31. LSU had already had to postpone its originally scheduled season opener vs. North Texas on September 3rd, and the September 10th Arizona State game, which was originally scheduled in Baton Rouge, had to be played in Tempe, AZ instead, as LSU had offered hurricane victims the stadium as a place of refuge.

The game started slowly for the Tigers, trailing after three quarters 17-7. But like many other games during the Les Miles era, special teams would play a huge role. First, the Tigers blocked a field goal and Mario Stevenson returned it 55 yards for a score, and less than 90 seconds later, Craig Steltz returned a blocked punt 29 yards, giving LSU its first lead of the contest 21-17. Leads switched three times, with ASU grabbing a 31-28 lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Tigers received possession at their own 9-yard line, quickly moved 52 yards in six plays before facing 4th and 10 after three incompletions. That’s when Russell avoided pressure rolling to his left and firing a 39-yard pass to the far-left of the end zone that Doucet secured for the go-ahead TD. Even after the extra point gave the Tigers a 35-31 lead with just 1:13 remaining, the Sun Devils quickly marched down the field to the LSU 28. After being torched most of the game, the LSU defense stepped up big, forcing four incompletions and securing their first victory under Coach Miles, one that would serve as not only a great start to his career but also a timely dose of good news for a state recently ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Side note: We considered featuring two other 39-yard pass plays for today’s countdown, both of which came from Brandon Harris last year. One was to Travin Dural versus Alabama and the other was to Tyron Johnson vs. Ole Miss. Although the Tigers lost both of the contests, those plays brought LSU back within striking distance in both games after falling behind. While we hope to see many more plays like those this season, what we really hope to see is a greatly improved short to intermediate passing game which would go a long way toward LSU defeating those two rivals this year.

Turning to baseball, Alex Bregman made his big league debut with the Houston Astros last night and turned in a stellar defensive performance. If there was any doubt whether the former Tiger shortstop could make the transition to playing third base, he quickly put that question to rest last night with a great play to close out the first inning and a then proceeded to make several more plays at the hot corner without a glitch, including this gem that was No. 9 on SportsCenter's Top 10. At the plate, however, things didn’t go as well. Bregman went hitless in four at-bats but came oh so close to launching a grand slam in the sixth with the score tied 1-1 when he sent a shot to the right-field warning track. While I would have loved to have seen Bregman have a storybook offensive outing in his debut, I have no doubt that he’ll be just fine at the plate and that big things are in store for the former Tiger. 

One more Bregman/baseball tidbit: Bregman’s debut last night made him the 13th former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the major leagues. The others are infielder Ryan Schimpf, pitcher Nick Goody, outfielder Mikie Mahtook, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Aaron Nola, pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and infielder Matt Clark. LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 24 of the past 26 seasons. The Tigers have produced a total of 71 Major Leaguers during their illustrious baseball history. There are 12 former LSU players currently in the big leagues, including Bregman, Schimpf (Padres), Coleman (Dodgers), Goody (Yankees), Nola (Phillies), Mahtook (Rays), Gausman (Orioles), Furbush (Mariners), LeMahieu (Rockies), Ranaudo (White Sox),  Aaron Hill (Brewers) and Will Harris (Astros).

In football recruiting news, LSU’s Bradley Dale Peveto is now ranked in Top 10 of 247Sports’ Recruiter Rankings, making him the highest ranked recruiter on LSU’s staff. The reason: He’s the primary or secondary recruiter for six of LSU’s 17 current commitments including five-star Austin Deculus (OT) and four-stars Kary Vincent (CB), Grant Delpit (S), Jhamon Ausbon (WR) and Mannie Netherly (WR). Coach Peveto’s ranking could skyrocket much higher if LSU lands three of its biggest remaining targets – 5-star DT Marvin Wilson, 4-star CB K'Lavon Chaisson, and 4-star DE Isaiah Buggs. Just so you know, LSU’s second highest ranked recruiter on staff is first-year wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig who checks in at No. 18.

A couple of ticket-related tidbits in closing:

• StubHub has signed a multi-year agreement with LSU Athletics as the official ticket marketplace of the Tigers. According to it its website, StubHub began activation of this agreement with the start of LSU’s basketball season in November of 2015 and will provide its LSU football marketplace for this first time in 2016. More info can be found here.

• Speaking of tickets, I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings.

7/25/16 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

We’ve got a lot of good news to get to in this report, but unfortunately, there’s some extremely sad news to get to first. As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was involved in a terrible car crash Saturday night that took the lives of two kickers – Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. The three kickers were attending a weekend camp in Wales, Wisconsin. According to The Advocate, Delahoussaye was in the backseat of a sedan driven by Sadler, while Foltz was in the passenger seat. The car lost control on wet pavement, left the roadway, struck a tree and caught fire. Sadler and Foltz were pronounced dead at the scene. Delahoussaye was fortunate to escape with second-degree burns on his left thigh and a cut to his head that required stitches. Please keep the families of all involved in your thoughts and prayers.

Delahoussaye, a senior from New Iberia, was in prime position to retake the starting placekicker job after the recent departure of Trent Domingue but the injuries he sustained, not to mention the emotional trauma, will likely set him back. Second-degree wounds typically take 10-21 days to heal and LSU begins preseason practice on August 4th, which is 10 days away.

In recruiting news, LSU picked up its third commitment in as many days when four-star cornerback Kary Vincent (6-0, 170), of Port Arthur Texas announced his decision to be a Tiger. Vincent, a big-time player who held offers from just about every major program out there, chose LSU over Auburn, Florida, Florida State, TCU and Texas A&M, despite the fact that his father, Kary Vincent, Sr., was an Aggie wide receiver. With Vincent’s pledge, the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class now contains 17 commitments, including six from Texas. Here are Vincent’s video highlights for your enjoyment.

While on the topic of recruiting, I want to correct a mistake I made in Saturday’s report with regard to JUCO defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs. I said he visited Auburn on Friday, but he actually didn’t show up there until Saturday. I also said I had heard that he would be making his announcement last night, but that did not turn out to be the case. In this article by al.com published yesterday, Buggs speaks highly of his visit to Auburn but said he is still undecided and that will probably make his announcement on August 24th, which is his birthday.

In baseball news, hats off to Alex Bregman who is slated to get called up to the Houston Astros today. The former Tiger All-American shortstop is expected to make his debut tonight against the New York Yankees in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, where, according to Chandler Rome of The Advocate, he will likely play third base. Bregman is a truly special player, and I doubt that many of us who watched his Tiger career can say we’re surprised at how quickly he ascended and exited the minor league ranks. Here’s hoping today marks the beginning of a long and prosperous big league career for one of the greatest former LSU baseball players of all time.

In women’s basketball news, Former LSU women’s basketball standouts Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles will be in action Monday evening as the USA Women’s National Team begins its exhibition slate in preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio. Here’s more on the topic provided by LSU’s Sports Information Department: 

The USA National Team will face the USA Select Team at 9 p.m. CT in a game to be televised by NBA TV. Monday’s exhibition contest will be played at the Galen Center on Southern Cal’s campus. The National Team will have additional exhibition contests versus France (July 27), Canada (July 29) and Australia (July 31) before opening Olympic play on Aug. 7 against Senegal. All of the exhibition games will be carried by NBA TV, and also will be streamed live on the USA Basketball and NBA Facebook pages. USA Basketball’s TV schedule can be accessed here

The first Olympic gold medalists in the history of LSU women’s basketball, Augustus and Fowles are making their third Olympic appearances. Both hold gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 Olympic Games hosted in London. From coach Sue Gunter’s silver medal at the 1976 Games to coach Van Chancellor’s gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, LSU women’s basketball has been associated with six Olympic medals.

Now, with LSU football’s season opener against Wisconsin just 40 days away, let’s move on with our countdown to game day by remembering LSU’s big 40-3 win over the Miami Hurricanes in the 2005 Peach Bowl, in which the Tigers scored 40 unanswered points. This was LSU’s first year under Coach Les Miles, and the Tigers entered the game 10-2 following their most devastating defeat of the season, a disappointing 34-14 loss to Georgia in the SEC championship game. This was also the first start for quarterback Matt Flynn who was called to step in for JaMarcus Russell after he suffered an injury in the third quarter of the SEC championship game a few weeks earlier, and man did Flynn respond! The sophomore quarterback from Tyler, Texas, led the Tigers to eight consecutive scoring possessions and ended the night with 196 yards passing and MVP honors. All told, the Tigers piled up 468 yards, the most allowed by Miami all season, and were just as impressive on defense, holding the Hurricanes to only 153 yards and six first downs. I can think of no ending more appropriate for the 2005 Tiger team than this remarkable rebound against the Hurricanes. After all, the tenacious Tigers and the resilient people of Louisiana had already had to overcome hurricanes Katrina and Rita earlier in the season. 

Closing tidbits:

• Since there were a lot of “newsy” items to get to today, I decided to wait until tomorrow to continue the series we started yesterday on returning Tigers who will likely play greater roles this season. 

• For those of you who asked about my fishing trip, here’s an update. My set poles intended for catfish yielded nothing but a perch-robbing Alligator Garfish. Fortunately, I’ll still have plenty of fish to fry this week as I caught my limit on Bass. Here’s a pretty cool pic of my stringer submerged in the shallow flowing creek where the feisty Kentucky Bass and Largemouths were caught.

 

Continue Browsing Reports



 

Continue Browsing Reports

 

 

 

 

This web site is not officially affiliated with Louisiana State University. Opinions expressed herein are the property of Donald Long, Scott Long and friends, not Louisiana State University.