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10/8/15 5:35 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As many of you have heard by now, LSU’s game against South Carolina has been moved to Tiger Stadium due to the catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas, and will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT. As of now, there’s been no word given on TV coverage, but the game is expected to be played on one of the ESPN platforms (SECN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.). I suspect we’ll find out about TV coverage later today, and as soon as I hear something I’ll tweet the news to those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter. (If you don’t use Twitter, please note that you can refer to the twitter feed on this page.) 

I know it’s exciting that we get another virtual home game in Tiger Stadium, but under the circumstances of mass devastation and loss to the residents of South Carolina, I encourage Tiger fans to welcome the people of South Carolina with open arms and make them feel at home. I’m sure many of you will remember the hospitality extended to Tiger fans after Hurricane Katrina when the Tigers had to move a home game to Arizona. Well, it’s time for us to “pay it forward” and extend that same generosity and consideration to South Carolina fans this weekend. 

Here are a few things to note about Saturday’s game:

• For ticket and parking information, see this article by LSUSports.net.

• Please note that tickets previously issued for the game scheduled to be played in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., will NOT be valid at Tiger Stadium.

• LSU has said that all proceeds generated from ticket sales, minus the expenses LSU will incur for hosting the game, will be given to South Carolina. 

• The Red Cross will be setup to accept donations at the gates to help those affected by the disaster in South Carolina.   

• Technically speaking, South Carolina will be considered the home team and will wear white. LSU will wear purple jerseys. Sidenote: Here’s a very memorable play from the last time LSU wore purple jerseys for an SEC game. (Hint: Chad Jones is a beast!) Thanks to @HunterPanaigua for bringing this play to mind with a tweet he sent out yesterday.

• South Carolina’s band will not be traveling to Baton, so LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland will play their Alma Mater and Fight Song in their honor. That’s a great gesture, if you ask me.

• Because this is technically an away contest for the Tigers, LSU will not be able to host any recruits for the game.

Now moving on with our normal order of business, here is my weekly recap of Les Miles’ comments from his weekly radio show.

Before Les Miles arrived, LSU Associate Athletic Director and Ticket Manager Brian Broussard spoke with Jim Hawthorne about tickets and parking for Saturday’s game. Rather than trying to summarize the details of what he said, I’ll just redirect you to this page that has all the ticketing information. A few important things to note: Season ticket holders and students can purchase tickets up until 5 p.m. today. Tickets will be available to the general public starting at 6 p.m. Also, those of you with parking passes are instructed to use your Western Kentucky pass for this game. Be sure to save that pass so that you can use it again for the Western Kentucky game.

One of the first callers of the night was Chris from Clinton, Mississippi, who asked Coach Miles about  incorporating more short and intermediate passes into the game plan.  Miles said he thinks we’ll see more passing in general, and can look forward to a rich passing tree that will include all the throws.

Rickey from Birmingham noted that two players have had penalties for continuing to play once their  helmets came off and asked if defenders are getting their hands in their faces. Miles answered affirmatively, saying he thinks there is a propensity for some shorter defensive linemen to get their hands in the faces of his offensive linemen.

Frank from Baker asked about the status of cornerback Jalen Mills and then commented on special teams needing serious help. Miles started by saying he hopes to get Mills and tight end Dillon Gordon back soon and that both were practicing and in pads yesterday. As for special teams play, Miles said the young men on that unit are very motivated and he thinks we’ll see better play there this week.

Jack from Lafayette asked about alternative sites that were considered for the game, and if there would be any changes to the appearance of LSU’s field since it will technically be a home game for South Carolina. Miles said there will be no change to the field. As for other sites considered, Miles named Charlotte and Jacksonville.

Matt from Baton Rouge said he saw a little play action passing in the first half against Eastern Michigan and asked if we would see more of that. Miles suggested that we would, saying, “When you have a guy like Leonard, you look to put the ball in his stomach. That draws a lot of attention.”

A little later, Jimmy from Columbus, Georgia acknowledged that the receiving corps had a rough time catching the ball last week but said he’s been impressed with their point of attack and downfield blocking. He specifically mentioned a big block from Trey Quinn. Miles agreed and said the wide receivers had a very good week of practice and should go out and play extremely well this Saturday.

One of Coach Miles’ most interesting comments came in response to a gentleman from Alexandria asking when we can we expect to see DJ Chark as a wide receiver. Miles called Chark a special athlete and said they have looked at him in several positions, including at cornerback (which was surprising). He concluded by saying we can look forward to seeing Chark not only on special teams, but on offense as well.

Shawn from Natchitoches asked how Brandon Harris’ confidence is holding up after last week’s rough performance. Miles said the receiving staff takes some responsibility for the drops, and that Harris has suffered no lack of confidence. He added that Harris has done everything they’ve asked of him and will only continue to get better.

Joe from Alabama asked what it’s like to play against Coach Spurrier. Miles said his family kind of enjoys Coach Spurrier and that it’s a great honor to lineup against a quality coach like him. 

One of the last callers of the night was Brad from West Monroe who asked about wide receiver Trey Quinn and whether we should we expect to see a lot of him this week. Miles said Quinn is having a good year, is preparing well, and we can look forward to seeing him. He added that Quinn had a good practice yesterday and is a hard worker.

Miles concluded the show by advising the listening audience to postpone whatever plans they had for this Saturday and come out and support the teams in Tiger Stadium. 

Closing tidbits: 

• We all know that LSU has the best fans in the country, but it’s always good to see others recognize it. Yesterday I was made aware of the fact that LSU has taken over the No. 1 spot for The Best College Football Fan Bases in the Country, according to the USA TODAY Sports College Football Fan Index.

• For all of you participating in our Louisiana High School Football Pickem contest, please note that the deadline for picking this week’s games is today at 5 p.m.


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10/7/15 5:50 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

I’ve heard from many of you asking whether the LSU-South Carolina game will still be played this Saturday in Columbia, so let’s start with the latest word on that. According to The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina officials say the game might be moved to another location, although the preference is still to play it in Columbia, if possible. Other potential locations mentioned in the article are Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (where the Carolina Panthers play), and Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, moving the game to a neutral location is looking less likely, and the game will probably either be played in Columbia, as prigincally planned, or moved to Tiger Stadium. Yesterday on WWL radio, LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette said that if LSU is asked to host the game within 24 hours, they are certainly prepared to do so. A decision is expected to be made later today, and as soon as I hear it I will share the news on Twitter. Of course, the first priority is the safety and wellbeing of everyone dealing with the tragedy there, as it should be.  

A couple of events surrounding the game already have been moved or canceled. SEC Nation, the College GameDay-like program hosted each week by the SEC Network, was scheduled to broadcast from Columbia but will go to Knoxville, Tennessee, instead. Also, Nissan will not be bringing its Heisman House traveling advertising campaign to the game, as it originally planned.

Moving on to our normal order of business, wherever this game is played, it will mark the first meeting between LSU and South Carolina since 2012 when the Tigers won 23-21 in Tiger Stadium. LSU (4-0, 2-0) is coming off a 44-22 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday and joins Texas A&M and Florida as the only remaining undefeated teams in the SEC. South Carolina is sitting at 2-3 overall and 0-3 in league play after its 24-10 loss at Missouri last Saturday. 

Let’s take a look at how the teams compare statistically: 

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• As you can see in the chart above, LSU dominates the stats in most categories, but the areas where South Carolina has the advantage really point to LSU’s weaknesses: Passing yards, penalties per game, and a couple of special teams categories (punting and yards per kick return). South Carolina also has an advantage in third-down conversion percentage, but it’s such  a small difference I consider it negligible. 

• South Carolina is much more balanced between the pass and the run than LSU is, but the same could be said for just about every team in the country. It’s no secret that Coach Miles loves to lean on the run game, but this year’s 75/25 run-to-pass ratio is the most run-heavy in Coach Miles’ 11 years at LSU. That’s not surprising when you consider that LSU has the best running back its ever had during Miles’ tenure (maybe the best in school history) and a young quarterback in his first year as a full-time starter.

• One great LSU stat that has kind of gone unheralded is field goal kicking. Trent Domingue beat out Colby Delahoussaye for field goal kicking duties and has been a perfect 6-for-6 so far, with a long of 45 yards. However, Domingue has been struggling a bit on kickoffs. It will be interesting to see whether that responsibility remains his this week, or if LSU will give Cameron Gamble another try. If LSU can find someone to consistently kick the ball into the end zone, it would be a big boost to a special teams unit that has left a lot to be desired in kick coverage. 

• Another very positive stat for LSU that deserves recognition is turnover margin. The Tigers are 7th in the nation and No. 1 in the SEC in this category. LSU has six takeaways this season (5 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery), and has only turned the ball over one time.

One more football related tidbit before moving on: The OneRepublic halftime show that was scheduled for next week’s LSU-Florida game has been canceled. The show promoter, College Live, was unable to abide by the contractual terms, forcing the cancelation of the show that was going to take place in conjunction with LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland halftime performance. I, for one, am quite alright with the cancellation. This change of plans has no impact on the Aloe Blacc show with LSU’s Tiger Band at halftime of the Arkansas-LSU game, Saturday, November 14. LSU is considering another halftime show for a future game in Tiger Stadium.

In basketball news, yesterday many of you inquired about the status of LSU’s Ben Simmons, who missed the Tigers’ first basketball practice of the fall on Monday with a sore ankle. The good news is that the injury was very minor and according to a tweet Simmons sent out yesterday, he is “110%.”

Today’s closing tidbits:

• Our Ticket Exchange and View-In Parties pages have been updated.

• Here’s a good summary of his former Tigers in the NFL did last week: Top 10 Tigers in NFL: Week 4

• And last but not least, here’s a great article by nola.com called, “Leonard Fournette's extreme workout built a 'once-in-a-lifetime' athlete.”


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10/6/15 5:55 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Yesterday it was announced that LSU’s October 17th home contest against Florida will kickoff at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. The contest will be the first night game in Tiger Stadium between the two teams since 2009, and only the third such contest since that incredible game in 1997, which was one of the most exciting contests I’ve ever witnessed. When LSU and Florida meet 10 days from now, it could be an epic Tiger Stadium battle of undefeated top-10 teams, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. LSU has a very important, and very dangerous, game against Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday at 11 a.m. (ESPN), and it’s deserving of LSU’s full attention. In tomorrow’s report, we’ll start taking a closer look at the Gamecocks with our weekly statistical comparisons.

As he does each Monday, Coach Miles met with the media yesterday, and here’s a full transcript of what was said. And, of course, I’ve provided a quick summary of the key points below:

• Miles started by acknowledging that the people of South Carolina are having a difficult time with all the flooding and said his thoughts and prayers are with them.

Sidenote: As of now, this week’s game in South Carolina is still set to be played as scheduled, according to reports like this one. After seeing all the devastation in Columbia on television reports, quite frankly I’m surprised that it’s still on. I second Miles’ comments and pray for all the victims of that terrible tragedy.

• Obviously peeved about wide receiver play in last week’s game, Miles pointed out that if it there had not been a couple of drops the team would have likely had another 150 yards of offense and two more touchdowns. Later he confirmed that he is looking at shuffling the lineup, although he said there will not be “wholesale changes.” He also indirectly suggested that Trey Quinn might get more looks there when he named him as one of several players who has the capability to step forward and make plays. 

• Asked whether he was concerned that the intermediate passing game seems to be dissolving, Miles said, “I think there is a need to throw where they're not, and I think there are many times that we're throwing routes that have the ability to hit several different areas. I think there are choices on where we throw the ball… If you kind of look through the routes and watch 'em, you'll see that sometimes there is a crosser and sometimes there is a square-in and a deep post. So really three routes that are in major consideration almost in every route we call.”

• LSU has been penalized in each of the last two games for a player continuing to play once his helmet comes off. Miles said the helmets must be too loose and he’s going to insist that the team’s equipment man fit the team again.

• After several short kickoffs, Miles brought in Cameron Gamble to kick off and he promptly gave the team a five-yard delay of game penalty. Miles joked that Gamble is the kind of guy who stands over a putt for about three minutes before putting it. 

• Miles praised Sione Teuhema, Lewis Neal, Kevin Toliver and Jamal Adams for their play on Saturday. Teuhema had seven tackles including one tackle for loss, Neal had two sacks, and Toliver and Adams both had takeaways.

• When asked if it was tempting to just forget the passing game since Leonard Fournette is running so well, Miles chuckled and said no, adding that he wants very much for the passing game to work. He then suggested that the team only passed two times in the second half last week because the game was in hand, but that in closer contests they will be more balanced in the second halves. 

• In Saturday’s game, LSU’s defense gave up a lot of yards when reserve linebackers Duke Riley and Donnie Alexander were in the game. When asked about this, Miles said there’s no substitute for experience. 

• Miles also gave an injury status update: Starting defensive end Tashawn Bower, who didn’t play Saturday, will be available this week. In fact, Miles said he was just nicked and could have probably played Saturday. Linebacker Lamar Louis, who suffered a minor concussion and missed the second half against Eastern Michigan, will be good to go this week as well. Tight end Dillon Gordon is still day-to-day and there was no timeline given on when safety Jalen Mills might return. 

In basketball news, LSU started practice yesterday without its superstar Ben Simmons, who was out with a sore ankle. Simmons’ status is listed as day-to-day. According to reports like this one, Junior Brian Bridgewater also missed the opening day of practice with a lingering leg injury.   Yesterday’s practice was the first of 30 allowed prior to the opening game of the 2015-16 season on November 13 against McNeese State at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Included in the 30 practice days will be an exhibition contest at the Maravich Center against Southwest Baptist on November 6. LSU’s exhibition tour of Australia, and the 10 days of practice they held in preparation for it, do not count toward the 30-practice limit and will surely be advantageous for the Tigers. Simmons starred on that trip to his native country and led the team in points (20 pg), rebounds (9 pg), assists (5.4 pg), steals (3.6 pg) and blocked shots (2.2 pg).  

In football recruiting, here’s a brief tidbit to pass along: One of LSU’s top linebacker targets, Keion Joyner of Havelock, North Carolina, is no longer a member of the Havelock High football team. According to multiple reports, Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant confirmed the news late last night but did not provide any details as to why. Joyner has family in south Louisiana (Abbeville) and had recently narrowed his college choices to LSU, North Carolina and Florida State.

In closing, please note that I’ll be updating our ticket exchange later today. If you have LSU tickets to sell, please send me the info for posting. Also I’ll be updating our page of LSU Football View-in Parties, so if you represent an LSU alumni group and have information about your view-in parties that you would like me to post, let me know.


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