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11/22/14 6:05 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Yesterday was a busy day for email and I enjoyed hearing from many of you about my two recent Q&A’s with Mike Detillier. I also heard from a lot of you about two JUCO players - DT Jonathan Taylor and QB Chad Kelly. I wrote about Taylor yesterday, and I’ll give you my brief thoughts on Kelly today.

Chad Kelly is a quarterback who was kicked off of the Clemson team and then enrolled at East Mississippi Community College where he has excelled and earned the ranking of No. 1 JUCO dual-threat QB in the nation. Yesterday Brad Hoiseth of JCGridiron.com, a division of Rivals.com, reported that LSU had offered a scholarship to Kelley,  but then a couple of hours later Shea Dixon of 247Sports, whom I trust, reported receiving confirmation that LSU has not offered Kelly. Here are my two-cents on the Kelly situation: First, I don’t know if LSU has a big interest in Kelly, but if they do I could understand them wanting to keep it quiet until after LSU’s season is over so as to not affect the confidence of Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. Second, I don’t know if LSU should have a big interest in Kelley. Reportedly, he was very disrespectful to the coaches at Clemson and displayed a lack of maturity after he was benched in the second half of the spring game, and this is what led to his dismissal.

In tomorrow’s report we’ll begin turning our attention to the upcoming LSU-Texas A&M game by looking at how the two teams compare stat-wise. Today we’ve got a bit of basketball news to report, so let’s get to it…

In men’s basketball news, the Tigers could not overcome a 10-point second half deficit and fell to 2-1 with a 61-70 overtime loss against Old Dominion. After LSU fired out to a 28-17 lead, the Monarchs went on a 16-2 run in the final seven minutes of the half to lead 33-30 at the break. ODU increased its lead in the second half to 50-40 before the Tigers went on a 17-7 run to tie the game at 57 with 4:35 remaining. After back-to-back field goals by ODU and a 3-pointer from Tim Quarterman, Jonathan Arledge made another field goal and Nik Biberaj nailed a 3-pointer to give ODU a 66-60 lead with 1:27 remaining. LSU failed to convert another field goal and only made one free throw while the Monarchs made four free throws down the stretch for the final margin of 61-70. Here are video highlights of the game.

Jarell Martin led the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season in as many games. Hornsby added 15 points and five rebounds, with 10 of his points coming in the first half. Jordan Mickey struggled with foul trouble and only finished with five points and six rebounds, and Elbert Robinson continued to struggle offensively, finishing with just two points and one rebound. The Tigers committed 16 turnovers and only forced nine turnovers from the Monarchs, but out-rebounded them 40-38.  LSU shot 39.2% from the field (20-51), 64% from the free-throw line (16-25) and 31.3% from the 3-pt line (5-16).  LSU held ODU to 42.6% shooting from the field (26-61). 

LSU’s foul trouble in the first half allowed ODU to get back into the game, but the Tigers’ press in the second half threw the Monarchs out of rhythm and led to several turnovers and rushed shots that helped LSU get back in it. ODU was aggressive in the paint late in the second half, taking the ball to the rim and scoring inside with a hesitant Mickey playing with four fouls. LSU went cold in the final four minutes of the game, missing 6-of-7 shots and committing a turnover.  Overall, the lack of inside depth cost LSU with Mickey in foul trouble. Hopefully, younger players like Darcy Malone (2 points, 0 rebounds) and Robinson will be able to provide more scoring, rebounds and a defensive presence as they gain more experience during the season.

LSU’s men return to action today against the loser of Illinois State and Weber State at the Paradise Jam Classic in the US Virgin Islands at 4pm CT. The game will be carried online only by the CBS Sports Network and broadcast on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.

LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell landed a big recruit yesterday as Ayana Mitchell signed in the early signing period. Mitchell (F, 6-2, Conyers, GA) is a four-star recruit and is ranked as a Top-50 player. She will join the Lady Tigers for her freshman season in 2015-16 and will be a very welcome addition. Mitchell averaged 18.1 points, 12.4 rebounds 3.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per game as a junior and is also a solid student with a 3.6 GPA. 

The Lady Tigers will return to action against its first ranked opponent and its first opponent from a Power 5 conference as No. 22 Rutgers visits the Maravich Center this afternoon for a 2:02 p.m. tip-off.  The game will be carried online only by SEC Network Plus via www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

Two tidbits in closing:

• There were some great high school football games played in the second round of the state playoffs and you can find all the scores of last night’s playoff games here. 

• Our Ticket Exchange page has been updated.

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11/21/14 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As promised, I’ve got Part 2 of 2 of my Q&A with College Football and NFL Analyst Mike Detillier to share with you today. In this installment, I get Mike’s thoughts on LSU’s defense this year and next, as well as his keys to an LSU victory against A&M. Of course, I also get his expert opinion on early departures since this is one of Mike’s areas of specialty. 

Part 2 of 2 - Q&A with Mike Detillier on LSU Football Defense, Early Departures & Keys to Victory

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m a little relieved that LSU doesn’t have a game this weekend so that I can get caught up on some honey-dos and get prepared for Thursday while watching a little football on the tube. Even though LSU won’t be playing, I’ll go ahead and post my weekly predictions for SEC games and a few in-state schools. 

Ole Miss 20 Arkansas 17
Tennessee 24 Missouri 21
Mississippi State 41 Vanderbilt 14
Alabama 51 Western Carolina 6
Auburn 48 Samford 6
Georgia 48 Charleston Southern 10  
Florida 34 Eastern Kentucky 20
South Carolina 42 South Alabama 10
UL-Lafayette 38 Appalachian State 23
UL-Monroe 35 New Mexico State 28
LA Tech 35 Old Dominion 10
McNeese 38 Lamar 24
Northwestern 31 Stephen F Austin 27 

In recruiting news, according to multiple reports, LSU will host former Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor on an official visit this weekend. You might recall from previous reports that in 2012 Taylor signed with Georgia and redshirted his freshman year. Last year he played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman and his future at Georgia looked bright, but then he was dismissed from the program in July after being arrested on an aggravated assault/family violence charge. (He allegedly assaulted his girlfriend during a domestic dispute.) The incident marked Taylor’s second run-in with the law this year. According to reports, LSU has been in contact with his lawyer and is monitoring the situation carefully. If his legal mess is cleared up, as some expect it will be, it is likely that LSU will push for his commitment, but I sure hope they do not until that happens. Sure, Taylor would fill a big need for LSU, and with him and Travonte Valentine (assuming he is ever cleared) at defensive tackle along with Davon Godchaux, Christian LaCouture and Quintin Thomas, the Tigers would be very deep and strong at the position in 2015. But considering the severity of the charges, and all the exposure domestic violence issues have received this year, LSU and Les Miles obviously need to tread carefully and see how this plays out before pursuing too strongly.

In basketball news, the LSU men’s team practiced yesterday at the Virgin Islands University Sports and Fitness Center in preparation for tonight’s opening round game in the 15th Annual Ezybonds Global Payments US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament. LSU (2-0) will face Old Dominion (2-0) in the third of four quarterfinal games tonight at 7:30 p.m. AST (5:30 p.m. Baton Rouge time), and the game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Tonight’s game ought to be a good one, as the Monarchs of Old Dominion are a good team that will present a challenge to LSU on defense and on the boards. So far this year, Ole Dominion has out-rebounded its opponents 40-27, and that will be something to watch in today’s game. Depending on what happens today, the Tigers will face either Illinois State or Weber State in the second game either tomorrow (4 p.m. CT if LSU loses) or 8 p.m. CT Sunday if LSU wins. Look for an update on tonight’s game in tomorrow’s report. 

A few tid-bits in closing: 

• Here’s a good read on four former Tigers - Alfred Blue, Jeremy Hill , Odell Beckham, Jr and Jarvis Landry - all having big performances in the NFL last weekend:  4 rookies from LSU lighting up the NFL. And speaking of Landry, here’s an interesting video that was produced with Landry wearing a microphone while he played in Sunday’s game between the Dolphins and Bills. It gives an interesting insight into what it’s like down on the field. 

• I will be updating our Ticket Exchange later today, so if you have LSU tickets to sell, please email me the info.

• The deadline for picking tonight’s Round 2 LHSAA football games in our Pickem Contest is 5 p.m.

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11/20/14 6:00 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First of all, it was great hearing from many of you yesterday about Part 1 of the Q&A I posted with Mike Detillier on the topic of the LSU football team’s offensive woes. I’m not quite ready to post the second half of the Q&A, but I should have it formatted and ready to go for tomorrow’s report. In it, I get Mike thoughts on the defense and on potential early departures. It’s good stuff, but we didn’t wrap it up until late last night and I need a little time to format it. Look for it in tomorrow’s report. 

Last night Coach Miles met with the media for the first time since last Saturday’s loss and spoke a bit about injuries, among other things. Based on what I gathered from media tweets, it seems likely that center Elliot Porter, who suffered an ankle injury last Saturday, will be out for next week’s game against Texas A&M and possibly for the bowl game as well. Ethan Pocic is expected to fill in for him at center, and Ethan Washington will likely play right guard. The good news is that Vadal Alxander, who injured his hand in the loss to Alabama, will return for Thursday’s game. As for cornerback Rashard Robinson, he remains indefinitely suspended. Another interesting tidbit from the presser is that Miles said Arkansas did not pick up any signals in the game against LSU, but his statement seems to be contradicted by this vine video posted by Ross Delanger of the Advocate where Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight appears to be alerting his fellow defenders to the play call. Hmmm….

A little later Coach Miles fielded questions during his weekly call-in show from TJ Ribs. Below is my recap:

• Before going to the phone line, Miles and Gordy Rush (filling in for Jim Hawthorne who is traveling with the men’s basketball team) discussed last week’s loss. Miles said the offense never got in a comfortable rhythm in any way, and he credited Arkansas for having a great game plan. He also mentioned the changes in the offensive line which led to the quarterback being under duress all night, and said there were three significant drives in the game - one that ended in a fumble and two that ended with missed field goals. Miles called it a terrible offensive day, but said the good news is the problems can be corrected.

• The first caller of the night was Sadie from Denton who asked what the offense is working on the most for the game against A&M. Miles’ answer was, “protection of the passer and throwing the ball.” 

• Jeff from Baton Rouge pointed out that LSU ranks 115th in the nation in number of pass attempts and asked if the lack of run/pass balance was acceptable to Coach Miles. Miles answered by saying,  “It’s certainly not where we’re headed,” and added that they are accommodating an o-line with injuries, a wide receiving corps that is young, and a quarterback who is having difficulties. In the end, he assured the caller that there’s a want to be more balanced.

• Rickey from Birmingham called to comment on Jennings always sitting alone on the sidelines between offensive series. He asked Coach Miles how Jennings is going to get better if they’re not taking every opportunity to coach him up. Miles answered by saying that they talk to him very effectively on the headsets between every series.

• Bailey from Denham Springs asked Coach Miles if his feelings get hurt when people talk badly about him and his team. Miles said he has thick skin, but that he feels badly for his players and coaches and their families. 

• John from Lafayette asked about the running backs and whether Leonard Fournette would be the “top man.” Miles said Fournette has had a great freshman year but that they have a very talented group of backs who all deserve to get reps.

• James from Baton Rouge called to politely comment on Anthony Jennings struggling at quarterback and ask when Miles and Cam Cameron would give another quarterback a try. Miles said that developing a quarterback always requires a guy to immerse himself into the position and that sometimes it takes time. He added that Brandon Harris may be a more explosive style of quarterback, and he’s certainly better than he was against Auburn, but right now Jennings remains the guy who “gives us the chance to make the other 10 players best.”

• Jason from the live audience asked Miles how he will enjoy Thanksgiving with his family and his team. Miles said he and his family will celebrate with a big meal on Friday. As for the team, they’ll say a prayer and give thanks for the many good fortunes in their lives and then take the field and play their best. I thought it was a great answer.

• Jim from Central commented on the defense making a significant turnaround since the beginning of the season and asked what was the biggest reason for the improvement. Miles said a few defensive tackles stepped up, the secondary has played well, and the linebackers have improved with Beckwith in the middle.

• The Evil Twin asked about the two O-linemen who were hurt. As mentioned above, Miles said he expects Alexander to be back for the A&M game, but that they are not certain about Porter. He added that they should know more about Porter next week. 

• Toward the end of the show, John from Metairie expressed his condolences to Coach Miles and asked how he’s doing in dealing with the loss of his mother. Miles said his mom did a great job of raising her son and taught him to have faith in God, and that, along with support from his family, has allowed him to get through the difficult time. 

• The last caller I heard was David from Baton Rouge who said he thinks Leonard Fournette’s potential won’t be fully realized until they spread out the offense a bit. Miles said Fournette’s abilities will improve in a number of ways as he grows, and that he can carry the ball out of a number of sets. As for moving more toward a spread offense, Miles said there will be a number of small changes and a wrinkle here or there in the next game, but that they’re not going to move far away from their traditional style of play.

In other news, yesterday USA Today published its 2014 NCAA football coaches salary database which shows that Les Miles is the 3rd highest paid coach in the SEC and 7th highest paid in the nation. According to the data, Miles’ total 2014 salary was $4,369,582. As expected, Alabama’s Nick Saban was first on the list with a total salary of $7,160,187, which is considerably higher than every other coach’s salary and 64% higher than Miles’. Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin was third overall and second in the SEC with a total salary of $5,006,000. Below is a look at the top-10. To see how all 128 coaches rank, click here.

2014 NCAAF Coaches Salaries:
Alabama, Nick Saban: $7,160,187
Michigan State, Mark Dantonio: $5,636,145
Oklahoma, Bob Stoops: $5,058,333
Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin: $5,006,000
Texas, Charlie Strong: $5,000,270
Ohio State, Urban Meyer: $4,536,640
LSU, Les Miles: $4,369,582
Penn State, James Franklin: $4,300,000
Iowa, Kirk Ferentz: $4,075,000
South Carolina, Steve Spurrier: $4,016,900  

Turning to basketball, it looks like it could be a trying season for the Lady Tigers. Last night the Lady Tigers fell to 2-2 with a 51-45 loss to Tulane. Coach Nikki Caldwell’s Tigers play with a lot of heart, but they’re undersized, have little returning talent, and are lacking in several regards. They’re also still playing without preseason All-SEC guard Danielle Ballard who remains suspended indefinitely.In last nights game, LSU was 17-of-50 from the floor and 2-for-7 from three-point territory. The Lady Tigers struggled at the charity stripe, going 9-for-17. The Lady Tigers hauled in 19 offensive rebounds and collected a 35-27 edge on the glass, but was only to able to convert the extra opportunities into 10 second-chance points. Meanwhile, Tulane was an efficient 17-of-35 from the floor and converted on 10 of its 17 field goal attempts during the second half. The Green Wave produced a 5-for-13 mark from triple territory and was 12-of-18 at the free throw line.

Reader Comments: Hey Scott, I know there is a lot of negativity right now around LSU football, but here is a great read on how better days are ahead and times will get better: A Letter to LSU Fans: R-E-L-A-X, Better DaysAre Ahead

 

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