October 31, 2014 |
OVER THE WEEKEND I listened to a a trio of panelists that I respect have a discussion on whether the SEC is overrated. They seemed to concur that it just might be. Allow me to retort. The SEC won seven of the last eight BCS titles for a reason. Auburn came within a last-minute drive against a supposedly unbeatable Florida State team of making it eight in a row last January. Obviously, the four different SEC teams that were responsible for making that happen were only able to do it because of unwarranted bias from the poll voters and computers.
June 7, 2014 |
Looking to restock a system weak in starting pitching on all levels, the Phillies selected Louisiana State righthander Aaron Nola with their first-round pick, seventh overall, in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft Thursday With their second-round pick, the Phillies selected 6-foot-5 lefthander Matt Imhof from Cal Poly. He was the 47th overall selection. The Nola pick was not a surprise, as he had been linked to the Phillies in several mock drafts. "He was the top college pitcher for us," Marti Wolever, the Phillies' assistant general manager for amateur scouting, said at Citizens Bank Park.
November 30, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Louisiana State's athleticism was too much for St. Joseph's Thursday night in the nightcap of the Old Spice Classic at ESPN's Wide World of Sports. Add that to LSU's red-hot start, and it was all the Hawks could do to keep this one close, falling to the SEC Tigers, 82-65. St. Joe's itself has a reputation as an athletic team, but head coach Phil Martelli disputed that notion. "Because we have a guy that jumps really high, we have a lot of people that think we can match," Martelli said.
November 11, 2013 |
AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, T.J. Yeldon ran for 133 yards and two scores, and top-ranked Alabama overwhelmed No. 10 Louisiana State, 38-17, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC) turned to power football to take control of a game that was tied early in the third quarter. Yeldon carried 18 times in the second half, 25 overall, after catching the game-winning touchdown pass in last season's meeting with the Tigers (7-3, 3-3). Alabama scored the final 21 points to brush aside LSU. McCarron was a workmanlike 14-of-20 passing for 179 yards, letting Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and their blockers assert control.
September 30, 2013 |
Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes, including a 25-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1 minute, 47 seconds remaining, and No. 9 Georgia rallied to beat No. 6 Louisiana State, 44-41, in a Southeastern Conference thriller in Athens, Ga., on Saturday. Murray was 20 of 34 for the Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0). The Tigers (4-1, 1-1) got a career-best 372 yards passing and three touchdowns from former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger in his return to Athens. West Virginia 30, Oklahoma State 21 - In his first start since October 2011, Florida State transfer Clint Trickett went 24 of 50 for 309 yards with a touchdown and engineered two late scoring drives to lead the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1 Big 12)
September 20, 2013 |
TWO YEARS removed from a perfect regular season, it almost seems as if Louisiana State has been reduced to playing the role of Fredo Corleone in its own division. Or maybe Larry from the Three Stooges. For only the third time in a decade the Tigers weren't ranked in the preseason top 10. It hasn't inpeded them before. In 2003, following an 8-5 season, they started at No. 14 but went 13-1 and got Nick Saban his first national title. Also the program's first in 45 years. In 2010 they were 16th, coming off 9-4, and finished 11-2 to end up eighth.
September 13, 2013 |
IT'S FINALLY here. Alabama at Texas A&M, the rematch. The defending national champions, who haven't lost a road game since November 2010, going to College Station to take on Johnny Football, the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy, who basically won it by beating the Crimson Tide, 29-24, last November in Tuscaloosa. About the only thing missing is prime time. This one's at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, which feels like some kind of oversight. The Tide, of course, is trying to win a ring for the fourth time in 5 years, and third straight.
July 18, 2013 |
St. Joseph's will help launch the 2013 Old Spice Classic men's basketball tournament, taking on Louisiana State on Thanksgiving night at the HP Field House near Orlando. The eight-team bracket-style tournament runs Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1. The Hawks have never played LSU. They will meet either Memphis or Siena in a second-round matchup on Nov. 29. Butler, Purdue, Oklahoma State, and Washington State fill out the rest of the bracket. Coach Phil Martelli's squad finished 18-14 last season, ending the year with a loss to St. John's in the first round of the NIT. The Hawks fell in the second round of the Atlantic Ten Conference tournament, losing, 82-79, to Virginia Commonwealth, the tournament's runner-up.
June 3, 2013 |
AFTER EAGLES practice sessions this spring, a few players typically stay on the field to work with the JUGS machine, catching footballs. That group always includes veteran wideout Jason Avant and undrafted rookie Russell Shepard. Avant is there because this is how he has forged a solid 7-year career, despite being really slow by NFL standards and not especially big, at 6-foot, 212. Shepard is there because, when he signed with the Eagles out of LSU after a disappointing draft experience, he asked the advice of Eagles director of player programs Harold Carmichael.