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.
January 8, 2012
In the current edition of Sports Illustrated, there is an opinion piece authored by one Dick Friedman, who expounds about his devotion to LSU, his favorite college football team. He has been cheering for the Tigers since wondrous halfback Billy Cannon led the 1958 squad to an undefeated season and the first of the school's three national championships, the last two of which have been won since 2003. Nothing unusual about Friedman's level of devotion, except that this is a guy who lives in New Jersey, and always has. He never attended LSU, saw an LSU game in person or even set foot in Baton Rouge.
January 3, 1989 |
Coach Dick MacPherson liked what he saw of his Syracuse team. So did LSU coach Mike Archer. "The people in the South saw a team from the North come down and play like a team from the South," MacPherson said after Syracuse dominated LSU, the Southeastern Conference co-champion, 23-10, in yesterday's Hall of Fame Bowl at Tampa Stadium. Archer was not in a position to argue. "Syracuse proved they are an outstanding team," Archer said. "We couldn't do anything right. We couldn't kick the ball, snap it, catch it, tackle or block it. "They did nothing we didn't practice last month.
January 3, 2012 |
VIRGINIA COACH Tony Bennett was no stranger to LSU coach Trent Johnson. The two had faced each other in the Pac-10 and also twice since Johnson took over the Tigers. Bennett wasn't surprised that his 21st-ranked Cavaliers had to scrape out a 57-52 victory over LSU last night in Baton Rouge. "I knew it was going to be a hard-fought game," Bennett said. "You have to play on both ends of the floor against a Trent Johnson team. You have to break them down. It was a typical physical game.
September 4, 2008 |
Louisiana State postponed its football game against Troy after Hurricane Gustav damaged Tiger Stadium and battered Baton Rouge far worse than anticipated. The university made the decision yesterday after having a full day to get a handle on damage to the stadium and the community, much of which is expected to be without power into next week. "We would have loved to play the game, but it's not possible and the city of Baton Rouge is in too bad shape to take resources away to play a football game," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said.
December 19, 1996 |
A month ago, North Carolina wasn't sure freshman Ed Cota was ready to play point guard. Now, the 12th-ranked Tar Heels aren't sure they can do without him. Antawn Jamison had 26 points and 15 rebounds in a 67-48 win over Louisiana State last night in Greensboro, N.C., but North Carolina struggled offensively without the injured Cota running the team. The Tar Heels missed 15 of 16 shots from three-point range, and shot 29 percent in the second half. "When you lose a player in your rotation, it changes things drastically," said Shammond Williams, who switched from his shooting-guard position and played 37 minutes in Cota's place.
December 3, 1999 |
It took big games by April Brown and Marie Ferdinand to give No. 23 Louisiana State its biggest road victory ever. Brown scored 25 points and Ferdinand had 21, both career highs, as the Tigers defeated No. 2 Georgia, 80-74, last night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Georgia (7-1) was the highest-ranked team LSU (5-1) has ever beaten on the road. "This is a big win," said Ferdinand, a 5-9 junior guard. "A lot of people didn't give us any hope of coming into Georgia and winning.
February 7, 2001 |
When Louisiana State hired Nick Saban away from Michigan State after the 1999 season, with a five-year contract averaging $1.2 million annually, it wasn't just because the Southeastern Conference school liked the way he charted X's and O's. In Saban, the Tigers knew they were getting a premier recruiter. Saban provided an instant return on LSU's substantial investment last season as the Tigers, 3-8 in 1999, their final season under Gerry DiNardo, went 8-4, including an impressive 28-14 Peach Bowl victory over favored Georgia Tech.
June 6, 1990 |
Tim Clark singled to spark a three-run fifth inning and added a homer last night as Louisiana State eliminated The Citadel from the College World Series with a 6-1 victory over the Bulldogs. The win gave the second-seeded Tigers (54-18) a rematch against Oklahoma State tomorrow night. LSU - which lost to the Cowboys, 7-1, on Monday - must beat Oklahoma State (55-16) twice to advance to Saturday's national title game. The Citadel, participating in the College World Series for the first time, finished its season 46-14.
September 27, 2005 |
Rick Clausen and Tennessee refused to be part of LSU's feel-good story. Gerald Riggs Jr. pushed into the end zone from a yard out in overtime to give the 10th-ranked Volunteers a 30-27 comeback win last night in the Tigers' long-awaited, hurricane-delayed home opener in Baton Rouge, La. Clausen, an LSU transfer, led the Volunteers (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) back from a 21-point deficit in the second half to send the game to OT at 24-all. Clausen came off the bench when starter Erik Ainge was injured midway through the second quarter with the Vols behind by three touchdowns.