WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 31 Jul 2016 01:07:02 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Injured LSU kicker's family thanks fans for prayers, support http://www.wbrz.com/news/injured-lsu-kicker-s-family-thanks-fans-for-prayers-support/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/injured-lsu-kicker-s-family-thanks-fans-for-prayers-support/ LSU Sports Fri, 29 Jul 2016 1:42:15 PM Brock Sues Injured LSU kicker's family thanks fans for prayers, support

BATON ROUGE - A statement has been issued by the family of LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye after an outpouring of support by Tiger fans in the wake of a car accident that seriously injured their son and killed two others.

“Our family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support for Colby since the accident last weekend. The number of calls, emails and text messages that we have received from people throughout the country has been overwhelming and much appreciated. Colby is in good hands with treatment to his injuries and he’s making progress with his recovery,” began the statement.

Colby took to Twitter earlier this week to make his first public statements after he was the sole survivor of a car crash in Wisconsin that took the lives of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler last Saturday.

Authorities in Wisconsin have said the vehicle, driven by Sadler, went out of control on wet pavement and ran off the road before hitting a tree. Deputies said speed appears to have played a role in that wreck, but it remains under investigation.

Delahoussaye’s family also asked for continued prayer and support for the families of the other young men killed in the wreck in their statement. 


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Fournette joins Shaq, 'Pistol' Pete by winning second Corbett Award http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-joins-shaq-pistol-pete-by-winning-second-corbett-award/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-joins-shaq-pistol-pete-by-winning-second-corbett-award/ LSU Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:48:08 AM Brock Sues Fournette joins Shaq, 'Pistol' Pete by winning second Corbett Award

BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Leonard Fournette has claimed the Corbett Award for the second time in three years.

The award is presented annually to the most outstanding amateur male and female athletes in the state.

Fournette will be presented with the award on Saturday, Aug. 6 as part of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at the Superdome. 24 individuals, including this year’s Hall of Fame class, and two teams will be honored at that banquet. Honorees are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee.

Fournette, a native of The Big Easy, claimed his first male Corbett Award after his senior season at St. Augustine High School, concluding one of the most decorated prep football careers in the history of Louisiana.

Two years on, No. 7 becomes the first two-time winner of the male award since Shaquille O’Neal took home the trophy in back-to-back years starting in 1991. Fournette joins Shaq and O’Neal in the pantheon of elite athletes who have achieved the double-winner accomplishment.

“I'm extremely humbled and proud to be named the recipient of this award,” Fournette said. “There are so many great athletes in the state of Louisiana and to be named the Corbett Award winner this year is a tribute to the great teammates that I'm surrounded by and our outstanding coaching staff.”

A 2015 All-American, Fournette has already smashing rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns records at LSU. He wrapped up his record-setting sophomore season by tying an NCAA bowl record with five touchdowns and 212 rushing yards as the Tigers rolled to a win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.


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Les Miles speaks to Baton Rouge rotary http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-speaks-to-baton-rouge-rotary/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-speaks-to-baton-rouge-rotary/ LSU Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:02:56 PM Chris Price Les Miles speaks to Baton Rouge rotary

BATON ROUGE - Using the majority of time to salute local law enforcement, denounce hate and divisions in the community, and to tell some funny family stories, LSU head coach Les Miles entertained the Baton Rouge Rotary Club for over half an hour on Wednesday afternoon. 

Speaking at Tiger Stadium, Miles once again denounced the shooter of officers Matthew Gerald, Montrell Jackson and sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola, calling the victims heroes.

When Miles turned to football, he said Colby Delahoussaye is still recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash that claimed the lives of 2 other men in the vehicle. 

"I think anyone who goes through something like that has some pain involved," Miles said.

"He realized he was fortunate to get out of that back seat."

Miles praised his team's offseason workout regiment and singled out Lewis Neal for setting a team-record 392 pound clean and jerk. 

He added that the "throwing and catching" are going well.


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Former Tiger Randy Livingston to join coaching staff at LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-randy-livingston-to-join-coaching-staff-at-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-randy-livingston-to-join-coaching-staff-at-lsu/ LSU Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 1:17:27 PM Brock Sues Former Tiger Randy Livingston to join coaching staff at LSU

BATON ROUGE - LSU says former Tiger hoops star Randy Livingston is to join Johnny Jones on the team’s coaching staff.

Tigerdroppings reports that Livingston’s career at LSU ran from 1994-96 after he grew up in New Orleans. He went on to play for the Houston Rockets in the NBA after he was taken as a second round pick in the 96 NBA Draft. Most recently, he’s been involved with coaching the NBA D-League’s Idaho Stampede from 2010 to 2012.


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Bregman: 0-for-4, two strikeouts in big league debut http://www.wbrz.com/news/bregman-0-for-4-two-strikeouts-in-big-league-debut/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bregman-0-for-4-two-strikeouts-in-big-league-debut/ LSU Sports Mon, 25 Jul 2016 7:20:22 PM Brock Sues Bregman: 0-for-4, two strikeouts in big league debut

BATON ROUGE - LSU recognized Monday night’s Major League debut of infielder Alex Bregman with “Big League Bregman” billboards throughout the Houston area.

The billboards went up to celebrate the All-Americans start at third base for the Houston Astros. Bregman’s career in the purple and gold spanned from 2013 to 2015. The Astros hosted the New York Yankees on Monday night in Minute Maid Park.

The billboards were placed at four locations in H-Town, including near Bush International Airport, the League City area, Baytown area and East Houston/Pasadena area.

Bregman, an infielder, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his big league debut.  The second player selected in last year's draft hit a combined .306 with 20 home runs and 61 RBIs between Double-A and Triple-A this season.


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LSU kicker Delahoussaye injured in deadly crash in Wisconsin http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-kicker-delahoussaye-injured-in-deadly-crash-in-wisconsin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-kicker-delahoussaye-injured-in-deadly-crash-in-wisconsin/ LSU Sports Sun, 24 Jul 2016 2:51:32 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU kicker Delahoussaye injured in deadly crash in Wisconsin

Merton, Wis. – LSU football kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured and two other college football players were killed in a car crash in Wisconsin Saturday night, local media reports.

According to Fox6now.com, the crash happened around 11:45 p.m. on Beaver Lake Road near Merton, Wis. Fox 6 reports that the vehicle the players were in lost control on wet pavement, ran off the roadway and stuck a tree.

Officials say speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Local media reports that Delahoussaye was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital by ambulance. LSU Athletics spokesperson Michael Bonnette confirmed that Delahoussaye was a passenger in the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. He is scheduled to return home Monday.

24-year-old Michael Sadler, a Michigan State Spartans football player was pronounced dead at the scene. Sadler was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

22-year-old Samuel Foltz, a senior punter for the Nebraska Husker’s football team, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler. We grieve for them," LSU Coach Les Miles said. "This isn't supposed to happen to young people who have so much to live for."

According to LSU Athletics, Delahoussaye was taking part in the Kohl's Kicking Camp in Wisconsin. He was a participant in the camp last week and was scheduled to serve as a camp counselor this week.

Delahoussaye is set to compete for LSU's starting placekicking job this fall. 


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Relive the legend of Rally Possum on SEC Network http://www.wbrz.com/news/relive-the-legend-of-rally-possum-on-sec-network/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/relive-the-legend-of-rally-possum-on-sec-network/ LSU Sports Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:34:26 AM Brock Sues Relive the legend of Rally Possum on SEC Network

BATON ROUGE - Remember that time an adorable critter skittered into the hearts of Tiger fans before helping LSU baseball orchestrate a comeback walk-off win against Arkansas that seemingly altered the fate of their entire season?

If you don't, the SEC Network will offer a chance for Tiger fans to relive the “Rally Possum” moment on Thursday afternoon as the channel is airing a replay of LSU’s amazing win over Arkansas in May.

LSU-Arkansas will air at 2 p.m. on Thursday as part of the Tigers’ SEC Network “Takeover.” 12 classic events in six different Tiger sports will be shown over a 24-hour period. LSU’s takeover started on Wednesday and concludes Thursday night at 11.

The legend of the #rallypossum goes like this:

It was a night in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field like any other on May 7 when LSU was trailing the Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 9-1 in the bottom of the fifth. LSU managed to pull back to 9-5 by the time the bottom of the seventh came around. History began to unfold when a baby Viriginia opossum scampered out of the bullpen at the Box and quickly disrupted play as it eluded would be Arkansas captors in left field.

The eventually famous marsupial was finally removed by LSU facilities staff after it caused a comedic interlude. It was returned to its natural habitat, and the game resumed.

With the possum gone, the Tigers would catch on fire, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. In the 10th, they’d seal the walk-off win to post a 10-9 victory.

The events of that night would become a momentum tipping point for the squad as LSU would roll on to win 12 of its next 14. Thanks to the totemic varmint the Tigers earned a National Seed for the NCAA Tournament where they would finally fall to eventual National Champions Coastal Carolina.


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Bregman awaits call to Majors, tries to stay focused on Fresno http://www.wbrz.com/news/bregman-awaits-call-to-majors-tries-to-stay-focused-on-fresno/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bregman-awaits-call-to-majors-tries-to-stay-focused-on-fresno/ LSU Sports Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:20:09 PM Chris Price Bregman awaits call to Majors, tries to stay focused on Fresno

Fresno, CA - Alex Bregman says he wants his head to be where his feet are - currently they both reside in Fresno, California, but Bregman is hoping for a zip code starting with 770 soon. 

Bregman has been stellar at his AAA assignment, hitting .371 for the Grizzlies and is just one stop away from his Major League debut, but he knows he can't control when the Houston Astros will call him up to the big leagues. 

"Right now my feet are in Fresno, California so my head's gonna be there too, and I'm going to be focued on just trying to help this team win games."


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LSU DC Aranda headlines LHSCA coaches convention http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-dc-aranda-headlines-lhsca-coaches-convention/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-dc-aranda-headlines-lhsca-coaches-convention/ LSU Sports Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:14:39 PM Chris Price LSU DC Aranda headlines LHSCA coaches convention

BATON ROUGE - Dave Aranda says there's no magic fairy dust to success as a defensive coach: just getting players in the right places and focused on the right things.

LSU's defensive coordinator's was a headline presenter on day one of the LSHCA convention at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge on Tuesday - Aranda spent an hour speaking to coaches about philosophy as well as X's and O's.

Aranda stressed to his audience that defense can dictate the terms of play rather than react to the offense by getting the best players in the best positions to make plays. 

Aranda used that philosophy to lead Wisconsin to the 2nd best total defense in the country in 2015, allowing just 268 yards per game. 


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10 Tigers selected for Preseason Media All-SEC Teams http://www.wbrz.com/news/10-tigers-selected-for-preseason-media-all-sec-teams/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/10-tigers-selected-for-preseason-media-all-sec-teams/ LSU Sports Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:41:20 AM Brock Sues 10 Tigers selected for Preseason Media All-SEC Teams

BATON ROUGE - 10 Tiger players have landed spots on 2016 Preseason Media Days All-SEC Teams, according to the SEC office on Friday.

LSU’s 10 players is the second-most of any team, just two behind Alabama at 12. Tennessee was third with nine All-SEC players.

Four LSU players appeared on the All-SEC First Team: running back Leonard Fournette, center Ethan Pocic, linebacker Kendell Beckwith and cornerback Tre’Davious White.

LSUSports.net says Fournette was close to being a unanimous selection as he received 329 of the 331 votes cast for the running back position. He also received the most votes out of all players listed.

Tigers appearing on the All-SEC Second Team included wide receiver Malachi Dupre, offensive guard William Clapp, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and safety Jamal Adams.

To the All-SEC Third Team went quarterback Brandon Harris and outside linebacker Arden Key.

Here’s a look at all of the teams:

2016 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(Total points earned in parenthesis) (331 total voters)

OFFENSE

First-Team
QB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss (321)
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU (329)
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia (308)
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama (318)
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (223)
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama (294)
OL Cam Robinson, Alabama (315)
OL Dan Skipper, Arkansas (228)
OL Greg Pyke, Georgia (171)
OL Alex Kozan, Auburn (165)
C Ethan Pocic, LSU (188)

Second-Team
QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (313)
RB Jalen Hurd, Tennessee (278)
RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (151)
WR Malachi Dupre, LSU (167)
WR Fred Ross, Mississippi State (139)
TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss (214)
OL Martez Ivey, Florida (152)
OL William Clapp, LSU (143)
OL David Sharpe, Florida (138)
OL Alphonse Taylor, Alabama (137)
C Brandon Kublanow, Georgia (121)

Third-Team
QB Brandon Harris, LSU (25)
RB Stanley "Boom" Williams, Kentucky (60)
RB Jovon Robinson, Auburn (55)
WR Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M (78)
WR Drew Morgan, Arkansas (49)
TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (65)
OL Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M (120)
OL Jashon Robertson, Tennessee (119)
OL Braden Smith, Auburn (118)
OL Javon Patterson, Ole Miss (113)
C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama (101)

DEFENSE

First-Team
DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama (301)
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (286)
DL Carl Lawson, Auburn (253)
DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee (171)
LB Reuben Foster, Alabama (265)
LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU (231)
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee (223)
DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama (293)
DB Jalen Tabor, Florida (249)
DB Tre'Davious White, LSU (221)
DB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (213)

Second-Team
DL Montravius Adams, Auburn (167)
DL Bryan Cox, Florida (105)
DL Davon Godchaux, LSU (105)
DL Charles Harris, Missouri (103)
LB Tim Williams, Alabama (196)
LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt (178)
LB Jarad Davis, Florida (160)
DB Jamal Adams, LSU (193)
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (188)
DB Tony Conner, Ole Miss (146)
DB Dominick Sanders, Georgia (145)

Third-Team
DL Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (102)
DL Deatrich Wise, Arkansas (95)
DL Cece Jefferson, Florida (85)
DL A.J. Jefferson, Mississippi State (84)
LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (92)
LB Richie Brown, Mississippi State (84)
LB Arden Key, LSU (76)
DB Marcus Maye, Florida (139)
DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (120)
DB Johnathan Ford, Auburn (105)
DB Armani Watts, Texas A&M (74)

SPECIALISTS

First-Team
P JK Scott, Alabama (252)
PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn (198)
RS Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (214)
AP Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (240)

Second-Team
P Johnny Townsend, Florida (124)
PK Adam Griffith, Auburn (174)
RS Evan Berry, Tennessee (163)
AP Alvin Kamara, Tennessee (152)

Third-Team
P Trevor Daniel, Tennessee (97)
PK Elliott Fry, South Carolina (91)
RS Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia (100)
AP Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia (112)


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Les Miles kicks off LSU Media Day appearance with Q&A session http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-kicks-off-lsu-media-day-appearance-with-qanda-session/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-kicks-off-lsu-media-day-appearance-with-qanda-session/ LSU Sports Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:10:55 AM Brock Sues Les Miles kicks off LSU Media Day appearance with Q&A session

BATON ROUGE - LSU will be featured today at Southeastern Conference Media Day at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama.

LSUsports.net says more than 1,200 members of the media are registered for the four-day event that started on Monday and concludes Thursday. LSU will be interviewed on the final day along with Ole Miss and South Carolina.

LSU coach Les Miles will speak. He’s accompanied by senior center Than Pocic, senior cornerback Tre’Davious White and star junior running back Leonard Fournette.

Coach Miles kicked off the day at 10:05 a.m. with a 30-minute session with members of the print press. You can view the question and answer segment live on the SEC Network and on WatchESPN.com.

Follow News 2’s Chris Price on Twitter @cpricesports for LSU Media Day updates.


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Alex Bregman stars in MLB All Star Futures game http://www.wbrz.com/news/alex-bregman-stars-in-mlb-all-star-futures-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alex-bregman-stars-in-mlb-all-star-futures-game/ LSU Sports Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:18:27 PM Chris Price Alex Bregman stars in MLB All Star Futures game

SAN DIEGO - Alex Bregman appears to be headed towards the Major Leagues sooner than later, and he's destroying all the pitching in his path along the way. 

The latest victims: pitchers from the World team at the Futures All Star Game Sunday night. 

Bregman went 3-5 - a home run short of the cycle - as Team USA lost to the World team 11-3 at Petco Park. 

The former LSU standout began the game with a triple in his first at bat, followed by a double in the 3rd inning. 

Bregman then hit a single in the 4th, but failed to finish off the cycle, popping out and striking out in his final two at bats. 

The Houston Astros have moved Bregman from AA Corpus Christi to AAA in anticipation of moving him up to the Majors sometime this season. 


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Ties that bind: Alex and Renee Lange http://www.wbrz.com/news/ties-that-bind-alex-and-renee-lange/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ties-that-bind-alex-and-renee-lange/ LSU Sports Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:09:25 PM Chris Price Ties that bind: Alex and Renee Lange

BATON ROUGE - Renee Lange adopted her son Alex when he was 1 day old: the adoption was a such a surpise, Renee didn't have a crib for baby Alex and he slept in a dresser drawer the first night he was home. 

It was love at first sight for Renee, and Alex - entering his junior season at LSU this fall - loved baseball almost as quickly. 

"In Alex's biological family there are professional baseball players," Renee said. "So when he was born his biological mom did tell me and his dad Craig, 'if he picks up a ball, make sure you foster that.'"

Renee did just that, raising Alex on her own after she and her husband divorced when Alex as 5.

"I don't know if I could have done it by myself as a parent," Alex says. "That's what I'm most proud of: just the way she handled everything with class and dignity. It's really special."

WBRZ interviewed Alex and Renee together to discuss their relationship growing up, and some special moments the two have shared in Alex's first 2 years with the Tigers. 


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Turf wars: getting the field at Tiger Stadium ready for Saturdays in the fall http://www.wbrz.com/news/turf-wars-getting-the-field-at-tiger-stadium-ready-for-saturdays-in-the-fall/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/turf-wars-getting-the-field-at-tiger-stadium-ready-for-saturdays-in-the-fall/ LSU Sports Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:56:21 PM Chris Price Turf wars: getting the field at Tiger Stadium ready for Saturdays in the fall

BATON ROUGE - It takes months to prepare the field at Tiger Stadium to reach the quality fans have come to expect: that process has now been underway for two weeks. 

Sports Turf Specialists have been installing the turf for the past 7 years: once again they delivered 90,000 sq. ft. of celebration bermuda to Death Valley following Bayou Country Super Fest.

"The tolerances for LSU are impecable," says Sports Turf Specialists owner Troy Romero. "It has to be perfect."

And so the process continues. 

Now that the field has been installed, the LSU turf team takes over the rest of the way, getting the field ready for its first home game on September 10th against Jacksonville State. 


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Simmons awaits NBA Draft Day http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-awaits-nba-draft-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-awaits-nba-draft-day/ LSU Sports Wed, 22 Jun 2016 3:55:06 PM WBRZ Staff Simmons awaits NBA Draft Day

BATON ROUGE – For Ben Simmons, after the one-and-done of college basketball, the moment he has been thinking about for years is finally at hand.

The specially designed suit will be put on; he will gather with family and friends, including LSU head coach Johnny Jones at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn Thursday to await the start of the 7 p.m. CT 2016 NBA Draft. 

He won’t wait long. After ESPN welcomes the television audience and sets the scene, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will walk to the podium and say what everyone seems to know already that Ben Simmons of LSU will be the first pick in the draft to the Philadelphia 76ers. 

He will be the second LSU men’s basketball player selected in the top spot joining a player who became one of the icons in the game – Shaquille O’Neal – who was chosen by the Orlando Magic with the first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft.

In all, Simmons is expected to be the eighth LSU player picked in a pro league at the number one spot (NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NPF).

Simmons will be LSU’s 15th first-round pick since 1952 in the NBA draft and Simmons will be the seventh to go in the top four. He will be the fourth in Coach Jones’ first four years to be drafted and his second first-round pick. 

The native of Melbourne, Australia whose father David is from the Bronx and was a star in the Australian Basketball League, joined other draft prospects Wednesday for a pre-media draft availability. 

Simmons has been coy about out right saying the 76ers will pick him, starting Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show” as Jimmy Fallon’s band “The Roots” gave Simmons a 76ers introduction as he came on stage. Earlier Wednesday with Andy Katz on ESPN, Simmons also took a “we’ll see” posture on what would happen Thursday night. 

One of the more interesting quotes to come out Wednesday was in a USA Today interview with Scott Gleeson. Simmons, has is well-documented if a huge fan and friend of LeBron James and he said he admires James’ desire to prove others wrong.

“I try to play with an edge like that, too,” Simmons told Gleeson. “Because a lot of people say things about me and my character. People say a lot of things about LeBron but he just keeps having a good mentality and grinding. That’s what I try to do, proving people wrong by what I do on the court. LeBron’s been like a big brother to me, watching me play and giving me pointers on just little things. I really look up to him. Seeing him with that championship, that’s what it’s all about.”

The 76ers will make the first pick in the NBA Draft for the first time since choosing Allen Iverson with the top selection in 1996. Iverson, who will be enshrined (along with O’Neal) in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September, was named the 1996-97 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 2000-01 NBA MVP with Philadelphia. 

The 76ers also selected Doug Collins with the top pick in 1973. Philadelphia owned the top pick in 1986 by virtue of a previous trade with the Clippers, but the 76ers traded the pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected Brad Daugherty.

It is possible time the first 14 picks are done that comprise the teams in the NBA Lottery that as many as nine freshmen could have been selected. That list includes the other most talked about player in the draft, Brandon Ingram of Duke, and Kentucky players Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray.

There were a record 13 college freshman selected in last year’s draft, three more than the previous high of 10 in 2008.

While Philadelphia put itself in position for this chance to get LSU’s Simmons with their regular season record, the odds that the draft lottery would end up as it did wasn’t in their favor. Since the lottery moved to its present format in 1994, the team with or tied for the best odds has won just five of the 23 lotteries. But Philadelphia beat the odds both times it was in the position, this year and in 1996. 

Simmons, who won the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award to highlight a list of FOY awards, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.79 assists and 1.97 steals per game. He was the first player to finish in the top five in the Southeastern Conference in points, rebounds and assists.

LSU’s ninth first team All-America had 23 double doubles with six games of 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. He posted 17 games of 20 or more points, making 56 percent of his field goal attempts. He made 199 free throws during the year, certainly the most for an LSU player in the shot clock era and only icons Bob Pettit and Pete Maravich made more free throws for the Tigers in a single season. 

Tiger Tim Quarterman, who left LSU and signed with an agent after the season, is certainly hoping to hear his name called in the second round after working out for more than 15 teams in the recent weeks.

Quarterman played 99 games in his three years and in his sophomore and junior seasons he averaged 11.5 points in 2015 and 11.2 points in 2016. The Savannah, Georgia native finished his career 11th all-time in school history with 302 assists. He is one of just 25 LSU players to have recorded 100 steals in their LSU career.

This past year he ranked seventh in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 2.3 mark based on 120 assists and 53 turnovers. 

Draft coverage begins on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT from the Barclay’s Center and the first pick of the two-round draft will come shortly after 7 p.m. CT. Both rounds will be conducted Tuesday night. 

Follow updates throughout the evening on Simmons and Quarterman on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUbasketball and @LSUBasketball on Twitter. Complete coverage will also be available at LSUsports.net.


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Les Miles appears at No. 7 in head coach power ranking http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-appears-at-no-7-in-head-coach-power-ranking/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-appears-at-no-7-in-head-coach-power-ranking/ LSU Sports Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:43:43 AM Brock Sues Les Miles appears at No. 7 in head coach power ranking

BATON ROUGE - A new ranking of head coaches in the Power Five conferences places LSU’s Les Miles at the No. 7 position.

The CBS Sports poll ranks all head coaches in college football’s top-flight conferences in 65 positions. Miles is the second highest ranked coach in the SEC behind the Crimson Tide’s Nick Saban at No. 1.

The write-up for Miles, who finished in the poll at No. 4 last go around, reads as follows:

“Miles was almost fired after last season, and depending on whom you want to believe, the only reason he wasn't was that the school couldn't afford to do it. While the last two years have not been up to the standards Miles has helped set at LSU, he's still ranked this high because he does still have that national championship and two SEC titles under his belt.”

Here’s how the top 10 looked:

1. Nick Saban, Alabama (1)

2. Urban Meyer, Ohio State (2)

3. Gary Patterson, TCU (5)

4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (3)

5. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State (15)

6. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (8)

7. Les Miles, LSU (4)

8. Dabo Swinney, Clemson (22)

9. David Shaw, Stanford (20)

10. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (9)

The entire top 25 can be viewed by clicking here.


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76ers work out potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons http://www.wbrz.com/news/76ers-work-out-potential-no-1-pick-ben-simmons/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/76ers-work-out-potential-no-1-pick-ben-simmons/ LSU Sports Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:04:30 PM 76ers work out potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

PHILADELPHIA - Ben Simmons has worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers, who could make him the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The LSU freshman went through drills Tuesday, two days before the draft in New York.

President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo told reporters afterward that by choosing to work out for the 76ers, Simmons "closed the chapter on any doubt" that he didn't want to play for Philadelphia. Duke's Brandon Ingram and every other player Colangelo said the team would consider had already worked out.

The 76ers had already had dinner with Simmons and his representatives, but Colangelo says by Simmons working out in front of himself and team ownership, it "speaks to his desire to want be selected No. 1."


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LSU Gymnastics camp experiences a spike in popularity http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-camp-experiences-a-spike-in-popularity/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-camp-experiences-a-spike-in-popularity/ LSU Sports Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:39:20 PM Seth Lewis LSU Gymnastics camp experiences a spike in popularity

BATON ROUGE - The popularity of LSU Gymnastics camp is at an all-time high.

The program saying they've seen the number of campers spike this year, correlating with the team's recent success.

LSU Gymnastics finishing as the runner-up in the NCAA Super Six this spring, the highest finish in school history.


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Mainieri says he's sticking with LSU baseball http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-says-he-s-sticking-with-lsu-baseball/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-says-he-s-sticking-with-lsu-baseball/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Jun 2016 2:01:34 PM Brock Sues Mainieri says he's sticking with LSU baseball

BATON ROUGE – Tigers baseball coach Paul Mainieri says he’s sticking with LSU.

“LSU is home for the Mainieri family, and it’s my intention to keep it that way for a long time,” Mainieri said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.

Mainieri’s announcement comes one day after rumors surfaced that the University of Texas was interested in acquiring LSU’s coach to replace Augie Garrido.

Mainieri just finished his 10th season at LSU. He is No. 5 in wins among active NCAA Division I coaches with 1,324 wins in 34 seasons. He is also one of only seven coaches in NCAA history to win 1,300 games and a national championship.

LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva stood by his coach.

“I’m extremely pleased that Paul Maineriei is the baseball coach at LSU,” Alleva said. “He has established a consistent record of excellence in all facets of our program, and I’m confident that the Tigers will continue to contend for national championships during his tenure.”

So far, Florida’s Kevin O’Conner and TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle have been contacted, but Texas had no luck with luring each of those coaches away from their respective schools.

Coach Mainieri came to the Tigers by way of Notre Dame at the end of the 2006 season. Coincidentally, LSU’s only national championship during Mainieri’s reign came in 2009 against Texas.

Mainieri’s salary at LSU is $750,000 per year.


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Fournette receives 2015-16 SEC Sportsmanship Award http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-receives-2015-16-sec-sportsmanship-award/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-receives-2015-16-sec-sportsmanship-award/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:10:36 AM Brock Sues Fournette receives 2015-16 SEC Sportsmanship Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - LSU’s record-setting running back, Leonard Fournette, has been named the men’s recipient of the 2015-16 SEC Sportsmanship Award, according to a Thursday announcement from the league.

Fournette joins the women’s winner Lloydricia Cameron of the Florida track & field team and the Kentucky Wildcat Volleyball team and support staff as the winners of this year’s award. It’s the ninth time it has been given out with the winners being selected by a vote of the SEC’s 14 Directors of Athletics.

“There are many stories of sportsmanship and generosity on the part of Southeastern Conference student-athletes, and these three stories are indicative of a spirit that is pervasive in the SEC,” said Commissioner Greg Sankey.  “We are proud of Leonard, Lloydricia and the Kentucky volleyball program for setting a standard of sportsmanship and exhibiting that spirit that lives in the heart of SEC student-athletes, coaches and staff members.”

Fournette takes home the award in large part due to his actions in support of the people of South Carolina after the state saw unprecedented flooding.

The Tigers scheduled road game against the Gamecocks had to be moved to Baton Rouge due to flooding that was eerily reminiscent of the devastation that New Orleans and Fournette saw during Hurricane Katrina. In a live on-air interview with ESPN after the South Carolina game, Fournette announced to the nation that he would auction his jersey from the game in order to help flood victims in the state. The jersey auction would receive NCAA approval and go on to raise $101,00, the most ever generated for an auction by an active college student-athlete, according to LSU.

“We are very proud of Leonard and the role he played in raising awareness and generating money to aid the victims of the devastating flooding in South Carolina last fall,” LSU Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “This is a tremendous honor for Leonard and one that is every bit as important as the accolades he’s earned for his performance on the football field.”

Fournette had a tremendous year on the gridiron as well as he set the school’s single-season rushing record with 1,953 yards and a school-record 22 rushing touchdowns. He broke 200 yards in four different games during the Tigers’ 2015 campaign and also earned first team All-America honors. He was a first-team All-SEC selection as well.

“I’m very appreciative and humbled by this award,” Fournette said. “After suffering through Hurricane Katrina as a child and the devastation that it brought to my hometown of New Orleans, I somewhat understood what the people in South Carolina were experiencing. I wanted to do anything that I could to help make a difference and I appreciate LSU, the SEC and the NCAA for allowing me to raise money and awareness by auctioning my game jersey from the South Carolina game.” 

 


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