WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 2 Sep 2014 04:09:24 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU hopes to draw fans with tweaks to stadium tech http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hopes-to-draw-fans-with-tweaks-to-stadium-tech/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hopes-to-draw-fans-with-tweaks-to-stadium-tech/ LSU Sports Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:08:01 AM Brock Sues LSU hopes to draw fans with tweaks to stadium tech

BATON ROUGE - The latest and greatest technology will be at the forefront of the improved experience LSU Tiger fans can expect as the university's efforts to improve overall fan experience gets underway this season.

New HD video screens and LED message boards are among the first improvements game day attendees to Tiger Stadium will notice, and it's all part of a multi-sport, multi-year initiative to make attending LSU sporting events a bigger draw.

The South end zone of the historic stadium now features two video boards that measure 40' x 70' and will display content in high definition to fans throughout the stadium. The recently added displays are powered by new control rooms on campus that were added during LSU's efforts to ready the facility ahead of SEC Network broadcasts.

The North end zone is also home to new, technologically advanced display with the latest HD capabilities. LSU Athletics have combined forces with LSU Sports Properties and corporate sponsors to enhance available screen real estate for the 2014 season.

All three displays now have the capability to show multiple angles of plays when calls for replays come from the board producers.

Fans can now expect new musical entertainment from the in-stadium multimedia setup as LSU, with the change in the SEC music policy, can now use PA music to supplement the traditional times when the "Golden Band From Tigerland" isn't playing.

Additional displays throughout the stadium guarantee to keep fans up to date on scores throughout the conference and league with the latest scores and highlights.

The LSU Fan Experience initiative also seeks to combat a woe that has become almost as synonymous with LSU Football as the smell of grilling burgers: traffic before and after the game.

The new postgame traffic flow is part of LSU's on-going attempts to make games in Tiger Stadium more enjoyable for fans, and the university used the SP Plus Gameday consultant group to try to find new ways to ease traffic headaches for fans headed to or leaving the game.

Post-game contraflow on Nicholson Drive and Highway 30, in conjunction with LSU PD and local law enforcement, are using pregame communication to fans to suggest incoming routes and adjustments to the season parking plan to prevent traffic snarls prior to kickoff.

Fans will be notified by email, social media, and on www.LSUsports.net/parking for the latest on traffic.

In addition to tackling entertainment and parking, the university is also following the national trend of improving cellular capabilities within the confines of the stadium in an effort to eliminate the timeless problem of being unable to make calls during breaks in the big game.

LSU has installed a Distributed Antenna System to help with phone call reception and will slowly be integrated fully during the season.

Refinements to concessions with new gastronomic stadium fare round out the continued efforts by the school to pack the stadium to its new capacity 102,321 in the face of competition from improved home viewing experiences.

LSU expects the tweaks to technology and parking can help buck the trend of Tiger fans staying home and continue to power the atmosphere the has made Death Valley an infamous destination for visiting teams for years.


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Former Tiger Ernst wins 1st LPGA title http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-ernst-wins-1st-lpga-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-ernst-wins-1st-lpga-title/ LSU Sports Sun, 31 Aug 2014 9:12:07 PM Chris Price Former Tiger Ernst wins 1st LPGA title

PORTLAND, OR (AP) - Former LSU Tiger Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea's I.K. Kim.

It was the first professional victory for the 22-year-old Ernst, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 14 under at Columbia Edgewater. Kim, the first- and second-round leader, carded a 68.

Ernst played two years at LSU before turning pro and won the NCAA individual title as a freshman in 2011.

She becomes the third LSU women's golfer to win on the LPGA tour.

Ernst pulled into contention with a 5-under 31 on the front nine, highlighted by a chip-in eagle at the par-5 fifth. Kim made four birdies and no bogeys.

South Korean's So Yeon Ryu and Chella Choi tied for third at 12 under. Ryu, last week's Canadian Women's Open winner, shot 70, while Choi had a 68.

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#13 LSU rallies for come-from-behind win over #14 Wisconsin http://www.wbrz.com/news/13-lsu-rallies-for-come-from-behind-win-over-14-wisconsin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/13-lsu-rallies-for-come-from-behind-win-over-14-wisconsin/ LSU Sports Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:22:47 PM Chris Price #13 LSU rallies for come-from-behind win over #14 Wisconsin

HOUSTON - The LSU Tigers extended their FBS record winning streak in regular season non-conference games to 46 by rallying to beat Wisconsin 28-24 on Saturday night. 

For much of the first three quarters, a win did not seem like a likely outcome. 

The Tigers, according to head coach Les Miles, "sputtered" during the first half, gaining only 17 yards on the ground and falling behind 17-7. 

The Tigers fell even deeper into a whole going down 24-7 in the 3rd, but a converted fake punt in the 3rd quarter sparked the team and led them to a furious comeback. 

"We made a lot of mistakes today, but with victory, it'll be a lot easier to correct them," said Miles after the game. 

The Tigers only completed 9 passes in the game and gave up over 200 yards rushing, but starting quarterback Anthony Jennings made big plays late, including a 35 yard touchdown throw to John Diarse, and Kenny HIlliard ran for 110 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the 4th quarter. 

Hilliard's total was his best in 2 years, shy of his career-best 141 vs. North Texas in 2012, but very necessary on a night when not much else worked for the Tigers.

In his much ballyhooed debut, Leonard Fournette had a quiet night, with the Tigers freshman running back totalling 18 yards on 8 carries, with a long of 5 yards.


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Jennings to start at quarterback vs Wisconsin http://www.wbrz.com/news/jennings-to-start-at-quarterback-vs-wisconsin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jennings-to-start-at-quarterback-vs-wisconsin/ LSU Sports Fri, 29 Aug 2014 9:05:56 PM Chris Price Jennings to start at quarterback vs Wisconsin

BATON ROUGE - As expected, LSU head coach will go with his more experienced player - Anthony Jennings - to start at quarterback for the Tigers season-opener against Wisconsin: the only question now is how will Jennings and Brandon Harris share playing time on Saturday against the Badgers?

Jennings played in nine games during his freshman year in 2013 and scored touchdowns against the Florida Gators and Arkansas Razorbacks. 

Jennings also led the Tigers to an Outback Bowl win in January, although Jennings struggled, completing just seven passes for 82 yards. 

Miles said both quarterbacks would play this weekend, though, and it remains to be seen how the players will split time on Saturday.  

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LSU fans set to take over Houston http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-fans-set-to-take-over-houston/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-fans-set-to-take-over-houston/ LSU Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 2:45:39 PM Troy Gaulden LSU fans set to take over Houston

BATON ROUGE - With LSU football just two days away, many Tiger fans are packing up and heading to Houston for the matchup this weekend.

Tickets for the game online at StubHub range from $100 for seats in the 600 section to several hundred dollars for field level seating. LSU fans plan to do what they do best: take over.

"I think they're going to dominate Houston, man," said LSU fan Jerith Naquin. "Houston has a huge presence of LSU fans already on top of what's going to be traveling, so I don't think it will be close, probably 80-20."

"It's not going to be hard going to Houston and taking over that city," said LSU fan Jeff English. "I think the city is already taken over. As it is, it's over run with Tiger fans, and we're just bringing Baton Rouge west."

Tiger travelers say the anticipation of this weekend's game against Wisconsin is overwhelming. Thursday some fans spent the day shopping for the latest LSU gear at Bengals and Bandits.

"I want to find something fresh, something new for the new season, so I'm looking for a shirt," said Naquin.

You can get ready for LSU football with an in-depth look at the 2014 Tigers as they head into the season opener. Check out the WBRZ preseason special Friday night at 7 p.m. including live coverage from Houston all weekend.

The Tigers and Badgers kick off at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.


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LSU to host SEC Softball Tournament in 2015 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-host-sec-softball-tournament-in-2015/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-host-sec-softball-tournament-in-2015/ LSU Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 9:43:52 AM Brock Sues LSU to host SEC Softball Tournament in 2015

BIRMINGHAM, AL - LSU will play host to the 2015 SEC Softball Tournament for the second time in program history next May, according to an announcement by Southeastern Conference athletic directors on Wednesday.

The tournament, which will run May 6-9, 2015, will be held in the university's new Tiger Park facility, and will feature the league's top teams as they compete for the SEC title. LSU last hosted the event in their previous stadium's final season back in 2008.

LSU's softball team has qualified for every SEC tournament since the program restarted in 1997, and fans in Baton Rouge will have a chance to see the team add to their collection of five previous tournament championships next May.

For those unable to get out to the ballpark, every game of the tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, as well as online and with mobile devices via WatchESPN. Fans can follow teams through the season as the tournament approaches with the new in-depth coverage offered with the launch of the SEC Network.

For the latest news and updates on Tiger softball, visit the team website.


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Pelicans acquire veteran 6-foot-6 F John Salmons http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-acquire-veteran-6-foot-6-f-john-salmons/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-acquire-veteran-6-foot-6-f-john-salmons/ LSU Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 3:11:16 PM APNewsNow Pelicans acquire veteran 6-foot-6 F John Salmons

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran small forward John Salmons to a free agent contract.

Salmons, whose acquisition was announced by the club Tuesday, has played 12 seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 9.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists during his career.

The 34-year-old Salmons entered the NBA with Philadelphia after being selected 26th overall in the 2002 draft. He has twice played with Sacramento and also spent time with Chicago, Milwaukee and most recently Toronto.

Salmons, 6-foot-6, has appeared in 874 games with 429 starts.

The Pelicans have been looking to add depth at small forward since Al-Farouq Aminu left for Dallas in free agency this offseason.

Image: Brent Payne from Chicago, IL, USA (Bulls vs Pacers December 2009) by CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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No word from Andersen on Wisconsin QB for LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-word-from-andersen-on-wisconsin-qb-for-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-word-from-andersen-on-wisconsin-qb-for-lsu/ LSU Sports Mon, 25 Aug 2014 5:49:56 PM JIM HOEHN No word from Andersen on Wisconsin QB for LSU

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is staying quiet when it comes to his starting quarterback for the No. 14 Badgers' season opener against LSU.

While Andersen is refusing to announce a starter for the position, running back Melvin Gordon says dual-threat Tanner McEvoy will behind center for the game against the 13th-ranked Tigers on Saturday.

Gordon says "They're going with Tanner. Obviously I hope Tanner plays well and I wish the best for Tanner and I hope he can lead our team."

McEvoy has been competing with incumbent Joel Stave for the top job. Stave started all 13 games last season, passing for 2,494 yards and 22 touchdowns.

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The big game on the big stage is where Tigers thrive http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-big-game-on-the-big-stage-is-where-tigers-thrive/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-big-game-on-the-big-stage-is-where-tigers-thrive/ LSU Sports Mon, 25 Aug 2014 5:39:44 PM Brian Holland The big game on the big stage is where Tigers thrive

BATON ROUGE - Game week is a welcomed sight for the LSU Tigers, especially when it involves a big game early.

In recent years, LSU defeated North Carolina, Oregon, and TCU in primetime neutral-site openers.

Each of those years resulted in at least ten wins.

It's easy to see why the Tigers' big meeting against Wisconsin in Houston this weekend will tell fans what they need to know about LSU in 2014.

For more, click on the video provided.

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Eastern Washington outlasts Sam Houston St. 56-35 http://www.wbrz.com/news/eastern-washington-outlasts-sam-houston-st-56-35/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/eastern-washington-outlasts-sam-houston-st-56-35/ LSU Sports Sat, 23 Aug 2014 8:50:13 PM APNewsNow Eastern Washington outlasts Sam Houston St. 56-35

CHENEY, Wash. - Vernon Adams threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington to a 56-35 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday in the first college football game of the season.

The game matched traditional NCAA Football Championship Subdivision powerhouses. Eastern Washington is ranked first and Sam Houston 14th in the FCS coaches' poll.

Adams completed 26 of 48 passes with one interception. Quincy Forte added 152 yards on 23 carries for the Eagles, who had 624 total yards.

For Sam Houston, Jared Johnson passed for 317 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Keshawn Hill ran the ball 17 times for 133 yards and one touchdown. The Bearkats had 542 total yards, but were hurt by 16 penalties for 159 yards.

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LSU hopes for continued success vs mobile QB's http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hopes-for-continued-success-vs-mobile-qb-s/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hopes-for-continued-success-vs-mobile-qb-s/ LSU Sports Fri, 22 Aug 2014 8:55:57 PM Brian Holland LSU hopes for continued success vs mobile QB's

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers have a good track record against mobile quarterbacks...which should come in handy in week one vs Wisconsin.

The Badgers named their starting quarterback Friday with Tanner McEvoy taking the reigns.

While he is 6'6" and 220 pounds, the transfer QB isn't afraid to improvise or even tote the ball if need be.

LSU will hope to contain that multi-faceted ground attack as they've done against other dual threat quarterbacks they've faced with John Chavis at defensive coordinator and Les Miles as head coach.

For more, click on the video provided.

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The Future: Central's Dynamic Duo http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-future-central-s-dynamic-duo/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-future-central-s-dynamic-duo/ LSU Sports Thu, 21 Aug 2014 5:05:00 PM Brian Holland The Future: Central's Dynamic Duo

CENTRAL - The Central Wildcats have plenty of talent on their 2014 team - indicated by two of their standouts who have their eyes on college football next year.

Terrell Chatman, committed to the University of Miami, and Kevin Henry, committed to LSU, are not only competitors pushing each other to get better...they're also best friends.

Whether it's on the field or off the field, this duo likes to compete in everything.

For more on The Future, click on the video provided.

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Behind the Scenes: LSU uniforms changing? http://www.wbrz.com/news/behind-the-scenes-lsu-uniforms-changing-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/behind-the-scenes-lsu-uniforms-changing-/ LSU Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 9:12:49 PM Brian Holland Behind the Scenes: LSU uniforms changing?

BATON ROUGE - In the finale of the series, Sports 2's Brian Holland takes you behind the scenes and into the LSU equipment room to show you how the Tigers dress out for the big game.

While some teams like to use new, flashy uniforms, LSU leans towards a more traditional look.

But could there be changes for that stylish uniform when the Tigers run out of the tunnel for their first game?

Click on the video to find out more.

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SEC: Schools take steps to improve fan experience http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-schools-take-steps-to-improve-fan-experience/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-schools-take-steps-to-improve-fan-experience/ LSU Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 1:27:48 PM APNewsNow SEC: Schools take steps to improve fan experience

BIRMINGHAM, Al. - The Southeastern Conference says all 14 members have taken steps to improve the fan experience at league football stadiums.

Commissioner Mike Slive said Wednesday that SEC schools "have made it a priority to engage their fans in a way that will enhance their in-game enjoyment and satisfaction."

SEC athletic directors approved forming a working group in June 2012 to review attendance trends and recommend ways to improve fan experience.

The league says 57 of 100 games played at SEC venues in 2013, including the SEC championship game, were filled to capacity. Average attendance climbed more than a 1,000 to 75,674 last season.

A study showed that the areas of most concern to fans are availability of concessions and restroom conditions.

The changes include showing in-game highlights on stadium video boards.

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Southeastern benefits from 3 LSU transfers http://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-benefits-from-3-lsu-transfers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-benefits-from-3-lsu-transfers/ LSU Sports Tue, 19 Aug 2014 5:07:43 PM Chris Price Southeastern benefits from 3 LSU transfers

HAMMOND - The Southeastern football team has its sights set on an FCS championship this year, and their defense could get a big boost as three defensive backs from LSU have joined the team and will play this season. 

Derrick Raymond, Micah Eugene and JQ Sandolph have all traded purple and gold for green and gold: Sports 2's Brian Holland tells us why each of those players decided to make that move. 

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RT Robinson out for season with knee injury http://www.wbrz.com/news/rt-robinson-out-for-season-with-knee-injury/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rt-robinson-out-for-season-with-knee-injury/ LSU Sports Mon, 18 Aug 2014 8:58:58 PM RT Robinson out for season with knee injury

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State offensive lineman Damien Robinson is out for the season after suffering a knee injury during a scrimmage.

Coach Dan Mullen confirmed Robinson's injury on Monday after practice, saying the 6-foot-8, 325-pound senior tore an anterior cruciate ligament during a scrimmage on Friday night.

Robinson has appeared in 37 career games, mostly on special teams, but was the likely starter at right tackle this fall. Some of the candidates to fill the vacancy include Rufus Warren, Justin Senior or Cole Carter. Mullen could also move Justin Malone from guard to tackle.

Mississippi State opens its season on Aug. 30 at home against Southern Mississippi.

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No. 14 Badgers won't unveil starting QB until LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-14-badgers-won-t-unveil-starting-qb-until-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-14-badgers-won-t-unveil-starting-qb-until-lsu/ LSU Sports Mon, 18 Aug 2014 8:54:18 PM TAMMY MADSEN No. 14 Badgers won't unveil starting QB until LSU

MADISON, Wis. - No. 14 Wisconsin won't officially announce its starting quarterback until the season opener on Aug. 30 against No. 13 LSU.

Coach Gary Andersen made the announcement Monday following the team's second scrimmage. Andersen said that returning starter Joel Stave and challenger Tanner McEvoy had solid efforts in a scrimmage that included three offensive turnovers and one defensive touchdown.

Andersen will sit down with offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and make a decision soon about the starting job, but he doesn't plan to share it. It's the same way he handled the competition last preseason before picking Stave.

The incumbent appears to be the front-runner. McEvoy's mobility may allow coaches to draw up packages for him even if he doesn't get the starting nod.

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1 on 1 with LSU freshman safety Jamal Adams http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-on-1-with-lsu-freshman-safety-jamal-adams/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-on-1-with-lsu-freshman-safety-jamal-adams/ LSU Sports Sun, 17 Aug 2014 9:05:35 PM Chris Price 1 on 1 with LSU freshman safety Jamal Adams

BATON ROUGE - Hailing from Texas as one of the best safety recruits in the country, LSU freshman Jamal Adams appears to be in line to continue the Tigers great run of elite defensive backs.

LSU head coach Les Miles has spoken highly of Adams, telling the media that while he's not in the starting lineup just yet, "I can tell you he's gonna play a lot of football."

Adams says he's learned a lot in his short time on campus and says the biggest adjustment has been getting used to the heightened intensity level in practice. 

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LSU No. 13 in AP poll http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-no-13-in-ap-poll/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-no-13-in-ap-poll/ LSU Sports Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:51:07 AM Greg Renoud LSU No. 13 in AP poll

BATON ROUGE - The Associated Press came out with their preseason rankings Sunday, and LSU landed at No. 13. That's up one spot from last year's preseason rankings.

LSU's first opponent, Wisconsin, came in at No. 14. The two will start the season by playing each other in Houston on Aug. 30th at 8 p.m.

The Tigers and Badgers are also ranked No. 13 and 14, respectively in the USA Today poll.

LSU is the 5th ranked SEC team, behind No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, No. 9 South Carolina and No. 12 Georgia. Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Missouri also made the top 25.


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Mettenberger's return to the Bayou state http://www.wbrz.com/news/mettenberger-s-return-to-the-bayou-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mettenberger-s-return-to-the-bayou-state/ LSU Sports Sat, 16 Aug 2014 9:13:00 PM Chris Price Mettenberger's return to the Bayou state

NEW ORLEANS - Zach Mettenberger was cheered as he stepped in front of a Louisiana crowd on a Louisiana field, but even he didn't expect such a warm ovation as the visiting quarterback when the Tennessee Titans faced the New Orleans Saints on Friday. 

Mettenberger, the former LSU star and now Titans rookie, siezed an opportunity to play more than a half of football throwing for 2 touchdown passes against the Saints, but says he still has a long way to go. 

Sports 2's Brian Holland discusses the highs and lows of Mett's return to the Bayou State. 

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