WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:02:18 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 SEC delivers $100,000 check for LSU employees impacted by flood http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-delivers-100-000-check-for-lsu-employees-impacted-by-flood/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-delivers-100-000-check-for-lsu-employees-impacted-by-flood/ LSU Sports Fri, 24 Feb 2017 3:25:25 PM Kevin Dupuy SEC delivers $100,000 check for LSU employees impacted by flood

BATON ROUGE – University officials say the Southeastern Conference has given LSU $100,000 to assist university employees impacted by August’s historic flooding.

A statement from the university said the donation was made to the LSU Employee Assistance Fund, which was established by LSU President F. King Alexander in August.

“On behalf of the LSU employees affected by the flood, I wish to thank Commissioner Sankey and the members of the Southeastern Conference their assistance,” Alexander said. “Though the flood is several months behind us, it remains very real to the thousands of Louisiana residents who remain in temporary housing with many months of recovery ahead.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said it was a privilege to make the donation and wishes the people of Baton Rouge and LSU continued success in their recovery.

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WATCH: Paratroopers jump into the Box as LSU welcomes military, baseball season http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-paratroopers-jump-into-the-box-as-lsu-welcomes-military-baseball-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-paratroopers-jump-into-the-box-as-lsu-welcomes-military-baseball-season/ LSU Sports Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:56:30 AM Alicia Serrano WATCH: Paratroopers jump into the Box as LSU welcomes military, baseball season

BATON ROUGE – The LSU baseball team opens its 2017 season on Friday in Alex Box Stadium against Air Force Academy.

The Tigers will meet Air Force at 7 p.m. on Friday before taking on Army West Point at 4 p.m. on Saturday. LSU and Air Force will conclude the weekend with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.

The LSU-Air Force and LSU-Army games are the centerpiece of "Military Appreciation Weekend," which will feature several recognitions of the accomplishments of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Air Force Academy paratroopers will jump into the Box from a passing helicopter before each game.  Watch the attached video to see the unit's jump earlier Friday.  

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the Air Force and Army teams this weekend," LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said. "They are composed of outstanding young men who have made a commitment to sustain our way of life once they have graduated from their respective academies. We're looking forward to some great baseball while paying tribute to these dedicated cadets and the tremendous military history of our country."

LSU returns eight of its nine starting players from last season's team, including senior second baseman Cole Freeman, junior outfielder Greg Deichmann, sophomore infielder Chris Reid, junior catcher Michael Papierski, junior outfielder Beau Jordan, sophomore outfielder Antoine Duplantis. The eighth returning starter, junior  Bryce Jordan, suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice last week.

Four Tigers, Poche', Robertson, Freeman and Deichmann, were chosen in the 2016 MLB Draft and all elected to return to school instead of beginning their pro-baseball careers.

Before LSU takes the field, Air Force and Army will meet at noon. Admission is free to the Air Force-Army game and will be aired on KLSU 91.1 FM and klsuradio.fm. The LSU games will be carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 FM on Friday and Sunday and WTGE 100.7 FM on Saturday.

Live audio of the LSU games will be on  www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at www.LSUstats.com. 
The game schedule is as follows:

Air Force at LSU: Friday, February 17 – 7 p.m. CT 
Army at LSU: Saturday, February 18 – 4 p.m. CT
Air Force at LSU: Sunday, February 19 – 1 p.m. CT

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LSU's Etling named vice-chair of SEC leadership council http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-etling-named-vice-chair-of-sec-leadership-council/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-etling-named-vice-chair-of-sec-leadership-council/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:22:09 PM Alicia Serrano LSU's Etling named vice-chair of SEC leadership council

BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Danny Etling has been elected as the vice-chair of the Southeastern Conference Football Leadership Council, the league announced Thursday.

Etling joins Kentucky's Greg Hart, who was selected to serve as chair for the group, as the two elected leaders of the football council. Etling and Hart were selected by a vote of their peers at the council meeting in Birmingham two weeks ago. The two will attend a portion of the meeting of the SEC's Athletics Directors in March and the Conference's Spring Meetings in May and June.

"I've been part of two conferences, and the SEC is very hands on and really cares about the players and wants us to have a voice," Etling said. "Just the fact that Commissioner Sankey was there and listened and was involved in our discussions is huge. We were able to talk through some issues that we see, and he's trying to find solutions for us. It's been fun to be a part of."

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey introduced new Student-Leadership Councils in 2016 for football, along with men and women's basketball. The councils, which consist of one representative from each institution, serve as a link of communication to the conference office on issues related to student-athlete experience and student-athlete wellness.
Etling, who earned Academic All-District honors in 2016, led LSU to an 8-4 overall mark last year, including a 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. Etling finished his first year with the Tigers by completing 160-of-269 passes for 2,123 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

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Arden Key taking time away from LSU football for 'personal reasons' http://www.wbrz.com/news/arden-key-taking-time-away-from-lsu-football-for-personal-reasons-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arden-key-taking-time-away-from-lsu-football-for-personal-reasons-/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Feb 2017 2:02:40 PM Kevin Dupuy Arden Key taking time away from LSU football for 'personal reasons'

BATON ROUGE – Head coach Ed Orgeron announced Wednesday that Sophomore linebacker Arden Key has decided to take time away from football for “personal reasons.”

“We fully support Arden in his decision and look to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time,” Orgeron said.

The university says Orgeron and Key will not have any further comment on the matter. Orgeron is asking fans and media to respect Key’s privacy.

Key was named a Freshman All-America by ESPN.com and 247Sports.com, as well as an SEC All-Freshman Team member in 2015.

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LSU 2017 Spring game set for nighttime kickoff http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-2017-spring-game-set-for-nighttime-kickoff/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-2017-spring-game-set-for-nighttime-kickoff/ LSU Sports Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:34:52 AM Alicia Serrano LSU 2017 Spring game set for nighttime kickoff

BATON ROUGE – LSU's annual Spring football game will be held at night on April 22 in Tiger Stadium, marking the first time the game has been held at night since 1995.

The game is set for 7 p.m. Details for events and activities on campus are still being planned. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Additionally, LSU opens its first practice under Coach Ed Orgeron on Saturday, March 11.

More details about this year's game will be released as they become available.

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Quarterback Brandon Harris is leaving LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/quarterback-brandon-harris-is-leaving-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/quarterback-brandon-harris-is-leaving-lsu/ LSU Sports Mon, 13 Feb 2017 2:10:37 PM Kevin Dupuy Quarterback Brandon Harris is leaving LSU

BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Brandon Harris says he is leaving LSU.

In a statement shared on Twitter Monday, Harris said LSU head coach Ed Orgeron gave him a full release and he will transfer away from LSU.

“I look forward to finishing school and graduating and finding the best place to further my education and playing career next season,” Harris said.

He added that he looks forward to cheering on LSU next season.

Harris started the first two games of the 2016 season for the Tigers, before Danny Etling took over the QB job against Mississippi State on September 17th.

According to LSUsports.net, Harris is a senior quarterback from Parkway High School in Bossier City, La. In his sophomore season, Harris started all 12 games with LSU, leading the Tigers to a 9-3 record.

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LSU's Deichmann undergoes surgery after practice injury http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-deichmann-undergoes-surgery-after-practice-injury/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-deichmann-undergoes-surgery-after-practice-injury/ LSU Sports Mon, 13 Feb 2017 7:41:48 AM Kevin Dupuy LSU's Deichmann undergoes surgery after practice injury

BATON ROUGE – LSU outfielder Greg Deichmann underwent surgery Sunday to repair a fractured cheekbone he suffered Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

Deichman was hit by a pitch Friday night during practice. LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said that Greg will be evaluated day-to-day.

The decision on whether he will play in Friday’s season opener against Air Force won’t be made until Thursday.

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LSU softball to open 2017 season at Tiger Classic http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-to-open-2017-season-at-tiger-classic/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-to-open-2017-season-at-tiger-classic/ LSU Sports Fri, 10 Feb 2017 1:23:32 PM Alicia Serrano LSU softball to open 2017 season at Tiger Classic

BATON ROUGE – The LSU softball team, ranked number 4, opens the 2017 regular season on Friday afternoon to take part in the Tiger Classic.

The Tigers will take on McNeese State, Oklahoma State and Penn State at Tiger Park Friday through Sunday.

The team returns with Head Coach Beth Torina, 15 letterwinners, five positional starters and all three starting pitchers. The team went 52-18 overall last season and qualified for the the Women's College World Series for the second consecutive season and fifth time overall in program history.

LSU's game schedule for the Tiger Classic is as follows:

LSU vs. Oklahoma State, Feb. 10, 4 p.m.

LSU vs. Penn State, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.

LSU vs. McNeese State, Feb. 11, 3 p.m.

LSU vs. Penn State, Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m.

LSU vs. Oklahoma State, Feb. 12, 12:30 p.m.

All five games will be streamed online through SEC Network + and WatchESPN. The games on Friday and Saturday will be on Talk 107.3 FM and online at LSUSports.net/live.

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LSU baseball voted to win SEC Western Division http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-voted-to-win-sec-western-division/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-voted-to-win-sec-western-division/ LSU Sports Thu, 9 Feb 2017 2:59:11 PM Alicia Serrano LSU baseball voted to win SEC Western Division

BATON ROUGE – The LSU and Florida baseball teams were voted to win the 2017 Southeastern Conference baseball championship based on the annual league coaches preseason poll released on Thursday.

The teams are voted on by the league's 14 head coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Florida and LSU each received six votes. The Gators are predicted to win the SEC Eastern Division and the Tigers are predicted to win the SEC Western Division. Nine of the 14 schools were represented on the All-SEC teams with Florida leading the way with six total selections. LSU and Vanderbilt received four votes, while Mississippi State and South Carolina had two.

Five LSU players were named to the coaches preseason all-SEC squad, including senior second baseman Cole Freeman, sophomore outfielder Antoine Duplantis, senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, junior outfielder Greg Deichmann and junior pitcher Alex Lange. Freeman and Duplantis were first-team selections, while Robertson, Deichmann and Lange were voted to the second team.

The 2017 regular season for SEC teams begins Feb. 17 with conference play set for March 17.

2017 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll
Eastern Division
1. Florida (10) – 70
2. South Carolina (4) – 61
3. Vanderbilt – 52
T4. Georgia – 29
T4. Kentucky – 29
6. Tennessee – 20
7. Missouri – 12
Western Division
1. LSU (13) – 72
2. Texas A&M (1) – 55
3. Ole Miss – 51
4. Mississippi State – 36
5. Arkansas – 27
T6. Alabama – 16
T6. Auburn – 16
SEC Champion: Florida (6), LSU (6), South Carolina (2)
2017 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team
First Team
C: Mike Rivera, Florida
1B: Evan White, Kentucky
2B: Cole Freeman, LSU
SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida
3B: Jonathan India, Florida
OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
OF: Antoine Duplantis, LSU
DH/UTL: JJ Schwarz, Florida
SP: Alex Faedo, Florida
SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt
RP: Tyler Johnson, South Carolina
Second Team
C: Jason Delay, Vanderbilt
1B: JJ Schwarz, Florida
2B: Tate Blackman, Ole Miss
SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU
3B: Colby Bortles, Ole Miss
OF: Greg Deichmann, LSU
OF: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State
OF: Luke Bonfield, Arkansas
DH/UTL: Alex Destino, South Carolina
SP: Alex Lange, LSU
SP: Tanner Houck, Missouri
RP: Matt Ruppenthal, Vanderbilt

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LSU's Ed Orgeron introduces new assistant coaches http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-live-lsu-s-ed-orgeron-introduces-new-assistant-coaches/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-live-lsu-s-ed-orgeron-introduces-new-assistant-coaches/ LSU Sports Thu, 9 Feb 2017 9:49:33 AM Kevin Dupuy LSU's Ed Orgeron introduces new assistant coaches

BATON ROUGE – LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron introduced two new assistant coaches joining the program for the 2017 season.

At a 10 a.m. press conference, Orgeron introduced new wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and running backs coach Tommie Robinson.

The two men replace Jabbar Juluke and Dameyune Craig who were relieved of their duties last week.

“We appreciate the work that Dameyune and Jabbar did for LSU,” Orgeron said in a statement released at noon. “We wish them nothing but success in the future.”

Juluke and Craig were both appointed to those positions in Feb. 2016.

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Gilder, Williams lead Texas A&M to 85-73 win over LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/gilder-williams-lead-texas-aandm-to-85-73-win-over-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gilder-williams-lead-texas-aandm-to-85-73-win-over-lsu/ LSU Sports Sat, 4 Feb 2017 10:57:25 PM Associated Press Gilder, Williams lead Texas A&M to 85-73 win over LSU

BATON ROUGE - Admon Gilder had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists and Robert Williams scored a season-high 18 to lead Texas A&M to an 85-73 victory against LSU on Saturday.

JC Hampton added 15 points, DJ Hogg had 11 and Tyler Davis had 10.

After falling behind by seven points in the opening minutes, Texas A&M (12-10, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) outscored the Tigers 20-6 to take a 24-17 lead. Gilder scored eight of his 20 points during that run and his Gilder with 9:37 remaining in the half gave the Aggies the lead for good at 19-17. Texas A&M led by double-digits over the last 18 minutes of the game.

Brandon Sampson led LSU (9-13, 1-9) with 21 points. Duop Reath had 16 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, Wayde Smith scored a season-best 15 points and Skylar Mays had 12.

The Aggies had just eight turnovers while LSU committed 17.

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LSU announces coaching shake-up after Signing Day http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-announces-coaching-shake-up-after-signing-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-announces-coaching-shake-up-after-signing-day/ LSU Sports Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:06:00 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU announces coaching shake-up after Signing Day

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers’ football staff got a bit of a shakeup Thursday morning.

Head coach Ed Orgeron says running backs coach Jabbar Juluke was re-assigned within the athletic department and wide receiver coach Dameyune Craig has been relieved of his duties.

“We appreciate the work that Dameyune and Jabbar did for LSU,” Orgeron said in a statement released at noon. “We wish them nothing but success in the future.”

The statement said that Orgeron will begin an immediate search for replacements.

Juluke and Craig were both appointed to those positions in Feb. 2016.

The move comes just one day after National Signing Day. According to LSU, 23 high school seniors announced that they would join the team for the 2017 season.

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LSU football signees to appear on 25 billboards for National Signing Day http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-signees-to-appear-on-25-billboards-for-national-signing-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-signees-to-appear-on-25-billboards-for-national-signing-day/ LSU Sports Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:32:09 AM Alicia Serrano LSU football signees to appear on 25 billboards for National Signing Day

BATON ROUGE – LSU will promote its 2017 football signees on billboards in four states to celebrate National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

LSU football will have players on 25 billboards in six cities, including eight in the Baton Rouge area and five in New Orleans. LSU football billboards will also be located in Monroe, Houston, Nashville and Mobile/Spanish Fort.

This year's version of LSU's signing day billboard says," Welcome to Death Valley" and displays the players' name, head shot, hometown, high school and home state.

Electronic billboards are currently on display in all six cities for LSU's six early enrollees. Fans can participate in signing day activities through social media by tagging tweets or photos on Instagram with #LSUND17.

The following are the locations of LSU's 25 billboards:

Baton Rouge, La.

Bluebonnet north of Perkins facing south
Perkins at Capital Court facing west
Sherwood south of I-12 facing south
Essen at Anselmo facing east
Corporate at Entergy facing east
Highland Road .4 mile north of I-10 facing southwest
Acadian north of Perkins facing south
I-10 .1 mile east of College Drive facing west

New Orleans, La.

Pontchartrain Expressway near City Park Avenue facing west
Pontchartrain Expressway & Earhart facing east
Westbank Expressway & Whitney facing east
I-10 & Superdome facing west
4501 Veterans Blvd facing east

Monroe, La.

Thomas Road .1 mile south of McMillan
Cypress St. west of Hwy 80 (Louisville Bridge)
I-20 .2 miles east of Hwy 165

Mobile/Spanish Fort, Ala.

I-10 west of Daphne facing west
I-10 west of Texas St. facing west

Houston, Texas

210 I-10E & Garth 
Hwy 225 east of Shaver
17001 Hwy 59 N & Rankin 
1-45N .25 miles south of FM 2854 facing north

Nashville, Tenn.

 I-24 South of Cumberland River facing south
 I-24/40 .2 miles west of Fessler's Lane facing east
 1-65 .5 miles south of Rivergate Parkway facing north

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LSU's Spring Game set for April 22, practice to start March 11 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-spring-game-set-for-april-22-practice-to-start-march-11/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-spring-game-set-for-april-22-practice-to-start-march-11/ LSU Sports Tue, 24 Jan 2017 3:57:25 PM Alicia Serrano LSU's Spring Game set for April 22, practice to start March 11

BATON ROUGE – LSU will play its annual National L Club Spring Game on Saturday, Apr. 22 in Tiger Stadium.

Details about the game and on-campus events leading up the game will be announced at a later time.

Additionally, the Tigers return to practice for their first spring session under Coach Ed Orgeron on Saturday, Mar. 11. LSU will practice a total of 15 times during the spring, according to LSU officials.

LSU returns with seven offensive starters and six defensive starters from last year's team that posted an 8-4 overall mark and defeated Louisville 29-9 in the Citrus Bowl.

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LSU ranks fourth in Baseball American preseason poll http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ranks-fourth-in-baseball-american-preseason-poll/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ranks-fourth-in-baseball-american-preseason-poll/ LSU Sports Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:07:50 PM Alicia Serrano LSU ranks fourth in Baseball American preseason poll

BATON ROUGE – The LSU baseball team is ranked fourth in the 2017 Baseball America preseason poll.

The poll was released on Monday and marks the Tigers' fourth Top 5 preseason ranking. LSU is ranked second in the Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game preseason polls. Additionally, the Tigers are ranked fifth in the D1 Baseball preseason ranking.

LSU is one of the three Southeastern Conference teams in the 2017 Baseball America preseason Top 10, along with Florida, ranked third, and South Carolina, ranked fifth.

Texas Christian University ranks first in the poll. LSU will face TCU on Mar. 3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. LSU's other non-conference opponents appearing in the poll are University of Louisiana- Lafayette, Maryland and Texas Tech.

The Tigers begin preseason practice on Friday at 3:15 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium. LSU opens its 2017 season on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. when the Tigers host Air Force Academy.

The 2017 Baseball American Poll rankings are as follows:

1. Texas Christian
2. Florida State
3. Florida
4. LSU
5. South Carolina
6. East Carolina
7. Louisville
8. Cal State Fullerton
9. Oregon State
10. Clemson
11. Vanderbilt
12. Washington
13. Louisiana-Lafayette
14. North Carolina State
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Virginia
17. North Carolina
18. Oklahoma State
19. UC Santa Barbara
20. Long Beach State
21. Georgia Tech
22. Arizona
23. Stanford
24. Maryland
25. Texas Tech

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LSU remembers championships in Georgia Dome as venue hosts final game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-remembers-championships-in-georgia-dome-as-venue-hosts-final-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-remembers-championships-in-georgia-dome-as-venue-hosts-final-game/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 Jan 2017 2:44:01 PM Trey Couvillion LSU remembers championships in Georgia Dome as venue hosts final game

BATON ROUGE - The Georgia Dome in Atlanta will host its final football game Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons face-off against the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship Game.

The LSU Tigers have had some fond memories inside the Georgia Dome, having won four Southeastern Conference titles in football over a 20-year-span.

A total of three former LSU players will be playing on the field Sunday, as the stadium hosts its final sporting event before being demolished later this summer.

Former Tigers Tyson Jackson, Deion Jones and Jalen Collins will all be starters hoping to "win" a ticket for Super Bowl 51.

Jackson was part of the LSU team that won the 2007 SEC Championships in the Georgia Dome. And just a year later, Jackson played his final game as a Tiger in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in the Georgia Dome when LSU dominated Georgia Tech 38-3. Jackson said he's had some great memories from the stadium.

"When I think back to the games that we played in the Georgia Dome while at LSU, it's brings back some great memories and puts a smile on my face," Jackson said Friday afternoon following Atlanta's final practice before Sunday's game. "From the Miami game in 2005 where we dominated in all three phases of the game, to beating Georgia Tech my final collegiate in 2008 and then the win over Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game in 2007, those are all great Georgia Dome moments and memories for me that will last a lifetime. This building is a special place."

The SEC Championship Game, along with all Falcons home games, will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium next season, which is located right across the street from the Georgia Dome. 

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium will also host the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

The stadium currently nearing completion. 

LSU went 9-2 overall in the Georgia Dome.

Date Opponent Results Game
Dec. 28, 1996 Clemson W, 10-7 Peach Bowl
Dec. 29, 2000 #15 Georgia Tech W, 28-14 Peach Bowl
Dec. 8, 2001 #2 Tennessee W, 31-20 SEC Championship Game
Dec. 6, 2003 #5 Georgia W, 34-13 SEC Championship Game
Dec. 3, 2005 #13 Georgia L, 34-14 SEC Championship Game
Dec. 30, 2005 #9 Miami (Fla.) W, 40-3 Peach Bowl
Dec. 1, 2007 #14 Tennessee W, 21-14 SEC Championship Game
Dec. 31, 2008 #14 Georgia Tech W, 38-3 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Sept. 4, 2010 #18 North Carolina W, 30-24 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic
Dec. 3, 2011 #12 Georgia W, 42-10 SEC Championship Game
Dec. 31, 2012 #14 Clemson L, 25-24 Chick-fil-A Bowl

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LSU football dismisses Travonte Valentine http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-dismisses-travonte-valentine/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-dismisses-travonte-valentine/ LSU Sports Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:01:55 AM Kevin Dupuy LSU football dismisses Travonte Valentine

BATON ROUGE – LSU Football head coach Ed Orgeron announced Thursday that nose guard Travonte Valentine has been dismissed from the team.

According to a statement released Thursday morning, Valentine was dismissed due to violating team rules.

“At this point in time, Travonte is no longer part of our football program,” Orgeron said. “We wish him the best.”

Valentine is a sophomore from Hialeah, Florida. He played the first five games of the 2016 season recording a total of 10 tackles. He did not play in LSU’s final seven games.

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TAF calls Tiger Stadium break-ins "disappointing" http://www.wbrz.com/news/taf-calls-tiger-stadium-break-ins-disappointing-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/taf-calls-tiger-stadium-break-ins-disappointing-/ LSU Sports Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:55:42 PM Brett Buffington, Trey Couvillion TAF calls Tiger Stadium break-ins

BATON ROUGE – For the third time in just over two months, police at Louisiana State University are trying to figure out who broke in to Tiger Stadium. The latest incident occured over the weekend.

According to campus crime logs, a stadium employee reported the break-in Sunday morning. The burglars entered Death Valley sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

The head of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, Rick Perry, called the cases “disappointing” in an interview with News 2’s Brett Buffington Tuesday.

"This facility is so important to people, and it's such an iconic place," Perry said.

In November, two Alabama football fans were busted after breaking in to the stadium and damaging the “eye of the tiger” in center field.

Pictures taken by ESPN showed a scratch across the on-field artwork.

Earlier this month, LSU police were called after burglars took an A-T-V joyriding in the stadium’s south end zone. The News 2 Investigative Unit confirmed that incident was caught on the facility’s surveillance cameras, but LSU won’t release that video while the investigation is underway.

The school isn’t saying much about the latest break-in, only promising that the security situation will be fixed.

In a statement, Michael Bonnette, the spokesperson for the school’s athletic department said,

“LSU Police continue to investigate the two issues we had this month with someone entering Tiger Stadium without authorization. Fortunately, there was minimal damage done inside the stadium. We are taking the necessary steps to prevent this type of unauthorized activity from happening in the future.”

Perry adds he trust the school will do what’s right to protect the stadium.

"When something like this is done I think it's just disappointing for most people to think that someone would not think about what they're doing and do something like that," Perry said.

News 2 asked for a comment on the cases from the LSU Police Department, however the campus police aren’t allowed to talk without permission from the school.

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Lexie Priessman providing a spark for LSU gymnastics http://www.wbrz.com/news/lexie-priessman-providing-a-spark-for-lsu-gymnastics/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lexie-priessman-providing-a-spark-for-lsu-gymnastics/ LSU Sports Tue, 17 Jan 2017 7:41:51 PM Chris Price Lexie Priessman providing a spark for LSU gymnastics

BATON ROUGE - Lexie Priessman is starting to show glimpses of her otherworldly potential at the collegiate level, but it hasn't been easy. 

Priessman, once a top-tier Olympic hopeful, suffered several injuries in her junior career and has had 5 surgeries for various injuries to her shoulders and ankles. 

After sitting out 4 meets during her freshman year, Priessman has now competed in both of LSU's meets as a sophomore, and scored 9.9's in her two events in the Tigers win over Alabama last Friday. 

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LSU Gymnastics ranked second after two weeks http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-ranked-second-after-two-weeks/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-ranked-second-after-two-weeks/ LSU Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 2:04:42 PM Jeremy Krail LSU Gymnastics ranked second after two weeks

BATON ROUGE - With two of the four highest team scores in the country two weeks into the 2017 season, the LSU gymnastics team is No. 2 in the latest RoadToNationals.com rankings released Monday.

The Tigers are 2-0 overall after a 197.575 - 197.100 victory over No. 4 Alabama. The team score against the Crimson Tide was the highest in Tuscaloosa in school history.

LSU ranks No. 1 on vault after an average score of 49.563 and an average team score of 197.700. 

The Tigers totaled a score of 49.563 Friday, the highest vault score in the country in the last two seasons.

Senior Ashleigh Gnat highlighted the vault team with a 10.0, her third on vault and seventh perfect score overall. Gnat sits in the top spot individually in the country with an average of 9.963.

The Tigers will take on Texas Woman’s at 7:30 p.m. Friday inside the PMAC.

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