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. () () Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:03:47 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU introduces Will Wade as new men's basketball coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-live-lsu-introduces-will-wade-as-new-men-s-basketball-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-live-lsu-introduces-will-wade-as-new-men-s-basketball-coach/ LSU Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 9:29:56 AM WBRZ LSU introduces Will Wade as new men's basketball coach

BATON ROUGE – LSU officially introduced newly hired men’s basketball coach Will Wade Wednesday afternoon.

Wade left VCU to take over the LSU team after guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as coach.

"Will Wade is a smart, energetic, and skilled individual," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. "He will provide great leadership for our student-athletes. The future of the program is bright."

The 34-year-old Wade guided the Rams to a 51-20 record. He spent the two previous seasons at Chattanooga and is 91-45 overall as a head coach.

He replaces Johnny Jones, who was fired March 10 with two years remaining on his contract after the Tigers finished 10-21.

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LSU hoops hires VCU's Wade as newest head coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-hires-vcu-s-wade-as-newest-head-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-hires-vcu-s-wade-as-newest-head-coach/ LSU Sports Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:46:26 PM HANK KURZ Jr. LSU hoops hires VCU's Wade as newest head coach

RICHMOND, Va.  - Will Wade is leaving VCU to take over LSU after guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as coach.

LSU made the announcement Monday night on its athletics web site and Twitter. It said more details will come Tuesday.

The announcement was attributed to Vice Chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva, who flew to Richmond on Sunday with deputy AD Eddie Nunez and met with Wade for several hours.

"Will Wade is a smart, energetic, and skilled individual," Alleva said. "He will provide great leadership for our student-athletes. The future of the program is bright."

The 34-year-old Wade guided the Rams to a 51-20 record. He spent the two previous seasons at Chattanooga and is 91-45 overall as a head coach.

He replaces Johnny Jones, who was fired March 10 with two years remaining on his contract after the Tigers finished 10-21.

Wade will be formally introduced to LSU students, fans and media tomorrow on the LSU campus. Details about Wade's introduction to the Baton Rouge community will come later today.

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LSU womens hoops falls in opening round of NCAA Tournament http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-womens-hoops-falls-in-opening-round-of-ncaa-tournament/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-womens-hoops-falls-in-opening-round-of-ncaa-tournament/ LSU Sports Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:08:40 PM Chris Price LSU womens hoops falls in opening round of NCAA Tournament

WACO, TX - Raigyne Moncrief missed a desparation 3 point attempt at the buzzer, and the LSU women's basketball team bowed out of the 1st round of the NCAA tournament with a 55-52 loss to Cal on Saturday night. 

The Tigers trailed by 10 points in the first half, but tied the game at 41 in the second half on a jump shot from Chloe Jackson. The teams traded baskets down the stretch, and the Tigers trailed by just 1 point with less than 20 seconds remaining. Alexis Hyder was blocked on a shot attempt, though, and the Golden Bears took posession on a jump ball arrow, making 2 free throws to set the final margin. 

4 Tigers tied for the LSU scoring lead with 10 points each, while Asha Thomas led the Bears with 18 points - all from 6 made 3 point shots. 

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LSU wins first SEC gymnastics meet title since 1981 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-first-sec-gymnastics-meet-title-since-1981/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-first-sec-gymnastics-meet-title-since-1981/ LSU Sports Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:51:04 PM AP LSU wins first SEC gymnastics meet title since 1981

JACKSONVILLE  – The second-ranked LSU gymnastics team (20-1) posted a team score of 198.075, the fourth-highest score in school history, to claim the 2017 Southeastern Conference Championship Saturday evening at Veteran’s Memorial Arena.


The Tigers won the inaugural SEC regular season championship this season and also won the first SEC championship awarded by the league in 1981. The team score was the third-highest in SEC Championship meet history.


Altogether, LSU claimed five SEC event championships to tie the school record set by the 2015 squad. Senior Ashleigh Gnat earned the titles on vault, beam and floor. Sophomore Lexie Priessman won the individual title on bars. Fellow sophomore McKenna Kelley also earned a share of the floor title for the Tigers.


“This was absolutely a team effort to win the SEC Championships,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “This was tough meet and it was hard. We had to get momentum going from the first routine and we did just that. The team established it from the beginning.”


“This night is indescribable,” Gnat said. “We have worked so hard to get here. We knew it was going to be a fight. We came out and started strong and finished even stronger. That’s the mark of a championship team. We know this isn’t the final destination, but we are thankful we got to check this off the list.”


On the night, Florida finished in second place with a 197.825. Alabama posted a 197.500 for third and George earned a 196.700 for fourth. In the earlier session, Kentucky led the way with a 196.625. Auburn finished sixth with a 196.550, Missouri earned a 195.825 for seventh and Arkansas ended in eighth with a 194.900.


Gnat’s titles tied for the most by an LSU gymnast since 2013 when Rheagan Courville won three titles. The Lake Mary, Florida native opened the meet with the ninth perfect 10.0 score of her career when she did it in the anchor spot. Gnat’s 10.0 on vault tied Jennifer Wood for the most in school history.


Priessman, held out of last week’s meet with a knee injury, became the program’s first bars champion since 1994 when she anchored the event with a 9.95 to tie her career high. On beam, Gnat closed out a strong rotation with a 9.95 to share the title.


With all eyes on the Tigers in the final event, Kelley and Gnat ended in style. Kelley actually clinched the championship for the Tigers with a 9.95. Gnat, the reigning SEC champion on floor, closed down Veteran’s Memorial Arena with a 9.95.


For their performance in Jacksonville, Gnat, Kelley, Priessman and freshman Ruby Harrold earned All-SEC honors. Harrold and Kennedi Edney were also named to the All-SEC freshman team after their performances on vault and beam respectively.


LSU began with a 49.575 on vault for the best by the program at an SEC Championship. Sophomore Sarah Finnegan led off with a 9.875 and junior Myia Hambrick followed with a 9.90. Harrold stuck her 1.5 vault for a 9.95 in the fourth spot. Gnat closed out the opening rotation with her fifth perfect score.


On bars the Tigers ended with once again the highest score on the event at a league championship with a 49.450. Senior Shae Zamardi started off with a 9.875 and Hambrick once again earned a 9.90 in the second spot. After a mistake in the third spot, the bottom half of the lineup closed out strong with Edney earning a 9.875 and Finnegan posting a 9.85. Priessman stuck the dismount on a near perfect routine for the 9.95.


The Tigers’ beam lineup got off to a rocky start, but the squad recovered and posted three scores of 9.90 or better. Hambrick and senior Sydney Ewing followed with fall with a pair of 9.875s. Edney and Finnegan then each earned 9.90s and Gnat closed out beam with a 9.95. The beam total of 49.500 was also the best at an SEC Championship in school history.


With Florida beginning to gain ground and the Gators on their best event, it was up to one of the best floor lineups in the country to close things out. Seniors Ewing and Zamardi started the squad off with a bang with a 9.85 and 9.90 respectively. The final three performances once again delivered with Finnegan scoring a 9.90 and 9.950s from Kelley and Gnat.


The squad now awaits its NCAA Regional destination. The sites will be released at 3 p.m. CT Monday on NCAA.com. The meet will take place on April 1 at six sites around the country. Eligible spots for the Tigers include: Arkansas, Washington, Nebraska, Illinois and West Virginia.

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UNO baseball tops LSU 7-4 in 15 innings http://www.wbrz.com/news/uno-baseball-tops-lsu-7-4-in-15-innings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/uno-baseball-tops-lsu-7-4-in-15-innings/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Mar 2017 1:08:25 AM Chris Price UNO baseball tops LSU 7-4 in 15 innings

BATON ROUGE – The No. 6 LSU baseball team fell to the UNO Privateers, 7-4, in 15 innings Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The game marked the first time in the new Alex Box Stadium, which opened in 2009, that a game had reached 15 innings.

John Michael Stephens (1-0) earned the win after entering in relief, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out one in 3.2 innings of work.

The loss was charged to Collin Strall, who fell to 0-2 on the year. He fired 4.2 innings and allowed four earned runs on four hits, struck out three and walked one.

Todd Peterson got the start for the Tigers, his first of his collegiate career. He fired two innings, walked one and gave up one run on two hits.

The Tigers open conference play with a three game series against Georgia at The Box, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. CT. The games will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. They will also be broadcast live on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio. 

“After the first inning, we just didn’t do much offensively,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri.  “Fortunately, our bullpen was outstanding, and we hung right in there. We had opportunities to win the game in the later innings with runners in scoring position; we  just couldn’t quite get the hit to finish it off.”

UNO took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With one out, second baseman Samuel Capielano drilled an infield single to shortstop and advanced to second on a throwing error. The second baseman scored after right fielder Tristan Clarke drilled a double to straightaway centerfield.

The Tigers answered in the bottom of the first. With runners on first and second first baseman Jake Slaughter drove a ball deep to left center for his second home run of the season, a three run blast to give LSU the 3-1 advantage.

With a runner on second and two outs, UNO left fielder Dakota Dean doubled to the right-center gap to driving in Capielano from second, who had reached earlier on a single. Dean moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on the third wild pitch in the inning to knot the score at 3-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, Cole Freeman led off with a walk. With one out and Freeman on third after a fielder’s choice, the Privateers opted to issue intentional walks to right fielder Greg Deichmann and Jake Slaughter to load the bases.

The Privateers scored a run in the 11th to take the 4-3 lead. With one out, first baseman Dakota Phillips singled through the left side, and Jared McKay entered to pinch run. McKay stole second and scored on third baseman Owen Magee’s single down the left field line. 

LSU knotted the score in the 11th inning at 4-4. With one out, pinch hitter Beau Jordan singled to shortstop, and Brennan Breaux entered to pinch run. After Breaux advanced to second on a Freeman single to left field, left fielder Antoine Duplantis extended his hit streak to 10 games, driving in the tying run with a single to left field.

Dean doubled down the left field line to lead off the top of the 15th inning. With one out and Dean at third base, catcher John Cable put a ground ball in place to second base, and Freeman tried to make the play at home but made an errant throw as UNO took the 5-4 lead.

The Privateers added another run as Cable scored on Magee’s single to the right-center gap to make it 6-4. Frederick loaded the bases with a walk and followed with a bases-loaded walk to give UNO the 7-4 advantage.

“We don’t have much time to think about this game  tonight, because the 30-game SEC grind is about to begin,” Mainieri said. “We’ve got a lot of tough games ahead of us, beginning with this Friday, so we’ll get back to practice and be ready to go with a good, positive attitude this weekend.”

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LSU senior gymnasts eyeing national title http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-senior-gymnasts-eyeing-national-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-senior-gymnasts-eyeing-national-title/ LSU Sports Fri, 10 Mar 2017 1:04:39 PM Brandon Saho LSU senior gymnasts eyeing national title

BATON ROUGE, LA - "It's just really emotional, we've been thru so much together just the three of us. And watching the program grow so much, honestly this has been the best four years of my life," says Shae Zamardi.

With a national runner up finish last season and a SEC title this year, this senior class is sure to be remembered. But these ladies know they still have unfinished business.

"Clinching that national title for our team and for D-D and for this university. Oh my gosh I couldn't think of anything better to end my career as as gymnast," says Sydney Ewing.

Ashlegh Gnat adding, "It would mean absolutely everything. The way that we respect her and honor her is why I hope we can do that every single day. Just as a team effort it would be an amazing, amazing thing."

What Ashleigh Gnat, Sydney Ewing and Shae Zamardi have done at LSU is amazing. From perfect 10's to helping LSU to their top 10 highest scores in school history.

"It's been great to have been apart of this team just simply because how we have unified and bonded and I think being able to leave this team, every single person leaves their mark on the program and it's just been an honor to be apart of something this big."

"The way that we've been able to come together as sisters and grow with this program and grow together as people is something amazing. I know that those are lifelong sisters and friends for me because I know we are all going to keep in touch."

These seniors admit it will be tough to walk out of the P-MAC one final time, but they are excited to see where the underclassmen can take this program to new heights.

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Details on Coach O's new, 5-year deal with LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/details-on-coach-o-s-new-5-year-deal-with-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/details-on-coach-o-s-new-5-year-deal-with-lsu/ LSU Sports Thu, 9 Mar 2017 5:50:25 PM Trey Schmaltz Details on Coach O's new, 5-year deal with LSU

BATON ROUGE – New LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron will earn about $3.5 million according to newly-released documents.

Orgeron will earn roughly $800,000 less than fired LSU coach Les Miles. LSU's governing body, the board of supervisors, is expected to rubber-stamp the contract at an upcoming meeting.

The contract runs through 2021 – about five years. It includes buyouts of $12 million, $8.5 million, $6 million, $4.5 million and $1 million for each of his contract years, respectively.

In addition to post season incentives and academic goals for the team, the contract includes incentives for winning games and titles of both national and SEC coach of the year.

Orgeron also has an option of two courtesy vehicles or an allowance for two vehicles.


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AP Source: LSU's Jones out as basketball coach after 5 years http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-source-lsu-s-jones-out-as-basketball-coach-after-5-years/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-source-lsu-s-jones-out-as-basketball-coach-after-5-years/ LSU Sports Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:04:59 PM APNewsNow AP Source: LSU's Jones out as basketball coach after 5 years

NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the situation says LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones is out after five seasons at the school.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because LSU has not announced Jones' firing.
LSU labored through a school-record 15-game losing streak this season and finished with a 10-21 record following a 79-52 loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville on Wednesday night.
This was the first losing season for Jones, who coached LSU to one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. However, Jones' coaching has been under increasing scrutiny since last season, when LSU missed the NCAA Tournament despite the presence of eventual first-overall NBA draft choice Ben Simmons on the roster.
After the game, Jones said he hadn't been told of the decision.

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LSU baseball falls at McNeese St. 5-4 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-falls-at-mcneese-st-5-4/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-falls-at-mcneese-st-5-4/ LSU Sports Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:09:02 PM Chris Price LSU baseball falls at McNeese St. 5-4

LAKE CHARLES - The LSU Tigers rallied for 1 run in the 9th inning against McNeese State, but they needed at least 2 to extend the game, and hometown product Beau Jordan grounded out to end the game as LSU (9-4) fell 5-4 Wednesday night. 

The loss was the 3rd in the past 4 games for the Tigers, who only allowed 7 hits, but gave up runs in 5 different innings. 

Zach Hess gave up 3 runs in the 1st 3 innings, but LSU kept it close on the strength of RBI hits from Beau Jordan (1-3, RBI) and Josh Smith (4-4, RBI, 2 R). 

The Cowboys (9-4) took a 5-3 lead into the 9th, but the Tigers got an RBI from Chris Reid, who got a hit in his only at-bat of the game. 

The Tigers now host Wichita State in a 3-game series starting on Friday. 

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LSU to open spring practice on Mar. 11 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-open-spring-practice-on-mar-11/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-open-spring-practice-on-mar-11/ LSU Sports Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:15:10 PM Alicia Serrano LSU to open spring practice on Mar. 11

BATON ROUGE – The LSU football team will return to the field for spring practice on Saturday, Mar. 11.

Saturday's practice marks the first of 15 workouts for the Tigers under head coach Ed Orgeron. Orgeron will preview LSU's spring practice at 11 a.m. on Tuesday to media members at the LSU Football Operations Facility.

LSU returns with 12 starters from last year's team that posted an overall 8-4 record and beat Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.

Next week, LSU will practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Tigers are slated to play scrimmages on Mar. 25, Apr. 1 and will close out the spring with the National L Club Spring Game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 22 in Tiger Stadium.

The following is a list of LSU's practice dates this spring:
First Practice:      March 11

Week 1:              March 14, 16, 18

Week 2:              March 21, 23, 25

Week 3:              March 28, 30, April 1

Week 4:              April 4, 6

Week 5:              April 18, 20, 22  

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LSU Gymnastics wins SEC Championship http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-wins-sec-championship/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-wins-sec-championship/ LSU Sports Sun, 5 Mar 2017 6:23:15 PM Jeremy Krail LSU Gymnastics wins SEC Championship

BATON ROUGE – No. 2 LSU defeated No. 3 Florida, 198.150-196.600, to capture the Southeastern Conference Regular Season Title Sunday afternoon at the Pete Maravich Center.

The Tigers totaled the third-highest score in school history against the Gators. They improved to 12-1 for the season, extending its streak inside the PMAC to 27-0 since 2014.

With a perfect 7-0 record in league meets, LSU claimed the first ever SEC regular season title awarded by the conference.

Senior Ashleigh Gnat almost blew the roof off of the PMAC in the anchor spot of vault with the eight perfect score of her career for the event title.

LSU returns to the PMAC at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday against New Hampshire. The meet will be the final time senior Shae Zamardi, Sydney Ewing and Ashleigh Gnat compete inside the PMAC.

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LSU softball splits Saturday doubleheader at LSU invitational http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-splits-saturday-doubleheader-at-lsu-invitational/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-splits-saturday-doubleheader-at-lsu-invitational/ LSU Sports Sat, 4 Mar 2017 10:49:12 PM Chris Price LSU softball splits Saturday doubleheader at LSU invitational

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers won their 3rd straight game to start the LSU Invitational, but didn't get out of the weekend unscathed as they topped Illinois in the afternoon game but lost to #10 Minnesota in the nightcap. 

Allie Walljasper pitched a shutout against the Illini and the Tigers picked up 3 runs in the 5th inning to take a 3-0 win over Illinois, but the Golden Gophers proved a tougher challenge. 

Carley Hoover gave up 2 runs in the 4th and 1 in the 6th as the Gophers shut out the Tigers 3-0. 

The Tigers finish the LSU Invitational with 2 more games on Sunday: first against Florida Atlantic at 1pm and then Troy at 3pm at Tiger Park.

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LSU's managers help gymnastics shine http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-managers-help-gymnastics-shine/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-managers-help-gymnastics-shine/ LSU Sports Thu, 2 Mar 2017 7:08:47 PM Chris Price LSU's managers help gymnastics shine

Baton Rouge - The LSU gymnastics team is one of the best in the country and Tigers head coach DD Breaux feels she has one of the best support teams as well.

Team managers Nico Cusimano and Shonacee Oliva each took different paths towards joining the squad as team managers, but they both are vested in the Tigers success. 

Cusimano's family owns a gym in Saint Louis and he wants to run a gym himself one day. He's been on Breaux's radar for a while: he was recruited to join the team as a manager when he was 13 years old.

"I was at a tailgate and DD was there and she said, would you like to be a manager?" Cusimano recalls. " I said 'yes' and she said 'okay, well when you graduate, I want you to come join my team."

Meanwhile Oliva was an LSU gymnast herself in 2013 and early 2014, but a wrist injury ended her career. Breaux offered her a medical scholarship to remain with the team and she's enjoyed the transition from athlete to manager.

"I'm able to talk with (the gymnasts) kind of like a coach and kind of like a player," Oliva said.

"I really enjoy it."

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Norman to miss remainder of 2017 LSU baseball season due to injury http://www.wbrz.com/news/norman-to-miss-remainder-of-2017-lsu-baseball-season-due-to-injury/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/norman-to-miss-remainder-of-2017-lsu-baseball-season-due-to-injury/ LSU Sports Mon, 27 Feb 2017 5:26:26 PM Alicia Serrano Norman to miss remainder of 2017 LSU baseball season due to injury

BATON ROUGE – Doug Norman, LSU baseball pitcher, will miss the remainder of the 2017 season due to an elbow injury.

LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri announced the news on Monday. Norman's injury happened while he threw a pitch in the seventh inning of Sunday's game against Maryland.

Norman will undergo surgery to repair his elbow and will begin the rehabilitation process.

"Doug is a great competitor, and he will meet head-on this next challenge in his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he goes through the surgery and begins his rehab," Mainieri said.

Norman has made 47 career appearances pitching for the Tigers.

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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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