WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:11:20 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 AP Poll: LSU ranked again after Saturday win over Texas A&M http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-poll-lsu-ranked-again-after-saturday-win-over-texas-aandm/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-poll-lsu-ranked-again-after-saturday-win-over-texas-aandm/ LSU Sports Sun, 29 Nov 2015 3:03:18 PM Kevin Dupuy AP Poll: LSU ranked again after Saturday win over Texas A&M

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers are once again ranked in the top 25 in the new Associated Press college football poll.

The AP put Les Mile's Tigers at rank 23 just higher than the University of Southern California and Wisconsin.

Oklahoma moved up to No. 3 behind Clemson and Alabama and the Big Ten placed three teams in the top six.

Clemson is No. 1 for the fourth straight week and Alabama is No. 2. Clemson received 53 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide got the other eight from the media panel.

The Sooners jumped two spots to after winning the Big 12 title with a 58-23 victory at Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

Three Big Ten teams followed with Iowa at No. 4, Michigan State No. 5 and Ohio State No. 6.

Stanford moved up six spots to No. 7 after beating Notre Dame with a last-second field goal and the Fighting Irish dropped from fourth to ninth.

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Alleva: Les Miles will continue to be LSU's football coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/alleva-les-miles-will-continue-to-be-lsu-s-football-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alleva-les-miles-will-continue-to-be-lsu-s-football-coach/ LSU Sports Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:39:04 PM Kevin Dupuy Alleva: Les Miles will continue to be LSU's football coach

BATON ROUGE - After a weeks of speculation, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Saturday night that Les Miles will continue to be the coach of LSU.

Earlier in the week, the blog Tiger Rag reported that Miles indicated to members of the Gridiron Club during a Friday meeting that he was leaving after the Texas A&M game. The blog claimed sources who were at the meeting told them Miles made the statement "in an indirect but clear manner."

The university later refuted those claims via a tweet Friday afternoon saying, "Contrary to media reports, coach Les Miles has not resigned nor did he indicate he was resigning when speaking to booster group today."

After the game Saturday night, the players lifted Miles on their shoulders and carried him down the field toward the student section as the crowd chanted "Keep Les Miles! Keep Les Miles!"



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Miles gets win in LSU home finale, 19-7 over Texas A&M http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-gets-win-in-lsu-home-finale-19-7-over-texas-aandm/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-gets-win-in-lsu-home-finale-19-7-over-texas-aandm/ LSU Sports Sat, 28 Nov 2015 6:15:53 PM APnewsNow Miles gets win in LSU home finale, 19-7 over Texas A&M

BATON ROUGE - Leonard Fournette ran for 159 yards and a touchdown and LSU beat Texas A&M 19-7 on Saturday night to give embattled coach Les Miles a victory in what might have been his last game with the Tigers.

After the game, the players lifted Miles on their shoulders and carried him down the field toward the student section as the crowd chanted "Keep Les Miles! Keep Les Miles!"

Derruis Guice had a 50-yard touchdown run and 75-yard kickoff return for LSU (8-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference), which ended a three-game skid that had raised questions about Miles' job security. LSU's administration has declined comment on Miles' status, fueling speculation that his days roaming Death Valley's home sideline are ending after 11 seasons.

Fournette's performance gave him LSU's single-season rushing record at 1,741 yards, surpassing the mark of 1,686 yards set by Charles Alexander in 1977.

Kyle Allen passed for 161 yards and one touchdown for the Aggies (8-4, 4-4), but had a pass intercepted by Donte Jackson inside the final 2 minutes, all but sealing LSU's victory.

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Miles' future at LSU unknown as Tigers tussle with Texas A&M http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-future-at-lsu-unknown-as-tigers-tussle-with-texas-aandm/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-future-at-lsu-unknown-as-tigers-tussle-with-texas-aandm/ LSU Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 1:22:19 PM Brett Martel Miles' future at LSU unknown as Tigers tussle with Texas A&M

BATON ROUGE - What is supposed to be Senior Day at Tiger Stadium is bound to take on an air of "Les Miles Day," no matter how much the embattled coach would rather the focus be on his players when LSU hosts Texas A&M on Saturday night.

Speculation that the regular-season finale will also be Miles' final game as LSU's coach has dominated Louisiana sports talk shows, internet chat rooms and newspaper columns lately. Athletic director Joe Alleva has declined to address the matter publicly, allowing speculation about Miles' status to fester on the heels of his first three-game skid in 11 years at LSU.

One could argue it would be rash to fire Miles now, given his overall LSU record of 110-32. But when asked if the clash with A&M should not mark his final day on the home sideline at Death Valley, Miles responded that he was "not going to look to defend or make a case."

"I love the place. I'm going to work hard. I'm not going to get into what is my view," Miles added. "I'm fortunate to be the head coach here. I've always felt that way. I love the players that I've recruited. ... I want to finish strong in Tiger Stadium. I want the seniors to go out great."

If Miles' situation wasn't enough to enliven a clash of unranked teams, there is also the return to Tiger Stadium of Aggies defensive coordinator John Chavis, who spent the previous six seasons in the same post at LSU.

From a personal standpoint, Chavis said he would not consider his return to Baton Rouge to be difficult, "Because when the time comes to compete, that's what you go do."

"Lot of good kids there I really care for and wish them the best," Chavis continued, "but not on this Saturday."

Some things to know about Texas A&M vs. LSU:


Some current and former LSU players have expressed support for Miles or warned that firing him could be a mistake.

"Our best and easiest way to defend the coach is with our play," receiver Malachi Dupre said, adding that Miles "is looked at as one of the greatest coaches in college football."

Former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn, who won a national title with Miles in the 2007 season and is now with the New Orleans Saints, said those who want Miles out should "be careful what you're asking for."


LSU defensive players say Chavis' abrupt departure last season didn't allow for many proper goodbyes.

"He was gone after the bowl game and we had a lot of questions and there were guys making decisions whether to go to the (NFL) ... so it was a shocker," senior linebacker Lamar Louis said. "You feel a little sad and disappointed, but at the end of the day, college football has turned into a business. It's the mini NFL and sometimes people have to make the right decisions for themselves and sometimes as players we've got to understand that."


Despite three straight below-average outings, LSU running back Leonard Fournette still leads the Southeastern Conference with 158.2 yards rushing per game and has scored 17 TDs, two short of LSU's single-season record. His last chance to make an impression on Heisman Trophy voters comes against an A&M defense allowing 202.5 yards rushing per game.


LSU's Senior Day ceremonies will celebrate only 15 players, which begs questions about leadership, but also speaks to Miles' record of recruiting NFL talent.

"When people come to school here, they realize there's a huge possibility of leaving early," said Dupre, a sophomore who could leave after his junior season for the NFL. "So you can praise it, and at the same time I don't want to feel like that's an excuse for us in any games that we've lost."


Texas A&M seeks its first victory over LSU since joining the SEC in 2012. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin refers to his seniors as "pioneers" for being part of A&M's first SEC team, but also noted that LSU "is the one program they haven't beaten in the West (Division) in their time here. ... It's something they want to accomplish."

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Fans offer words of support for Miles at weekly radio show http://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-offer-words-of-support-for-miles-at-weekly-radio-show/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-offer-words-of-support-for-miles-at-weekly-radio-show/ LSU Sports Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:15:40 PM Brittany Weiss Fans offer words of support for Miles at weekly radio show

BATON ROUGE - Some fans got emotional Wednesday night during the last big call-in radio show of the regular season.

A woman got teary as she asked Coach Les Miles to sign her hat and another young fan got choked up asking Miles a question about his offense.  Instead of the usual banter about game preparation, Miles took calls from listeners offering words for whatever happens next as speculation swirls about if he will be fired next week. 

"You're the greatest coach in the world and I think it's a travesty if you leave," said one caller.

"As far as LSU coaches go, you are on the Mount Rushmore so to speak," said another.

One fan offering some advice, "take that $14 million, retire and take you and your family around the world and just have fun." 

If Miles' contract is terminated, he has a hefty buyout clause. 

But, Miles told listeners he enjoys being productive and a vacation is not in his future. True to his form, Miles changed direction and focus of the program to his team and their accomplishments.

It's been an uncomfortable couple of weeks for Miles, fielding questions from the media about his career and listening to speculation about this weekend possibly being his final game with LSU.

"Thanksgiving, [there is] a lot to be thankful for," said Miles at the beginning of the show. "A healthy family and the good fortune of being the head coach of the Tigers."

T-J Ribs was packed for the show with host Jim Hawthorne back after a medical procedure. Hawthrone, who is preparing to enter retirement at the end of basketball season says, he's going to take a vacation and has already planned one.

Fans continued to show their support for Miles throughout the show. Sadie, a 12-year-old fan from Texas, who calls in to every show, traveled to Baton Rouge to ask Miles a question. She teared up while asking him about his offense but was quickly comforted by Miles who brought her on stage, gave her a hug and answered her question.

In between commercial breaks, fans took photos and asked for autographs with the coach.  Many shared their thoughts on the situation. 

"We've been blessed to have you and have a lot to be thankful for," one fan said.

Miles, thankful for the support during this difficult time.

"The highs and lows have been tremendous so I look forward to many more," said Miles.

The Tigers face Texas A&M Saturday, trying to break a three-game losing streak.


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Simmons stymied, NC State beat No. 22 LSU 83-72 in OT http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-stymied-nc-state-beat-no-22-lsu-83-72-in-ot/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-stymied-nc-state-beat-no-22-lsu-83-72-in-ot/ LSU Sports Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:02:58 PM Simmons stymied, NC State beat No. 22 LSU 83-72 in OT

NEW YORK - LSU trailed for most of the game as their star player struggled to score against NC State.

LSU star freshman Ben Simmons fouled out early in overtime but had his fourth double-double. He finished with 14 rebounds and 10 assists but missed his first five shots before hitting a game-tying layup with 38 seconds remaining in regulation.

Anthony "Cat" Barber scored 20 points and North Carolina State needed overtime to get an 83-72 victory over No. 22 LSU on Tuesday night.

Five players reached double figures for North Carolina State (3-2), which led by 12 early in the second half. Barber scored six of his points in overtime when the Wolfpack outscored the Tigers by an 18-7 margin.

Caleb Martin scored 16, Abdul-Malik Abu added 15 while Cody Martin had 14.


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LSU losing streak reaches 3 for the first time under Miles, Tigers fall 38-17 to Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-losing-streak-reaches-3-for-the-first-time-under-miles-tigers-fall-38-17-to-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-losing-streak-reaches-3-for-the-first-time-under-miles-tigers-fall-38-17-to-ole-miss/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 Nov 2015 3:29:11 PM Michael Cauble LSU losing streak reaches 3 for the first time under Miles, Tigers fall 38-17 to Ole Miss

OXFORD, MS - With the noise surrounding Les Miles and his tenure at LSU getting louder, the Tigers lost their 3rd straight game for the 1st time since 1999 as LSU lost to Ole Miss 38-17.

The Tigers fell behind 24-0 before starting a rally late in the 2nd quarter: it was short lived. 

Leonard Fournette reached 108 yards on the ground - getting over 100 for the first time in 3 games, but he was unable to break out the home run (the closest one getting called back early in the first quarter) and the Tigers (7-3, 4-3) couldn't establish the ground game they wanted to after falling behind. 

Brandon Harris threw for 324 yards on 51 attempts with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. 

The LSU Tiger football team rallied from a 24-7 at halftime with two quick scores to cut it to 24-17 against Ole Miss.

The Rebels soon rebounded on offense and pulled ahead again 31-17 with a Chad Kelly quarrterback rushing score.

LSU kicked a 41 yard field goal on their first possesson of the first half, and then recovered the kickoff when Jaylen Walton fumbled the ball.

Leonard Fournette fumbled the ball going in from the one yard line, but LSU guard Will Clapp was there for the recovery in the endzone for the score.

The game starting off on a bad foot from the very first play Tigers. Kelly connecting with Quincy Adeboyejo for 57 on the first play from scrimmage. The Tigers would hold the Rebels to a field goal to make it 3-0 Ole Miss.

LSU offense, struggling with penalties in the first quarter, with 4 for 27 yards. That includes negating a 50 yard run by Leonard Fournette that would've put the Tigers in Rebels territory.

Trent Domingue had a chance to tie it later in the first, but missed a 27 yard attempt, his first of the season.

The Rebels taking a two possession lead in the 2nd, thanks to RB Jaylen Walton scoring a 2-yard TD, capping an 8 play, 80 yard drive for the Rebels. Then QB Chad Kelly scored on a 5 yard run later in the quarter to push the lead to 17.

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris interception to Christian Russell set the Rebels up at the LSU 11. The very next play, Chad Kelly connects with Laquan Treadwell to make it 24-0. 

LSU made it 24-7 off Brandon Harris touchdown pass to Tyron Johnson.

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No. 23 LSU gets past South Alabama 78-66 http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-23-lsu-gets-past-south-alabama-78-66/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-23-lsu-gets-past-south-alabama-78-66/ LSU Sports Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:48:28 PM Associated Press No. 23 LSU gets past South Alabama 78-66

BATON ROUGE - Ben Simmons scored 23 points and Antonio Blakeney had 22 to lead No. 23 LSU to a 78-66 win over South Alabama in a regional round of the Legends Classic on Thursday night.

Simmons, who also had a season-high 16 rebounds, made 9 of 14 from the field for the Tigers (3-0). Blakeney hit on four 3-pointers.

LSU did not allow South Alabama to pull within single digits in the second half. Three 3-pointers over a 2½-minute stretch by Blakeney helped the Tigers go ahead 55-36 with 14:40 remaining.

Backup LSU point guard Josh Gray had 11 points, while starting center Elbert Robinson had a career-best 10.

Nick Stover led South Alabama (1-2) with 13 points. Don MuepoKelly came off the bench and contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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Deemer Powers LSU to Victory over Arkansas Little-Rock With a Career-High Six Treys http://www.wbrz.com/news/deemer-powers-lsu-to-victory-over-arkansas-little-rock-with-a-career-high-six-treys/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deemer-powers-lsu-to-victory-over-arkansas-little-rock-with-a-career-high-six-treys/ LSU Sports Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:47:19 PM LSU Athletics Deemer Powers LSU to Victory over Arkansas Little-Rock With a Career-High Six Treys

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– Sophomore guard Jenna Deemer hit a career-best six three pointers to lead LSU to a 57-51 win over Little Rock here at the Jack Stephens Center Wednesday evening. LSU improved to 2-1 on the year with the win over Little Rock.


Deemer led the Lady Tigers with 19 points. She was 6-of-13 from the field, including a 6-of-9 mark from the three-point line. She also hauled in four rebounds.  Raigyne Moncrief led LSU in rebounding with eight boards, including seven defensive rebounds. She was held to just eight points off 3-of-16 shooting from the field. Junior Hyder scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds.


“The three ball by Jenna became the equalizer to the offensive struggles we were having tonight,” said head coach Nikki Fargas. “I thought Ray (Raigyne Moncrief) and Akilah (Bethel) did a nice job of trying to find her, especially in the open court.”


The Lady Tigers were down by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter before turning up the defense and chipping away at the deficit. LSU took its first lead of the fourth period off a free throw by Hyder for the Lady Tiger 49-48 lead with 2:09 left in the game. LSU did not trail again in the game and had a six-point lead, 54-48, on Deemer’s sixth trey of the game.


Three players scored in double figures for Little Rock, led by Shanity James’ 13 points. Monique Townson added 12 points and Sharde Collins tallied 11 points, including a 3-of-3 shooting clip from three-point range.


The Lady Tigers went to the locker room down by four, 24-20, at the half after being held to just six points in the second quarter. Jenna Deemer hit three treys late in the first quarter, including a half-court shot at the buzzer, to give LSU a lead, 14-10, going into the second quarter. LSU shot 33.3 percent (7-21) in the first half while Little Rock was 10-of-25 from the field for a 40-percent shooting mark. The Lady Tigers struggled from the line in the first half, hitting just three of 10 shots from the charity stripe.


LSU Starters

Akilah Bethel, Alexis Hyder, Anne Pedersen, Raigyne Moncrief, Rina Hill


Little Rock Starters

Shanity James, Kaitlyn Pratt, Monique Townson, Alexius Dawn, Sharde Collins


Game Notes


With the win over Little Rock, LSU leads the series 2-1. The Lady Tigers avenged last season’s loss to the Trojans in Baton Rouge.


Junior Raigyne Moncrief has started 23 consecutive games for the Lady Tigers. She has posted at least one rebound and scored in all 65 games she has played in.


Senior Anne Pedersen has started 20 consecutive games dating back to the midpoint of last season.


Jenna Deemer’s six three pointers in tonight’s game is a career high for the sophomore guard. Her previous best was four treys on the road at Miami last season. Her 19 points are the most for Deemer since she scored 22 points against Ole Miss last season.


Up Next


The Lady Tigers return to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday, Nov. 21, for a 2 p.m. game against Long Beach State. The game will be the fourth contest of a stretch of five games in 11 days that LSU is playing to open the 2015-16 season.


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Simmons leads LSU with 22 points in win over Kennesaw State http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-leads-lsu-with-22-points-in-win-over-kennesaw-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-leads-lsu-with-22-points-in-win-over-kennesaw-state/ LSU Sports Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:45:41 PM BRYAN LAZARE Simmons leads LSU with 22 points in win over Kennesaw State

BATON ROUGE - Ben Simmons scored 22 points and Josh Gray returned from a one-game suspension to score 16 points as No. 23 LSU beat Kennesaw State 91-69 Monday night in a regional round of the Legends Classic.

Simmons, who took just seven shots in the Tigers' season-opening victory against McNeese State, was far more aggressive on the offensive end in his second game, shooting 11 for 17 from the field.

The preseason All-American freshman had nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Simmons did not commit a turnover in 31 minutes.

Gray was suspended for the McNeese game for his participation in an unsanctioned summer league game. Antonio Blakeney had 14 points and Aaron Epps had a career-high 10 points for LSU (2-0).

Kendrick Ray was the leading scorer for Kennesaw (0-2) with 25 points. Nigel Pruitt had 15 points, while Yonel Brown scored 11. The Owls shot just 38 percent from the field (24 of 64) and committed 17 turnovers.

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LSU drops 2nd straight as Tigers fall to Arkansas 31-14 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-drops-2nd-straight-as-tigers-fall-to-arkansas-31-14/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-drops-2nd-straight-as-tigers-fall-to-arkansas-31-14/ LSU Sports Sat, 14 Nov 2015 7:09:22 PM Chris Price LSU drops 2nd straight as Tigers fall to Arkansas 31-14

BATON ROUGE - Looking to bounce back after a loss to Alabama, the LSU Tigers instead dropped a 2nd straight game as the Tigers fell 31-14.

The Razorbacks struck first in the first quarter with a 52-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Reed to take a 7-0 lead. 

In the 2nd quarter, Razorbacks running back Alex Collins broke off an 80-yard touchdown run, the longest play from scrimmage for the Hogs all year.

The Tigers got an interception late in the 2nd from Jamal Adams, but quickly turned it back over as Brandon Harris fumbled the ball at the LSU 5 yard line. 

The Hogs quickly punched that in for another touchdown by Alex Collins to take the 21-0 lead.

LSU responded with a wild touchdown pass from Brandon Harris to Malachi Dupre by way of a Travin Dural deflection: it was 21-7 at the half. 

In the 2nd half, the Tigers picked up a score on a Leonard Fournette touchdown run to cut the score to 21-14 before the Razorbacks chipped in a 25 yard field goal to make the score 24-14.

The Hogs added a 69 yard touchdown run from Jared Cornelius as Arkansas took a 31-14 advantage. 

The Tigers have now had back-to-back losses to the Tide and Razorbacks in consecutive years. 


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Blakeney stars in No. 21 LSU's 81-70 win over McNeese State http://www.wbrz.com/news/blakeney-stars-in-no-21-lsu-s-81-70-win-over-mcneese-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/blakeney-stars-in-no-21-lsu-s-81-70-win-over-mcneese-state/ LSU Sports Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:26:45 PM BRYAN LAZARE Blakeney stars in No. 21 LSU's 81-70 win over McNeese State

Antonio Blakeney had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and fellow freshman Ben Simmons added 11 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in No. 21 LSU's 81-70 victory over McNeese State on Friday night in the opener for both teams.

Brandon Sampson, the third member of the Tigers' highly rated freshman class, had 18 points.

Jamaya Burr led McNeese State with 18 points, and Craig McFerrin had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The announced crowd of 11,697 was LSU's largest in a home opener since Nov. 22, 1991 (13,113 vs. Northeast Louisiana)

It was the largest crowd for a LSU home opener since Shaq's swan song watched the Tigers beat McNeese State, 81-70, on Friday night.

LSU (1-0) scored the first 20 points of the second half to extend a 14 point advantage to 34 in less than seven minutes.


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Bama moves to 2, LSU falls to 9 in CFP poll after showdown in Tuscaloosa http://www.wbrz.com/news/bama-moves-to-2-lsu-falls-to-9-in-cfp-poll-after-showdown-in-tuscaloosa/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bama-moves-to-2-lsu-falls-to-9-in-cfp-poll-after-showdown-in-tuscaloosa/ LSU Sports Tue, 10 Nov 2015 8:58:12 PM AP Bama moves to 2, LSU falls to 9 in CFP poll after showdown in Tuscaloosa

AP - Notre Dame has moved into the top four in the second College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season.

Clemson remained No. 1 on Tuesday night, with Alabama moving up two spots to No. 2, Ohio State staying at No. 3 and the Fighting Irish up a spot to No. 4.

Notre Dame and Alabama each has one loss.

Unbeaten Iowa was promoted four spots to No. 5, and Baylor is the highest-ranked Big 12 team at No. 6.

LSU, No. 2 last week, dropped to No. 9 after losing at Alabama.

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LSU drops in rankings following prime time loss to Alabama http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-drops-in-rankings-following-prime-time-loss-to-alabama/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-drops-in-rankings-following-prime-time-loss-to-alabama/ LSU Sports Sun, 8 Nov 2015 4:13:00 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU drops in rankings following prime time loss to Alabama

BATON ROUGE – Following their first loss this season to the University of Alabama in prime time, LSU dropped in the Associated Press Top 25, but still remains in the Top 10.

According to LSUsports.net, LSU (7-1) fell from the #4 spot to #9 and will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (5-4) in Baton Rouge Saturday night at 6:15 p.m.

ESPN will televise the game. The LSU Sports Radio Network coverage will begin at 4:15 p.m.

For the latest updates on LSU sports, stay tuned to WBRZ channel 2 online and on Facebook and Twitter.

AP Top 25

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Points, Previous
1, Clemson (31), 1,489, 3
2, Ohio State (26), 1,460, 1
3, Alabama (2), 1,376, 7
4, Baylor (2), 1,351, 2
5, Oklahoma State, 1,256, 12
6, Notre Dame, 1,219, 8
7, Stanford, 1,144, 9
8, Iowa, 1,091, 10
9, LSU, 1,050, 4
10, Utah, 900, 13
11, Florida, 887, 11
12, Oklahoma, 858, 14
13, TCU, 841, 5
14, Michigan State, 807, 6
15, Michigan, 684, 16
16, Houston, 561, 18
17, North Carolina, 506, 21
18, UCLA, 403, 22
19, Florida State, 379, 17
20, Mississippi State, 357, 24
21, Temple, 310, 23
22, Navy, 218, NR
23, Wisconsin, 183, NR
24, Northwestern, 177, NR
25, Memphis, 137, 15

Others Receiving Votes:
Southern Cal 104, BYU 35, Mississippi 22, Boise St. 6, Texas A&M 6, Toledo 4, W. Kentucky 2, Washington St. 2

Amway Coaches Poll
Nov. 8, 2015

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes) Record, Points, Previous
1, Ohio State (34) 9-0, 1526, 1
2, Clemson (21) 9-0, 1511, 5
3, Baylor (5) 8-0, 1439, 2
4, Alabama (3) 8-1, 1410, 7
5, Oklahoma State, 9-0, 1267, 10
6, Notre Dame, 8-1, 1234, 9
7, Stanford, 8-1, 1197, 8
8, Iowa, 9-0, 1119, 11
9, LSU, 7-1, 1023, 4
10, Florida, 8-1, 949, 12
11, Oklahoma, 8-1, 936, 13
12, TCU, 8-1, 898, 3
13, Utah, 8-1, 862, 14
14, Michigan State, 8-1, 849, 6
15, Michigan, 7-2, 683, 17
16, Houston, 9-0, 577, 18
17, North Carolina, 8-1, 524, 21
18, Florida State, 7-2, 413, 15
18, UCLA, 7-2, 413, 22
20, Mississippi State, 7-2, 356, 25
21, Temple, 8-1, 323, 23
22, Wisconsin, 8-2, 227, 26
23, Navy, 7-1, 212, 27
24, Northwestern, 7-2, 166, 31
25, Memphis, 8-1, 147, 16


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Fournette, Beckham Jr. respond to viral Alabama Banner http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-beckham-jr-respond-to-viral-alabama-banner/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-beckham-jr-respond-to-viral-alabama-banner/ LSU Sports Sat, 7 Nov 2015 2:54:37 PM Kevin Dupuy Fournette, Beckham Jr. respond to viral Alabama Banner

TUSCALOOSA - The University of Alabama released a statement Saturday regarding the viral photo that showed Alabama fans displaying a banner that said, "Finish what Katrina Started."

UA's Vice President of Student Affairs, David Grady, took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to ask the people of Tuscaloosa to welcome visitors with respect and good sportsmanship. 

Grady's statements also echoed a Friday statement by the university saying that the banner's message does not represent UA, the students or the football team.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who experienced the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina first hand in New Orleans, responded to the image on Twitter Friday:

Former LSU Tiger wide receiver and current New York Giant Odell Beckham Jr. also responded to the image on social media. Beckham posted an image of Fournette on Instagram with the caption, "Katrina never broke us, it made us savages."


Katrina never broke us, it made us savages... @_fournette7 #4ThaCity #Follow

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Fournette told News Two earlier this year, he was ten years old when he spent four nights and five days living on an I-10 overpass after the category 3 hurricane caused levee failures that flooded New Orleans.

The city of New Orleans marked the 10 anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in August.

According to the university, the banner was hung at an off-campus apartment complex and was removed. In a second tweet on Friday, the university's official twitter account said that UA was appalled that anyone would display a banner with such an inappropriate message. 

LSU is not unfamiliar with controversial banners being hung during football games. Last September the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at LSU made national headlines after hanging a banner during a home football game that mocked openly gay NFL football player Michael Sam. 

The DKE fraternity later apologized for the banner and in a letter to LSU President F. King Alexander said that they would refrain from posting similar banners in the future. 







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LSU insiders liken Fournette report to clickbait http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-insiders-liken-fournette-report-to-clickbait/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-insiders-liken-fournette-report-to-clickbait/ LSU Sports Thu, 5 Nov 2015 9:07:24 PM Trey Schmaltz LSU insiders liken Fournette report to clickbait

BATON ROUGE - LSU insiders are writing off a report about Leonard Fournette's family pushing the envelope of collegiate sports rules with a business venture.

Thursday, USA Today published a story about Fournette's parents and an associate putting plans for an online merchandise outlet on hold. According to the report, the group was going to sell hats and t-shirts with the "BUGA Nation" motto, a phrase that became used by Fournette, his family, friends and fans as he rose to stardom in high school.

The business was set to make someone rich, and had been backed by thousands of dollars in investments from various people. But, the site went stale when its organizers were worried about it being against the rules of the NCAA.

"There's certain rules that just can't be broken," Lory Fournette, Leonard Fournette's mom, told USA TODAY Sports.

Nothing has happened with the site since Fournette arrived at LSU in 2014.

Reporter Josh Peter wrote there was no official statement from the family and LSU. The SEC said there was no record of correspondence with the Fournettes about the business.

WBRZ Sports Director Michael Cauble likened the report to a distraction ahead of the game and clickbait – something written and posted on a website to gain page views – by a site hoping to capitalize on what will be the largest college football game this weekend.

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LSU basketball finishes regular season prep with free Friday exhibition game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-finishes-regular-season-prep-with-free-friday-exhibition-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-finishes-regular-season-prep-with-free-friday-exhibition-game/ LSU Sports Thu, 5 Nov 2015 2:00:32 PM Brock Sues LSU basketball finishes regular season prep with free Friday exhibition game

BATON ROUGE - The nationally-ranked LSU men’s basketball squad will play a last warm-up game for the 2015-16 season Friday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and admission will be free.

LSU will take on Southwest Baptist University of Bolivar, Missouri, at 7 p.m. The Tigers are ranked No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 21 in the Associated Press poll coming into the game.

The first 5,000 Tiger fans to make it into the PMAC will receive a free Geaux 25/7 poster featuring hoops player Ben Simmons and football’s breakout star Leonard Fournette.

You’ll be able to catch the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network with Kevin Ford taking over play-by-play duty for Jim Hawthorne. Streaming will also be available on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.

The Tigers open regular season play on Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. as they play host to McNeese State. They’re opening this year’s campaign with a trio of home games in the first calendar week of their schedule.

To check out the full schedule for LSU's 2015-16 basketball season, visit their homepage. You can also keep up with the Tigers on Facebook and Twitter.

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LSU Womens Basketball Defeats Union, 88-57 in exhibition game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-womens-basketball-defeats-union-88-57-in-exhibition-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-womens-basketball-defeats-union-88-57-in-exhibition-game/ LSU Sports Wed, 4 Nov 2015 11:05:52 PM LSU Womens Basketball Defeats Union, 88-57 in exhibition game

The Lady Tiger basketball team defeated Union University, 88-57, in Wednesday evening’s exhibition matchup at the Maravich Center.

The Lady Tigers outscored Union, 41-21, in the second half, and held Union without a basket for 3:40 in the fourth quarter en route to the victory.

Five Lady Tigers scored in double digits, led by Ayana Mitchell’s 18 points off 7-of-12 shooting from the field and a 4-of-8 effort from the charity stripe. Mitchell also hauled in 10 rebounds for one of the team’s two double-double performances. Alexis Hyder logged a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Hyder also led the team in assists with six and in blocked shots with two. Mitchell and Hyder logged four steals apiece.

Jenna Deemer dropped in five of the team’s seven treys, scoring 15 points off a 5-of-7 shooting effort from behind the arc. Also scoring in double-digits for the Lady Tigers were Shanice Norton with 12 points and Rina Hill with 10 points.

The Lady Tigers outrebounded Union 46-22, posting 31 defensive rebounds in the win. LSU shot 34-of-63 from the field and 13-of-22 from the free throw line.


The Lady Tigers open the regular season on the road on Friday, November 13, against Wake Forest at 4 p.m. CT in Winston-Salem, N.C. The game will be carried by ESPN3 and available on WatchESPN.

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Fournette's jersey auction begins Saturday http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-s-jersey-auction-begins-saturday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-s-jersey-auction-begins-saturday/ LSU Sports Tue, 3 Nov 2015 8:19:44 PM Trey Schmaltz Fournette's jersey auction begins Saturday

BATON ROUGE - The auction for LSU running back Leonard Fournette's game jersey, that he wore during LSU's win over South Carolina begins Saturday.

Fournette announced after the game in October, he would auction the jersey to raise money for South Carolina flood vicitms. Record rainfall prompted flooding and forced the game to be moved to LSU.

"I would like to auction off my game jersey as is to the highest bidder to help the relief efforts," Fournette said after the game. "People of Louisiana not only care but know first hand what South Carolina is going through."

The NCAA approved the auction. LSU announced Tuesday that the auction will also feature a Steve Spurrier-signed South Carolina helmet and a Les Miles-signed LSU helmet.  Both helmets were worn during that same game. The opening bid for all items is set at $7,000.00

The auction will run Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It starts at 7 a.m. Saturday and ends at 11 a.m. on Monday. Bids can be placed at LSUauction.net or LSUsports.net. LSU also said that people can make monetary donations anytime at redcross.org/lsutigers, if they are interested in assisting with the recovery of the South Carolina flood victims. 

“Having been through a similar situation with my family during Hurricane Katrina when I was 10 years old, this is something that I wanted to do to help those in need,” Fournette said of the jersey auction. “The generosity of people helped my family make it through Hurricane Katrina. I’m hopeful that the money raised with this auction can make a difference for those flood victims in South Carolina.”

“What Leonard has done is a tremendous gesture from a student-athlete with a much bigger vision than outcomes of games,” LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said. “Leonard is a great teammate, a wonderful representative of LSU and we are proud to support him in this endeavor.”

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Fournette, Henry to take center stage in LSU-Alabama clash http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-henry-to-take-center-stage-in-lsu-alabama-clash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-henry-to-take-center-stage-in-lsu-alabama-clash/ LSU Sports Tue, 3 Nov 2015 6:36:44 PM Brett Martel Fournette, Henry to take center stage in LSU-Alabama clash

BATON ROUGE - If indeed it takes one to know one, then LSU's Heisman Trophy front-runner, Leonard Fournette, should have no small measure of credibility when he describes Alabama's Derrick Henry as a supremely punishing power runner.

"If I played defense, I wouldn't want to tackle him," Fournette said. "But that's your job to tackle him, so you have to make a business decision every time you go against him."

The field inside Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium could become a rather busy marketplace for those trading in the currency of pain on Saturday night. In addition to the national title implications surrounding the No. 4 Tigers' clash with the seventh-ranked Crimson Tide, the game also will showcase two of the biggest, strongest and most productive running backs in college football.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette has been the driving force of LSU's offense. His rushing averaging of 193.1 yards leads the nation. He has scored 15 touchdowns.

In the Southeastern Conference, only Fournette has been more productive than the 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry, who averages 130.5 yards per game and has scored 14 touchdowns.

And there appears to be mutual respect between them.

Henry said he "probably wouldn't" want to tackle Fournette, either.

"Whew. That's a big boy to bring down ... but he runs the ball the right way," Henry said. "Every week, he brings it."

Some comparisons are natural because both players are big, routinely run over would-be tacklers, gain a lot of yards and score often.

Alabama coach Nick Saban says direct comparisons may be unfair because their bodies are different, as are their running styles, but he speaks glowingly about both.

Saban called Fournette "as dominant as any player in the country in terms of the way he plays and what he's capable of doing as a running back."

"We thought he was a fabulous player in high school, the No. 1 running back in the country," continued Saban, who tried to recruit Fournette. "It's no surprise to me that the guy has developed into one of the premier players in the country and arguably the best running back."

Fournette called the choice between Alabama and LSU "one of the hardest decisions I've made." Henry was a freshman with the Crimson Tide when Fournette chose LSU. He has said his main reasons for staying in Louisiana had to do with family, personal relationships and the desire to be different than players flocking to Tuscaloosa because of the Tide's recent collection of national titles and SEC dominance.

If Alabama emerges once again as the SEC's best, Henry will be a big reason why.

"I don't think you can say enough about the way he's played and how he's shown great competitive character and been very productive, not only in the way he's carried the ball but in pass protection, the things he's done without the ball," Saban said.

Defensive players on both teams are confident they have a good sense of what they'll be up against this week because of their experience practicing against their own battering backs.

"As a linebacker you've got to be ready for that matchup. It's nothing you shy away from," LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith said. "It's the kind of thing you've got to look forward to and be ready to play. You've got to go out and show what you can do, be confident in what you can do."

Fournette has garnered more attention this season, partly because of his handful of touchdown runs longer than 40 yards - one as long as 87.

A big game against Alabama would consolidate Fournette's position as a Heisman front-runner, while a poor performance could give other candidates an opening. There could be more pressure on Fournette, although he insists he doesn't see it that way.

"I'm not really worried about the Heisman. I'm not focused on me. I understand I'm in a position to win it or whatever, but my whole focus is on a championship right now," Fournette said. "Alabama is another team in the way, and not to mention they're a great team. So, we're focused on them."

Alabama quarterback Jake Coker said Henry deserves more credit that he's getting for the hard yards he's earned.

"He gets overshadowed for sure. The guy is a beast," Coker said. "When you see him run on the field, it's a lot different than seeing him run on TV. Some of those plays, I see him just punish people. I just sit back there and I'm just like, 'Gah, I feel bad for that guy.'"

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