WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:08:22 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Pelicans acquire veteran 6-foot-6 F John Salmons http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-acquire-veteran-6-foot-6-f-john-salmons/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pelicans-acquire-veteran-6-foot-6-f-john-salmons/ LSU Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 3:11:16 PM APNewsNow Pelicans acquire veteran 6-foot-6 F John Salmons

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Each of those years resulted in at least ten wins.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click on the video to find out more.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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


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LSU improves in 2nd fall camp scrimmage http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-improves-in-2nd-fall-camp-scrimmage/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-improves-in-2nd-fall-camp-scrimmage/ LSU Sports Sat, 16 Aug 2014 9:05:20 PM Chris Price LSU improves in 2nd fall camp scrimmage

BATON ROUGE - The LSU football team held its second preseason scrimmage Saturday afternoon in Tiger Stadium and head coach Les Miles says he's starting to see the progress. 

The Tigers ran roughly 120 snaps according to Miles, with the candidates for starting quarterback totalling 20 completions on 45 pass attempts. 

Miles said the quarterbacks combined for 3 touchdown passes but did not say who among Brandon Harris, Anthony Jennings - or someone else - accounted for those scoring throws. 

The LSU running backs each earned roughly 14 carries, with senior Kenny HIlliard leading the way with 14 yards. Miles said Leonard Fournette also had a long run, but implied that it might have been on a broken play against a scout team defense rather than against the first string players. 

On defense, Danielle Hunter was the star among the group with 9 tackles and 4 tackles for loss: Miles said the defense played "dominant" football. 


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SEC Network announces league slate of LSU games http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-network-announces-league-slate-of-lsu-games/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-network-announces-league-slate-of-lsu-games/ LSU Sports Fri, 15 Aug 2014 4:46:34 PM SEC Network announces league slate of LSU games

BATON ROUGE - The new SEC Network highlighted its second day of operation Friday night by announcing the 18-game Southeastern Conference men's basketball schedules for the 14-team league, including the list of dates and games for Coach Johnny Jones and his LSU Tigers.

The schedule is highlighted by a demanding three-games in six day homestand to start the month of February as LSU will host Auburn on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2; a Saturday, Feb. 7, home contest with Alabama on ESPN or ESPN2; and, the rematch of the "Ice Dome" game from last year on a wintry night in Baton Rouge as LSU again hosts Kentucky on ESPN in a "Super Tuesday" matchup at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10.

This year the league schedule will put seven league contests on each Saturday of the season with games spaced out on weeknights as follows: Tuesday - 4 games (1 ESPN, 1 ESPNU, 2 SEC Network); Wednesday - 2 games (both SEC Network); and, Thursday - 1 game (on ESPN or ESPN2).

On Saturdays, the SEC Network will have either two or three games with the rest split among ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, CBS and FSN.

Of the 18 games, LSU will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU a total of 10 times, with six on the SEC Network, one on CBS and one on FSN.

LSU's game at the Maravich Center will be on CBS, on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Noon. It will be the second straight year that CBS has televised the Tigers and the Gators, but the first time CBS has televised an LSU men's basketball home game since Feb. 24, 2007, when LSU upset the third-ranked Gators, 66-56.

The Tigers open the 2015 SEC slate at Missouri as the Tigers will make their second trip there for a league game on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2. LSU's SEC home opener is Saturday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. against the University of Georgia on ESPNU. LSU's first contest on the SEC Network will be a road game at Ole Miss at 6 p.m. on Jan. 14.

Five of LSU's six SEC Network games will be from road venues in the league.

LSU will play Texas A&M both home and away as usual in the present model of the 18-game schedule and in the third of three years of scheduling, the Tigers will also play home-and-home games with Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Next year, the league is expected to add two more permanent opponents, for a total of three, and two rotating spots that will be the five home-and-home contests each year.

Each of the 126 games will be available to be seen from anywhere in the nation. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 31 contests, ESPNU 18 and CBS six. The SEC's games on ESPN platforms are exclusively branded as the "SEC on ESPN." Additionally, The SEC Network will televise 58 intra-conference games while Fox Sports Net will show 13 contests.

All of the games included in the ESPN package (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and Fox Sports Net) will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Each of the CBS games will be streamed on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports mobile app and mobile website.

The complete 2014-15 LSU men's basketball schedule (including the already announced non-conference games) is available online at LSUsports.net. Other start times and broadcast information for non-conference games will be added to that schedule once they are announced.

Follow LSU men's basketball on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUBasketball and on Twitter @LSUBasketball.

Season Ticket Deposits remain available for $20 through the "Unleash The Madness" campaign at LSUsports.net/madness and current season ticket holders can renew their season tickets at LSUtix.net.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
(All Times Central and Subject to Change; Home Games in All Caps)

JANUARY
Thursday, 8/At Missouri/6 p.m. (ESPN/2)
SATURDAY, 10/GEORGIA/8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wednesday, 14/At Ole Miss/6 p.m. (SEC NETWORK)
SATURDAY, 17/TEXAS A&M/11 a.m. (ESPN/2)
Tuesday, 20/At Florida/6 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, 24/At Vanderbilt/TBD (ESPNU)
WEDNESDAY, 28/SOUTH CAROLINA/6 p.m. (SEC NETWORK)
Saturday, 31/At Mississippi State/TBD (SEC NETWORK)

FEBRUARY
THURSDAY, 5/AUBURN/6 p.m. (ESPN/2)
SATURDAY, 7/ALABAMA/5 p.m. (ESPN/2)
TUESDAY, 10/KENTUCKY/6 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, 14/At Tennessee/TBD (SEC NETWORK)
Tuesday, 17/At Texas A&M/8 p.m. (SEC NETWORK)
SATURDAY, 21/FLORIDA/Noon (CBS)
Tuesday, 24/At Auburn/6 p.m. (ESPNU)
SATURDAY, 28/OLE MISS/TBD (FSN)

MARCH
WEDNESDAY, 4/TENNESSEE/TBD (SEC NETWORK)
Saturday, 7/At Arkansas/TBD (ESPN/2)
Wed.-Sun, 11-15/SEC Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.)/TBD (SEC NETWORK-ESPN)


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Tigers test out expanded stadium in first scrimmage http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-test-out-expanded-stadium-in-first-scrimmage/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-test-out-expanded-stadium-in-first-scrimmage/ LSU Sports Thu, 14 Aug 2014 9:31:58 AM Brock Sues Tigers test out expanded stadium in first scrimmage

BATON ROUGE - LSU tested the new turf for the first time in the newly updated Tiger Stadium as the 13th-ranked team engaged in a short scrimmage on Wednesday.

The scrimmage featured about 50 plays in scenarios ranging from first-and-10 to third-and-long with some work done on special teams. It was the first team visit to the expanded stadium since they showed up for camp earlier this month.

Coach Les Miles was enthusiastic about developments on the quarterback and defensive fronts. Statistics released from the practice session were limited, but Miles highlighted two touchdown passes caught by redshirt freshman Avery Peterson and a grab by sophomore Travin Dural.

Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris evenly divided duty under center with the first and second Tiger offense to give each candidate a chance to shine.

Miles also applauded defensive efforts from redshirt freshman tackle Frank Herron and sophomore defensive tackle Christian LaCouture. Both will start when the Tigers take on Wisconsin in the season-opener.

Thursday will be a welcome day off from practice for the Tigers leading up to two workouts on Friday and the first full-scale scrimmage on Saturday morning in Tiger Stadium.

LSU begins their 2014 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 30 as the Tigers head to Houston to meet the 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.

 


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LSU helmet collection is impressive http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-helmet-collection-is-impressive/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-helmet-collection-is-impressive/ LSU Sports Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:00:44 PM Michael Cauble LSU helmet collection is impressive

The LSU football equipment staff has an impressive collection of helmets at the ready and they have very little to do with the LSU team.

NFL and college teams are represented all throughout the LSU football operations building and are a source of wonder and pride for those who have contributed to the collection.

 


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SEC Network to debut tomorrow at 5 p.m. http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-network-to-debut-tomorrow-at-5-p-m-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sec-network-to-debut-tomorrow-at-5-p-m-/ LSU Sports Wed, 13 Aug 2014 2:28:33 PM Brock Sues SEC Network to debut tomorrow at 5 p.m.

BATON ROUGE - At 5 p.m. CST tomorrow, the SEC Network will light up screens in Baton Rouge and across the nation as coverage of Southeastern Conference sports adopts a new schedule: 24/7/365.

The Aug. 14 launch comes after lengthy negotiations by TV service providers with intensive collaboration between the league's 14 schools, SEC officials and ESPN to make the channel possible.

"Across the board, there is a strong sense of excitement from everyone in the league," said LSU Senior Associate Athletics Director Eddie Nunez in an interview with LSUSports.net.

The on-air celebration kicks off in the more than 90 million homes with access to the network with its flagship news and information show "SEC Now" which will air live from all 14 SEC campuses. The opening special will run for three hours and will showcase sports from all seasons in the Southeastern Conference.

The Manning brothers, Shaquille O'Neal, Dara Torres and Joe Namath will be among the 31 guest voices of the opening salvo that seeks to highlight the passionate tradition of SEC athletics. Over the course of the network's opening night, 21 anchors, reporters and analysts will report in studio and live from the campuses of the conference.

The show will include highlights and live look-ins from two in-progress conference soccer matches and interviews with championship-winning coaches representing all of the SEC's 21 sponsored sports.

Work wrapped up over the past weeks to put the finishing touches on two brand new control rooms in the Moran Athletics Building designed to meet the demands of putting on a network quality broadcast from LSU's campus. All 14 schools were involved in renovation efforts to some extent in order to meet the broadcast standards set forth by the network.

The expansion of on-site broadcasting equipment is part of LSU's investment in the necessary setup for the network that administration believes will provide a platform for the university's student-athletes, venues and passion to shine on a national scale.

"I don't know if America understands how strong the SEC is as a whole," Nunez said of the sports the league sponsors. "Being able to showcase a conference that excels nationally in every sport is important."

In anticipation of the long-awaited launch, check for availability on your TV service provider by using the SEC Network Channel Finder.

 


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LSU defensive tackle Thomas likely out for season http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defensive-tackle-thomas-likely-out-for-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defensive-tackle-thomas-likely-out-for-season/ LSU Sports Fri, 8 Aug 2014 9:13:48 PM Chris Price LSU defensive tackle Thomas likely out for season

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers got their first bite of the injury bug this fall camp, and it comes at an already-thin position as defensive tackle Quentin Thomas is likely out for the season with a torn biceps. 

Thomas was one of the few veterans with playing experience last season: he played in 11 games and had 9 tackles with 2 pass break ups and one fumble recovery. 

The Tigers will now look to one - or a combination - of several freshmen to fill the void including Frank Herron, Greg Gilmore, and Maquedius Bain.

None of those three players has ever played a down for the Tigers. 


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