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. () () Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:07:32 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Tiger Stadium gets new perks http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-gets-new-perks/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-gets-new-perks/ LSU Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 9:03:27 PM Michael Cauble Tiger Stadium gets new perks

LSU is upping their game by taking their game day experience to another level in 2014. The south endzone expansion was put on display on Tuesday as LSU showed off some of the improvements to Tiger Stadium.

Along with new premium seating including 66 suites and three thousand club level seats, everyone will be able to enjoy an increased cellular network in the stadium.

Also two new huge high definition video boards in each corner of the south endzone will allow more fans a chance to see plays they may have missed or stats and information on the game.

 


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New look for Tiger Stadium http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-look-for-tiger-stadium-62760/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-look-for-tiger-stadium-62760/ LSU Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 2:39:05 PM Brian Holland New look for Tiger Stadium

BATON ROUGE - The local media got a preview of Tiger Stadium's south side additions project Tuesday afternoon.

The construction project, which started after the final game of the regular season, is set to finish on time in the middle of August. 

Two screens, thousands of seats, a ribbon board, and a "Welcome to Death Valley" sign have all been added to the new South Side of Tiger Stadium.

"Our first approach going into this is how can we look at the premium seats and identify that need," said Senior Associate Athletics Director Eddie Nunez. "We looked at that second aspect fan enhancement how can we enhance our fan experience."  

"It's something we've had individuals waiting list for years for suites and it's a testament to our Tiger fans and the passion they have for LSU football," said Nunez.

The Tigers kick off their home schedule Sept. 6 against Sam Houston State.

Click here to check out more pictures from the tour inside Death Valley's latest additions. For more on the Tigers, tune in to WBRZ at 5, 6 & 10 on Your Home for LSU Sports.


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Injured LSU's Trey Lealaimatafao tweets from hospital http://www.wbrz.com/news/injured-lsu-s-trey-lealaimatafao-tweets-from-hospital/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/injured-lsu-s-trey-lealaimatafao-tweets-from-hospital/ LSU Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:57:33 AM Trey Schmaltz Injured LSU's Trey Lealaimatafao tweets from hospital

BATON ROUGE- The LSU freshman defensive tackle who severely injured his arm Monday tweeted from his hospital bed a day after the injury.

After an apparent argument with his girlfriend, Trey Lealaimatafao punched a window at the football practice facility. His arm went through the window and was cut, causing so much blood loss he passed out. Lealaimatafao was taken to the hospital where doctors gave him stitches.

"Hi everyone, I'm doing well," Lealaimatafao posted on the social media site along with a picture showing him in a large sling, hospital gown and a smug look on his face.
Earlier, he Tweeted: "Learning experience, thank God I'm alive."

The 17-year-old was listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and was top on the recruit list for other sports websites. He was in the top 30, nationally, of defensive tackles.

It is likely Lealaimatafao won't be playing much this season because of his injury. But, he provided no information about that on Twitter Tuesday.

LSU's season begins in Houston, Texas, on August 30 against Wisconsin.
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Ground broken on LSU gymnastics training facility http://www.wbrz.com/news/ground-broken-on-lsu-gymnastics-training-facility/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ground-broken-on-lsu-gymnastics-training-facility/ LSU Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:44:37 AM Brock Sues Ground broken on LSU gymnastics training facility

BATON ROUGE - The LSU gymnastics team will finally have a new place to hone their skills as Tuesday's official groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction of an all-new practice facility.

The new training facility will be built between the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and Robinson Tennis Stadium, a space currently occupied by a parking lot, and will allow for equipment specialization the booming gymnastics program sorely needs.

LSU gymnastics currently practices in a shared space in the Carl Maddox Field House that is below the standards of training facilities used by other top-tier gymnastics programs the Tigers seek to rival.

The state-of-the-art space will also provide a boost to recruitment for a Tiger gymnastics team that shattered school records and attendance records in a 2014 season that many consider to be the best in program history.


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LSU freshman likely out after punching window http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-freshman-likely-out-after-punching-window/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-freshman-likely-out-after-punching-window/ LSU Sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 6:56:37 PM Trey Schmaltz LSU freshman likely out after punching window

BATON ROUGE- LSU's Trey Lealaimatafao likely won't be playing this season after he was injured when he punched a window at the football practice facility Monday.

Lealaimatafao, a defensive tackle from San Antonio, apparently was upset over an argument with his girlfriend. His arm went through the window and was severely cut, causing so much blood loss he passed out.

Lealaimatafao was taken to the hospital where doctors gave him stitches.

The 17-year-old was listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and was top on the recruit list for other sports websites. He was in the top 30, nationally, of defensive tackles.

LSU's season begins in Houston, Texas, on August 30 against Wisconsin.
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Franklin's DL Stansbury leaves Aggies; DB Davis arrested http://www.wbrz.com/news/franklin-s-dl-stansbury-leaves-aggies-db-davis-arrested/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/franklin-s-dl-stansbury-leaves-aggies-db-davis-arrested/ LSU Sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 3:43:18 PM Franklin's DL Stansbury leaves Aggies; DB Davis arrested

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury has left the team to focus on what coach Kevin Sumlin calls "personal issues."

Stansbury had been a star on last season's Aggie defensive front, playing in 10 games and recording 47 total tackles and three sacks. As a 6-foot-4, 257-pound junior from Franklin, La. Sumlin did not elaborate on the nature of the personal matters Stansbury was addressing.

In April, Stansbury was arrested and charged in Harris County with misdemeanor assault after a Rice University student accused him of pouring beer on the student's head and punching him in the face.

Sumlin also confirmed that 6-foot, 194-pound freshman defensive back Victor Davis has been suspended from the team after his recent arrest in his hometown of Rosenberg on a shoplifting charge.


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Best of SEC media days http://www.wbrz.com/news/best-of-sec-media-days/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/best-of-sec-media-days/ LSU Sports Sun, 20 Jul 2014 9:19:07 PM Chris Price Best of SEC media days

HOOVER, AL - Another year of SEC media days is in the books, but once again, it provided plenty of great moments. 

From Nick Saban playing nice with the media to Les Miles telling reporters (once again) about his special gameday culinary preference, media days offered an array of classic quotes. 

Sports 2's Brian Holland shares some of the best moments from media days. 


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Bama players motivated by sour ending to season http://www.wbrz.com/news/bama-players-motivated-by-sour-ending-to-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bama-players-motivated-by-sour-ending-to-season/ LSU Sports Thu, 17 Jul 2014 9:21:09 PM John Zenor Bama players motivated by sour ending to season

HOOVER, Ala. - Alabama players have a different motivation going into this season.

Instead of trying for a second or third straight national title, the Crimson Tide is seeking redemption from back-to-back losses.

Receiver Amari Cooper said Thursday at Southeastern Conference media days that this situation is much more motivating than trying to defend a title. Cooper says the rough finish "humbles you and it makes you hungry."

The Tide was once again declared the favorite in media voting at Southeastern Conference media days, and figures to again be one of the handful of preseason favorites nationally.

Alabama coach Nick Saban says the Tide's approach must be to "check your ego at the door."

He also says tailback Kenyan Drake and defensive lineman Jarran Reed are suspended from team activities after recent arrests.


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Slighted QB Wallace ready to lead Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/slighted-qb-wallace-ready-to-lead-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/slighted-qb-wallace-ready-to-lead-ole-miss/ LSU Sports Thu, 17 Jul 2014 9:19:27 PM DAVID BRANDT Slighted QB Wallace ready to lead Ole Miss

HOOVER, Ala. - Bo Wallace's career passing numbers are drastically higher than any other returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.

Yet on Thursday, Mississippi's senior learned the media had selected him for the All-SEC preseason third team, putting Auburn's Nick Marshall on the first team and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott on the second team.

He wasn't happy about it.

Wallace says the perceived slight "adds another chip on my shoulder that I play with anyway." Mississippi has 15 starters returning, including nine on defense, from a team that finished 8-5 last season.

Now third-year coach Hugh Freeze says he expects the Rebels to be "very relevant in the SEC West." Ole Miss has never been to the SEC championship game since the league split to two divisions in 1992.


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LSU shrugs off NFL departures, has high hopes http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-shrugs-off-nfl-departures-has-high-hopes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-shrugs-off-nfl-departures-has-high-hopes/ LSU Sports Wed, 16 Jul 2014 4:33:13 PM David Brandt LSU shrugs off NFL departures, has high hopes

HOOVER, Ala. - The NFL has taken another big chunk out of LSU's roster.

As usual, coach Les Miles just shrugs, says that's part of the job and plans to replace them with guys who are just as good or better.

The Tigers had nine players selected in May's draft - including several underclassmen - but expectations are still very high in Death Valley. LSU returns 13 starters from last season, including most of the offensive line.

Miles called linemen La'el Collins and Jerald Hawkins "two of the finest tackles in our league" during his time on the podium at SEC media days on Wednesday.

Collins and Hawkins should help protect the Tigers' new quarterback. Miles said the position battle continues between sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris.


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He went to Jared, LSU baseballer heads to football http://www.wbrz.com/news/he-went-to-jared-lsu-baseballer-heads-to-football/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/he-went-to-jared-lsu-baseballer-heads-to-football/ LSU Sports Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:03:54 PM Michael Cauble He went to Jared, LSU baseballer heads to football

LSU baseball player Jared Foster is heading back to his first sport on the Tiger campus as Les Miles has need of his services as a quarterback.

Tiger head football coach Les Miles confirmed to WBRZ today that Foster would suit up for the LSU team this fall and take snaps to compete for the third string quarterback position.

Foster played with the Tigers back in 2011, but has since been a member of the LSU baseball team playing in the outfield for head coach Paul Mainieri.

 


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LSU's Collins on Lombardi watch list http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-collins-on-lombardi-watch-list/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-collins-on-lombardi-watch-list/ LSU Sports Mon, 14 Jul 2014 2:50:39 PM Russell Jones LSU's Collins on Lombardi watch list

BATON ROUGE - LSU announced Monday that senior tackle La'el Collins has been selected for the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list.

The Lombardi Award goes to the top offensive lineman, defensive lineman or linebacker in college football each year.

It's the second season in a row Collins has been a candidate. He's also on the watch list for the 2014 Outland Trophy.

A senior from Baton Rouge, Collins started 25 times in his career 32 games and has picked up 134.5 knockdowns in 1,690 offensive snaps. He moved to left tackle in 2013 after spending his first two seasons at guard.

The watch list will be revised and updated throughout the 2014 season until 12 semifinalists are determined. The 45th Rotary Lombardi Award winner will be announced during a ceremony on Dec. 10 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.

 


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Best in the west: quarterbacks http://www.wbrz.com/news/best-in-the-west-quarterbacks/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/best-in-the-west-quarterbacks/ LSU Sports Sun, 13 Jul 2014 9:08:20 PM Chris Price Best in the west: quarterbacks

BATON ROUGE - Nick Marshall recently got himself into trouble, but Auburn's starting quarterback could still be the best in the SEC west this year. 

Marshall was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana on Friday and won't attend his scheduled press conference at SEC Media days on Monday.

Depending on how head coach Gus Malzahn chooses to penalize his quarterback, Marshall should likely still have the ability to follow up his 2013 breakout campaign with another big year in 2014.

 


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Best in the West:: Defensive Backs http://www.wbrz.com/news/best-in-the-west-defensive-backs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/best-in-the-west-defensive-backs/ LSU Sports Sat, 12 Jul 2014 9:00:37 PM Chris Price Best in the West:: Defensive Backs

BATON ROUGE - With a talented, veteran group returning in 2014, the Texas A&M Aggies could produce one of the most improved defensive back groups in the country next year, and the group could turn out to be the best in the SEC West. 

Led by Deridder native Deshazor Everett, 3 of the four defensive backs are seniors, and three of the four are also former four star recruits. 

Alabama and LSU are younger groups, but with their talent, they could be dangerous as well. 


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Tiger Stadium capacity will exceed 100,000 http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-capacity-will-exceed-100-000/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-capacity-will-exceed-100-000/ LSU Sports Fri, 11 Jul 2014 2:02:23 PM Greg Renoud Tiger Stadium capacity will exceed 100,000

BATON ROUGE - LSU announced that Tiger Stadium's capacity will easy clear the 100k mark with the new south endzone addition.

The LSU Football facebook page says the final number will be 102,321. The previous capacity was 92,542, according to LSUSports.net.

Based on the capacity of other stadiums listed on LSU's website, the addition makes LSU the 5th largest on-campus stadium in the country, just 6 seats behind Ohio State.

The largest Tiger Stadium crowd ever recorded was 93,374 on Nov. 3rd, 2012. In that game, Alabama's AJ McCarron threw a touchdown pass in the final minute to defeat the Tigers 21-17.

 


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LSU baseball assistant coach Sanchez retires from game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-assistant-coach-sanchez-retires-from-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-assistant-coach-sanchez-retires-from-game/ LSU Sports Wed, 9 Jul 2014 2:00:10 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball assistant coach Sanchez retires from game

LSU baseball hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Javi Sanchez has left the game behind him to pursue a career outside of baseball according to a release from the school.

Sanchez spent seven season with the Tigers and was a part of three teams that made the trip to the College World Series, winning it once in 2009.

"My daily focus was always to uphold the championship tradition at LSU and to be a piece of his legacy, Sanchez said. "Our players have been a joy to recruit and work with throughout the years. They provided my existence as a coach, and I will always value the imprint they have left on my life personally and professionally."

According to the LSUsports.net release the 2014 LSU hitters under Sanchez's direction finished in the Top 5 in the SEC in 10 different offensive categories and struck out only 274 times, by far the fewest strikeouts by a league team. The Tigers were third in the conference in batting average, second in slugging percentage and third in RBI.

"On a personal basis," Mainieri said, "it is hard for me to say goodbye to a person with whom I have spent 11 years in baseball - four years while he played for me at Notre Dame and seven years as a very loyal assistant coach at LSU. Javi has tremendous management and people skills, and he has developed trustworthy relationships throughout the country. I'm certain he will enjoy great success in his future endeavors.

"I join everyone in the LSU community in wishing Javi, his wife Michelle, and their baby, Valentina, nothing but happiness and success going forward in his new ventures. We will always be grateful for his commitment to the LSU baseball program."

 


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Tiger stadium ranked No. 1 by experts http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-ranked-no-1-by-experts/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-ranked-no-1-by-experts/ LSU Sports Tue, 8 Jul 2014 3:44:57 PM Caroline McDougall Tiger stadium ranked No. 1 by experts

BATON ROUGE - Tiger Stadium was voted best stadium in the nation in a poll by Athlon Sports released Monday.

Athlon asked 15 college football experts to cast their vote on the best college football stadiums and game day atmospheres.

LSU's Death Valley beat out other top five contenders, such as Oregon's Autzen Stadium, Kyle Field at Texas A&M and Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium.

LSU has won 31 of its last 32 games in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers only two losses in Death Valley were against teams ranked No. 1 in nation at the time - Florida on Oct. 10, 2009 and Alabama on Nov. 3, 2012.

New renovations are underway at Tiger Stadium's south endzone to increase fan seating capacity to over 100,000, and scheduled to be done in time for the upcoming football season.


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LSU Lady Tigers add transfer Alexis Hyder http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-lady-tigers-add-transfer-alexis-hyder/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-lady-tigers-add-transfer-alexis-hyder/ LSU Sports Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:44:06 AM APNewsNow LSU Lady Tigers add transfer Alexis Hyder

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Lady Tigers have added North Texas transfer Alexis Hyder to their squad.

LSU coach Nikki Caldwell, who announced the addition of Hyder on Tuesday, says the 5-foot-11 forward will sit out next season and will be eligible to play as a junior in the 2015-16 season. Under NCAA rules, she'll be allowed to practice during the upcoming academic year.

Hyder has averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds while starting 51 games of 59 games in which she had appeared during the past two seasons for North Texas.

The native of Austin, Texas, has scored 20 or more points seven times and has 13 double-doubles.


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Best in the West: Defensive Line http://www.wbrz.com/news/best-in-the-west-defensive-line/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/best-in-the-west-defensive-line/ LSU Sports Mon, 7 Jul 2014 7:57:06 PM Chris Price Best in the West: Defensive Line

BATON ROUGE - All week long, WBRZ will be looking at the football teams in the SEC West, going position group by position group to determine the best in the west. 

On the defensive line, the Ole Miss Rebels appear to have one of the best combinations of talent, veteran leadership and returning playmakers in the league. 

Led by former 5-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the Rebels bring back better than 75% of their tackles and tackles for loss, second behind only Texas A&M in the SEC West.

Alabama and Auburn are close behind in a tie for second. 

On Tuesday we'll check in with the running backs, as we continue our countdown to SEC Media Days. 


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LSU linebacker Beckwith ready for breakout sophomore season http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-linebacker-beckwith-ready-for-breakout-sophomore-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-linebacker-beckwith-ready-for-breakout-sophomore-season/ LSU Sports Sun, 6 Jul 2014 9:31:05 PM Chris Price LSU linebacker Beckwith ready for breakout sophomore season

BATON ROUGE - Kendell Beckwith dreams of making plays on the field for LSU in 2014.

"I walk around and dream of what I can do to beat the lineman and make big plays and just hear the crowd go crazy," Beckwith said. 

Beckwith was a 4 star recruit out of East Feliciana, but didn't find much time on the playing field his freshman year, finishing with just 11 tackles in 12 games. 

Beckwith is staying positive as he goes through summer conditioning, with the belief that this year he'll realize his tremendous potential. 

" "That's my mindset and I try and go in and kill the workout and try to better myself each and every day."


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