WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2020, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 7 Jul 2020 HH:07:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Patrick Mahomes becomes highest-paid player ever https://www.wbrz.com/news/patrick-mahomes-becomes-highest-paid-player-ever/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/patrick-mahomes-becomes-highest-paid-player-ever/ Sports Mon, 6 Jul 2020 3:43:58 PM WBRZ Staff Patrick Mahomes becomes highest-paid player ever

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The NFL Chiefs’ quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, inked a huge contract extension, becoming the highest-paid player in sports history.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter initially reported the deal is worth somewhere “over $400 million” and Ian Rapoport later reported it's likely worth just more than $500 million. The contract extension keeps Mahomes with the Chiefs for at least 12 years.

Mahomes had two years left on his current contract before agreeing to the ten-year extension.

Mahomes broke records by being the first quarterback to win a league MVP and Super Bowl before turning 25.

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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Brusly Panthers https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-brusly-panthers-132960/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-brusly-panthers-132960/ Sports Sun, 5 Jul 2020 10:38:45 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: Brusly Panthers

After a 2-5 start last year, Brusly was already prepared for a rough season. But it's not how you start but how you finish. A 7-6 season and the longest playoff run in program history has the Panthers primed for even better than their best.

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Steve Ensminger Jr. returns to coaching in honor of late wife Carley McCord https://www.wbrz.com/news/steve-ensminger-jr-returns-to-coaching-in-honor-of-late-wife-carley-mccord/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/steve-ensminger-jr-returns-to-coaching-in-honor-of-late-wife-carley-mccord/ Sports Sat, 4 Jul 2020 11:00:18 PM WBRZ Sports Steve Ensminger Jr. returns to coaching in honor of late wife Carley McCord

For 7 years, Steve Ensminger Jr. was not involved in coaching. But like every athlete or former coach, the itch to follow a passion is always present. Finally, after the passing of his wife, sports reporter Carley McCord, Ensminger knew that she would want him to follow his passion just as she did with her career. Ensminger will begin this season as the quarterbacks coach at Assumption High School.

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Sports2-a-Days Preview: St. James Wildcats https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-st-james-wildcats/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-st-james-wildcats/ Sports Sat, 4 Jul 2020 10:55:40 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: St. James Wildcats

Hard to beat an undefeated season that ended with a state championship. Don't tell that to the St. James Wildcats. After 15 straight wins and the 3A title in the dome, Robert Valdez's boys have cat scratch fever. The offense has a few questions with a first year starter under center but 4 star receiver Shazz Preston should provide all the needed firepower. As for the defense, it's just as athletic as the offense led by defensive end and LSU commit Saivion Jones.

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Norman Joseph coaching football at Catholic with former protege Gabe Fertitta https://www.wbrz.com/news/norman-joseph-coaching-football-at-catholic-with-former-protege-gabe-fertitta/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/norman-joseph-coaching-football-at-catholic-with-former-protege-gabe-fertitta/ Sports Sat, 4 Jul 2020 8:17:30 PM WBRZ Sports Norman Joseph coaching football at Catholic with former protege Gabe Fertitta

Norman Joseph has been around the coaching block a time or two. Over 40 years of coaching experience means he's seen alot of football. But there's one thing that he doesn't have alot of experience with and that's being on the staff with one of his former grad assistants. When Joseph was the head coach at Mississippi College he met a passionate young man named Gabe Fertitta who would eventually be one of the biggest coaching names in Baton Rouge and Joseph's newest employer.

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Sports2-a-Days Preview: U-High Cubs https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-u-high-cubs/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-u-high-cubs/ Sports Sat, 4 Jul 2020 8:13:25 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: U-High Cubs

A 9 win season and a third round playoff appearance is good for any team but at U-High the bar is always being set higher. The Cubs enter 2020 with hopes of a state title berth but a quarterback battle and reloading the defense will have to be figured out if hopes of 15th week will be put on the schedule.

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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Catholic Pointe-Coupee https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-catholic-pointe-coupee/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-catholic-pointe-coupee/ Sports Sat, 4 Jul 2020 8:09:35 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: Catholic Pointe-Coupee

After a trip to the state title game that ended with the Hornets returning back to False River empty handed, Catholic Pointe-Coupee is on a revenge tour with fresh motivation and one of the better all around players in the area in Matthew Langlois.

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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Denham Springs Yellow Jackets https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-denham-springs-yellow-jackets/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-denham-springs-yellow-jackets/ Sports Sat, 4 Jul 2020 8:03:32 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: Denham Springs Yellow Jackets

After a 1-9 season in 2019, Denham Springs felt like it was time for a change. Luckily for the Yellow Jackets, Brett Beard had the same thoughts. The former Live Oak coach takes over the program after a successful rebuild tenure at the cross town rivals and looks to try and awake the sleeping giant that is Denham Springs.

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MLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945 https://www.wbrz.com/news/mlb-cancels-all-star-game-for-first-time-since-1945/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/mlb-cancels-all-star-game-for-first-time-since-1945/ Sports Fri, 3 Jul 2020 12:57:26 PM Associated Press MLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945

LOS ANGELES -- Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.

The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home to the Braves since 2017.

Because of the pandemic, opening day had already been delayed from March 26 to July 23 or 24.

“Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

This will be the first time since 1945 that no game will be held. Travel restrictions because of World War II kept the game scheduled for Boston’s Fenway Park and any player selections from taking place that year. It was pushed back to the next season.

The Dodgers hosted the only the Mid-Summer Classic in Dodger Stadium history in 1980, won 4-2 by the National League.

The stadium —third-oldest in baseball behind Fenway and Chicago’s Wrigley Field — is the only park in the majors not to have increased its 56,000-seat capacity since it opened in 1962.

That’s not to say it hasn’t changed, however.

Since 2013, the stadium that overlooks downtown Los Angeles has undergone a series of structural and behind-the-scenes improvements, including two entrance plazas on the field level, tiered seating and bar areas overlooking both bullpens. The ballpark has also gotten new HD video screens and sound systems, wider concourses and renovated restrooms, kids play areas, displays to honor the franchise’s storied history, new home and visiting clubhouses and batting cages.

And that doesn’t include the $100 million in renovations that helped the Dodgers land the 2020 game. Those feature two acres of food and entertainment offerings in a new center field plaza and spruced-up outfield pavilions. Also added were elevators, escalators and bridges to improve circulation around the ballpark without changing its picturesque look and feel. The speaker tower sound system in center field is being replaced. New so-called “home run seats” are being added in front of existing outfield seats.

The coronavirus delayed the start of the season and also slowed work at the stadium. In mid-April, retired Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully narrated a brief video of the project.

“When we get back to baseball, Dodger fans will be greeted with the most significant upgrade to the fan experience in the history of our storied venue,” he said.

“When exactly will that return to Dodger Stadium take place? Well, as that noted baseball philosopher Yogi Berra once said, ‘I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question,? Scully said, chuckling.

Scully, now 92, announced the 1959 All-Star game hosted by the Dodgers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (the second such game played that year). He joined Mel Allen on the call for NBC on Aug. 3.

It was the first Mid-Summer Classic to be played on the West Coast, and also one of only two games to be played outside the month of July. The other was in 1981, when it was held on Aug. 9 because of the players’ strike.

The Dodgers also hosted the game at Ebbets Field in 1949 before they moved to the West Coast from Brooklyn.

The Dodgers have produced four different All-Star Game MVPs: Maury Wills in 1962; Steve Garvey in 1974 and ’78; Don Sutton in 1977; and Mike Piazza in 1996. From the 87-year-old Wills to the 51-year-old Piazza, all are still living and may have played a part in this year’s festivities.

Scully would surely have made an appearance, either in person or via video, where he has turned up several times since retiring in 2016. He and Brent Musburger worked the 1980 game in LA for CBS radio.

The Dodgers had been planning to host the 91st All-Star Game since being chosen in 2018. They sent teams of planners to Washington, D.C., in 2018 and Cleveland last year to study what did and didn’t work for those host cities.

Besides the Futures Game, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game over three days at the stadium, there would have been a Fan Fest and other events and commercial tie-ins around the game.

In February 2018, the Los Angeles City Council estimated an economic impact of $89.4 million from hosting the game. The Dodgers had committed to paying $100,000 for city services needed as part of the game.

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Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher placed on year-long probation over alleged NCAA violations https://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-aandm-s-jimbo-fisher-placed-on-year-long-probation-over-alleged-ncaa-violations/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-aandm-s-jimbo-fisher-placed-on-year-long-probation-over-alleged-ncaa-violations/ Sports Thu, 2 Jul 2020 1:05:31 PM WBRZ Staff Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher placed on year-long probation over alleged NCAA violations

COLLEGE STATION - The NCAA has placed Aggies Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher on a one-year probation and given him a six-month show-cause order after he allegedly violated recruiting and athletics activity rules.

According to ESPN, the findings stem from violations that allegedly occurred between January 2018 and February 2019. The allegations include an incident in which Fisher and an assistant coach had "impermissible" contact with a recruit.

The school had to end the recruitment of that individual as part of the resolution.

The NCAA did not name the assistant coach, but Texas A&M later identified him as current Tennessee assistant Jay Graham.

Fisher was forced to serve a nine-day ban on phone calls, emails and texts with prospects in January after it was determined he "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance" and "did not demonstrate that he monitored his staff."

"While I am disappointed in the violations, including an unintended one that resulted from a conversation with a high school athlete, it is still my responsibility to ensure we are adhering to each and every rule. I am pleased to have this matter completely behind our program and look forward to continuing our efforts to make every aspect of our program one all Aggies can continue to be proud of," Fisher said in a statement from the school.

Fisher's show-cause will be in place through the rest of 2020. Graham was also given a six-month show-cause order and other penalties.

The NCAA also found football players exceeded activity time limits by about seven hours for multiple weeks during the spring and summer of 2018.

In addition to the probation, Texas A&M was fined $5,000 and received several other recruiting restrictions.

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Report: NFL expected to cut its preseason schedule in half https://www.wbrz.com/news/report-nfl-expected-to-cut-its-preseason-schedule-in-half/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/report-nfl-expected-to-cut-its-preseason-schedule-in-half/ Sports Wed, 1 Jul 2020 3:59:27 PM Jeremy Krail Report: NFL expected to cut its preseason schedule in half

The NFL is expected to announce that two of its four planned preseason games will be canceled.

According to NBC's Pro Football Talk, the league will cut all games in week one and week four of the preseason. The NFL is expected to officially announce the cancellations Thursday.

For the Saints specifically, that will mean cutting out games with the Rams in Los Angeles and the Dolphins at home.

The change reportedly came about in order to cut down on team travel and to allow coaching staffs more time to work with their teams after an abridged offseason.

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3 Pelicans players test positive for coronavirus https://www.wbrz.com/news/3-pelicans-players-test-positive-for-coronavirus/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/3-pelicans-players-test-positive-for-coronavirus/ Sports Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:29:01 PM WBRZ Staff 3 Pelicans players test positive for coronavirus

NEW ORLEANS - Pelicans Vice President David Griffin announced that three of the team's players have tested positive for COVID-19 just weeks before the NBA is scheduled to resume play with an abridged season.

WWL-TV reports the announcement came during a teleconference late Tuesday morning. Griffin did not name specific players but said they are being isolated and tested daily.

Griffin said players will be allowed to return to team facilities after two negative tests.

The news comes as the Pelicans begin workouts in preparation for restarting the NBA season in Orlando at the end of July.

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Report: Cam Newton agrees to one-year deal with New England Patriots https://www.wbrz.com/news/report-cam-newton-agrees-to-one-year-deal-with-new-england-patriots/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/report-cam-newton-agrees-to-one-year-deal-with-new-england-patriots/ Sports Sun, 28 Jun 2020 7:40:09 PM WBRZ Staff Report: Cam Newton agrees to one-year deal with New England Patriots

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has reportedly reached an agreement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the New England Patriots, league sources told ESPN.

According to ESPN, the Patriots longtime QB, Tom Brady, who is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be replaced by Newton. The Patriots did not select a quarterback in April's draft.

The Carolina Panthers released Newton on March 24 putting an end to their nine-year relationship. Newton was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011.

Carolina replaced Newton with free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to become the team's new starter.

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New Orleans Pelicans set to 'take flight' in July to resume 2019-20 season in Orlando https://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-pelicans-set-to-take-flight-in-july-to-resume-2019-20-season-in-orlando/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-pelicans-set-to-take-flight-in-july-to-resume-2019-20-season-in-orlando/ Sports Fri, 26 Jun 2020 7:54:43 PM News Staff New Orleans Pelicans set to 'take flight' in July to resume 2019-20 season in Orlando

ORLANDO- The New Orleans Pelicans are set to resume the 2019-20 NBA season in Orlando against the Utah Jazz on Friday, July 26, the NBA and ESPN announced.

The Pelicans will tipoff at 5:30 p.m CT on TNT.

The Pelicans are one of 22 teams participating in the NBA season restart. The team will play eight seeding games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

All 22 teams will compete in eight “seeding games.” At the end of the seeding games, a play-in tournament will occur between the teams in eighth and ninth place in their respective conference should they be separated by four games or less, with the eighth place team in a double-elimination position and the team in ninth place in a single-elimination position. The winner of the play-in tournament will earn the right to the final playoff position in their conference, according to the team's announcement.

The NBA's playoff tiebreaker procedures will be used to break any ties on the basis of winning percentage. Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round once the 16-team playoff field is set.

The 2020 NBA Finals are scheduled to last no later than October 13.

The remaining schedule is below:

Thursday, July 30 vs. Utah, 5:30 (TNT)
Saturday, Aug. 1 vs. LA Clippers, 5 (ESPN)
Monday, Aug. 3 vs. Memphis, 5:30 (ESPN)
Thursday, Aug. 6 vs. Sacramento, 12:30 (NBA TV)
Friday, Aug. 7 vs. Washington, 7
Sunday, Aug. 9 vs. San Antonio, 2 (ABC)
Tuesday, Aug. 11 vs. Sacramento, 8 (TNT)
Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Orlando, TBD

WBRZ will air the following NBA regular-season games:

Sunday, August 2, 2020 3:00 - 6:00 PM ET / 12:00 - 3:00 PM PT Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics

Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:00 - 11:00 PM ET / 5:00 - 8:00 PM PT Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets

Sunday, August 9, 2020 3:00 - 6:00 PM ET / 12:00 - 3:00 PM PT San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans

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Abbey Daniel leads Louisiana Women's Amateur after being only golfer under par in first round https://www.wbrz.com/news/abbey-daniel-leads-louisiana-women-s-amateur-after-being-only-golfer-under-par-in-first-round/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/abbey-daniel-leads-louisiana-women-s-amateur-after-being-only-golfer-under-par-in-first-round/ Sports Sun, 21 Jun 2020 11:02:09 PM WBRZ Sports Abbey Daniel leads Louisiana Women's Amateur after being only golfer under par in first round

COVINGTON - Abbey Daniel of Covington captured medalist honors in the stroke play qualifier for the 92nd Louisiana Women’s Amateur Championship on Sunday at Tchefuncta Country Club. The low scorer in the qualifying round receives both the number one seed in the Championship Match Play bracket and the Allee B. Chatham Medalist trophy. Daniel, a member at Tchefuncta Country Club and rising sophomore at Mississippi State, fired a two-under par 69 and was the only competitor to finish in red figures on Sunday. Daniel is seeking her second Louisiana Women’s Amateur title, having won this event previously in 2018. Daniel’s qualifying round included five birdies (holes 1,4,5,6, &13) and three bogeys (holes 3,8, &12). The results of the stroke play qualifier determined the seeding for the 16 players in the Championship Flight. Defending Champion Alden Wallace of Shreveport grabbed the second seed with an even par 71 performance.

It was a hot, humid south Louisiana summer day with temperatures approaching the low-90’s by mid-morning. The Tchefuncta Country Club course was in excellent condition and played to a par 71 at approximately 6,200 yards for the qualifying round.

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LSU's Alden Wallace & MSU's Abbey Daniel have a friendship beyond the fairways https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-alden-wallace-and-msu-s-abbey-daniel-have-a-friendship-beyond-the-fairways/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-alden-wallace-and-msu-s-abbey-daniel-have-a-friendship-beyond-the-fairways/ Sports Sun, 21 Jun 2020 10:59:03 PM WBRZ Sports LSU's Alden Wallace & MSU's Abbey Daniel have a friendship beyond the fairways

LSU's Alden Wallace is a pretty good golfer. The state amateur champion last year and her opening round in this year's tournament is just a drop in her golfing bucket. But behind every good golfer is a great motivator. For Wallace, that just happens to be her best friend and fiercest competition, Mississippi State's Abbey Daniel.

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Defensive duo of Tyrell Raby and Eric Randall excited about future together at Memphis https://www.wbrz.com/news/defensive-duo-of-tyrell-raby-and-eric-randall-excited-about-future-together-at-memphis/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/defensive-duo-of-tyrell-raby-and-eric-randall-excited-about-future-together-at-memphis/ Sports Sat, 20 Jun 2020 10:54:21 PM WBRZ Sports Defensive duo of Tyrell Raby and Eric Randall excited about future together at Memphis

Eric Randall and Tyrell Raby have been joined at the hip since they were eight years old. Their friendship has blossomed so much over the years that they've made the decision to play college football together at Memphis. They head up a recruiting class of bayou ballers that is beginning a strong partnership between the Graceland Tigers and Louisiana.

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Southern's 2020 football schedule features only 9 games due to multiple cancellations https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-2020-football-schedule-features-only-9-games-due-to-multiple-cancellations/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-s-2020-football-schedule-features-only-9-games-due-to-multiple-cancellations/ Sports Fri, 19 Jun 2020 7:59:23 PM WBRZ Sports Southern's 2020 football schedule features only 9 games due to multiple cancellations

Baton Rouge, LA.-  Five home games, including the annual Pete Richardson Classic, highlight the updated 2020 Southern University football schedule, officials released this afternoon. This is the most home games since the 2014 season for the Jaguars, who enter the 2020 season as the defending back-to-back SWAC Western Division Champions. 

Due to issues associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Jaguars will open the season on Sept. 19th at Alabama A&M before playing their home opener on Sept. 26 at A.W. Mumford Stadium against Jackson State University in the annual Pete Richardson Classic.  

Southern Athletic Director Roman Banks said he sought a plan that would consider the well-being of the student-athletes while also being mindful of the potential institutional challenges in the wake of COVID-19.

"First and foremost, we are committed to and 100 percent focused on the safety, health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters, Banks said. Pushing our start date back to mid-September gives our coaches more time to get student-athletes acclimated and assess and focus on their appropriate physical conditioning after such a long, unprecedented period with no supervised work-outs. A later start will also help accommodate a later-than-usual initial reporting date for football due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the preparations that our campus is making in anticipation of a return to in-person instruction this fall.

"After an off-week on October 3rd, the Jaguars will open the month of October on the road against Alabama State University on Oct. 10th , followed by a three game homestand which features games versus Texas Southern University on Oct. 17 in a contest that returns to campus after a two-year stint at the Texas State Fair in Dallas, Texas, Alcorn State on Oct. 24th in a rematch of the 2018 & 2019 SWAC Championship games, and as an update, Florida Memorial University for Homecoming on Oct. 31.

The Jags close out their regular-season schedule with two of three games on the road. SU travels to Prairie View A&M University on Nov. 7, hosts The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on Nov. 14, before a bye week on Nov. 21.

Southern will conclude its regular season on Nov. 28 against Grambling State in the annual Bayou Classic. 

2020 Southern University Football Schedule
September 5, 2020—Unavailable
September 12, 2020—Unavailable
September 19, 2020—Alabama A&M University (Away)
September 26, 2020—Jackson State University (Home)*
October 3, 2020—Bye
October 10, 2020—Alabama State University (Away)
October 17, 2020—Texas Southern University (Home)
October 24, 2020—Alcorn State University (Home)
October 31, 2020—Florida Memorial University (Homecoming)**
November 7, 2020—Prairie View A&M (Away)
November 14, 2020—Arkansas Pine Bluff (Home)***
November 21, 2020—Bye
November 28, 2020—Grambling State (TBD)****
*Pete Richardson Classic
***Senior Day/High School Day
****Bayou Classic

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LSU great Kevin Faulk nominated for College Hall of Fame https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-great-kevin-faulk-nominated-for-college-hall-of-fame/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-great-kevin-faulk-nominated-for-college-hall-of-fame/ Sports Tue, 16 Jun 2020 4:08:15 PM Michael Cauble LSU great Kevin Faulk nominated for College Hall of Fame

One of LSU's best college football players and their current running back coach Kevin Faulk could be headed to the College Football Hall of Fame as a part of their 2021 class.

Faulk finished his three year career as a Tiger as the leading rusher in LSU history and the Southeastern Conference’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards.

The Carencro native finished his LSU career with a school-records for rushing yards (4,557), rushing touchdowns (46) and he holds the SEC record for all-purpose yards (6,833). Faulk still holds 10 LSU records. 

Faulk is one of 78 players nominated in the Bowl Subdivision for the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, and could be part of their 2021 ceremony at the start of December next year.

One of the all-time LSU greats and a member of the Louisiana Sports, LSU Athletic and New England Patriots Halls of Fame, Faulk helped lead the Tigers to three bowl appearances from 1995-97. He earned first team Associated Press All-America honors as an all-purpose back in 1996.

Faulk retired from the NFL in 2012 after 13 years with the New England Patriots where he helped the franchise to three Super Bowl titles. Faulk, a 1999 graduate of LSU, currently serves as LSU’s running backs coach.  

Faulk is looking to join an elite list of LSU Tigers in the College Football Hall of Fame. Former Tigers in the College Football Hall of Fame include: Gus Tinsley, Ken Kavanaugh Sr., Abe Mickal, Doc Fenton, Tommy Casanova, Billy Cannon, Jerry Stovall, Charles Alexander, Bert Jones, and Glenn Dorsey.

Former LSU coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame are Dana Bible, Mike Donahue, Biff Jones, Bernie Moore and Charles McClendon.

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Saints' Jenkins joins CNN as social justice contributor https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-jenkins-joins-cnn-as-social-justice-contributor/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-jenkins-joins-cnn-as-social-justice-contributor/ Sports Mon, 15 Jun 2020 12:46:27 PM Associated Press Saints' Jenkins joins CNN as social justice contributor

ATLANTA (AP) — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins will join CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice, the network announced Monday.

“I believe I can be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives to changing legislation, policies and reforms for human equality,” Jenkins said, touting his experience addressing “the inequalities of our criminal justice system, educational system and disparate wealth in our marginalized communities” during his 11-year NFL career.

With protesters amassing in cities nationwide in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd last month in Minneapolis, Jenkins has actively engaged in recent discussions about police brutality and police funding on social and in mainstream media, as well as at rallies. Jenkins was among Drew Brees’ harshest critics when the Saints quarterback re-stated his long-held opposition to protesting during the national anthem. Brees has since apologized for his comments, saying he now recognizes the protests were not about the flag or the anthem, and that he wants to help promote equality.

“As we move forward from these moments, journalists must not make the grave mistake of allowing the world to go back to sleep,” Jenkins said. “The ground swell of energy that has been injected into all of us must continue when the protests stop, and that includes responsible reporting.”

Jenkins was drafted by New Orleans out of Ohio State in 2009 and won a Super Bowl with the Saints his rookie season. He spent the past six seasons with Philadelphia, winning a second Super Bowl in the 2017 season, before returning to New Orleans as a free agent this offseason.

In 2017, Jenkins and retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin created the Players Coalition, a charity that advocates for racial and social equality.

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, launched in 2010, focuses on improving educational and other opportunities for students with limited financial resources in New Orleans, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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