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Former LSU outfielder Chris Sciambra to try out for kicker on Nicholls State football team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU left fielder Chris Sciambra runs to second base on a leadoff double in the first inning Sunday, April 12 at Alex Box Stadium.

LAKE CHARLES — First-year Nicholls State football coach Tim Rebowe is not opposed to taking players that can help him continue to build a program that hasn’t won a game since October 2013 — even baseball players.

As a result, former LSU outfielder Chris Sciambra, who last month completed a four-year career with the Tigers, will compete with three… Continue reading →

Sam Houston picked to win Southland football title; Southeastern selected as Top 3 in both polls

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State

LAKE CHARLES ­— To no one’s surprise, Sam Houston State was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference football title in polls by the league coaches and sports information directors. The predicted order of finish was announced Wednesday morning at the outset of the conference’s media day at the… Continue reading →

Jesuit catcher Trent Forshag to walk on at LSU

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--  Shaw's Kyle Flettrich beats the throw to Jesuit's catcher Trent Forshag last season.

Trent Forshag’s days of playing organized baseball were perhaps coming to a close. The upcoming American Legion Regional Tournament in Arkansas maybe would have been the last games for the catcher and recent Jesuit graduate. But a phone call from LSU baseball coach Paul Manieri to Forshag’s father Brett on Monday changed all that.… Continue reading →

St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow commits to LSU

St. Amant High pitcher Blayne Enlow was hoping to get an offer from LSU during an unofficial visit. The result was a dream come true. Enlow, a right-hander and a junior-to-be, committed to be part the Tigers’ 2017 signing class Tuesday. “LSU has always been my dream school,” Enlow said. “That’s the team I’ve always… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Team capsules

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State

Abilene Christian COACH: Ken Collums PLAYERS: Junior QB Parker McKenzie, sophomore RB De’Andre Brown EASY TO ANSWER: Abilene Christian’s offense is in capable hands with McKenzie, the Southland’s top returning passer in yards (3,084) and TDs (22), and Brown, who as a freshman ranked second in the league at 96.2 rushing… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Sam Houston State and Southeastern look like the teams to beat again, but the SLC keeps building depth

SLU Public Info photo by Randy Bergeron -- Southeastern’s Harlan Miller and Kaleb Muse drag down Lamar’s Kade Harrington in October 2014.

When the Southland Conference rolls out its preseason football predictions from its coaches and sports information directors at the league’s media day Wednesday in Lake Charles, there shouldn’t be any jaw-dropping surprises. While you never know how preseason polls will shake out, reigning regular-season co-champions Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana should be near the top —… Continue reading →

LSU Twitter Mailbag: Which LSU players are transferring and who will take all in the quarterback battle?

Danny Zardon is transferring to NAIA

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question. It’s pretty clear that Zardon left for playing time. Mainieri said he and Zardon had an “honest” conversation… Continue reading →

Brendan Suhr, formerly of NBA’s Detroit Pistons, joins LSU basketball staff as associate coach

Associated Press file photo by Kathy Willens -- Brendan Suhr, right, LSU's new associate coach, sits with Isiah Thomas during his days with the New York Knicks.

LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones again chose a coach with vast NBA experience to complete his staff for the 2015-16 season. Jones on Tuesday named former Detroit Pistons assistant coach Brendan Suhr, an assistant on Chuck Daly’s staff when the Pistons won the NBA championship in 1989 and 1990, to be his associate… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: LSU coach Paul Mainieri not surprised as ex-Tiger Aaron Nola wows 'em in Philly

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Aaron Nola's demeanor on the mound has not changed since his days in Baton Rouge.

In the midst of a hot Philadelphia summer, Aaron Nola is becoming a sizzling sensation. His major league debut last week was a 1-0 loss, but one in which he threw six innings of five-hit, six-strikeout ball. Frustrating, yes, but highly promising. His first major league win came Sunday in Chicago, an 11-5 triumph over the… Continue reading →

Two top reserve infielders, Danny Zardon, Grayson Byrd, transferring from the LSU baseball team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU second baseman Danny Zardon (27) celebrates his solo home run in the third inning with LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (8), Friday, May 8, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Paul Mainieri’s rebuilding effort just got a little tougher. Infielders Grayson Byrd and Danny Zardon are transferring, the LSU baseball coach confirmed Monday night. Zardon, a rising junior who never found an everyday role in the lineup, is leaving the Tigers for Nova Southeastern, an NAIA school in Florida where he’ll be eligible immediately. Byrd doesn’t… Continue reading →

LSU women golfers to host NCAA regional

For the first time since 2007, the LSU women’s golf team will host an NCAA postseason regional event to highlight the 2015-16 schedule. LSU will have two new stops on its eight-tournament regular season schedule, which includes both fall (Sept.-Oct.) and spring (Feb.-April) swings before the postseason. The University Club will host a women’s NCAA… Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse commits to Auburn

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER -- St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse is interviewed after announcing his commitment to Auburn on July 27, 2015, in Vacherie. At left is his mother, Stacy Narcisse. At right is his girlfriend, Niya Ross.

VACHERIE — The birthday party was for Lowell Narcisse. But the gift went to Auburn. More than 300 people crammed into the multi-purpose building in Vacherie to celebrate one of the nation’s top quarterback’s 17th birthday, but more importantly, to see where the St. James junior would play his college ball.… Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse to announce his college commitment Monday: LSU, Alabama, Auburn or Clemson

Lowell Narcisse won’t sign his National Letter of Intent until February 2017. But that isn’t stopping the St. James rising junior quarterback from making his commitment. Narcisse, ranked by many as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2017, is slated to announce his commitment at 6 p.m. Monday. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder tweeted that… Continue reading →

Rabalais: With so many young stars, the next year could be epic at LSU

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette looks toward the scoreboard at LP Field during his 89-yard touchdown run against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. Fournette's touchdown gave LSU a 28-21 lead, but the Irish rallied for a 31-28 win.

Raid the vacation fund for some season tickets. Wipe those remnant episodes of “The Governor’s Wife” off the DVR. (It’s a good idea no matter what.) And it’s probably a good idea to make room on the wall of your Tiger den for another LSU Advocate sports poster. Suitable for framing, naturally. As the lazy summer days… Continue reading →

LSU's top freshmen and sophomores for 2015-16

Associated Press file photo -- Montverde Academy's Ben Simmons dribbles down the floor against Oak Hill (Va.) Academy in the Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament Final at Madison Square Garden on April 4. Simmons, the Gatorade national player of the year, begins his freshman season with LSU this fall.

Many of LSU's best athletes in 2015-16 will be freshmen and sophomores. Here's a quick primer on some young men and women who made headlines before they made it to campus: SAM BURNS Freshman, golfer, Shreveport The consensus world No. 1 junior golfer leaving high school. … Ranked as the world’s… Continue reading →

LSU's new lefty pitcher John Valek immediately eligible as Akron shutting down baseball program

LSU picked up a transfer pitcher who could serve as a potential midweek starter for the Tigers. Lefty John Valek, a Parkland, Florida, native, will join the program after spending the last three seasons as a starter for Akron. He is immediately eligible to play because Akron is shutting down its baseball program. Valek visited the Tigers this week and made his… Continue reading →

Twitter Mailbag returns! We answer questions on LSU's offensive line, defensive tackle, quarterback battle

We spoke to defensive line coach Ed Orgeron about this Tuesday at the LHSAA coaches clinic. Check out the second note in this notebook for what Orgeron said. Basically, he doesn’t seem too concerned, but there’s no denying the fact that LSU is low on DTs. The team has five scholarship defensive tackles: starters Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux and… Continue reading →

Lady Tigers hire Thomas-Swinson as assistant coach

After spending last season a coach down, the LSU women’s basketball program got back to full strength Wednesday with the hiring of veteran coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson. Thomas-Swinson comes to LSU with more than 20 years of coaching experience, including stints as a head coach at St. John’s and Tulsa. She also served as an assistant at her… Continue reading →

Q&A with LSU's Frank Wilson: Other teams trying to woo Tiger recruits? Head coaching job in future?

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington --  LSU's running back Terrence Magee run through drills with coach Frank Wilson during practice on Monday, August 4.

Frank Wilson enters his sixth season as LSU’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. He’s pulled in top 10 signing classes in five of those six years and has tutored running backs like Jeremy Hill, Stevan Ridley and, now, Leonard Fournette. He spoke to The Advocate on Tuesday during the LHSAA coaches clinic for a quick Q&A. Read the story… Continue reading →

LSU athletic department transfers $10.05 million to the university’s academic fund, nearly $3 million more than required

The late Huey Long loved LSU and its football team, so chances are he would have embraced the athletic department sharing the wealth with its cash-strapped academic side. The LSU athletic department announced Monday that it will transfer $10.05 million to the university’s academic fund this year, nearly $3 million more than is required by the school’s… Continue reading →

LSU athletics to transfer $10 million to university to provide 'vital resources'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of LSU showing the track, PMAC, Tiger Stadium and new Alex Box Stadium.

. LSU's athletic department announced Monday that it'll transfer $10 million to the university -- about $3 million more than its required payment. LSU’s main campus receives a guaranteed $7.2 million from its athletics program each year, according to the athletics funds transfer policy approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2012. In a news release,… Continue reading →

Austin Ross climbing through minors the hard way

Photo by Paat Kelly -- The Colorado Springs Sky Sox's Austin Ross has made it to Triple-A after overcoming Tommy John surgery in 2012 and a nerve issue in 2013.

Austin Ross faced a difficult stretch in which it at least crossed his mind to explore his other option. Ross, who pitched on LSU’s College World Series championship team in 2009 and was drafted in the eighth round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, also was on the All-SEC Academic team three consecutive years, majoring in petroleum engineering. And… Continue reading →

The SWAC’s football coaches are well-aware that Southern’s Anthony Mosley is back

Photo by Edison Hogan -- Southern's Anthony Mosley and Demetrius Carter pose at 2015 SWAC Media Day.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference’s football coaches haven’t forgotten about Anthony Mosley. They voted the Southern offensive lineman a first-team preseason All-SWAC player for the second consecutive year Friday even though he sat out last season as an academic casualty. “I’m glad to have him back,” Jaguars coach Dawson Odums said. “I think (the… Continue reading →