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Former Southern coach Mark Orlando now on opposite sideline

Photo by Alabama State UniversityAlabama State offensive coordinator directs his team at a recent practice.

The four Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships and four HBCU national championships Southern won during his two stops and aggregate 13-year tenure are never far from Mark Orlando’s mind. “I wasn’t from there, and felt more at home in Louisiana than any other place I coached,” Orlando, now in his first season as offensive coordinator at Alabama State.… Continue reading →

Southern freshmen proving they’re ready to play

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern defensive back Demerio Houston (14) brings down Jackson State wide receiver Devin Fosselman in the first quarter of their game Sept. 19 at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern has undergone a gradual youth movement on its defense. The Jaguars could start as many as four true freshmen against Alabama State on Saturday. Some of the moves were out of necessity, some because coaches weren’t satisfied with the performance of more experienced players. All, though, are a reflection of the four first-year players — defensive backs… Continue reading →

Take a look back at five memorable games between LSU, South Carolina

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU vs. South Carolina -- LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33) scores his first touchdown as South Carolina Gamecocks safety D.J. Swearinger (36) tries to make the stop during the second half of an SEC football game. LSU won 23-21. Photo shot on Saturday Oct. 13, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU and South Carolina have been infrequent football foes, over the years, meeting just 20 times previously. Even since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992, these teams have met just seven times. LSU holds a commanding 17-2-1 lead in the series, 11-1 in Baton Rouge and 5-1-1 since 1992. Saturday’s meeting promises to be the strangest chapter in the… Continue reading →

LSU forward Simmons back on practice court after ankle injury

Ben Simmons could only laugh Thursday when it was suggested that unless LSU star running back Leonard Fournette were to get hurt, Simmons had the most famous ankle on campus. “Yeah, I was looking on Twitter and it was all over the Web sites,” Simmons said of missing the first two LSU basketball practices. “I was like, ‘What?… Continue reading →

Report: Gamecocks to start third string QB Perry Orth vs. LSU

. South Carolina will start its third-string quarterback against LSU, according to a report from Bleacher Report. Perry Orth will start for the Gamecocks in place of No. 2 starter Lorenzo Nunez, who is still battling a shoulder injury he suffered last week in a loss at Missouri. South Carolina’s top QB, Connor Mitch, is out at least… Continue reading →

Southern wants more from “steady” defensive line

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Gabe Echols (90) chases down Mississippi Valley State quarterback Quantavius Peterson (1), Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Through the first four games of this season, the most stable area on Southern’s defense has been the line. While the secondary has dealt with a series of injuries and the linebackers lost senior Demetrius Carter to a season-ending injury, the line has remained intact. “I think we have the experience and the type of leadership… Continue reading →

How to buy tickets? Prices? What you need to know for South Carolina vs. LSU game in Tiger Stadium on Saturday

LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) celebrates one of his touchdown carries in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. LSU won 45-21. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A look at some of the issues concerning the move of Saturday’s LSU-South Carolina game in Tiger Stadium... Continue reading →

No white jerseys for LSU's Saturday game; Tigers to wear purple against South Carolina

Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer is sacked by LSU's Jarvis Green in the second quarter as Tigers' Anthony McFarland (94) looks on in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

LSU will wear something other than white jerseys at home against a Southeastern Conference team for the first time in nearly 20 years. South Carolina will wear white tops in the relocated game against the No. 7 Tigers (4-0, 2-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, forcing LSU to wear purple jerseys. The Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3) were planning on wearing white tops… Continue reading →

Southern hopes to give injured receiver Devon Gales something no one else can — a win

Associated Press photo by John Bazemore -- Southern players Willie Quinn (25), Montrell Jones (88) and LonDres Johnson (26) pray as teammate Devon Gales is tended to after he was injured against Georgia on Sept. 26 in Athens, Ga.

Injured Southern wide receiver Devon Gales and his family have received all kinds of support from a variety of sources. They’ve received prayers, encouraging words, visitors and donations both locally and in Atlanta, where Devon is rehabbing after undergoing spinal surgery Sept. 27. But coach Dawson Odums told his team that there’s one thing only they can give… Continue reading →

Catching Up With No. 7: Leonard Fournette talks South Carolina flooding, LSU’s surprising start

A Minute With Leonard is a new, weekly Q&A series with LSU running back Leonard Fournette. On his way to his second class of the day Tuesday, Leonard Fournette was approached by two freshman girls from New Mexico. “They’re speaking Spanish to me. I’m trying to tell them, ‘I don’t speak Spanish,'” a smiling Fournette said Tuesday night during an impromptu session… Continue reading →

Southern using depth-chart changes to tune up for SWAC run

Advocate fle photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Southern coach Dawson Odums is tweaking his lineup to help give the Jaguars a tune-up as they turn their full-time attention to SWAC play..

As the calendar turns to October, Southern football coach Dawson Odums is giving his team a midseason tune-up heading into Saturday’s road trip to Alabama State. Odums likened his team to a foreign car at his Tuesday luncheon news conference, saying he’s using several changes to the depth chart to spark the Jaguars back to high… Continue reading →

LSU, John Chavis expected to meet in court for hearing on former defensive coordinator's defamation claims

. About five weeks before they meet on the football field, LSU and former defensive coordinator and current Texas A&M assistant John Chavis will square off in a Baton Rouge courtroom. LSU and Chavis are scheduled for a hearing on Oct. 19 regarding Chavis’ claims that LSU defamed the coach by issuing false information to the media. Jill… Continue reading →

LSU basketball notebook: Sore ankle keeps freshman Ben Simmons out of preseason’s first practice

LSU sports information photo by STEVE FRANZ -- LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones directs his players during the team's first practice of the preseason Monday.

When the LSU men’s basketball team took the floor Monday afternoon for the first full-scale practice of the preseason, there was one notable absence. Freshman forward Ben Simmons, the consensus national player of the year, didn’t participate in the opening practice because of a sore ankle. Also sitting out was junior forward Brian Bridgewater, who injured his leg… Continue reading →

Southern notebook: Jaguars expect to get injured cornerbacks Jamar Mitchell and Ki-Jana Curtis back this week

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Field judge Steven Jones, left, and back judge Gregory Newman, right, work to separate Southern's Jamar Mitchell (29) and Texas Southern's Justin Wheat (89) after the two exchanged words in the opening drive of the game, Saturday, Nov. 8, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern expects to have a couple of defensive players back when it visits Alabama State on Saturday. Coach Dawson Odums said Monday that cornerbacks Jamar Mitchell (hamstring) and Ki-Jana Curtis (shoulder) should be available. Mitchell has not played this season, and Curtis started in Mitchell’s place in the season opener at Louisiana Tech but has been sidelined since… Continue reading →

LSU report: Volleyball to face Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — The LSU volleyball team closes out a two-match Southeastern Conference road trip on Sunday against Auburn at 5 p.m. at Auburn Arena. The match will be air live on the SEC Network and will be streamed online through WatchESPN. “Auburn has been a team that has given us some challenging… Continue reading →

Daniel Sams leads McNeese State over Nicholls State

THIBODAUX — Daniel Sams threw for 140 yards and one touchdown and ran for 89 yards and another score as McNeese State rolled over Nicholls State 37-7 on Saturday at John L. Guidry Stadium. Sams, who has totaled 647 passing yards and 346 rushing yards through four games, completed a 34-yard scoring pass to Tavarious… Continue reading →

What to watch for from LSU men’s basketball this season

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU freshmen, from left, Antonio Blakeney, Ben Simmons and Brandon Sampson, join a solid veteran corps back from last season's 22-win effort.

Five storylines for the LSU men’s basketball team going into preseason practice: 1 The newbies. While LSU has a solid group back from a team that won 22 games last year, most of the buzz has centered around a three-man recruiting class that was ranked third in the nation. Touted… Continue reading →

LSU basketball gets rolling toward its most anticipated season in years Monday with the start of preseason practice

Ben Simmons (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Holding 10 days of practice in early August, before a 13-day exhibition tour of Australia, was certainly advantageous to the LSU men’s basketball team. It gave the Tigers a leg up on their preparations for the 2015-16 season, which officially begins Monday with the first full-scale practice that will kick off Johnny Jones’ fourth season as coach. It’s… Continue reading →

LSU report: Tillis leads Tigers to volleyball win

ATHENS, Ga. — Behind 2-1, the LSU volleyball team stormed back behind the record performance of sophomore outside hitter Gina Tillis to defeat Georgia on Friday night. LSU (6-8, 2-1 Southeastern) pushed its winning streak to two matches as the… Continue reading →

Live updates, analysis: LSU hosts Eastern Michigan in non-conference mismatch in Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Fans cheer as the LSU football walks down Victory Hill for the game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

What do you get when you mix one of college football's most powerful rushing attacks with one of the sport's worst rushing defenses? Eastern Michigan vs. LSU at 6 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Follow live updates below from the game.… Continue reading →

Winning: It’s a Southern thing

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Chancellor Flandus McClinton, center left, and Southern coach Dawson Odums hold the Bayou Classic trophy in November in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Every time the Southern football team steps into the A.W. Mumford Field House from practice, captains stop each player, reminding him to take off his dirty cleats before walking through the door. Once inside, any player caught riding the elevator will almost immediately be followed by a senior demanding they use the stairs instead because that’s a… Continue reading →