Four Downs: Ole Miss at LSU

1. Revenge LSU’s loss at Ole Miss last year — the Tigers were a 9.5-point favorite — still stings. Players say the locker room after the 27-24 defeat in Oxford was as gloomy as any all season. Many young players didn’t realize the magnitude of a rivalry that includes so many classic affairs. “It was just not a good… Continue reading →

Bo Wallace steps up play as Rebels enter playoff hunt

Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace (14) looks for open receiver in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. No. 3 Mississippi won 34-3. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSOTK102

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace gets annoyed when media and fans talk about “Bad Bo” versus “Good Bo,” but the better side of the senior has been taking the field much more often for the Rebels these days. Bad Bo is prone to interceptions and generally baffling plays. Good Bo runs for touchdowns and can hit… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Resurgent Rebels, improving Tigers both have a lot on the line

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU fullback Connor Neighbors and Ole Miss defensive end D.T. Shackelford jaw at each other after the kickoff during the first half last month at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. Buy this photo

Back when the world was young, LSU and Ole Miss may have been the best rivalry in college football. Billy Cannon, streaking through the night like a Halloween phantom in 1959. Archie Manning, darting and scrambling and reducing LSU’s otherwise perfect 1969 season to ruin. Bert Jones’ touchdown pass to Brad Davis on the last tick… Continue reading →

LSU freshman Austin Bain to miss rest of fall; pitchers enjoying new baseballs

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri summed up his squad’s fall camp with one sentence on Friday afternoon: “These pitchers… they’re fragile, man.” After losing both sophomore right-hander Russell Reynolds and freshman southpaw Jake Latz to elbow injuries, freshman pitcher/infielder Austin Bain will miss the remainder of fall camp with shoulder soreness. Mainieri… Continue reading →

Johnny Jones contract extension approved by LSU’s Board of Supervisors

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones

LSU’s Board of Supervisors on Friday unanimously approved a contract extension and $400,000 raise for men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones. The move means Jones’ contract now runs through the 2018-19 season, and his salary is $1.5 million. Jones, 53, is entering his third year coaching the Tigers. LSU was 19-12 in his first season and 20-14 last year,… Continue reading →

Video: ESPN's Chris Fowler talks about GameDay in Baton Rouge

ESPN College GameDay host Chris Fowler gestures during the telecast from The Junction prior to Mississippi State playing Auburn in an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct 11, 2014. No.3 Mississippi State beat No. 2 Auburn 38-23. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSRS220  Chris Fowler

ESPN's Chris Fowler talks why he and and the "Game Day" crew are in Baton Rouge for Saturday's game between No. 3 Ole Miss and No. 24 LSU in Tiger Stadium and what makes the game so attractive. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Source: Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson to be ESPN GameDay guest picker for Ole Miss-LSU

Associated Press photo by GARETH PATTERSON -- Willie Robertson, Duck Commander CEO and star of the reality television series 'Duck Dynasty,' speaks to the 6,000 domestic Wal-Mart shareholders at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., Wednesday. A licensing agreement between A&E Networks and Hallmark Cards means that 'Duck Dynasty'-themed greeting cards will be arriving on Wal-Mart shelves in time for Father’s Day.

The Duck Dynasty star will join Chris Fowler and the GameDay crew to make his predictions Saturday morning. Continue reading →

Jalen Rose would like to see LSU coach Les Miles back at Michigan

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left,  is congratulated by Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops at midfield after the game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won big, 41-3 Buy this photo

Former Michigan basketball star and current ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose was the subject of a lengthy Q and A on this week. While most of the questions centered on basketball, writer Richard Dietsch asked Rose about the embattled athletic director (Dave Brandon) and football coach (Brady Hoke) at alma mater. Rose brought up the name… Continue reading →

LSU defensive line shifting into high gear

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture and New Mexico State offensive linesman Isaiah Folasa-Lutui chase a fumble with NMS recovering during the first half on Sept. 27. Buy this photo

Christian LaCouture slid just 3 feet to his left. He looked up and saw in front of him a tackle — not a guard or center, but a tackle. It felt weird. “Bringing back the old-school days,” a chuckling LaCouture said earlier this week. LSU’s defensive line appears to be… Continue reading →

LSU punt returner Tre’Davious White ‘seeing green grass’ lately

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White, center, returns a punt for a touchdown with an escort from teammates John Diarse and Ed Paris during last week's 41-3 win over Kentucky. Buy this photo

For so long — seven games, to be specific — Tre’Davious White caught the punt and ran toward a hole straight up the field before it closed around him. A typical gain: 8 yards. “I’ve been doing a poor job of judging the field and seeing green grass,” White said.… Continue reading →

The other side: Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson returns an interception for a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver James Butler gives chase during a Sept. 13 game.

Why he’s good Take one peek at the Southeastern Conference interception totals, and one name stands out immediately. Ole Miss senior cornerback Senquez Golson has been a takeaway machine for a Rebels pass defense that leads the conference with 15 interceptions. Golson has seven of those 15 picks. The next-highest interception total in the SEC is… Continue reading →

SEC heavyweights not done knocking each other off

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, yells during the first half of a game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Oct, 18, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

All the hand-wringing over the SEC’s near-monopoly of the top 5 might well prove a moot point. The Southeastern Conference will take care of the matter internally since nobody heaps more abuse on league teams than the SEC itself. In the SEC West, No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 3 Ole Miss, No. 4 Alabama and No.… Continue reading →

Soccer opens conference homestand against Kentucky

The LSU Tigers will look to get back in the win column and snap a four-game losing skid in Southeastern Conference play Friday night when they welcome the red-hot Kentucky Wildcats for a match scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium. Fans can “Geaux Free!” to each of LSU’s three remaining home matches during… Continue reading →

It's official: Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is the starter with the Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger warms up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday and feels this is… Continue reading →

Pick 6: A Q and A with the beat writer of an LSU opponent

Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace (14) runs the ball upfield past a Tennessee defender in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. No. 3 Mississippi won 34-3. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Hugh Kellenberger covers Ole Miss for The Clarion-Ledger, and he’s been nice enough to join us for our Pick 6 on the surging Rebels. You can follow Hugh on Twitter at @HKellenbergerCL. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Reports: Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger to start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday

Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, right, watches his players warm up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Former LSU and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger is set to make his first NFL start this weekend against the Houston Texans, according to multiple outlets. Click here to see the story.Continue reading →

Rabalais: Saturday's Ole Miss at LSU game could be a classic ... for those who stay

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

Notes on a golf scorecard from the endangered species that is the LSU Golf Course … … It’s a sad state of affairs when LSU coach Les Miles has to beg LSU football fans to come early and stay late for Saturday’s Ole Miss game, even to the point Monday where he invited them to bring food.… Continue reading →

Formidable frontcourt big reason LSU fourth in SEC

Associated Press photo by James Crisp -- LSU's Jordan Mickey, left and Jarell Martin defend as Kentucky's Julius Randle looks for an opening Saturday in Kentucky's 77-76 overtime loss in Lexington, Ky. The loss left LSU in a seven-team logjam for fourth place in the Southeastern Conference.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thanks to the not-so-unexpected departure of junior Johnny O’Bryant III to the NBA draft this past spring, two of the jewels of LSU’s freshman class from last year are having to grow up in a hurry. How well they handle things will likely determine if the Tigers can take that next step… Continue reading →

LSU receivers on high alert for Ole Miss’ stout secondary

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural gets behind the Wisconsin secondary on his 80-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Anthony Jennings during the Tigers' season-opening win over Wisconsin at NRG Stadium in Houston. Buy this photo

Every LSU player seems to know the number: 15. That’s how many passes Ole Miss has intercepted through seven games, a stat that leads the nation. “I see a bunch of ball hawks, guys who fly around to the ball,” receiver Travin Dural said of the Rebels defensive backs. No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern) travels to Baton… Continue reading →

LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones set to receive raise, extension

 Associated Press photo by Chuck Burton -- LSU coach Johnny Jones answers a question during the Southeastern Conference men's basketball media day Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones is set to receive a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season and a raise of $400,000. A request for the raise and extension will be made at the LSU Board of Supervisors’ meeting Friday, according to a copy of the board’s agenda. The board’s approval is generally viewed… Continue reading →

SEC gives Jordan Mickey first-team nod

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU's Jordan Mickey scores against Texas A&M last season in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mickey was named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference first-team and received votes for player of the year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LSU forward Jordan Mickey was named a first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference pick, and the Tigers were tabbed to finish fourth in the league race during SEC basketball media days Wednesday. Mickey, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was a second-team All-SEC pick and member of the All-Freshman team last year after… Continue reading →

This week in the Southeastern Conference

Associated Press photo by JIM LYTLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen holds his daughter Breelyn as he celebrates the team's 38-23 win over No. 2 Auburn on Oct 11.

Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into Week 9 as contenders, bowl teams, pretenders and hopeless: Contender (CFP and SEC): ’Dogs must show they’re comfortable being The Hunted. Contender (CFP and SEC): Rebels doing things right, but… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott

Each week, Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. 1. DAK PRESCOTT, QB, Mississippi State Open dates are never a plus for a player’s Heisman candidacy, which is very much a what-have-you-done-lately award. But Prescott’s hopes are definitely bolstered by the fact… Continue reading →

LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory gets school-record 309th win

OXFORD, Miss. — The LSU volleyball team swept Ole Miss 28-26, 25-18, 25-20 to extend its winning streak to six matches, giving coach Fran Flory her 309th victory to become the all-time wins leader in LSU volleyball history Wednesday night. It was the Rebels’ first home loss of the season With a balanced… Continue reading →

AP college picks: Michigan, Tennessee out to reverse ugly trends against rivals

Associated Press photo by TONY DING -- Michigan wide receiver Da'Mario Jones and teammates celebrate with fans in the student section of Michigan Stadium after the Wolverines' 18-13 win over Penn State last week.

The history and geography say rivalry games. Recent results suggest lopsided matchups. Tennessee hosts No. 4 Alabama on Saturday in a classic Southeastern Conference rivalry that the Crimson Tide has owned recently, winning seven straight. Michigan goes to No. 8 Michigan State in a rivalry that has flipped toward the Spartans, who have won five of six against the… Continue reading →

LSU football chat with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger, Thursday at 11 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field for the game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Buy this photo

Get the latest news on the LSU football team and share your views with Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger in this chat on Thursday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Video: LSU guard Jarell Martin appreciates the way his teammates have worked to improve

Louisiana State's Jarell Martin answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference NCAA men's college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

LSU guard Jarell Martin talks about the way each of his teammates have worked to improve and get ready for the Tigers' upcoming season. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Podcast: The last few games for LSU could determine its direction in recruiting

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) signals touchdown as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) runs the punt back for a score as LSU wide receiver John Diarse (9) protects during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Buy this photo

In this "Advocate Sports: Recruiting" podcast, Advocate contributor William Weathers talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about how LSU is constantly evaluating its recruiting needs and targets as its season progresses, and if one area of the team underperforms or has injuries then it could force the team to recruit players to that spot. Continue reading →

LSU forward Jordan Mickey named first-team preseason All-SEC; Tigers tabbed to finish fourth

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Jordan Mickey, joined by LSU basketball head coach Jonny Jones, announces to the media on Wednesday that he will stay at LSU rather than enter the NBA draft.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LSU forward Jordan Mickey was named a first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference pick and the Tigers were chosen to finish fourth in the league race when media days came to a close Wednesday. Mickey, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was a second-team All-SEC pick as a freshman after he averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and led the… Continue reading →