Video: LSU forward Jarell Martin talks about coming up big in the final minutes of the Tigers' 79-75 overtime victory at Vanderbilt

. LSU forward Jarell Martin scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds and three steals in the Tigers' 79-75 overtime victory at Vanderbilt on Saturday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Lanard Fournette, younger brother of LSU star Leonard, commits to the Tigers as an athlete

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --St. Augustine running back Lanard Fournette (center) looks to get into the end zone for St. Aug's first touchdown with only Shaw defensive back Jaiwon Charles (1) standing in his way at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

St. Augustine senior running back Lanard Fournette, the younger brother of LSU standout Leonard Fournette, will be joining his brother in Baton Rouge. Fournette confirmed to The Advocate on Saturday that he was offered a scholarship as an athlete and that he committed during his visit to LSU this weekend. Big brother Leonard sent a congratulatory message… Continue reading →

LSU stays hot on the road with a 79-75 overtime victory at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt center Damian Jones (30) is fouled going to basket by LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four of the first five games in Southeastern Conference play were grinders for the LSU men’s basketball team. With the exception of an 18-point bashing of Florida in Gainesville on Tuesday night, the Tigers have had to go to the wire the other four times with two of them going to overtime… Continue reading →

SEC road remains friendly to Tigers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The road magic continued for the LSU basketball team Saturday night with a dramatic 79-75 overtime victory over Vanderbilt in Memorial Gymnasium. LSU rallied from an eight-point deficit with 12:26 to play in the second half and managed to get the game to overtime, where it outscored Vanderbilt 10-6 for… Continue reading →

LSU's young pitchers surrounded by veterans in field

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  LSU's Alex Bregman tags the bag and outs Ashford Fulmer at second then throws to first for the double play against Houston on Monday, June 2, 2014 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium during the championship game of the first round of NCAA regionals.

In the living room of Jake Godfrey and Jake Latz’s apartment is a makeshift bed. It might as well have “Alex Bregman” engraved on its side. “He’s our guy,” Godfrey said smiling. Already, the veteran position players and freshman pitchers are mingling. It’s key for an LSU team that’ll rely on a… Continue reading →

Even in the Pro Bowl, it’s safe to expect the spectacular from Odell Beckham Jr.

Associated Press file photo by Kathy Willens -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a former LSU standout, makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr in Noember in East Rutherford, N.J.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — You knew it was coming as Mark Ingram snuck up behind Odell Beckham Jr. as he addressed reporters following practice at the Pro Bowl. The New Orleans Saints running back tapped Beckham on the shoulder, arched his back and stuck his right arm as far back as he could behind his head.… Continue reading →

Senior Bowl: La’el Collins says his move to stay at LSU was good for him

Associated Press photo by MIKE KITTRELL -- Kaleb Eulls of Mississippi State and offensive tackle La'el Collins of LSU practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Before making his decision on whether to return to LSU for his senior season, offensive tackle La’el Collins sought advice from several sources. But the best advice he got was from his cousin, former Tigers defensive end Marcus Spears. “He told me, ‘If there was any doubt in your mind, you should go back to school,’… Continue reading →

7-footer Darcy Malone is coming up big for the LSU men’s basketball team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU center Darcy Malone (22) passes the ball past Texas A&M center Tonny Trocha-Morelos (10), Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

In his seemingly endless quest to find a fifth starter in his team’s first 15 games, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones went through three big men: freshmen Elbert Robinson III and Aaron Epps and senior John Odo. Just about when he was out of possibilities, Jones finally got what he was looking for in an 87-84 double-overtime win… Continue reading →

New LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to get a two-year deal for $450,000 a year

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- New LSU football defensive line coach Ed Orgeron smiles while answering questions.

New LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will make $450,000 a year as part of his two-year contract with LSU, according to the LSU Board of Supervisors agenda released Friday afternoon. The contracts for new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and Orgeron are set to be approved at the board meeting next Friday. Four other assistant coaches received… Continue reading →

Documents break down buyout details as John Chavis planned to leave LSU for Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, talks with defensive coordinator John Chavis before the Sam Houston State game, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva sent a letter to former defensive coordinator John Chavis requesting the coach pay a $400,000 buyout three days before Chavis officially resigned, documents show. The letter gives Chavis a deadline to pay the buyout and outlines payment options. The documents, which shed light on the buyout situation between the school and Chavis,… Continue reading →

Video: A planned visit to Alabama doesn't change the commitment to LSU for Catholic running back Derrius Guice

. Catholic running back Derrius Guice talks about his commitment to LSU and his maturity during his senior season after being suspended from the team. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Rheagan Courville leads LSU gymnastics team to a throttling of Missouri

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Rheagan Courville competes on the beam against Missouri in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.  Courville was awarded top all-arounder with a score of 39.625

The exposure of her athletes and sport to a broader audience is what LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux has worked toward her entire career. Friday gave Breaux a taste of a possible side effect. Television pauses dotted LSU’s 197.350-192.675 throttling of Missouri in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, rendering the Tigers unable to seize momentum… Continue reading →

As the experienced sophomore, Jared Poché is set to fill Aaron Nola’s role as the LSU baseball team’s leader

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU sophomore left-handed pitcher Jared Poche fields questions from the media during LSU Baseball's Media Day, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge. Poche is set to start on the Tigers' opening night against Kansas, Friday, Feb. 13.

On a windy Friday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Jared Poché stepped on the mound and delivered a fastball to batter Jared Foster for a strike. In a literal sense, the pitch opened LSU’s 2015 baseball practice. In a figurative sense, Poché’s fastball began his stint as the Tigers’ new Aaron Nola. In one… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU baseball team tries again to climb College World Series mountain

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, head coach Paul Mainieri, and volunteer assistant coach Will Davis observe bunting practice Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

If you play or coach baseball at LSU, the expectations never relent. It’s there from the moment you arrive at Alex Box Stadium for batting practice or a game and see the six national championship flags snapping in the breeze. Or the faces of LSU All-Americans, staring expectantly from plaques on the iron and brick fence ringing the… Continue reading →

LSU freshman Mike Papierski hopes to add defense, pop

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU freshman catcher Mike Papierski jokes around with teammates between interviews during media day Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU hasn’t had a 6-foot-3 catcher on its roster since Bill Clinton worked in the Oval Office. The Tigers have, at long last, found another one. Freshman Mike Papierski will be the tallest catcher at LSU since 2000, when Brad Cresse crouched behind the plate in the original Alex Box Stadium and helped deliver the Tigers’… Continue reading →

Video: LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri is optimistic about the upcoming season

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri fields questions from the media during LSU Baseball's Media Day, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

. LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri talks to the media about how the Tigers strengths and weaknesses as they prepare to enter the upcoming season. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: LSU baseball team confident that youngsters and pitching will hold up in 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior infielder Alex Bregman fields questions from the media during LSU Baseball's Media Day, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

. In the sights and sounds from LSU baseball media day on Friday, the Tiges' coach Paul Mainieri and his players like the mix of youth and experience on their team and feel good about their pitching going into the season. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

LSU report: Track and field team starts quickly in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The LSU track and field team got off to a solid start at Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Memorial Track & Field Meet at the Nutter Field House as Rodney Brown and Jada Martin turned in personal-best performances to rank among the NCAA’s elite in their respective events Friday Martin sprinted to victory in… Continue reading →

Former LSU punter Brad Wing signs a one-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (6) kicks a 44-yard field goal out of the hold of Brad Wing during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are sticking with punter Brad Wing.

The team signed Wing to a one-year contract extension on Friday. The 23-year-old Wing averaged 43.7 yards per punt in 2014, the fifth-best mark by a rookie punter in team history. Nearly a third of Wing's punts were downed inside the opponent's 20.

Wing joined the… Continue reading →

The missing piece: Third base void on Paul Mainieri’s mind as LSU baseball starts practice

Photo provided by Albert Cesare/Opelika-Auburn News -- LSU sophomore Danny Zardon played first base some last season, but third base is calling him this year.

When Paul Mainieri slips into bed at night, he’s often thinking about third base. When the LSU baseball coach wakes up, he’s often thinking about third base. “I lose sleep at night,” he said. Mainieri lost what he calls the best third baseman he’s ever coached. Christian Ibarra’s baffling barehanded plays, his rifling… Continue reading →

LSU eyes more in-state prospects, out-of-state defensive talent two weeks ahead of signing day

LSU heads into the final two weeks of the most critical recruiting period with eyes on a pair of in-state prospects and a host of highly rated defensive talent. The Tigers have 17 commitments, including four early enrollees, 13 days before the Feb. 4 National Signing Day, and they’ll host 11 recruits on an official visit this weekend.… Continue reading →

Senior Bowl: LSU tackle La’el Collins, other big men grab spotlight

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins runs through drills during practice for the Senior Bowl on Wednesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. — The Senior Bowl’s top prospects, like usual, are the big men. This time it’s guys like wide-bodied Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton and LSU left tackle La’el Collins who are trying to help cement their status as first-round picks in the much-scrutinized workouts heading into Saturday’s game. The 6-foot-2, 343-pound… Continue reading →

Tennessee topples LSU

Associated Press photo b yPatrick Murphy-RaceyLSU's Alliyah Fareo, left, and Danielle Ballard collide with Tennessee's Alexa Middleton in the second half of Thursday's game.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison regained her shooting touch in front of her former coach. Harrison scored 25 points — one off her career high — as the fifth-ranked Lady Volunteers breezed to a 75-58 victory over LSU on Thursday. Harrison shot 9 of 11 from the floor and made all seven of her… Continue reading →

LSU gymnastics to host Missouri

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Rheagan Courville performs on the bars in the gymnastics season opener against Iowa, Friday, Jan. 9, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge.

After passing a big test in its second meet last week, the LSU gymnastics team returns home Friday night to try and keep the early-season momentum going. LSU dropped a spot to third in the latest GymInfo rankings after defeating Kentucky and Arizona State in Lexington, Kentucky, last Friday night, which wasn’t totally unexpected considering the Tigers were… Continue reading →

LSU track and field team headed to Kentucky

The LSU track and field teams will put their early season form to the test at the Rod McCravy Memorial Track & Field Meet at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend. Friday’s action is set to get underway at 9 a.m. with the start of the two-day multi-events, followed by the first field events at… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles, Bobby Hebert reunited, speak for first time since awkward moment after 2012 national title game

Photo provided by PAUL SPRADLEY -- Les Miles, Bobby Hebert

The silence between LSU coach Les Miles and New Orleans radio personality Bobby Hebert has ended. Miles dined at Hebert’s restaurant in Metarie on Wednesday afternoon, the first interaction in three years between the man known as “The Cajun Cannon” and the coach known as “The Hat.” Continue reading full story at The Advocate’s… Continue reading →

Riverdale's Donte Jackson on picking LSU: 'Prayed about it ... all signs pointed to' Tigers

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Riverdale High School's Donte Jackson, left, eludes the grasp of Grace King High School's Leronta Butler, right, during a football game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

The first time Riverdale coach Brett Bonnafons saw film of Donte Jackson was during Jackson’s sophomore year. He was so impressed that his initial two-word reaction isn’t suitable to be printed. But it took college coaches a tad bit longer to see what all of the fuss was about this kid Bonnafons was bragging… Continue reading →

Blow out over Florida gives big boost to LSU

Associated Press/Gainesville Sun photo by MATT STAMEY -- LSU forward Jarell Martin grabs a rebound against Florida during the second half of Tuesday's game in Gainesville, Fla. Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds as the Tigers defeated Florida 79-61.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In three days, the LSU men’s basketball team went from blowing a game to blowing out its next opponent. In a you-never-know-what-you’re-going-to-get-start to the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule, LSU, still smarting from a home loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, got just what it needed Tuesday night at Florida.… Continue reading →

Belief a 'turning point' for LSU women's basketball

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's raigyne Moncrief (10) goes airborne to score in front of Kentucky's Bria Goss (13) in the second half of LSU's 84-79 win over Kentucky Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU women’s basketball coaching staff will be wearing their “We Back Pat” T-shirts again Thursday night at Tennessee. The ties run deep. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell played and coached at Tennessee under legendary coach Pat Summitt, as did assistant Tasha Butts. Assistant coach Tony Perotti was a practice squad player for the Lady Volunteers team,… Continue reading →

Podcast: LSU will be glad it didn't lose Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson to Georgia

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --East Jefferson linebacker Ronte Ladmirault (right) breaks up a pass in the end zone that was intended for Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson (center) during the first half of a week six game on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at JoeYenni Stadium in Metairie.

. In this week's "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast" Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks to guests Rene Nadeau of, Derek Ponamsky of and Newman coach Nelson Stewart about the impact of LSU getting a commitment from Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson on Wednesday. Music “Let’s the kids play” by Malaventura… Continue reading →