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Healthy Hawk: LSU coach Les Miles expects LT Jerald Hawkins to start against Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins fires off the line during the Tigers' game at Mississippi State on Sept. 12. Hawkins, who sat out last week's game at Ole Miss with an ankle injury, will likely return for LSU's regular-season finale Saturday against Texas A&M.

LSU finally got some good injury news. Junior left tackle Jerald Hawkins will likely start against Texas A&M on Saturday, coach Les Miles said Wednesday during his post-practice news conference. Hawkins suited up but sat out the Tigers’ 38-17 loss at Ole Miss last week with an ankle injury. “He practiced the whole week,” Miles said of… Continue reading →

Which bowl game is LSU headed to? 1 of 3 options appear likely

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) juggles a pass before bringing it in, as Mississippi defensive back Kendarius Webster (15) moves in in during  he first half, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss.

Whether Les Miles is still LSU’s coach or not, at some point over the holidays, the Tigers will have a bowl game to play. LSU’s potential postseason address, speculation over which has been drowned out by the spotlight on Miles’ embattled tenure at the school, is pure guesswork at this point considering the Tigers’ current… Continue reading →

LSU women’s basketball team faces Purdue in Gulf Coast Showcase

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Nikki Fargas speaks to her players during a time out against Long Beach State earlier this month at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU women’s basketball team will spend the Thanksgiving break in Estero, Florida, at the Gulf Coast Showcase, which will be played at Germain Arena Friday through Sunday. LSU (3-2) plays Purdue (3-0) at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Lady Tigers will meet either Marist or Louisville on Saturday at 6:30 or 12:30 p.m. Sunday’s opponent will be… Continue reading →

Jimbo Fisher on Florida State: 'I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place.'

LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, left,  and  head coach Les Miles talk football practice in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. LSU  is getting ready to play Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl football game on Jan. 3.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher experssed his affection for Florida State on Wednesday night when asked on his radio show if he'd consider leaving Tallahassee for Baton Rouge. “I’m happy where I’m at,” Fisher said, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place.… Continue reading →

An emotional LSU coach Les Miles call-in brings out tears: ‘We’re not going to let you leave town’

Les Miles’ radio show Wednesday night brought tears to a child questioner who sought comfort in Miles’ arms and had a 60-year-old man choking up in front of the embattled football coach. “I don’t know how you keep smiling, but you do,” one live questioner said. “That’s why we love you. … We’re not going to let you leave… Continue reading →

Pick 6: Texas A&M beat writer answers our Aggies questions ahead of Saturday's game

Before you sit down and gorge yourself with Thanksgiving food, have a helping of our final Pick 6 of the regular season. Brent Zwerneman, a Texas A&M beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, graciously answered all our questions about the Aggies, who travel to Baton Rouge to face LSU at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. You can follow Brent on Twitter @BrentZwerneman and Continue reading →

Les Miles, LSU teammates vouch for Leonard Fournette’s Heisman candidacy as star back has two program records within reach

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette runs behind the blocking of offensive lineman William Clapp (64), fullback Bry'Kiethon Mouton (47) and tight end Colin Jeter (81) during the first half Saturday in Oxford, Miss.

Leonard Fournette’s season has gone much like LSU’s. The sophomore running back became a national celebrity and the unquestioned frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy during the team’s 7-0 start that propelled it to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Since then, Fournette and the Tigers have disappeared from the Heisman and national championship conversation.… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Alabama Crimson running back Derrick Henry (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Middle Tennessee, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Each week, The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. This year’s Heisman will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on ESPN. 1. DERRICK HENRY Alabama junior running back WHY HE’S HERE: There’s a lot of volatility to… Continue reading →

Step up in competition in New York tripped LSU men’s basketball team, exposing room for improvement

North Carolina State guard Maverick Rowan (24) and forward BeeJay Anya (21) defend as LSU center Elbert Robinson III (3) goes up for a layup during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for third place in the Legends Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK — After buzzing through their first three opponents, the No. 22 LSU men’s basketball team came to the bright lights of this big city with hopes of building an early-season résumé for a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Much like they did last November, the Tigers didn’t put their best foot forward… Continue reading →

'I love this place': Les Miles declines to defend self, hopes to be at LSU ‘another 11 years’

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles walks off the field after the game, Saturday, Nov.21, 2015 in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss won 38-17.

Embattled LSU coach Les Miles declined to defend himself Wednesday and says he hopes to be at LSU another 11 years. Miles’ 11th regular season at LSU ends Saturday with a home game against Texas A&M, and the coach has never faced more questions about his job security. Multiple national reports Monday confirmed… Continue reading →

‘It was hurting to me’: A meeting with former coordinator John Chavis stirs feelings in LSU players

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis' departure for Texas A&M last year left many Tigers in disbelief.

In the elevator of LSU’s hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, linebacker Lamar Louis heard the news just hours after a Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame. Around the same time, linebacker Kendell Beckwith heard the same from teammates. He didn’t believe them. After all, the scoop shocked him: John Chavis, his… Continue reading →

NC State drops LSU men’s basketball team 83-72 in overtime

Associated Press photo by Kathy Willens -- North Carolina State guard Cody Martin, left,steals the ball from LSU guard Josh Gray during the Wolfpack's 83-72 overtime win for third place in the Legends Classic on Tuesdayin New York.

NEW YORK — For the second time in as many nights Tuesday, the LSU men’s basketball team had a 3-point shot to win a game in the Legends Classic. For the second time in as many nights, the shot didn’t find the mark. This time, guard Antonio Blakeney’s attempt from the top… Continue reading →

Tigers receiver Travin Dural to have surgery

LSU receiver Travin Dural will have surgery on a torn hamstring suffered in the loss to Ole Miss on Saturday, The Daily Reveille reported Tuesday night. Dural, a redshirt junior, entered the game as the Tigers’ leader in receiving yards. He leaped to catch a high pass in the end zone in the first half of… Continue reading →

Another star recruit, Jacoby Stevens, decommits from LSU

LSU has lost a commitment from its second recruit in as many days. Junior athlete Jacoby Stevens from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, announced Tuesday that he had decommitted from the Tigers. He joins 2016 quarterback Feleipe Franks, who made the same decision the day prior. Stevens committed to LSU in September but said the… Continue reading →

Jalyn Patterson draws first start of season for LSU

LSU guard Jalyn Patterson (15) defends as Marquette guard Jajuan Johnson (23) drives to the basket in the second half of the Legends Classic semifinal in an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in New York.  Marquette defeated LSU 81-80. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK — For the first time this season, the LSU basketball team had a different look for the start of Tuesday night’s game with North Carolina State. Jalyn Patterson, a 6-foot-1 guard, started 10 games at the end of the last season, but drew his first starting assignment of this season in place of… Continue reading →

AP college football picks: A weekend feast with major implications

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz walks with the team during an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.,  on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Every team in the AP Top 25 is playing this weekend in a total of 18 games. All but one of these are guaranteed to be: A) A matchup of ranked teams. B) A rivalry game. C) A game with College Football Playoff implications. D) A game with conference title implications. E) Some combination of the above. So this… Continue reading →

Report: LSU WR Travin Dural out for season, set to have surgery on torn hamstring

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris helps injured teammate Travin Dural off the field after Dural was upended in the end zone trying to make a catch in the first half of Saturday's game in Oxford, Miss.

LSU receiver Travin Dural will have surgery on a torn hamstring suffered in the loss to Ole Miss last week, The Daily Reveille reported late Tuesday night. Dural, a redshirt junior, entered the game against the Rebels as the Tigers’ leader in receiving yards, He leaped to catch a high pass in the end zone in the first half of… Continue reading →

LSU running back Leonard Fournette named one of three Doak Walker Award finalists

Leonard Fournette made the final cut. LSU’s sophomore running back was pegged as one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, the SMU Athletic Forum announced Tuesday afternoon. Fournette joined Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey as finalists for the award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back. The winner will be announced live Dec. 10 during ESPN’s “The… Continue reading →

CBS' Gary Danielson: Lack of quarterback Les Miles' downfall at LSU, but 'he might not be unemployed for two hours'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana State Police Sgt. Bryan Madden, left, looks on as LSU head coach Les Miles talks with LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) just after the last platt of the game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge. LSU beat Auburn 45-21.

CBS Sports college football analyst Gary Danielson likes Les Miles, but in a podcast on he said he understands why the LSU coach is on the hot seat... Continue reading →

LSU Twitter Mailbag: You asked about head coaching candidates, Danny Etling and more

As we reported earlier this week, Les Miles attempted to extend the contract of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron earlier this season. That did not happen. So, you’d assume that Cameron might not keep his current position on the staff. Continue reading →

Report: LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron ‘very interested’ in Syracuse head coaching job

LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron reacts during the second half an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is “very interested” in the head coaching opening at Syracuse, he told on Monday. “I have a lot of respect for Syracuse,” Orgeron told the website for a story published Monday. “Great private school, great education, great tradition. So, obviously, my interest would be very high. I’d… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles delivers clear message to players in Monday meeting: 'Team first'

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Les Miles holds his weekly press conference amidst growing speculation of his dismissal.

Lamar Louis has tried to ignore the rumblings, but friends and family members keep on reminding him. Everyone wants to know about the fate of his coach, LSU’s Les Miles. “People texting you, calling you, seeing it on the news,” said Louis, the Tigers’ senior starting linebacker. “Can’t really run… Continue reading →

Big-name LSU commitment Feleipe Franks withdraws pledge from LSU, has eye on Florida

Four-star Feleipe Franks (Crawfordville, Fla.) announced Monday night on Twitter he decommitted from the Tigers. Franks is a top five pro-style quarterback nationally, according to the 247sports composite. (AP file photo)

LSU lost its only quarterback commitment for the Class of 2016. Four-star recruit Feleipe Franks of Crawfordville, Florida, announced Monday night on Twitter that he decommitted from the Tigers. Franks is a top-five pro-style quarterback nationally, according to the composite rankings. “For about a month now, I have been talking with… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Quite a 'heartrending' moment Monday when Les Miles called Baton Rouge 'home'

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Les Miles holds his weekly press conference amidst growing speculation of his dismissal.

For a coach who has been so embattled almost from day one, so second-guessed, so subject to such withering criticism, Les Miles took on a new persona Monday: That of the sympathetic figure. Miles was asked during his weekly Monday media luncheon — by all indications, his last such gathering as LSU’s football coach — what… Continue reading →