LSU coach Les Miles: Center Elliott Porter out for the game at Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles shouts toward players on the field after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against LSU with 1:07 in the game put LSU at a big disadvantage after getting close to scoring a touchdown, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge. They settled for a tying field goal linstead after the 15-yard penalty. LSU lost 20-13 in overtime.

Center Elliott Porter will not play in LSU’s game at Texas A&M, coach Les Miles said Monday. Porter injured his ankle during the loss at Arkansas and will be replaced in the starting lineup by right guard Ethan Pocic. Evan Washington will start in place of Pocic at right guard for the Tigers (7-4, 3-4… Continue reading →

Opening tip: Clemson vs. LSU men's basketball

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Elbert Robinson is fouled by Texas Tech Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

. What: Clemson (2-2) vs. LSU (3-1)
When: 3 p.m. Monday
Where: UVI Sports and Fitness Center, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands
TV: None
In-game updates on Twitter: @MicklesAdvocate
On deck: LSU returns home to face McNeese State on Saturday at 7 p.m.… Continue reading →

Check out photos of Odell Beckham Jr.'s incredible 1-handed catch; Les Miles: Tigers have seen this before

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) ORG XMIT: ERU

In his “Monday Morning Quarterback” blog on SI.com, Peter King takes an in depth look into the spectacular one-handed touchdown grab made by LSU rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the New York Giants. Continue reading →

Recap: LSU coach Les Miles previews Thanksgiving Day game vs. Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles gestures to an official during a review of a punt apparently downed by LSU near the Alabama goal line, but the the punt was eventually  ruled a touchback. during the second half, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge. The  LSU lost 20-13 in overtime.

It's four days before LSU finishes its regular season with a game at Texas A&M. What's going on with the Tigers? Continue reading →

Rabalais: Ex-LSU greats Dale Brown, Shaquille O’Neal hold court at Hall of Fame induction like no on else

Associated Press photo by Colin E. Braley -- Former LSU coach Dale Brown, left, greets former LSU great Shaquille O'Neal as he takes the stage Sunday night during a National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the 2014 inductees into the College Basketball Hall of Fame one by one took the stage and then departed Sunday, college basketball analyst Seth Davis turned to co-host Clark Kellogg of CBS to talk about the evening’s closing act. “We’re coming to the LSU portion of the show,” Davis said. As… Continue reading →

Rabalais: It's only half a ‘tradition’ for LSU and Texas A&M

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles meets Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin after last season's game in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers and Aggies begin a Thanksgiving tradition when they meet Thursday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.

It’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving Day without football. Personally, I have a theory that the Pilgrims and Indians used Plymouth Rock as a crude football on some unsuspecting meadow after the first turkey and stuffing was consumed. The Indians would have had home continent advantage, ’tis true. But the Pilgrims, being English, would have had the… Continue reading →

Best catch ever? Ex-LSU player Odell Beckham Jr. snags one-handed touchdown catch for New York Giants against Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

During the New York Giants game Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, former LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made a one-handed touchdown catch that had social media asking this: Was it the best catch ever? Click here and see. Here… Continue reading →

As his role grows, LSU’s Tim Quarterman shows off his versatility

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU's Tim Quarterman is fouled by Gardner Webb's Jerome Hill as he puts up a shot on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — In four games this season, Tim Quarterman has given the LSU men’s basketball team what he couldn’t provide the Tigers a year ago: quality minutes off the bench. Now firmly entrenched as the Tigers’ sixth man, the 6-foot-6 sophomore has made huge strides in expanding his game over the offseason and… Continue reading →

Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger's AP Top 25 vote

Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims (7) celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 48-14. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)

How I Voted will be a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting with a blurb on each explaining that team’s ranking. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Digging into the roots of LSU’s quarterback quandary

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) attempts to elude the sack from Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) but can't during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

Gary Crowton had it all figured out. Matt Flynn was “the guy.” Ryan Perrilloux was “the next guy.” Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee were the “developing third guys” and Jordan Jefferson was the guy scheduled for a redshirt. Flynn graduated. Perrilloux was dismissed. Hatch got hurt. Lee threw a half-dozen interceptions for touchdowns, and Jefferson finished… Continue reading →

Together, Shaquille O’Neal and Dale Brown formed legendary pair; and together, they will enter College Basketball Hall of Fame

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU center Shaquille O’Neal, left, and coach Dale Brown chat during a game in January 1991.

Basketball took Dale Brown around the world, filling a need in a fatherless lad with boundless energy that couldn’t be satisfied by staying home in frosty Minot, North Dakota. Without knowing it, maybe what the globetrotting Brown was looking for was Shaquille O’Neal. They met in a U.S. Army base in Wildflecken, West Germany in 1985.… Continue reading →

LSU men bounce back, beat Weber State 72-58

Photo courtesy Paradise Jam --  LSU's Jordan Mickey defends Weber State's Joel Bolomboy on Saturday during the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Mickey scored 27 points and had 14 rebounds in the Tigers' 72-58 win. LSU will play Clemson at 3 p.m. Monday in its final game of the tournament.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — Near the end of one of their best halves of the still-young season Saturday night, LSU forward Jordan Mickey added the perfect exclamation point to the Tigers’ victory over Weber State. Actually, it was two exclamation points. Frustrated a night earlier when he scored just… Continue reading →

Rutgers rides late run to beat Lady Tigers 64-57

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Raigyne Moncrief runs past a statue of legendary LSU coach Sue Gunter on her way to the Lady Tigers' second half battle against Rutgers' during the Sue Gunter Classic, Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

Despite the Lady Tigers’ second-best offensive output of the season, LSU (2-3) was unable overcome a late scoring barrage by Rutgers (3-0) in a 64-57 loss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday. The Lady Tigers showed flashes of their potential throughout the first half of the Sue Gunter Classic. Junior… Continue reading →

Opening Tip: LSU vs. Weber State men's basketball

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU coach Johnny Jones watches the action against Gardner Webb on Saturday.

The latest news and notes before the LSU vs. Weber State men's basketball game. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

LSU’s La’el Collins has seemingly made all the right decisions — and now the NFL is set to choose him

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) congratulates LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) after Magee's third quarter touchdown run against Kentucky,  Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won big, 41-3

On the night Jeremy Hill found trouble in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge bar, La’el Collins just went home. Todd Black remembers it well. The three had eaten at a restaurant a few hours before Hill sucker-punched a man outside of Reggie’s Bar. Collins, LSU’s star offensive tackle, warned Hill, then the Tigers’ running… Continue reading →

LSU men fall 70-61 to Old Dominion for their first loss

Photo courtesy Paradise Jam -- LSU's Jarell Martin attempts a free throw against Old Dominion at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — The LSU basketball team trailed at halftime for the third time in as many games this season in the Tigers’ opening game of the Paradise Jam on Friday. But unlike their first two games, against Gardner-Webb and Texas Tech, there would be no comeback victory this time. Even though… Continue reading →

No. 22 Rutgers is Lady Tigers’ next test

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Raigyne Moncrief looks for room around Tulane's defense Tulane Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

It has been a long time since the LSU women’s basketball program has had to value to moral victories, but so far this season the Lady Tigers will take wins any way they can get them. After an alarmingly poor effort Monday in a 52-44 win over Jackson State, LSU lost but played better Wednesday while dropping… Continue reading →

SEC football capsules

Eastern Kentucky (9-2) at Florida (5-4, 4-4 SEC) WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday. WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548). TV: SEC Network. SERIES: First meeting. BETTING LINE: N/A. STAT THAT MATTERS: Against nonconference competition in 2014, Florida’s defense is allowing only 2.3 yards per play. NOTES: A new era for Florida football will unfold soon enough. Following last weekend’s 23-20… Continue reading →

LSU basketball blog: Opening Tip -- LSU vs. Old Dominion

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU and Texas Tech scramble for control of the ball Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Greetings from paradise. Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game this basketball season. To read the complete blog entry, please click here.… Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings says he ignores fan criticism

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is sacked by Arkansas linebacker Keegan Heller during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 17-0 loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Anthony Jennings is taking the blame for LSU’s passing woes, but he’s not paying attention to the criticism. The Tigers’ starting quarterback is ignoring the season-long wave of criticism from fans. It crashed down on him the hardest following LSU’s 17-0 loss at Arkansas. “You can’t listen to fan criticism — either… Continue reading →

LSU at Texas A&M: Key matchups

Assocaited Press photo -- Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen

LSU SECONDARY vs. TEXAS A&M QB KYLE ALLEN Kyle Allen has completed 61 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. In his previous two contests against Auburn and Missouri, Allen threw for 514 yards with eight touchdowns and only three interceptions. He’ll face an LSU secondary that continues to be the best… Continue reading →

LSU to use trip for bonding and teaching

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU coach Johnny Jones watches the action against Gardner Webb on Saturday.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — Considering his freshman- and sophomore-laden team hasn’t been together for all that long, an extended road trip early in the season isn’t such a bad thing for LSU coach Johnny Jones. The way Jones sees it, it can be an invaluable tool for a team that, in the early stages… Continue reading →

Cox Sports Television to air some, if not all, of LSU baseball’s nonconference road games

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  LSU's Alex Bregman fields a grounder before the Tigers' game against Houston on Monday, June 2, 2014 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium during the championship game of the first round of NCAA regionals.

More LSU baseball games will be televised than originally expected. Cox Sports Television has requested to air all seven of the Tigers’ nonconference road games, said Jeff Brenner, the outlet’s executive producer. The network received permission to air LSU’s games at Southern on March 17 and at Zephyr Field in Metairie against Louisiana-Lafayette on March 31, the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU may dive deep into bowl pool

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGKentucky linebacker Tyler Brause (10) can't hold on as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Among many things, LSU’s hollow 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas on Saturday was like a cannonball leap into the pool. Dropping LSU to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play, the defeat certainly took the Tigers out of College Football Playoff bowl contention, if even they had a shot going in. Certainly there are too many… Continue reading →

LSU center Elliott Porter could miss rest of season after suffering ankle injury

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU center Elliott Porter (55) grimaces in pain after an injury during the first half, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) and LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) watch with concern. Porter came out of the game, and left the field on a cart.

LSU might be without center Elliott Porter for the remainder of the season. Porter, a senior from Waggaman, injured his right ankle in last week’s 17-0 loss at Arkansas and is doubtful for the Tigers’ season finale at Texas A&M and a bowl game, Les Miles said Wednesday. “Elliott … not so certain about this game.… Continue reading →

Tulane women hold off LSU in 51-45 victory

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Anne Pedersen fouls Tulane's Jamie Kaplan Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Jamie Kaplan made a baseline jumper with just under a minute remaining and Tulane added some clutch free throws in the closing seconds to hold off LSU 51-45 Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Tulane improved to 3-0 while LSU fell to 2-2. The Green Wave led by as many as seven early in the second… Continue reading →

Second-half defense key to Tigers’ rally over Texas Tech

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU and Texas Tech players scramble for a loose ball ll Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

It may have taken a little while, but the LSU basketball team’s defense showed up at just the right time Tuesday night. After giving up 82 points to Gardner-Webb in the season opener Saturday, LSU had to turn things up a notch on the defensive end after a poor first half in its second… Continue reading →

This week in the Southeastern Conference

Associated Press photo BUTCH DILL -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott talks with Alabama quarterback Blake Sims after last week's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 25-20.

RATING GAME Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into Week 13: 1. Alabama (9-1, 6-1; Last week: 2) Someone said Tide was the zombie elephant on the CFP horizon. It’s on the doorstep. 2. Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1; 1) Bulldogs still alive in SEC, CFP chase, but seems like they’ve… Continue reading →