BATON ROUGE – Offensive lineman Maea Teuhema has been indefinitely suspended from the LSU football team for violation of team rules, head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Wednesday morning.
BATON ROUGE – LSU will have two No. 18s in 2017 as senior J.D. Moore was presented with the jersey at a team meeting on Sunday night.
Moore will join defensive end Christian LaCouture as the two No. 18s for the Tigers this year. LaCouture was presented with his No. 18 jersey during the spring.
“This team has a number of guys who would be a perfect fit to wear No. 18 for the Tigers and I am very proud that both Christian and J.D. will get a chance to do that,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “The leadership they have shown makes them both a great choice.”
On the field, Moore has been a mainstay in the LSU lineup, serving as the starting fullback for the Tigers for the past two years. Off the field, Moore carries a 3.995 grade point average in architecture.
LaCouture is one of the senior leaders on LSU’s defense as he enters his third season as a starter on the defensive front for the Tigers. LaCouture, who graduated in August of 2016 with a degree in sports administration, has racked up 86 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks during in his career.
LSU’s jersey No. 18 tradition was born in 2003 when quarterback Matt Mauck led the Tigers to their first national title in football since 1958. Mauck’s No. 18 became synonymous with success – both on and off the field – as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player.
Moore and LaCouture join an impressive list of previous No. 18s for the Tigers, including Mauck (2001-03), running back Jacob Hester (2004-07), tight end Richard Dickson (2008-09), running back Richard Murphy (2010), safety Brandon Taylor (2011), defensive tackle Bennie Logan (2012), linebacker Lamin Barrow (2013), running back Terrance Magee (2014) and cornerback Tre’Davious White (2015-16).
BATON ROUGE – The Maravich Center on the LSU campus will be home to the largest center hung videoboard in college basketball when the school completes installation of the new board later this month.
Featuring the latest in HD technology, the Maravich Center videoboard would rank 11th in size among all center hung boards in NBA arenas.
“This is a huge upgrade to that facility that will have an immediate impact for our fans,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “It’s a perfect match for the excitement we can expect in that arena with volleyball, women’s basketball, and of course our top-ranked gymnastics program and our men’s basketball team under new head coach Will Wade.”
The videoboard will feature two sideline high-definition screens that each measure 42 feet by 21 feet for a total of 882 square feet of video space per board. The baseline facing boards, also in HD, will measure 24 feet by 20.5 feet for 984 square feet of video space. In all, the videoboard will give fans 2,748 square feet of HD video.
Alleva said the videoboard, priced at over $3 million, was fully funded by the Tiger Athletic Foundation and will be used for sporting events and other major events in the Maravich Center including LSU’s commencement ceremonies, which take place three times a year in the venue.
“LSU athletics and the Tiger Athletic Foundation are fully invested in providing the best in-game experience possible for our fans while giving our student-athletes every advantage possible to have success,” Alleva said. “This new videoboard goes a long way to helping accomplish both of those goals.”
To put the size of the videoboard into perspective, it would take 105 50-inch televisions to equal the size of the new board.
“No matter if it was the largest in the country or not, we wanted to create the best possible game-day atmosphere for our fans,” LSU Deputy Athletic Director Eddie Nunez said. “It isn’t just big, it’s the latest in technology and will allow us to feature a brand new suite of services to make the game experience just that much more exciting. This board is a game changer for our student-athletes and our fans.”
Some of the features that fans can expect to enjoy with the videoboard include:
True 16:9 aspect high-definition video
Dedicated area for game-in-progress information (score, clock, etc.), individual and team stats
Dynamic content area that will feature out of town scores, crowd prompts, in-depth player stats and social media content
In addition to the new center hung videoboard, the Maravich Center will be outfitted with four new portal screens, which will replace the scoreboards that used to occupy that space. There will also be a new scorer’s table LED board.
The portal screen boards and scorer’s table will feature game-in-progress information, stats and other dynamic content.
All new boards and screens in the Maravich Center can be tied together to produce content or unique displays during the course of a game or event.
Here’s what members of the LSU coaching staff had to say about the new videoboards in the Maravich Center:
Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux:
“This video board is going to be the largest in NCAA gymnastics. Our fan experience is something we take great pride in, and this is only going to enhance the experience for the 10,000-plus fans that pack the PMAC.”
Women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargas:
“The installation of the video board at the Maravich Center will allow our fans to connect with our team and the game in so many new ways. We are excited about what this brings to women’s basketball and all the sports that call this building home.”
Volleyball coach Fran Flory:
“We are thrilled to be the first team to compete under the new scoreboard. This is THE best in the country. The opportunities to provide incredible video and statistical enhancements at our events are endless. Fans are going to LOVE what this adds to all of our events.”
Men’s basketball coach Will Wade:
“I know our fans will be excited about the videoboard being installed in the Maravich Center. It will be an outstanding addition to the fan experience that we will be trying to incorporate into our basketball games to give our team a great home-court advantage.”
Scott Rabalais from the The Advocate makes a big statement about Ed Orgeron and the condition of LSU Football at the time. There is a big change for the LSU offense with Orgeron hiring Matt Canada from Pittsburgh, a offense that put up 39 points a game. That hire alone will make LSU fans happy with more offense, if LSU starts putting up 35 points a game and the defense holds the opponents to 10 to 14 points a game will be pretty anazing.
LSU CB Donte Jackson will head up the LSU secondary this year. Donte is very quick fast and full of speed. He can cover bigger receivers because he can out jump them for the ball. Donte made some big plays versus Alabama last year tackling the Bama running backs in the backfield, also tackling QB Hurt before he tried to score a touchdown inside the 5 yard line, as the LSU D dropped him for a loss. Donte had a big fumble inside the five yard line versus Ole Miss which LSU went on to win 38-24. Expect big things from Donte Jackson this year.
LSU ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ARAMARK AS NEW CAMPUS ATHLETICS CONCESSIONAIRE
BATON ROUGE – As part of LSU’s ongoing effort to enhance the fan experience at its athletic venues, the school announced it has partnered with Aramark to provide food and beverage services at all athletic facilities on campus. Aramark, which provides food and beverage service to more than 15 NCAA Division I athletic programs as well as 10 NFL, eight MLB, seven NHL and five NBA franchises, will manage all aspects of concessions for LSU’s eight campus venues, including Tiger Stadium, the Pete Maravich Center, Alex Box Stadium and Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium.
“This is a significant enhancement for LSU athletics and most importantly for our fans,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “This is a long-term commitment between LSU and Aramark and our fans will start noticing immediate improvements in food and beverage at our athletic events this fall.”
Those LSU fans going to Houston for the season-opener against BYU will be able to experience Aramark concessions as they provide food and beverage service at NRG Stadium. Aramark is also the food and beverage provider at SEC member institutions Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. “We are honored to partner with one the most prestigious athletic departments in all of college sports,” said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. “LSU has some of college athletics most energetic and passionate fans and we look forward to utilizing our insights and expertise to deliver a dynamic food and beverage program that enhances the game day experience.”
Alleva said the new partnership will mean more efficient service and greater menu options with more local flare. “This is Louisiana – food is a very important part of our culture,” said Alleva. “We want to better meet the needs and desires of our fans and we are confident this partnership helps us to do that.” Initial points of emphasis will focus on increasing speed of service, upgrading basic cooking equipment and integrating new point-of-sale technology. Over the course of the partnership, LSU and Aramark will work together to renovate existing concessions stands, design more vibrant and accessible destinations, and offer greater menu variety.
Aramark has a long history and extensive experience managing operations for premier live events such as the NCAA Final Four, BCS Football Championship, Super Bowl, MLB, NBA and NHL All-Star Games, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, Copa America and World Meeting of Families/Papal Visit.
BATON ROUGE – LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron will travel to Bristol, Connecticut and spend Wednesday on ESPN’s campus for the “Car Wash”. Orgeron will participate in nearly 25 interviews during his trip to the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
Orgeron will actually start his ESPN “Car Wash” experience tonight as he will tape a segment for SportsCenter that will air following the Yankees vs. Twins game on ESPN. Orgeron’s interview is expected to air sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight tonight.
On Wednesday, Orgeron will start the day with a live appearance on Mike & Mike at 7:30 a.m. Mike & Mike can be seen on ESPN2 or heard on ESPN Radio.
Other highlights of Oregon’s day at ESPN include a live appearance on SportsCenter:AM at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN followed by appearing live on First Take at 9:40 a.m., also on ESPN.
Coach “O” will be a guest on SportsCenter on ESPN2 at 10:15 a.m. followed by a taped interview with Paul Finebaum. Orgeron’s interview with Finebaum will be aired later that day.
Orgeron will be a radio guest with Stephen A. Smith at 1:15 p.m. followed by an appearance on the Ryen Russillo Show at 1:30 p.m. Both of those interviews will air live on ESPN Radio.
After an afternoon spot on SportsCenter, Coach “O” concludes his day with a taping on College Football Live, which will air tomorrow between 4 and 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The following is a look at Orgeron’s “Car Wash” Schedule:
Tuesday, July 18th
8:30 p.m. SportsCenter – (ESPN) Airing on ESPN following Yankees/Twins game
Wednesday, July 19th
7:30 a.m. Mike & Mike (ESPN2)
8:30 a.m. SportsCenter:AM (ESPN)
9:40 a.m. First Take (ESPN)
10:15 a.m. SportsCenter (ESPN2)
10:40 a.m. The Paul Finebaum Show (ESPN Radio)
11:30 a.m. Coast to Coast (ESPN)
1:15 p.m. Stephen A Smith Radio (ESPN Radio)
1:30 p.m. The Ryen Russillo Show (ESPN Radio)
3:30 p.m. Highly Questionable (ESPN)
5 p.m. College Football Live (ESPN2)
6 p.m. SportsCenter (ESPNews)
1. Alabama 147
2. Ohio State 142
3. Florida State 137
4. USC 134
5. Penn State 120
6. Clemson 119
7. Washington 111
8. Oklahoma 110
9. Oklahoma State 95
10. Auburn 92
11. Michigan 88
12. Wisconsin 80
13. LSU 76
14. Georgia 76
15. Stanford 67
16. Louisville 65
17. Kansas State 47
18. Florida 44
19. South Florida 43
20. Miami, Fla. 36
21. West Virginia 34
22. Texas 21
23. Tennessee 16
24. Oregon 14
25. Boise State 11
Hello football fans we have 47 days til the kickoff of College Football. I like baseball and reshirted at USF for a season in 1995-96, enjoyed the sport, but baseball is not like football, the season is right around the corner. The reports around the camp everyone is talking about Kentucky and Georgia, Georgia is favored to win the SEC East according to the media, but it seems like the SEC Media is wrong every year. Its funny in the beginning of the season even Paul Finebaum starts talking about like Kentucky, and that’s usely about that, its talk, Kemtucky hasnt proving anything probably since the last time they beat LSU 2007.I remember in 2014 Kentucky coming into Tiger Stadium on a satuday night, they were saying we are gonna win tonight, walking around the sidelines even the Kentucky fans were saying yep this is the night we beat LSU. Kentucky. The game didnt go well as Kentucky threw passes sideline to sideline, the final score was 41-3 LSU. So I don’t really put any stock in Kentucky at all, and the SEC East has one of the weakest links in the conference. Tennessee Coach Butch Jones keeps talking about building their program brick by brick, someday he is gonna run out of bricks, I think Butch Jones is on a short leash and the Vols fans are getting impatient about their present coach. Yes Muschamp is still coach at South Carolina but I don’t see them doing anything in the next 5 years.
Florida Gators and Georgia probably the only 2 good teams in the SEC East that are competitive, but the Gators show up every year in the SEC Title Game and gets beat by Alabama like everyone else, Florida did something they are probably going to regret by scheduling a very explosive LSU team, for Homecoming, what a very bad thing to do, and I hear they are gonna give their National Champions Baseball team who beat LSU their rings that night during the game. LSU has a new offensive coordinator Matt Canada who came from Pittsburgh, averaging 39 points a game and the only team to beat the National Champions, Clemson Tigers. The results I see in this game could be decided by 3 points or a blowout by LSU, the gators thinking its an easy game. Someone once told me don’t ever make decisions base on your emotions, the University of Florida was called out during their hurricane last year, LSU offer to fly over the Florida Gators football team and everyone else, and it would be their home game, but as reports were released Florida team was very banged up and didn’t want to face LSU that week, so they danced around until thursday came around and the SEC Commissioner canceled the game because of the University of Florida was not responding and putting everyone on hold. Amazing how Maryland played their schedule game, even Miami played their scheduled game and according to the storm it pass by the coast by Florida and went off shore to the Carolina’s, it didn’t even effect Florida that much, much less the city of Gainesville which is more inland and not even close to the coast.
The team to win the SEC again this year is Alabama Crimson Tide, which are not supposed to miss a beat who might lose to Florida State an opening game and are on the road vs Auburn later on in the season. If Alabama loses 2 games it will be the first time since 2013 that they lost 2 games, and the SEC might not have a team in the NCAA Playoffs, but LSU might go 11-1 so the SEC still has a chance to be represented in the Playoffs if Alabama loses 2 games. Auburn has been talked about as well to win the SEC but it will have to win some big games on the road. The SEC is really starting to balance out especially the West, but they do have their problems especially with Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze going thru alot of sanctions with the NCAA. A very big cloud indeed over Oxford,Ms as of right now, with all the sanctions and even former Ole Miss Coach Houston Nut was blamed for the 2-10 season before Hugh Freeze took over, Freeze tried blaming Nut for the NCAA Sanctions going on right now, so Houston Nut is suing Hugh Freeze in court for defamation. Its kinda of funny, Houston Nut is suing for a good reputation but his stunt at Arkansas really cleaned that up especially riding around on motorbikes with hot grad students and getting into accidents while being married. I guess someone needs to take the fall for Ole Miss woes right now, because for a SEC West team to beat Alabama two times in a roll, everyone knew something was cooking in Oxford, to get all those top 5 recruits into a small town like Oxford,Mississippi. So there you go folks there’s our break down for the season for right now for the SEC.