Rosetta Joins TSD

The team has bulked up, with the addition of longtime Advocate writer Randy Rosetta.

The team has bulked up, with the addition of longtime Advocate writer Randy Rosetta, who comes aboard as the beat writer in charge of LSU team coverage.

After a longer-than-usual college experience at the University of Kansas, Rosetta arrived in Baton Rouge in 2004. Before that, he also made stops as a sports writer and editor in Kansas City, Kans., Farmington, N.M., Las Cruces, N.M. and Auburn, Ala. That makes four college towns he has called home and Baton Rouge has climbed into second place among his favorites behind Lawrence, Kans.

For the last seven years, he has been one of the lead LSU beat writers at The Advocate, the last four as primary football and baseball beat man after four seasons as the point man covering the Tigers men's basketball beat.

Rosetta spearheaded the Advocate's coverage of the 2006 Final Four appearance by the LSU men, as well as the Tiger baseball team's latest College World Series championship in 2009.

Although he has been in dozens of stadiums and arenas for hundreds of games, Rosetta readily confesses that the first time he watched a game in Tiger Stadium and the LSU band struck the first few notes of ‘Tiger Rag,' the hair on the back of his neck stood up.

Same thing happened when LSU clinched a spot in the 2006 Final Four and two summers ago at Rosenblatt Stadium when the Tigers locked up their sixth national championship at the College World Series.

Before he made his way to Baton Rouge, Rosetta spent six years working at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal covering Texas Tech football and men's basketball. One of his humble claims to fame for the strangely named paper was breaking the news that the Red Raiders were hiring Bob Knight. West Texas is also where – by pure dumb luck – Rosetta met Jenny Hall, a native of Plainview, and somehow convinced her to marry him. The much better looking member of the Rosetta union is a third-grade teacher at LaSalle Elementary in Baton Rouge. They have two daughters, Mallory (11½ , going on 23) and 3-year-old Darby, who had the courtesy to arrive three weeks before her daddy's Kansas Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA national championship in basketball for the first time since he was a young college pup 20 years earlier. Check back soon for another announcement about's coverage team.

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