There is still some housecleaning to be done as we close the book on football. The LSU men's and women's basketball teams are in the thick of the SEC season and both are in first place in the conference standings.
The LSU men are getting all kinds of ink as they have opened the league slate undefeated and are the last unbeaten team in conference action. SEC basketball wouldn't be normal without some controversy and John Brady found himself in the middle of a mess after his team beat Tennessee two weeks ago.
For those of you already feeling as if you get raked across the coals financially when you attend LSU sporting events, get ready for more. Ticket prices are going up.
The LSU football team lost an assistant coach, added a future opponent, got the nod in one writer's preseason top five and had a former linebacker get into trouble.
Plus, it has been reported coach Les Miles, who picked up some impressive postseason hardware; it still pretty upset about the comments made by a local loudmouth.
And a little did you know? Can you guess who surfaced in western Pennsylvania?
Let's start with football. Kudos go out to coach les Miles for being ranked No. 1 among new coaches in Division I football in 2005. With all the Tigers overcame with the hurricanes and adapting to a new staff, a win over Miami in the Peach Bowl for the team's 11th win was enough to push Miles over the top. "The first chapter with Miles at LSU must be deemed a success in a season of daunting challenges," wrote CFBN writer Richard Cirminiello.
Miles is currently looking for a defensive line coach as former LSU great Karl Dunbar, who returned to Tigertown to coach for Miles, has left the program to re-enter the NFL ranks with the Minnesota Vikings. It is well-documented Dunbar and Miles were close, but some reports indicate Dunbar wasn't happy with other philosophies among the staff.
To LSU and the creation of a home and home series with TCU. It is good to stock your schedule with quality mid-major programs. However, do it in our lifetime. LSU and the Horned Frogs will lock horns in 2013 and 2014. Heck, every player on the LSU roster will be in their thirties by then. At least the third graders out there right now that LSU might recruit in six or seven years can get jacked up about it.
Remember linebacker Matt Stoltz who transferred from LSU back to Arkansas. It appears Stoltz has fallen in line with some of the Razorbacks more notorious athletes and picked up a DWI and reckless operations charges last week.
Here's a little positive news. As a press time it was learned Ricky Dixon, former high school teammate of Ryan Perrilloux at East St. John, is heading LSU's way. "I told coach (Les) Miles about an hour ago that I was committing," Dixon told Tiger Rag Sunday night. "I told him I was going to be an LSU Tiger."
Hold onto your wallets because here comes LSU – again. It had been rumored and now it looks as if ticket prices are going up. Athletic director Skip Bertman met with the LSU Board of Supervisors last week introducing a plan to raise the contribution levels for season tickets and the price of single game tickets beginning with the 2006 season. Bertman said the price hike is to make up for money lost from the loss of the Arizona State home game. The ticket price of one SEC game next season will be raised from $36 to $45 and the plan includes that additional games to be added incrementally as years pass. Plus, donations will be raised as much as $100 for sideline seats. The move has been termed heartless by some stating LSU shouldn't do this in the wake of the hurricanes. Here's an idea, why not go up on luxury suites and premium seating before you again dip into the pockets of the average fan – again.
It has been the talk of the Internet message boards lately and many people are still wondering just what happened. Tiger fans not living in the Baton Rouge area didn't catch the WJBO pregame show before the Peach Bowl on which Matt Kennedy, program director for the station, had some rather disparaging and inappropriate remarks for Les Miles' wife Kathy. Word is Miles is hot and well he should be. The matter is under investigation by the powers that be at LSU and necessary action will be taken, which deservedly so, should be Kennedy's keister (and job) served to Miles on a platter. People make mistakes, but there are just some things you do not do. Kennedy crossed a line from which there is no return.
Not that all that football stuff is out of the way, let's talk hoops. Has anyone noticed both the LSU men's and women's basketball teams are ranked No. 1 in the SEC. The Tigers are the lone remaining unbeaten team in the conference after Florida went down at Tennessee on Saturday. The Lady Tigers did endure their first loss last week, but remain undefeated in SEC action, thanks to a game-winning shot by Seimone Augustus at Georgia on Sunday.
The national pundits are standing up and taking notice of John Brady's Tigers. Five losses by a total of 11 points, three to ranked opponents and now a 4-0 start in the SEC. One writer for CNN/SI – Grant Wahl – picked eight teams he felt has the potential to win the national championship; LSU was one of those eight teams. Andy Katz of ESPN.com gave LSU a vote in his weekly Power 16 and by the time the weekly poll is released this week, the Tigers will be legitimately ranked.
What a great day for basketball? If you love March Madness, Saturday was your day. Nice enough was LSU's win over Alabama and the 10,000-plus that showed up to see it, but to watch all three remaining unbeaten teams fall on Saturday was clutch. No. 1 Duke fell to Georgetown, No. 2 Florida lost at Tennessee and unbeaten Pitt dropped a decision to St. John's. Toss in the fact Wisconsin lost to Division I newcomer North Dakota State and January felt like March.
An article in the Daily Tennessean, the Nashville newspaper, a writer wrote an article in which he had quotes from LSU coach John Brady talking about a classless move by UT coach Bruce Pearl, who re-inserted forward Dane Bradshaw into the Vols game at LSU. Bradshaw fired up the crowd earlier in the game by telling the students to "shut the (expletive) up!" The fans booed and hissed at Bradshaw and when Pearl went to put Bradshaw back in the game, a contest Tennessee lost by 14, the first-year coach walked Bradshaw to the scorers table raising his arm in playful victory. Brady commented to some friends after the game courtside that "Pearl needed to show some class. Act like he has been there before." The Tennessean beat writer overheard the comment, which was off the record, and printed it.
Finally, to be playful, you will never guess who was named the new football coach at Indian University of Pennsylvania. None other than Lou Tepper. The much maligned former LSU defensive coordinator was sent into coaching exile after his dismissal in Baton Rouge working at tiny Edinboro College. Fans aren't fond of Tepper, but you have to say good luck to the ex Tiger coach. Can you say "Complete Linebacking?"