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  3. Mel Kiper has his before Pro Day mock draft posted. No LSU players are in the first round. Clapp is the #4 Center on the board. Of the two CB's from LSU, none are listed in the list of Top 10. Both Key and Guice, out of the 1st round, as for now.
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  5. Looks like things are falling into place for the hire.
  6. I often try to talk with Dr Sam when I see him at functions. A great guy, even though he was a QB at Auburn. Bags is another good guy, another I can't pass without saying something.
  7. Dr. Sam Nader is about the most popular Tiger at LSU having known everyone in the program for those 42 years. I could not speak highly enough about Dr. Nader and his family. With Hawthrone gone and one day Dr Sam, LSU won't be the same to me.
  8. 12 F degrees when I left for work this morning ..... about 2" of packed snow and ice on the N. Atlanta roadways ... thank goodness for all-wheel drive and goose down jackets
  9. Yesterday
  10. Sam... The longest standing member of the LSU football staff, Sam Nader enters his 42nd year with the program in 2017. Nader is LSU's assistant athletic director for football operations, a position he was elevated to during the summer of 2000. During his time at LSU, Nader has been part of two national championships, six SEC titles and 29 bowl games. Nader is responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day administrative duties for the LSU football team. Bags... Charles Baglio, one of the most successful high school football coaches in Louisiana over the last 20 years of his coaching career, enters his 15th season with the LSU athletics department as the director of external relations for the Tiger football team. Baglio came to LSU in 2002 after coaching at Independence High School for 34 years, 22 of which as head coach. While at Independence, Baglio posted a head coaching record of 205-69. He won nine district titles and led his team to the state championship game twice. Baglio also had numerous players go on to play collegiate football, including former Tiger running back LaBrandon Toefield, who spent several seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers. Baglio, who goes by the nickname of “Coach Bags”, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1967 with a degree in health and physical education and followed that with a master’s degree from SLU in 1973 in supervision and administration. Baglio, an avid golfer who regularly shoots in the 70s, is a native of Independence, Louisiana.
  11. Don't think so. Kind of wonder when Sam Nader and Bags ( Former Independence High Coach )will retire.
  12. Would he be doing kind of what Austin Thomas did?
  13. Pushing back due to road closings, the border trip tomorrow.
  14. Some word now, due to NCAA rule, this might not work. LSU is trying to get this to work. He would not be one of the 10 assistants.
  15. yes on field staff is 10 now. which i believe is only an addition of 1. Faulk will most likely be in an analyst role (from what i’ve heard), so would not count toward the 10.
  16. interesting move. i have been a bit out of it. did i read somewhere coaching staff are now allowed 10 on staff, an addition of two? if so, how many will we be at with faulk?
  17. Some talk of Kevin Faulk being hired within the support staff at LSU. Will keep you up to date. He has been coaching high school football, a few things have to be cleared, once done, the hire can be made.
  18. Montegut is at 19° “real feel” of 6°
  19. New Denver checking in 11 degrees and a snow day. Actual Denver 14 degrees.
  20. 2018 NFL Draft: The 10 college football teams hit hardest by early entries By Tom Fornelli 13h ago • 5 min read Every team in the country deals with roster turnover on an annual basis. Players graduate and move on, and then new players from high school come in to replace them. That's how it has always worked. What some teams have to cope with more than their counterparts, however, are the early departures. You know a guy is going to leave after he runs out of eligibility, but players leaving early for the NFL Draft with eligibility remaining can throw off a team's plans. Even though coaches are smart enough to prepare for early departures -- it's not too hard to figure out which of your players will likely leave early -- they can still have a major impact on your roster when combining them with all the seniors you're already losing. As a result, some teams are more affected more than others, and this year these are the teams hit hardest by early departures. Florida St. There will be a lot of changes in Tallahassee next season. With Jimbo Fisher leaving to take over at Texas A&M, it likely pushed a few players in the direction of leaving early, and as a result, the Seminoles will lose six to the NFL. Safety Derwin James, cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, defensive ends Josh Sweat and Jalen Wilkerson, wide receiver Auden Tate and tight end Ryan Izzo are all getting out of town. If there's any silver lining, it's that FSU's depth chart wasn't senior-heavy to begin with, but losing six key players is still losing six key players. LSU Like Florida State, LSU is also dealing with the loss of six players. Derrius Guice is the headliner of those leaving early, but Arden Key will likely be a first-round pick as well. Then you have two of your top corners in Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver leaving. Oh, and you have two of your starting offensive linemen in William Clapp and Toby Weathersby departing. That means you're losing 60 percent of your offensive line as K.J. Malone is a senior. In fact, of the 11 starters on LSU's offensive depth chart this season, only three players will be returning -- five were seniors and three more are leaving early. Alabama Losing players early to the NFL is just a way of life with the national champions. You don't worry about Alabama's ability to replace them because they've done it so many times before, but you can't ignore the quality of talent this team is losing, either. Alabama loses five early this year, including Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Harrison and Da'Ron Payne on defense. On the other side of the ball, the Tide lose Calvin Ridley and Bo Scarbrough. With a stable of young running backs, the Scarbrough loss isn't too significant, but Ridley was the best receiving option on the team. Texas Tom Herman will have some transitioning to do during his second season in Austin. The Longhorns were led by their defense in 2017, and they'll have to replace a lot of it in 2018. Malik Jefferson led the team in tackles, DeShon Elliott led the team in interceptions, and both are leaving. As is cornerback Holton Hill and offensive tackle Connor Williams, though the latter missed most of the 2017 season, so at least Texas already has experience replacing him. Then there's punter Michael Dickson. You might not think a punter is important, but when you have one that's as good as Dickson, it's an impact that will be felt in 2018. Auburn Auburn had one of the best defenses in the country this season, and it's losing two of its biggest contributors in Jeff Holland and Carlton Davis. The good news is that most of Auburn's defense will return in 2018, but the secondary will have a new look. Davis' early departure combined with the graduations of both Stephen Roberts and Tray Matthews means the Tigers' defense will have three new starters in the back next season. Offensively, Auburn loses both Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway. Kam Martin will likely take over the starting spot at running back.
  21. I looked up a place I liked sort of downtown, well, its inside the loop a bit off I-10. It's Italian, Vincent's. There is a higher priced version right next door called Nino's, both are very good. Vincent's is medium price, and they will rotisserie grill a chicken (or a half) for you while you wait, it doesn't take any longer than any other dish, but they are very good. It's not a chain, its family owned, which I usually like. Plenty of parking behind the restaurant. 2701 W Dallas St, Houston, TX Another idea, Goode Company Seafood. Medium prices, good seafood, but the Campechana appetizer is to die for, avocado, pico de gallo, shrimp and crabmeat. One is pretty big, so can be split. Some folks like the appetizer so much, they eat one then just order a bowl of seafood gumbo as the main course. It makes a pretty fine dinner, does not cost much compared to other options. Goode Co. BBQ is good also. Hatcher, discuss these with your son!
  22. Too Soon Jackwagon. I'm kidding, but I'm not. Everytime I think I'm past it, I see that frickin play or hear the Minnesota fans speak about their win and it just pisses me off.
  23. 17 tonight, we are heading down to the Rio Grande Valley tomorrow. Temps in the mid 40's tomorrow. Then Warming into the 70's for the weekend.
  24. low of 21° TWENTY-ONE! i’m on the damn gulf coast, not Lake Erie
  25. Last week
  26. Arizona has tapped Kevin Sumlin as its new football coach. Sumlin was 51-26 in six seasons at Texas A&M. Before coaching the Aggies, Sumlin was 36-17 in four seasons at Houston, including a 13-1 record in 2011. "This is a tremendous day for Arizona Football, and I am thrilled to welcome Kevin to our family," Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement Sunday night. "He is a proven winner who will have an immediate impact on not only our football program but also on our department and University.
  27. NEXT UP Garrett Brumfield returning to LSU for senior year; John Battle returning, as expecte… A glance at LSU's 2018 roster: With Garrett Brumfield announcing his return, we look at each position BY ROSS DELLENGER | RDELLENGER@THEADVOCATE.COM JAN 15, 2018 - 6:32 PM (0) Ross Dellenger The figurative dust in LSU’s football operations building is mostly settled. Aside from one position, a new-look coaching staff is complete. The 2018 roster is coming into focus, too. A handful of players have transferred and six juniors and more than a dozen seniors are off to begin training for pro ball. However, the literal dust is expected to arrive to the operations building soon enough. Story Continued Below Renovations are set to begin Feb. 1, the school confirmed, as the program spruces up the 12-year-old football hub on Skip Bertman Drive. The project, estimated at about $23 million and spanning through next spring, is extensive, adding the long-talked-about nutrition center and a new entrance lobby, while expanding coaches’ offices, the locker room and training areas. Football operations will be relocated in May to the third floor of Tigers Stadium’s south end zone addition to facilitate renovations at the existing facility. While construction picks up, LSU’s roster moves – after a busy two weeks – slow down. Guard Garrett Brumfield, a former University High star, announced Monday that he’ll bypass the NFL draft and return for his senior season, for once a bit of good news on the underclassman front. Monday brought a close to a busy shakeup to the Tigers roster. It was the final day for underclassmen to declare for the draft. LSU lost six juniors to pro ball, the most in four years and somewhat of a blow, especially given the senior departures. Twelve seniors who either started or significantly contributed are gone. That’s 18 losses. Couple that with the 58 scholarship players remaining and the 21 incoming freshmen who signed last month and the Tigers 2018 roster comes into view. Let’s take a look. QUARTERBACK Losses (2): Danny Etling (senior), Caleb Lewis (transfer) Production lost: 93 percent of pass yards, 94 percent pass TDs, 48 percent of total offense Returners (3): So. Myles Brennan, RJr. Justin McMillan, RFr. Lowell Narcisse Reboot: Brennan is the favorite heading into spring practice. That much is clear, but coaches do plan to create packages for dual-threat QBs McMillan and Narcisse. Is the promise of minimal playing time enough to keep them both around as reserves for 2018? RUNNING BACK Losses (2): Derrius Guice (draft), Darrel Williams (senior) Production lost: 77 percent of rush yards, 80 percent of rush TDs, 39 percent of total offense Returners (3): Sr. Nick Brossette, So. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Sr. Lanard Fournette Newbies (2): Fr. Chris Curry, Fr. Tae Provens Reboot: The Tigers are admittedly shifting to a more pass-heavy offense because of their lack of a bruising, experienced running back. Brossette is expected to be heavily involved, and Edwards-Helaire is an ideal specimen to put in space as a pass-catcher. TIGHT END/H-BACK Losses (1): H-back JD Moore (senior), H-back Bry’Kiethon Mouton (transfer), tight end Caleb Roddy (transfer) Production lost: 69 percent of TE/HB starts Returners (6): Sr. Foster Moreau, So. Tory Carter, Sr. David Ducre, RSo. Jamal Pettigrew, Sr. Jacory Washington, RFr. Aaron Moffitt, Newbies (2): So. Thaddues Moss, Fr. Zach Sheffer Reboot: Moreau is a key cog to the offense, a vocal leader, hard-nosed blocker and able pass-catcher. Moss, a transfer from NC State who sat out last season, has good hands, and Carter and Ducre are experienced to man a fullback/H-back role in the new 2018 offense. OFFENSIVE LINE Losses (3): LT KJ Malone (senior), C Will Clapp (draft), RT Toby Weathersby (draft) Production lost: 46 percent of OL starts Returners (8): Sr. Garrett Brumfield, So. Saahdiq Charles, So. Ed Ingram, RSo. Donavaughn Campbell, RSo. Jakori Savage, RSo. Lloyd Cushenberry, RJr. Adrian Magee, So. Austin Deculus Newbies (4): Jr. Damien Lewis, Jr. Badara Traore, Fr. Cole Smith, Fr. Cameron Wire Reboot: Despite signing four O-linemen, the Tigers are still low on bodies (12). Top-ranked JUCO tackle Traore is expected to fill in at tackle, and Charles, Brumfield and Ingram return as starters. Center looks to be the most hotly competitive spot. RECEIVER Losses (2): DJ Chark (senior), Russell Gage (senior) Production lost: 44 percent of receiving yards, 34 percent of receptions, 35 percent of receiving TDs Returners (7): So. Justin Jefferson, Jr. Stephen Sullivan, Jr. Drake Davis, Jr. Dee Anderson, RJr. Derrick Dillon, So. Racey McMath, So. Mannie Netherly Newbies (4): RJr. Jonathan Giles, Fr. Terrace Marshall, Fr. Kenan Jones, Fr. Jaray Jenkins Reboot: Their top two starters gone, the Tigers are likely to rely heavily on new faces, including Giles, the transfer from Texas Tech, and Marshall, the No. 1 WR in the 2018 class. Davis, Sullivan and Dillon have good experience, and Anderson has size. DEFENSIVE LINE Losses (6): DE Christian LaCouture (senior), NT Greg Gilmore (senior), B-OLB Arden Key (draft), B-OLB Sci Martin (transfer), DE Frank Herron (senior), DE Deondre Clark (senior) Production lost: 21 percent of tackles, 46 percent of sacks Returners (8): Jr. Rashard Lawrence, So. K’Lavon Chaisson, RSo. Ray Thornton, So. Neil Farrell, RFr. Justin Thomas, RSo. Glen Logan, NT Ed Alexander, RSo. Andre Anthony Newbies (10): RJr. Breiden Fehoko, RFr. Tyler Shelvin, Fr. Jarell Cherry, Jr. Travez Moore, Fr. Davin Cotton, Fr. Chasen Hines, Fr. Nelson Jenkins, Fr. Dominic Livingston, Fr. Dare Rosenthal, Fr. Dantrieze Scott Reboot: Losing three seniors is a blow, but the Tigers have depth and talent. Fehoko, the transfer from Texas Tech, should anchor one side, and Shelvin and Alexander are the nose tackles. Chaisson has the edge to replace Key, but Cherry and Moore could see time. +2 LSU linebacker Devin White (40) reacts after tackling Notre Dame cornerback Nick Watkins (7) in the Citrus Bowl. Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK LINEBACKER Losses (5): OLB Corey Thompson (senior), ILB Donnie Alexander (senior), ILB Jonathan Rucker (senior), OLB MJ Patterson (senior), OLB Devin Voorhies (senior) Production lost: 11 percent of tackles, 21 percent of sacks Returners (5): Jr. Devin White, So. Tyler Taylor, So. Jacob Phillips, So. Patrick Queen, Jr. Michael Divinity Newbies (2): Fr. Micah Baskerville, Fr. Damone Clark Reboot: Taylor saw significant time last season to prepare him for replacement duty of Alexander. Coaches may end up returning Ray Thornton to the F-OLB to compete with Divinity, and Phillips looked the part but struggled at times mentally as a rookie. DEFENSIVE BACK Losses (3): CB Kevin Toliver (draft), CB Donte Jackson (draft), CB Xavier Lewis (transfer) Production lost: 9 percent of tackles, 17 percent of interceptions Returners (11): So. Grant Delpit, Sr. John Battle, Sr. Ed Paris, RSo. Greedy Williams, So. Jontre Kirklin, So. Kary Vincent, So. Todd Harris, RSo. Eric Monroe, RSo. Kristian Fulton, RSo. Cameron Lewis, So. JaCoby Stevens Newbies (2-3): LSU is likely to sign 2-3 defensive backs during the traditional signing day Reboot: Delpit has some veteran faces returning alongside him at safety as Paris and Battle are both expected to use an extra year of eligibility. The youth is at cornerback, where Kirklin, Fulton and Vincent will vie for Jackson and Toliver’s roles.
  28. OBITUARY William P. Black, Sr. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 in the presence of his family and comfort of his home. Bill was born in 1929, in Haileyville, Oklahoma to Harvey and Amelia Black. He had two older brothers, Jim & Bob. He graduated from Classen High School, attended Oklahoma A&M, then earned a degree in speech with a minor in history from Arkansas College. While studying in the foothills of the Ozarks, he met his college sweetheart, Elma. The two married in April, 1952, and shared an amazing love for each other for 65 years. They were the proud parents to three children—Ann, Bucky, and Ginger. Bill honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean War era. An entertainer at heart, he traveled as an emcee and performer, boosting troop morale across the country. In 1955, Bill and Elma moved to Baton Rouge where he started his career as a broadcaster and television entertainer. That same year, he created the beloved children's family program, "Storyland", and shortly after, "The Buckskin Bill Show". The shows ran for 35 years, which at the time, were the longest running children's family programs in the nation. Education was the foundation of his programs. Bill worked tirelessly, utilizing the shows' popularity, to bring about improvements in the community. This included assisting in the creation of the Baton Rouge Zoo, promotion of the Louisiana School for the Deaf, and advocacy for the Boy Scouts of America, just to name a few. For his works in television, Bill was twice awarded the "Best Children's Show in the United States" by the National Association of Broadcasters. He was also awarded the coveted Action for Children's Television Award. For his selfless contributions to the Baton Rouge community, Bill was the recipient of the Golden Deeds Award. Bill was a relentless student. While enjoying his time as an instructor for the LSU Journalism Department, he enrolled in courses, always looking to further his education. He continued to show his love for children and the importance of education by serving on the EBR Parish School Board for sixteen years. Though Bill and Elma were most recently members of Broadmoor United Methodist Church, they initially raised their family at University Presbyterian Church, where Bill served on numerous boards and committees. He gave the congregation the gift of his beloved children's sermons, always poignant and humorous. Bill and Elma cherished their monthly supper club gatherings with life-long friendships created at UPC. Bill's greatest joy was being "Pawpaw" to his and Elma's six grandchildren, who gave them many new adventures. Bill loved surf fishing especially for "specks" in Cocodrie, cheering for the Saints, and all things LSU…though he was still a proud "Okie" married to an "Arkie." Although Elma was known for her beautiful flower beds, Bill took pride growing citrus trees and his vegetable garden. Bill also enjoyed playing and singing hymns on the piano and was known to belt out favorites such as "In the Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Bill's one-of-a-kind personality, love for storytelling, and gift of humor will be fondly remembered by all who met him. Bill is preceded in death by his wife, Elma K. Black, parents, Harvey M. & Amelia P. Black, and siblings, James H. Black & Robert Black. He is survived by his children, Ann Posey, William Jr. "Bucky" and Maggie Black, and Ginger and Chris Musso. He is also survived by grandchildren, Kelli and Adam Jennings, Shelley Posey, Rachel and Tyler Loupe, Megan Musso, William and Stephanie Black, Raymond Black, and one great-grandchild, Tristan Lee. Bill is also survived by his very special brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00am, memorial service at noon, and reception to follow. A private burial will be held for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to organizations close to Bill's heart—Louisiana School for the Deaf, Raven's Outreach Center for Homeless Veterans, or Broadmoor United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
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