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Former LSU basketball player Josh Maravich, the youngest son of LSU great Pistol Pete Maravich has died at the age of 42. A cause of death has not been given. LSU says Josh Maravich died on Friday at the family’s home in Covington. He was on the Tigers men’s basketball team from 2001 to 2005 and said he wanted to play for LSU to make his Dad proud.

LSU left-handed pitcher Cam Johnson has entered the transfer portal. Johnson was the highest ranked draft prospect to ever to come to LSU. But Johnson struggled to throw strikes only pitched in nine innings, walking 16 and giving up 12 runs.

There is only one super regional left undecided. Georgia and North Carolina State will meet in Athens and the winner will face Kentucky in the College World Series. The other matchups in Omaha are already set, Tennessee versus Florida State, North Carolina against Virginia and Texas a-and-M will take on Florida.

College athletic departments are planning for revenue sharing, where schools will directly pay their athletes starting in 2025. It could be around 22-million dollars for all athletes at a major school as a result of a historic antitrust lawsuit. Schools will look to cut costs. LSU Executive Deputy Athletic Director Verge Ausberry says LSU is looking to schedule more in-state schools for non-conference football games because it’s not as costly
Cut 15 (11) “…range.”

LSU running back John Emery is coming back for a sixth and final year of eligibility. He gives the Tigers five scholarship running backs for 2025, because it does not look like Trey Holly will be cleared of gun charges before the start of the season. Emery’s season was cut short last year because of a knee injury.

Louisiana Tech football has received verbal commitments from Ruston linebacker Zheric Hill and Destrehan receiver Johnnie Thiel the fourth.

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LSU second baseman Steven Milam has been invited to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training camp. He is one of 56 players that will attempt to make the Collegiate National Team that will go on a summer league tour that includes a series against Chinese Taipei. Milam had a monster freshman season, hit .326, with eight homers, and 40 RBIs.

LSU has several players who just completed their sophomore seasons who are eligible for next month’s Major League Baseball Draft. Griffin Herring, Paxton Kling, Gavin Guidry and Jared Jones. Jones hit 28-home runs during his sophomore campaign and Hunt Palmer with ESPN 104-5 and 104-9 in Baton Rouge says it’s likely Jones has played his final game at LSU…
cut 18 (14) “…he leaves”
Palmer says he could see Herring coming back to improve his draft stock as a starting pitcher. Johnson has said he plans to have Herring in the weekend rotation in 2025.

Former Grambling assistant football coach Doug Porter has passed away at the age of 94. He was the oldest living member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Porter was an assistant at Grambling for nine seasons after he played quarterback at Xavier of Louisiana and served in the U-S Army. He was a head coach at Mississippi Valley State and Fort Valley State. At Fort Valley State, Porter was a seven-time Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

It’s time to grab those fishing poles and cast a line. This Saturday and Sunday it’s a Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana, so a license is not required. State Wildlife Fisheries Outreach Biologist Josh Porter says for an added bonus, L-D-W-F has stocked adult-sized catfish at 17 ponds across the state…
Cut 15 (08) “…stocked was.”
For a listing of the 17 ponds they stock, you can visit LDWF’s website and Facebook page.

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LSU signee Konnor Griffin from Jackson, Mississippi, has been named the National Gatorade baseball Player of the Year. The center fielder and shortstop hit .559 with nine home runs, 39 RBIS and 87 stolen bases. He also pitched and was 10-0 with a 0.72 ERA and 107 strikeouts. Griffin might not make it to LSU as he’s expected to be a top pick in next month’s Major League Baseball Draft.

The College Football Bowl schedule has been released and for the second year in a row the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will be played on a Saturday night. Kick-off for the 48th edition of the Indy Bowl will be at 8:15 PM on Saturday December 28th.

The New Orleans Bowl is traditionally played on a Saturday, but this year it will be played on Thursday night December 19th at 6 PM. The game was moved to Thursday, because on Saturday December 21st, there will be three college football playoff games.

It’s a free fishing weekend in Louisiana, which means a license is not needed to cast a line in the water. State Wildlife Fisheries Outreach Biologist Josh Porter says the hope is that someone who is not an angler will go fishing this weekend and get hooked on the sport. Porter says to make it easier to catch something, they’ve stocked adult-sized catfish at 17 ponds across the state…
cut 14 (12) “…those ponds”
Go to LDWF’s website or Facebook page to find locations of ponds.

Former LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese had a big game last night playing close to her home in Baltimore as she scored 16 points, grabbed eleven rebounds and five steals as the Chicago Sky defeated the winless Washington Mystics 79 to 71. LSU coach Kim Mulkey had a front row seat at the Capital One Arena in D-C and two shared a warm embrace.

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Based on media reports, Saints defensive end Isaiah Foskey has looked good at O-T-As. Foskey did not make an impact in his rookie season last year after he was drafted in the second round out of Notre Dame. He appeared in ten games last year and had nine tackles. The 23-year-old says he feels much more comfortable this year…
Cut 16 (16) “…helps a lot.”
Foskey says the key for him is trusting his skill set.

The college football bowl schedule was released today and the New Orleans Bowl will be played on Thursday December 19th at 6 PM. The game is moved off Saturday, because college football playoff games will played on the 21st. The Independence Bowl will once again be played on a Saturday night, December 28th.

Lake Charles will continue to host the high school boys basketball, baseball, softball and swim state championships. The baseball state championships will have a different format next season as Divisions one, two and three will go to a best out of three series for the championships. Eric Zartler with Visit Lake Charles says they are excited about the change…
cut 7 (12) “…in Lake Charles”

There’s been talk about building a new 400-million dollar arena on the LSU campus. But where will it go? The Advocate is reporting based on emails they’ve obtained through a public records request, the LSU golf course at next to Alex Box Stadium is the location that’s looked at the most. The Tiger Athletic Foundation is looking to partner with a private developer to build the arena.

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Saints receiver Chris Olave has been a good player in his first two seasons in the NFL, now he’s wants to make the jump to an elite player. Olave says he’s looking to produce more big plays this year in new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak’s system…
cut 17 (17) “….the system’
Last year Olave, caught 87 pases for 1,123 yards and five touchdowns.

There’s been talk about building a new 400-million dollar arena on the LSU campus. But where will it go? The Advocate is reporting based on emails they’ve obtained through a public records request, the LSU golf course at Nicholson Drive and Gourrier Avenue is the location that’s looked at the most. The Tiger Athletic Foundation is looking to partner with a private developer to build the arena.

Minor league hockey is returning to Monroe as the Monroe Moccasins will play in the Monroe Civic Center, starting in October. Owner Nicolas Perkin on what fans can expect…
cut 20 (12) :,,,today”

Lake Charles will remain the home for the state high school baseball championships for the next two years. The format for the high school baseball playoffs is changing as the championship round will be a best out of three series for the top three divisions. Eric Zartler is the Senior Vice President of Sports for Visit Lake Charles…
cut 18 (18) “…works out”
Lake Charles will also continue to host the boys basketball championships along with softball and swimming.

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Wednesday was the final OTA practice open to the media. Not all of the Saints players are on the practice field, including defensive lineman Chase Young, who continues to rehab from neck surgery. Defensive end Carl Granderson believes the D-Line will be really good with the addition of Young…
cut 18 (18) “…get after it”

The College Football Playoff has released the game times for the first 12-team playoff. It will get underway on Friday December 20th with a first round game on a college campus. There will be three postseason games on December 21st. The Sugar Bowl will host a quarterfinal game on New Year’s Day night.

Former LSU women’s basketball player Hailey Van Lith will compete in the Summer Olympics in Paris. Van Lith will represent the U-S in three on three women’s basketball. Her teammates are Cameron Brink, Rhyne Howard and Cierra Burdick.

LSU pitcher Griffin Hering and Louisiana Tech’s Ethan Bates are Stopper of the Year finalists. Bates led the nation with 17 saves.

LSU relief pitcher Aiden Moffett has entered the transfer portal after making 16 appearances in 2024 and finishing with an ERA of 5.60.

It’s official, professional hockey is back in Monroe as the Monroe Moccasins will play in the Federal Prospects Hockey League. Owner Nick Perkins expects northeast Louisiana will support the team and they will support winning hockey…
Cut 29 (09) “…the first year.”
The home opener in the Monroe Civic Center is scheduled for October 11th.

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LSU pitcher Aidan Moffett has entered the transfer portal. Moffett showed some promise this season and he finished with an ERA of 5.60 in 16 games. Micah Bucknam has also entered the transfer portal.

Meanwhile LSU’s Griffin Herring has been named Stopper of the Year. The left-hander was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA and six saves.

ESPN announced today the LSU-North Carolina matchups on Saturday and Monday were the two most watched NCAA Baseball regional games on record. Monday night’s game averaged 964-thousand viewers on ESPN two.

The College football play has released game times for the 12-team playoff. The first postseason game will be on December 20th at 7 PM. That’s a Friday night. There will be three games on December 21st. The Sugar Bowl is a quarterfinal site and they will host a playoff game on New Year’s Day at 7:45 in the Ceasars Superdome.

Former LSU women’s basketball player Hailey Van Lith will compete in the Summer Olympics. She has made the U-S Women’s Olympic three-on-three basketball team, along with Cameron Brink, Cierra Burdic and Rhyne Howard.

Multiple reports say the number one women’s basketball player in the Class of 2025 is visiting LSU today. Five-foot-nine guard Aaliyah Chavez is from Lubbock, Texas.

It’s official, professional hockey is back in Monroe as it was announced today that the Monroe Moccasins will play in the Federal Prospects Hockey League. Owner Nick Perkins expects northeast Louisiana will support the team and they will be supporting a winning brand of hockey…
Cut 12 (11) “…the first year.”
The home opener in the Monroe Civic Center is scheduled for October 11th.

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LSU relief pitcher Micah Buckham has entered the transfer portal. Buckham spent two seasons with LSU and only made eight appearances this past season.

Coach Jay Johnson has an incoming freshman class that’s ranked second in the country according to Perfect Game. And Johnson will also search in the transfer portal. Tiger-Rag-dot-com has a list of players Johnson could get, including South Carolina pitcher Austin Williams and Louisville’s Gavin Kilen, who hit 3-30 last season with 23 doubles and 41 runs batted in.

Now that the baseball season is over, we can begin to look forward to the next football season. The Tigers over-under win total for 2024 is nine and a half. If you look at the betting spreads at Caesars and DraftKings, LSU is the favorite to win every game, except for the contest at Texas A-and-M on October 26th.

LSU gymnast Kiya Johnson has announced she will not come back for a sixth season. She was a two-time SEC champion floor and was an all-arounder last year after missing nearly the 2023 season with an Achilles tendon.

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Former LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson met with the media after signing a four-year, 140-million dollar contract with the Minnesota Vikings. The deal makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. Jefferson says he’s not stopping just because of this rich contract…
cut 30 (11) “…highest ability”
Jefferson says he’s looking forward to working with rookie quarterback J-J McCarthy. The former Destrehan star also says he never thought about leaving Minnesota, even though the Vikings with several different quarterbacks last season.

Angel Reese got a double-double last night for the Chicago Sky, but she wasn’t around for the end of the game. She received a double technical for saying something to the ref. Reese finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Sky lost to the New York Liberty 88 to 75.

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The LSU baseball team’s season is over after a hard fought four to three defeat to North Carolina in ten innings. A dropped fly ball by Jake Brown in the tenth inning led to the go ahead run scoring off of Gage Jump, who suffered just his second loss of the season.

Senior right-handed reliever Will Hellmers was a major story in this game as he threw 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball in the best outing of his LSU career…
cut 17 (17) “…absolutely”
A win for the Tigers last night and they would have hosted a super regional series against West Virginia this weekend. Instead Johnson and his coaching staff will begin making preparations for the 2025 season.

Former LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson met with the media after signing a four-year, 140-million dollar contract with the Minnesota Vikings. The deal makes him the highest paid non-quarterback in the NFL. Jefferson says he’s not stopping just because of this rich contract…
cut 30 (11) “…highest ability”
Jefferson says he’s looking forward to working with rookie quarterback J-J McCarthy. The former Destrehan star also says he never thought about leaving Minnesota, even though the Vikings with several different quarterbacks last season.

Former LSU receiver Jaray Jenkins has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jenkins signed with Jacksonville last year after his career with LSU finished. But the Jena native was released prior to the start of the regular season. He’ll get another shot with Pittsburgh. Jenkins caught 89 passes for 1,370 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career at LSU.

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LSU’s season ended last night with a crushing four-to-three loss in ten innings to North Carolina in the Chapel Hill Regional. Coach Jay Johnson didn’t want to see the season end…
Cut 16 (11) “…Super Regional at home.”
The Tar Heels scored the tying run in the ninth inning and UNC took the lead in the tenth inning after right fielder Jake Brown dropped a fly ball to let the go-ahead run get on second base.

Gage Jump was the losing pitcher. After throwing 105 pitches on Friday, Johnson called on Jump to get the final three outs in the ninth, but he allowed the Tar Heels to tie the game.

Senior right-hander Will Hellmers finished his LSU career with a heck of an outing as he threw 5.2 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits, two walks and he struck out four.

There’s been a lot of drama surrounding the WNBA since Saturday’s game between Angel Reese and the Chicago Sky versus Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever. Clark was on the receiving end of a hard foul from the Sky’s Chennedy Carter. Reese was seen celebrating the play.

There’s more attention on the W-N-B-A now than ever and Reese says all of the exposure the league is receiving is not just because of Clark and she also doesn’t mind playing the villain role…
cut 27 (37) “..realize that”
The Sky play tonight against the New York Liberty.