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The LSU football team could make some coaching hires this week according to Head Coach Ed Orgeron.  The team is searching for an offensive and defensive coordinator this offseason and some names have surfaced as the top candidates.  LSU will reportedly interview a pair of offensive assistants with the Carolina Panthers in Jake Peetz and DJ Mangas for the offensive openings.  Cincinnati Bearcats defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman could interview for the defensive coordinator job in Baton Rouge this week as he is considered a top candidate.

Alabama wide receiver and former Amite star Devonta Smith is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy tonight. A virtual awards ceremony will take place as Smith is one of four finalists. His high school football coach at Amite, Zephaniah Powell, says it’s amazing Smith might win the Heisman.

Cut 18 (18) “well deserved”

The New Orleans Pelicans lost a close one last night to the Indiana Pacers 118-116 in overtime.  Brandon Ingram led the way offensively for the Pelicans as he poured in a game-high 31 points, while forward Zion Williamson added a 24 point double-double.  Williamson says despite the loss, he saw some positives with his team.

Cut 28 (23) “keep improving

The Pelicans will host the Thunder tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints will host the Chicago Bears on Sunday for the first round of the NFL playoffs.  The Saints are hoping to be back to full strength after Michael Thomas has missed the past few games and running backs Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray were absent for last Sunday’s game after being placed of the Covid-19 list.  Their status for the upcoming game is up in the air.