LRN PM Newscall October 31

LSU Associate Athletics Director Taylor Jacobs provided an update on N-I-L and what’s next in the world of college athletics. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Northwestern State administrators opted to cancel the football season citing the mental health of players after safety Ronnie Caldwell was killed. But one player says they want to play…

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LSU athletes have agreed to almost two-thousand name, image, and likeness deals since the NCAA allowed college athletes to receive endorsements. The NIL era began in July of 2021 and LSU associate athletics director, Taylor Jacobs, says the athletes are using their NIL money in a variety of ways

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Jacobs says Tiger athletes have inked deals with Nike, Puma. Raising Canes and Taco Bell to name a few.

In January, a collective called Bayou Traditions was formed. Bayou Traditions raises funds to provide NIL deals with athletes. For over 30 years, the Tiger Athletic Foundation has raised money for facilities. Jacobs says some donors have a tough choice to make…

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Jacobs says the next big thing to possibly come is revenue sharing. Under a revenue-sharing model, schools would share TV profits with athletes. She’s concerned about the future of Olympic sports that are not showcased on television…

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After the fatal shooting of Northwestern State football player Ronnie Caldwell, the season was canceled. But Sophomore tight end Travon Jones has started a petition to change that. On the Natchitoches Parish Journal Podcast, he says players were never asked about ending the season.

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Jones says they learned last Wednesday at a team meeting their was season was ending early. When asked how many fellow players wanted to continue playing Jones says three-fourths of the team.

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Since Jones started the petition, he says he’s not received any feedback from the school’s administration or coaches. Jones says playing football is the best way for him and fellow teammates to handle their grief. When he lost a loved one before previous coaches agreed to play on.

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Last week NSU President Dr. Marcus Jones cited the mental health of the players for cancelling the final four games of the season.

You can find the petition at change-dot-org “We Want to finish our 2023 season out.”


It’s a cold day for outdoor Halloween activities. It will be in the low to mid 50s when most communities are holding trick or treat activities. And a strong wind out of the north is making it feel even colder. LRN Meteorologist John Wetherbee says after a hot summer and warm October, we are not used to this…

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Wetherbee says the gusty winds and low humidity also produces dangerous fire weather conditions….

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Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain is asking the public not to light a match when outside

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Strain says the state needs a few inches of rain to end the wildfire threat

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If you’re looking for additional heat, Ashley Rodrigue with the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds you to do so safely. Never use an extension cord with a space heater because it could create an additional power source that isn’t equipped to handle the amount of electricity needed for the heater.

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Never leave a space heater unattended and turn it off when sleeping because radiant heat from the source over time could catch a blanket on fire. Also, Rodrigue says never to use a stove, oven or Sterno can to warm your home, they’ve been known to cause home fires.

Rodrigue says the safest way to stay warm when sleeping…

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She also reminds you to check the batteries in your smoke detector.