LRN Sportscast 07:30 January 31

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Saints Owner Tom Benson is in complete control. Goodell made the statement after he was asked about the lawsuit filed against Benson by three of his family members who claim the 87-year-old owner is not mentally fit to make important business decisions….
cut 30 (11) “…what he’s doing”
Goodell called the family dispute unfortunate.

In the NBA last night….the Pelicans were without All-Star Anthony Davis, because of a groin injury, but New Orleans still defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 108 to 103. Eric Gordon stepped up in Davis’ absence as he scored a season-high 28 points and hit five three-pointers. New Orleans is off the rest of the weekend and they’ll host Atlanta on Monday, who has won 18 straight.

The LHSAA will once again have nine state championships in football in 2015. But new executive director of the LHSAA, Eddie Bonine, plans to form a committee after the first of March to see if there is a way they can bring public and private schools back together again in the high school football playoffs…
cut 12 (10) “…many, many years”
Many principal Norman Booker had a proposal that would have split the playoffs in additional sports, but that measure failed in a vote by high school principals.

In college basketball…LSU is at Mississippi State. The Tigers are five and two in the SEC, the Bulldogs are two and five. LSU has won four straight over State. Tip-off is at 1 PM.

Louisiana Tech hosts Marshall at 4:30. The Bulldogs are tied for first in Conference USA and have won 23 in a row at home.

U-L-M hosts South Alabama at four o’ clock. The Warhawks are a half-game back of Georgia Southern for first place in the Sun Belt.