4:45 LRN Sportscast July 24

The Saints are scheduled to report for training camp on Tuesday and camp is expected to start on time as long as players agree to changes to the CBA, which is expected. ESPN and the NFL Network report the N-F-L P-A has already voted unanimously to the changes, which include reducing the maximum training camp roster size to 80, new health and safety protocols and it keeps the salary cap where it’s at for this season. Any revenue losses would be spread out over the next four years. The Saints have also announced the cancellation of their four preseason games.

LSU freshman Arik Gilbert has been named Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year. He’s the first tight end to win the award. Gilbert caught 104 passes for 1,860 yards and 15 touchdowns last season as he led Marietta High School to a state championship in Georgia last year.

After winning three games last season, expectations are not high for Northwestern State to have a big season on the football field this year. The Southland Conference preseason poll has the Demons finishing 10th in the eleven team league. Northwestern will start a new quarterback, but Coach Brad Laird says he has three talented players that can win the job
Cut 16 (23) “…leadership standpoint.”

The Southland Conference announced today that member schools will not start their volleyball and soccer seasons until at least September 1st. McNeese took it a step further by announcing its volleyball and soccer teams will only play against conference teams this year.