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LSU Wraps Up 2014-2015 Well; Football Is a Question Mark

Posted by theknightswhosay on June 20, 2015 at 7:55 PM

I guess this is the only remnant of the TSN days left.  YGS apparently upgraded their site and left me behind.  It's frustrating, but can't get bogged down in nonsense, this is supposed to be fun... 


I was getting ready to write about how encouraged I was with LSU sports over the last few months, and then I read this: http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/12689249-123/lsu-qb-anthony-jennings-two


I’ll talk about why that’s especially upsetting when I talk about the football team later, but first I wanted to talk about sports that actually competed in intercollegiate athletics recently.

 

It’s only been a few months since basketball ended, so I’ll start there. It would have been nice to have had a win in the NCAA tournament, but even making it was a big step forward for the program. Without an injury, NC State may well have been an Elite Eight team, so losing to them by one point was nothing to hang our heads about.

 

Nothing ever went quite how it was supposed to go under Trent Johnson, but it definitely seems on track with Johnny Jones, especially given that LSU got a few big recruits to come onto the team for next season.

 

I’m not a big follower of women’s sports, but although track and basketball were disappointing (only because those were until recently two of LSU’s best programs of either sex), I was happy for the softball team, which made it to the semifinals at the Women’s College World Series.

 

I was very impressed by the end results of the last three major men’s programs: golf, which won the first national championship in 60 years; men’s track, which finished fourth in both the SEC and the nation; and baseball, where LSU won its first game at the college World Series since winning the whole tournament in 2009.

 

This was the best combined finish in a single year by the LSU baseball and softball teams. Both made their respective CWS’s in 2004, but LSU baseball did not win a game in Omaha that year.

 

I’ll reluctantly shift gears to football. I didn’t lose any sleep at all over John Chavis’s departure. I appreciate what he’s done at both LSU and Tennessee over the past couple of decades, but it was probably best to look toward the future anyway.

 

From the moment I heard about it, I wanted us to find a way to bring in Ed Orgeron, which we managed to do. Orgeron isn’t the defensive coordinator, but I have confidence Steele will do a good job. Anyone with a bigger name may not have felt comfortable being potentially overshadowed by an assistant.


For the rest of the blog (more football talk) and the pictures I posted, click here.

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13 Comments

Reply the immortal scurds
8:27 PM on June 20, 2015 
looks like the guy went after some of his stolen belongings. i believe him. its happened to me and the cops aint got time to help. i passed on the burglary, but i considered it. it seemed justified but not worth the obvious risk. sometimes pride gets the best of you.
Reply the immortal scurds
8:28 PM on June 20, 2015 
how much does the sec slip this year after the outgoing draft class?
Reply theknightswhosay
11:28 PM on June 20, 2015 
the immortal $curds says...
looks like the guy went after some of his stolen belongings. i believe him. its happened to me and the cops aint got time to help. i passed on the burglary, but i considered it. it seemed justified but not worth the obvious risk. sometimes pride gets the best of you.


Yes, it does look that way, but they did more than simply recover the items. They did a lot of damage to the property as well as taking additional items. That may have just been the personal decision of one of them, but this is not the kind of thing you get involved in if you're a starting quarterback.
Reply theknightswhosay
11:35 PM on June 20, 2015 
the immortal $curds says...
how much does the sec slip this year after the outgoing draft class?


I don't know. It's hard to look at it collectively, because there are a lot of teams and players under the radar.

A mediocre SEC team one year can be one of the best teams in the country the next. I've mentioned this before, but if you play six top 20 teams and end up 8-5, you could well be one of the best 25 teams in the country, so it might not take all that much more to be top 5 the next season. The margins aren't always that big.

It's different from other conferences. For instance, if Ohio St. and Wisconsin both happened to have bad years in the Big Ten, you're probably not going to all of a sudden have a really strong team at Illinois or Minnesota or something like that to balance it out.

But If they're not named Vanderbilt or Kentucky, any team in the SEC can fill one of those top slots. Or any team can go from the top four of five spots to the bottom four or five spots.
Reply Radatz
11:38 PM on June 20, 2015 
All of this garbage is what big-time college ball (not just foot) has been asking for now for a while, and it's up to them to clean it up. They won't. As long as hired thugs can beat scholars on a field, which they usually can, it won't change. This isn't Campus Jack living the high life at a football factory, it's plain criminal activity. For all the stupid things colleges today consider verboten (and all the stupid things they don't), this stuff passes the litmus test anyplace, anytime.
Reply vapor5
6:27 AM on June 21, 2015 
Ed O can recruit, but Chavis can coach. look forward to the LSU /TAMU matchup
Reply theknightswhosay
1:32 PM on June 21, 2015 
vapor5 says...
Ed O can recruit, but Chavis can coach. look forward to the LSU /TAMU matchup


Chavis had this weird sort of half-prevent he used on big third and fourth downs. I won't miss that. I read that Tennessee fans used to call it third-and-Chavis. But otherwise, he did do a very good job. He read A&M's offense like a book, which I think is another reason they wanted him.
Reply theknightswhosay
1:40 PM on June 21, 2015 
Radatz says...
All of this garbage is what big-time college ball (not just foot) has been asking for now for a while, and it's up to them to clean it up.


I think what used to happen is people couldn't get away with doing things like stealing a laptop from a football player. If something like this happened anyway, the players either wouldn't get arrested or wouldn't get their names in the paper. Not that regular people were as commonly arrested for minor fights and things like this either.

The 24-hour all-access media makes everything seem more dramatic, not to mention that there are so many more nationally competitive programs now.
Reply the immortal scurds
3:42 PM on June 21, 2015 
oh, c'mon, the media would never dramatize anything
Reply the immortal scurds
3:42 PM on June 21, 2015 
in the nfl they call it a 3rd and childress.
Reply Mac D
11:29 AM on June 22, 2015 
I was sad Ed O left. To me he is USC. When he was at Ole Miss and Tenn it didn't seem right.
Reply theknightswhosay
4:53 PM on June 22, 2015 
Mac D says...
I was sad Ed O left. To me he is USC. When he was at Ole Miss and Tenn it didn't seem right.


He's a good Louisiana Cajun and I think he really wanted it to happen once USC let him go. Miles almost got him before he went to Tennessee, but he called him just a few minutes too late.
Reply Mac D
6:33 PM on June 22, 2015 
He resigned from USC once they went with Sark as the HC instead of him. I knew he wouldn't be out of the game long, just will seem weird with him in different colours on the sideline.