Tag Archives: Leonard Fournette

Make Or Break Time

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Draft Days Are Here

By John Ventola

The annual three-day National Football League (NFL) draft gets underway tonight in Philadelphia. Two hundred fifty-three names will be called before the event concludes Saturday afternoon. Thirty-two league franchises, each hoping to improve their team’s talent pool, will make choices to either correct a position deficiency, or select the best player available (according to their talent evaluations) at the time of their pick. Continue reading

Alleva Needs To Alleviate LSU Coaching Scrutiny

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Coaching Drama Now Annual Thanksgiving Tradition

Louisianans can be excused for backing away from the Thanksgiving feast in front of them for the second consecutive year. Just like 2015, the turkey and cranberry was again served this year with a large helping of drama, courtesy of the LSU head football coaching position. Continue reading

LSU Has To Focus On Next Three Games

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Important Part Of Coach O’s Audition Starts Tonight

Alabama defeated LSU for the sixth consecutive time last Saturday, temporarily stemming whatever momentum interim coach Ed Orgeron had built up in three home victories. While the Tigers’ effort and defense showed up, the offense was, well, offensive. Six first downs, 125 yards of total offense and 33 yards rushing will almost always result in an L in the record ledger. Continue reading

Win For Mike VI

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John Ventola

While watching former and current LSU players come down Victory Hill two weeks ago before the Missouri game I spotted a couple of middle-aged guys jockeying for position to get a better view. Eager as they were, they were not making much headway toward the guardrails that separate the fans and players. I noticed their Mizzou shirts, and motioned for them to join my friend and I and sit on the wall near the journalism building, explaining we could stand and see everything—and everybody—when the players and band approached. Continue reading

LSU In For Long Season

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Lackluster Offense And Sideline Incompetency Doom Tigers Again

By John Ventola

Reversal of good fortune? Nah, just lady luck evening up some things with embattled LSU coach Les Miles. Continue reading

Miles Needs To Make Better Decisions Recruiting QBs

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Etling Potential And Recruitment Of Haskins Keys Optimism

By John Ventola

LSU’s two football national championship over the past thirteen years were both led by steady quarterbacks. Matt Mauck and Matt Flynn were each skilled quarterbacks, athletes that proved to be dependable field generals while leading talented teams to titles. Neither was flashy, their biggest contribution being how they carried out the game plans of Nick Saban and Les Miles by keeping miscues to a minimum. Continue reading

Fournette Could Run Wild Against Defenseless Red Raiders

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Miles Reprieve And Opponent Should Result In Solid Effort

By John Ventola

LSU faithful have had thirty-one days to process the embarrassing drama that played out around Les Miles in November as the Tigers plummeted from the ranks of the unbeaten (ranked No. 2 in the initial CFP poll) to a team not ranked in the Top 25. A three-game SEC losing streak put the quirky eleventh year head coach on the hot seat, and ultimately atop the shoulders of his players following a job-saving victory over Texas A & M in the home finale, a win that literally gave him a “third quarter” reprieve from the coaches’ unemployed list. Continue reading

Alleva May Be Faced With Another Coaching Decision

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Tigers Struggling To Define Roles

By John Ventola

Poor Joe Alleva, the LSU athletic director inherited a football coach that is a good recruiter, but a mediocre game tactician and strategist. Then four years ago he made the first major hire of his Tiger career by hiring a basketball coach that comes with the same coaching pedigree, good recruiter, mediocre strategist and game coach. Continue reading

LSU Victory Provided More Than Drama And Emotion

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Miles Survives While Richt Is Fired

By John Ventola

In what will go down as the most tumultuous month in LSU athletics history, Tigers football Coach Les Miles was criticized, scrutinized, and given a supposed last game victory ride off the field on the shoulders of his players. The win, and the vocal support of the Tiger Stadium home crowd Saturday, forced a locker room job reprieve from LSU president King Alexander and athletic director Joe Alleva. Continue reading

Time To Take Hard Look At Miles Despite Hefty Buyout

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Sloppy Play And Unimaginative Calls Doom LSU

By John Ventola

LSU lost a third straight game for the first time in sixteen seasons Saturday as Ole Miss easily defeated the Tigers 38-17 in Oxford. While losing three straight is an uncommon occurrence, sloppy and seemingly unmotivated performances by this year’s Les Miles contingent have become weekly lowlights for LSU’s faithful. Continue reading