Tag Archives: Southeastern Conference

North Carolina Will Cut Down Nets Monday

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Zags And Tar Heels Monday If Saturday Goes To Form

By John Ventola

Perennial basketball power North Carolina will be joined in this weekend’s Final Four by three upstarts, Gonzaga, Oregon, and South Carolina. Of the three, only the Ducks have ever been to the Final Four, and that was in 1939 when they won the title. The Tar Heels have survived two close encounters with Southeastern Conference teams (Arkansas and Kentucky) on their journey to a 20th Final Four appearance, its fifth under the tutelage of Coach Roy Williams. 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

Bizarre First Day Highlights 2016 NFL Draft

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Education of Some College Athletes Seems Deficient

By John Ventola

The three-day 2016 NFL Draft is in the books. Once again sports fans of the 32 league teams will have to wait and see if the selections of their favored franchises pan out over the next few years. Will a top pick turn into a bust (JaMarcus Russell, No. 1 overall, 2007 Draft, Oakland), or will a late-rounder become one of the best ever to play his position (Richard Sherman, fifth round, 2011 Draft, Seattle)? Always interesting to see how a NFL player’s productivity measures up against his potential. Continue reading

Fournette Needs To Focus And Ignore National Talking Heads

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Knee Injury Can Possibly End Career

By John Ventola

Only three games into his sophomore year, LSU running back Leonard Fournette finds himself hemmed in more by questions about his collegiate future than any defense he has faced this season. Continue reading

Postseason Batting Slump and Limited Pitching Prove Too Much

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LSU Lack Of Dependable Arms Cuts CWS Play Short

By John Ventola

LSU’s seventeenth trip to the College World Series ended with a third game loss to TCU that also put the finishing touches on a 54-12 season by the Tigers. For a veteran team that was ranked near or at the top of national polls all season long, losing two straight games to the Horned Frogs might be called disappointing by some, but Coach Paul Mainieri’s ability to conceal the squad’s lack of dependable pitching depth made it one of his finest coaching campaigns in Baton Rouge. Continue reading

LSU Goes For Seventh College World Series Championship

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Tigers Go For Seven In College Baseball Heaven

By John Ventola

LSU baseball fans have enjoyed three decades of success and the team annually leads the NCAA in home attendance, but this weekend loyal purple and gold followers will again be streaming into Nebraska for the 2015 College World Series. The Tigers won five national championships under the tutelage of Skip Bertman at old Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, and added a sixth title in 2009 under Paul Mainieri, a year before the stadium was closed. Now it is time to go for No. 7 in what many consider collegiate “Baseball Heaven”, Omaha, Nebraska, TD Ameritrade Park. Continue reading

SEC Still Dominant League Despite Missing Title Again

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Florida State SEC Lead School and Conference Draft Choices

 By John Ventola

Teams do not win championships if they do not have talent. Coaching can cover up some shortcomings, but a glaring weakness in any area will soon be uncovered and exploited by the opposition. Talent, a lot of it, is mandatory for any collegiate team to capture a league championship, and be able to advance to the national playoff stage (formerly the BCS, now the College Football Playoff (CFP) system). One or two star players can lead a team, but it takes talented teammates with varied skill-sets to capture a title. Continue reading

Former Minor Sports Now Prime Time

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Minor Sports Change Culture, Enactment of Title 9

and New Emphasis Renders Positive Results

By John Ventola

Years ago, fall 1969 to be exact, I wrote a university published article announcing how Footballthe atmosphere around the school (LSU) I was attending was about to change. I went on to describe how life on a Southeastern Conference campus was fairly bright for nine months of the year but when football season approached, the school seemed to surrender itself to a fervor that bordered on fanaticism. Continue reading