LSU gets its ‘Leedership’ from QB Lee


LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee didn’t need to win the fourth-ranked Tigers’ season-opening game against No. 3 Oregon.

And, sure enough, he didn’t. The senior went a subpar 10-of-22 for 98 yards and a touchdown; his best play was the halfback toss to running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford.

But Lee was able to do the one thing Oregon collectively could not: be mistake free. Although Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas only threw one interception, UO was sloppy in committing four turnovers tonight, with almost all of them coming in their own territory.

For a program that prides itself on solid game plan execution, Chip Kelly‘s team was uncharacteristically disheveled. Lee, on the other hand, was not. LSU coach Les Miles allowed his athletes to make plays. All Lee had to do was take the snap and keep his team from falling apart.

“Coming into tonight, we knew we had a lot on our minds,” Lee said after the game. “We knew we just had to stay focused.”

And, in the end, it worked out in favor of the Tigers, who defeated UO 40-27 in a game where beauty and grace were hard to come by.

Thankfully for the Tigers, the abundance of team speed isn’t as hard to find. If Lee can manage to play relatively mistake-free, that LSU defense and running attack can win a lot of games this year. For Lee, it’s about trusting the offense and the athletes around him.

Barring any late-game time management blunders, Miles usually puts his team in a pretty good chance to win.

Looking around to other members of the SEC West, Alabama’s quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims didn’t play particularly well against Kent State, and Arkansas, despite a huge win over Missouri State, is still breaking in a new starting quarterback in Tyler Wilson. LSU matches up well with both of those teams.

And for a program that’s faced so much off-the-field adversity, it’s nice to have something go their way for a change.

Syracuse makes hiring of ex-Wyoming DC official

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A week after it was first reported, the new hire for Dino Baber‘s coaching staff has been officially announced,

Syracuse confirmed in a release Friday that Steve Stanard has been hired by Babers.  Stanard will serve as the Orange’s defensive ends coach.

“Coach Stanard understands exactly what we want to do defensively,” Babers said in a statement. “Both his familiarity with our system and his experience running defenses at other places are tremendous assets for our program. We’re very excited to have Steve as part of our family.”

Stanard replaces Tom Kaufman, who left earlier this month for the defensive coordinator job at FCS Tennessee-Chattanooga.  Kaufman had served as the Orange’s linebackers coach in 2016, his first with the football program.

The past three seasons, Stanard was the coordinator at Wyoming, but wasn’t retained following the 2016 season.  This will mark his first job at a Power Five school.

“My family and I are excited and thankful to Coach Babers for this opportunity,” Stanard said. “The football tradition at Syracuse is second to none and I very much look forward to assisting Coach Babers in achieving the goals he’s set for this program – both on and off the field.”

Auburn, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech are Cal transfer’s final three

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We don’t yet know to where Aaron Cochran will transfer, but the potential landing spots have been narrowed.

Jake Trotter of revealed on Twitter that the Cal transfer has whittled his to-do list down to three: Auburn, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.  The offensive lineman is already known to have taken an official visit to the Cowboys nearly three weeks ago.

Per Trotter, he’ll visit The Plains this weekend, then Lubbock two weeks later.

In early February, Cochran announced that he would be transferring from Cal. As he is leaving Berkeley as a graduate transfer — he’s expected to graduate this spring — the lineman would have instant eligibility at another FBS school.

Cochran started 16 of the 28 games in which he played during his Cal career. 10 of those starts came this past season.

And, regardless of where he lands, his new school will be getting a very large human being.

For what it’s worth, Cochran is listed at 6-8, 350 pound on his official Cal bio page.

Second ex-Baylor football player arrested for 2013 gang rape

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For the second time in as many days, a former Baylor football player has been arrested for his connection to an alleged gang rape in 2013., according to The Dallas Morning NewsMyke Chatman, a former Baylor running back, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals for suspected gang rape of a female Baylor student one day after former Baylor teammate Tre'Von Armstead was arrested and charged for the same incident.

Chatman and Armstead had previously been suspected of rape in 2013 but no charges were dropped at the time after the alleged victim chose not to pursue legal action against the football players. The woman filed charges against Baylor University in January and has since reached a settlement with the university. However, information from the lawsuit led to more information being revealed and shared with the authorities to contribute to ongoing investigations since these issues have been brought back to life in recent years.

Armstead was arrested for the second time this month, with the most recent arrest related to this 2013 incident. Earlier in March, Armstead was arrested for domestic battery, resisting arrest and damaging a police vehicle.

Report: LSU DL Isaiah Washington ruled ineliegible for spring

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Sophomore defensive end Isaiah Washington has been ruled ineligible for the spring practice season at LSU, according to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate.

Washington was a four-star recruit in LSU’s Class of 2015. The New Orleans native appeared in six games for the Tigers as a freshman. Washington did not play in the 2016 season due to a knee injury suffered in the summer. He was slated to be a backup linebacker and defensive end in 2016 prior to the injury. It is expected to be a backup option for LSU’s defensive line with all four starters back this season.