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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.

LSU reportedly adds Utah State to 2019 slate

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Alabama has reportedly added a Group of Five (for now) opponent to its future non-conference schedule.  Now, an SEC West rival has done the same.

LSU, FBSchedules.com is reporting through a public records request, has reached an agreement to play Utah State in 2019.  The Tigers will square of with the Aggies in Death Valley Oct. 5 of that year.

The two programs have met twice in football.  Both of the games were played at Tiger Stadium (1993, 2001) and both resulted in wins for the home-standing Tigers.

For traveling to Baton Rouge, the Mountain West Conference member will be paid $1.5 million.

LSU has never played a team from the MWC that was a member of the conference at the time — USU joined in 2013 — and have no future games scheduled against teams from that league.  USU’s last game against the SEC came against Tennessee, a 38-7 loss to the Vols in Knoxville in 2014.  All told, the Aggies have played nine games all-time against SEC teams.

With the USU agreement, LSU’s non-conference slate for the 2019 season is complete.  LSU will face one Power Five team (at Texas, Sept. 7), two from the Group of Five (USU; Georgia Southern, Aug. 31) and one from the FCS level (Northwestern State, Sept. 14).

North Carolina leads Texas, Arizona in derby for ex-LSU QB Brandon Harris

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Brandon Harris is, along with former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire, a top quarterback on the transfer market right now, and the former LSU signal caller has narrowed his next school down to three choices.

Harris has announced plans to visit North Carolina, Texas and Arizona but tacitly admitted the Heels as his leader in an interview with Fox Sports’s Bruce Feldman. While visits to Austin and Tucson are lined up, Harris said of his March 23 trip to Chapel Hill, “[I]f North Carolina blows me away I’ll go to North Carolina.”

Harris is set to graduate from LSU this summer and, as such, would be immediately eligible to play for UNC. The Heels have a vacancy with Mitch Trubisky‘s graduation.

“I like the coach (Larry Fedora) and the coordinator and the situation. They’ve had some great quarterbacks back to back,” Harris said. “If I go there, I know I have the opportunity to win now. They have a winning culture. That system is friendly — and I know that quarterbacks have had great success in that system. I feel like it’s a good fit for me to go in there and compete.”

In addition to the listed contenders, Harris also told Feldman he heard from two SEC schools that would have liked him to visit.

Ex-LSU QB Brandon Harris set to visit North Carolina

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In mid-February, Brandon Harris acknowledged that he has “two final possibilities” as a transfer destination, “but one really sticks out above the other.” Nearly a month later, Harris’ field may be expanding a bit.

On his Twitter account Saturday night, Harris stated that he has his first official visit scheduled for March 24.  While he didn’t state a specific school on the social media site, he subsequently confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will be visiting North Carolina that weekend.

The Tar Heels were mentioned prominently as a potential landing spot in the wake of his transfer from LSU.

Harris also told the Times-Picayune that he is considering visits to Arizona and Texas as well. As a graduate transfer, Harris will be eligible to play his final season immediately in 2017.

After starting all 12 games in 2015 for the Tigers, Harris started the first two games of this past season. He lost his job to Danny Etling prior to Week 3 and never regained it.

Ed Orgeron’s LSU contract full of incentives and one big buyout

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If you asked Ed Orgeron truthfully, he’d probably say he would be LSU’s head coach for free. That’s how much this dream job means to the Louisiana native.

That said, he’s still getting paid. Quite handsomely in fact.

Orgeron’s contract details were released to the Baton Rouge Advocate this week and it appears the Tigers’ head coach will indeed make $3.5 million a season as part of the five-year deal he agreed to a while back. That’s a little behind the eight-ball in terms of SEC West salaries but still in the upper tier nationally for head coaches.

More interesting than that base number however, Orgeron is set to take in as much as $1.5 million in possible incentive bonuses. That’s a big number and, per the Advocate, nearly double the amount that former head coach Les Miles had in his contract.

Even more eye-catching is the buyout number for Orgeron. That checks in at a whopping $12 million after the upcoming season, then dips to $8.5 million in 2018, $6 million in 2019 and $4.5 million in 2020.

For a head coach without a ton of leverage in the situation, Orgeron’s agent sure did get a hefty number to keep the school tied to him for the next several seasons.