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LSU adds former NFL player Sean Baker as defensive analyst

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The reigning national champions have a new analyst with NFL experience in the program. Sean Baker has joined the Tigers as a defensive analyst, according to The Advocate.

Baker is following LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini to Baton Rouge after serving the previous three seasons as a linebackers coach for Pelini at Youngstown State (Pelini had been the head coach at the FCS program prior to his return to LSU this offseason). LSU has added another Pelini assistant from Youngstown State as a defensive analyst as well with the addition of Donald D’Alesio. D’Alesio was Pelini’s defensive coordinator at Youngstown State.

Baker will bring with him five years of NFL experience between brief stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, and Cleveland Browns.

Bo Pelini heading back to LSU? It could be in play, per report

Could Bo Pelini be heading back to LSU?
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LSU needs a defensive coordinator, and Bo Pelini could potentially be the answer. According to a report from Football Scoop, the one-time LSU defensive coordinator could be a leading candidate for the job in Baton Rouge.

Given his defensive track record, Pelini and LSU could be a solid match, and it has certainly worked out well before. Pelini was LSU’s defensive coordinator from 2005 through 20078 before he was given the opportunity to be a head coach at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers were coached by Pelini from 2008 through 2014 with a handful of appearances in the Big 12 and Big Ten championship game, although with no conference title to show for it.

Pelini was let go as head coach at Nebraska after the 2014 season. He has been the head coach at Youngstown State since 2015. After a few disappointing seasons, a chance to jump back to the FBS, and to do so with the defending national champions, could be a good move for Pelini. If LSU and Pelini see eye-to-eye, then this could be as good a replacement at defensive coordinator as LSU could have asked for.

LSU has a vacancy at defensive coordinator after Dave Arranda accepted an opportunity to be the new head coach at Baylor following LSU’s national championship run.

Petition requests Youngstown State remove convicted rapist from football team

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In 2013, Ma’lik Richmond was one of two football players from Steubenville High School in Ohio to be convicted of raping a 16-year old high school girl. Today, he is currently a Youngstown State football player, unless an online petition gains enough traction to change that.

An online petition on started by Katelyn Davis of Ohio and a student at Youngstown State, is asking Youngstown State head coach Bo Pelini and president Jim Tressel to remove Richmond from the football program.

From the online petition;

Now, in 2017, as YSU students prepare to return to school and spend fall nights watching their football team play, there is a huge problem. That problem is that Richmond will be on the field, playing a game. He will be representing the university and all that it stands for. President Tressel and Coach Pelini, are you more concerned with your football team’s status than the disgusting rape of a young girl?

The petition goes on to say Richmond is deserving of a second chance and explains the demand is only to have Richmond not be a part of the football program.

Does he deserve a second chance? Yes, he does, and he is receiving that second chance by furthering his education on YSU’s campus. Does he deserve the privilege of playing on a football team and representing a university? Absolutely not. Education is a right, whereas playing on a sports team is not.

As of the time of this posting, the petition is fewer than 1,000 digital signatures away from the target goal of 7,500 signatures before being presented to Pelini and Tressel.

Richmond was released from juvenile prison in 2014 after completing his sentence. Richmond has been registered as a juvenile sex offender.

Bo Pelini moves closer to a national title shot; Mount Union ousted from D3 playoffs

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While Army and Navy were closing out the regular season for this college football season, the playoffs have continued to whittle down the number of national title contenders at the FCS, Division 2 and Division 3 levels this weekend. Among those left standing in the lower tiers of college football is former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, who has Youngstown State (11-3) heading to the FCS semifinals next week following a double-overtime victory Wofford (10-4).

“You take a win any way you can get it,” Pelini said following an exciting victory at home over Wofford. “We had to overcome a lot… did enough to win the football game. That’s all that really matters.”

For a coach who had a rough time getting Nebraska over the hump to be a Big 12 and later a Big Ten champion, Pelini has turned Youngstown State around into being a legitimate national title contender at the school once dominated by Jim Tressel (who is now the president at Youngstown State). Could this be the first step toward Pelini returning to an FBS program? Maybe next year once the coaching carousel gets back in full swing, but for now Pelini is focused on his next opponent.

Next up is a semifinal matchup with Eastern Washington (12-1). The Eagles are coming off a 38-0 victory over Richmond (10-4) on Saturday, so Pelini’s Penguins will certainly have another uphill battle in front of them this week.

Elsewhere around the ongoing playoffs on Saturday, North Dakota State (12-1) avenged their only loss of the regular season by topping South Dakota State (9-4), 36-10. The five-time defending national champions are on a roll, but South Dakota State did pull one of the more entertaining trick plays of the weekend…

North Dakota State will take on James Madison (12-1), with the Dukes coming off a decisive knockout of previously undefeated Sam Houston State (12-1) on Friday night (65-7). That should be one heavyweight fight.

The D2 championship is set to be played between North Alabama (10-1) and Northwester Missouri State (13-0). No school has more D2 national titles than Northwest Missouri State, with five (North Dakota State won five D2 titles from 1983 to 1990 before moving up to 1-AA). North Alabama will play for the first D2 national title in school history.

For the first time since 2004, the Division 3 championship will not be won by either Mount Union or UW-Whitewater. UW-Whitewater was ousted last week and Mount Union took a loss on Saturday against Mary Hardin-Baylor. Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-0) will take on UW-Oshkosh (12-1) in the Stagg Bowl. Both schools will be playing for their first D3 championship.

Bo Pelini still having meltdowns with officials at Youngstown State


If you thought a move to the FCS world would simmer Bo Pelini, think again. The former head coach of Nebraska is still raging as head coach of Youngstown State, as Saturday showed in epic fashion.

Here’s the situation. Youngstown State trailed North Dakota State, 27-24, late in the fourth quarter. The Penguins took the ball at its own 30-yard line with a chance to move down field for a tie or perhaps a win against one of the true powers of the FCS. With 29 seconds remaining on the clock and a shot a game-tying field goal about to be had, Pelini’s temper got in the way and drew not one, but two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Pelini was upset over a pass interference penalty on a previous series when Youngstown State was on defense. North Dakota State went on to score a touchdown on that drive.

They didn’t like the way I was talking to them,” Pelini said of the officials after the game.

Pelini had plenty of reasons to feel hot under the collar. His Youngstown State team blew a 24-10 lead int eh fourth quarter for the loss.