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And The Valley Shook 4 hours ago

CWS Finals Open Thread: Game 1

Chat it up as Coastal takes on ‘Zona. If you’re interested in watching who finishes the drill in Omaha, check in here and chat it up. The best-of-three series between Coastal Carolina and Arizona will start tonight at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN, with games two and three scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The WWL has a nice feature on both teams here, including some fun rituals for both teams: Handshake game on point. (via NCAA CWS/Facebook) A video posted by espn (@espn) on Jun 26, 2016 at 2:01pm PDT It was a fist-pumping, water-spraying, Cat-jumping, towel-waving...
And The Valley Shook 7 hours ago

Link Gumbo: 06/27/2016

Your latest LSU news and notes. Where were you when Warren Morris hit that homer? LSU fans were dancing, dogpiling, missing weddings and kissing strangers | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Well? Where were you when Warren Morris did the thing? Ross Dellenger has plenty of stories ‘We don’t believe in a rebuilding year’: Part I of The Advocate’s end-of-season Q&A with Paul Mainieri | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Part 1 of a Q&A with Paul Mainieri about this season's LSU baseball season and looking forward to next season ‘Next year is a whole new entity’:...
And The Valley Shook 9 hours ago

SEC Unit Rankings: Defensive Line

A study in perspective in four parts There’s two things I want my defensive line to do: stop the run and get to the quarterback. So I leaned heavily on the team’s overall sacks and TFL totals, plus the rushing average. Now, I know a lot of sacks aren’t made by the linemen themselves, but they do get partial credit for holding up blockers and suck. The tackles in the middle rarely rack up big numbers, but your safety blitz doesn’t work if the linemen aren’t engaged by your tackles. There’s no hard and fast formula I used, but I did try to give equal credit to run and pass...
And The Valley Shook Jun 26, 2016

Brandon Harris Makes Some Media Rounds

LSU’s starting quarterback was in front of the media this week for a few interviews. LSU’s incumbent starting quarterback wound up on a bit of a press junket this week — his status as a camp counselor at the Manning Passing Academy this weekend at Nicholls State put him in front of a few cameras, and he also did a special interview with ESPN Baton Rouge’s Culotta and the Prince on Thursday, which you can check out here. The interview is pretty standard, but Derek and Jordy do a fantastic job of asking some follow-up questions that lead Harris to discussing leadership and some of...
And The Valley Shook Jun 25, 2016

Stud Wide Receiver Jhamon Ausbon Commits to LSU

Another big-time wideout wants to sign up with the Tigers. If there's another position coach in the nation that has earned his paycheck more than Dameyune Craig since he joined the staff in February, I would love to know. After fighting off Alabama for five-star receiver Stephen Guidry a little over a month ago, he followed it up with a surprise commit from four-star Mannie Netherly earlier this week. That hot streak continued with a commitment from another four-star receiver in Jhamon Ausbon following a very successful trip to Baton Rogue the previous weekend. What Ausbon Brings to...
And The Valley Shook Jun 24, 2016

Mannie Netherly Commits!

LSU’s 2017 signing class grew stronger tonight when Crosby, TX WR Mannie Netherly gave his verbal pledge: I'M A TIGER‼️#GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/AS9pT3W84l— Mannie Netherly (@yovng_netherly) June 25, 2016 Netherly’s pledge doesn’t come as a total surprise. He’s been heavily picked to LSU on the Crystal Ball, though recent picks were coming through for Texas A&M. Netherly marks yet another successful East Texas conquest for embattled LSU Special Teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto. At 6’2”, 183, Netherly has a nice frame to grow into, but from tape he already looks...
And The Valley Shook Jun 24, 2016

The Countdown is on...

LSU has a new countdown to Saturdays video. CountdownToSaturday from LSU Football on Vimeo.
And The Valley Shook Jun 23, 2016

Ben Simmons Selected First Overall in the NBA Draft

LSU’s Aussie import is headed to Philly as the first overall pick. LSU forward Ben Simmons, as widely predicted, was selected first overall in the 2016 NBA Draft tonight by the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons, the 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-SEC selection this past season, has reset a number of milestones by being drafted first overall. He is the just the 5th player in SEC history to be picked #1 by the NBA and he’s the first Tiger to be taken first overall since Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. Simmons is the 15th LSU basketball player to be drafted in the first round, ...
And The Valley Shook Jun 23, 2016

Roadmap to the Playoff -- What LSU Needs for a Title Run in 2016, Part 4: Kendell Beckwith Becomes a Consistent Playmaker

LSU’s man in the middle is already pretty good, but he can be better. After one of the best offseasons LSU football has had in some time, the 2016 team could be poised for some great things. Les Miles has the best running back in college football, more returning starters than any other team he’s had here, and hired one of the best defensive coordinators in the country to coach a unit that returns eight starters. The pieces could easily be in place for a run at the college football playoff -- the advanced statistics back that up as well. But as with any team, there are question marks...
And The Valley Shook Jun 22, 2016

Better Know a Freshman: Devin White

“Men at some times are masters of their fates;The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” -Cassius, Julius Caesar, 1.2.139-141 I’m not much one for destiny. I don’t believe in fate. I’m not sure everything or anything in life has a purpose or a meaning. What life does present is a never ending series of choices, some less perplexing than others. Even things that seem rote and mechanical are truly choices we repeatedly make. It’s not every day you ask yourself if you will get up and go to work that day; you made the decision to do that...
And The Valley Shook Jun 22, 2016

Delusional Optimism is Returning Its Starters

Does returning starters translate into wins? There's a lot of optimism regarding this year's LSU team, and not just from the Delusional Optimism headquarters. One of the major factors fueling this optimism is the large number of starters that will return this fall. According to Phil Steele, LSU will return 18 starters, 9 on each side of the football. This doesn't just rank first in the SEC, it ranks first in the entire nation. So it stands to reason that a good team from last season that returns a boatload of starters will therefore be even better next season. This is the sort of received...
And The Valley Shook Jun 21, 2016

In da Film Room: Brandon Harris against Western Kentucky

Taking a look at No. 6’s day against the Hilltoppers. I take the subway a lot to get around. Yesterday I took it home from work and it was long and painful. I don’t play a lot of games on my phone, so without having WiFi all I can do is listen to music, stare at people and hope not to fall asleep. I hate falling asleep on the subway because the train stopping at each station always wakes you up. There’s also always some weird dude you’re trying to keep your eye on. It is certainly not a peaceful rest. I do take comfort in the fact that in the subway, unlike everywhere else, I am NOT...
And The Valley Shook Jun 21, 2016

SEC Unit Rankings: Quarterbacks

They stink. It’s that time of year again, when we here at ATVS cast our eye over the entire SEC and try and rank all of our conference mates by their component parts. We kick things off with the biggest part of all: the quarterbacks. Quarterback play in the SEC has ranged from decent to atrocious recently, and it seems to be tilting even further towards the atrocious bucket. But someone has got to be on top of the heap. POSEUR 1. Ole Miss. I think this is far and away the #1 team. They return a guy who might contend for the Heisman, no one else can say that in the SEC. You know how good...
And The Valley Shook Jun 20, 2016

It’s Hard To Watch The College World Series

Make The College World Series Great Again Saturday night, fellow ATVSer zrau and I were driving back from Houston and we were just talking, shooting the shit. Eventually we got around to talking about the College World Series and we reached a mutual agreement on one thing: it’s hard to watch the College World Series. It’s not just hard to watch when LSU is in it, it’s hard to watch as a whole because of how ESPN treats the whole affair. Before I rip into them, let me award some praise to ESPN: in the past few years alone the worldwide leader has done a lot for college baseball,...
And The Valley Shook Jun 17, 2016

And the Valley Drinks: Top Ten Beach Beers

Bury your feet in the sand, zone out to some music and drink these while you argue with your family about football. What, is that just how beach trips go for me? So anyways, your humble correspondent will be hitting the road tomorrow for Orange Beach for my first vacation as a father, along with my parents, si but bs and the whole family. Naturally, I’ll be trying to get my hands on whatever crafts available that I can’t find here. Mostly just to bring back and enjoy later, but we all know there are few better beach companions than a nice cold beer. And here are their definitive...
And The Valley Shook Jun 17, 2016

Poseur Ranks the World: LSU Rivalries

Bill Connelly and Jason Kirk tried to do the impossible this week, come up with an SEC schedule based upon rivalries, not divisions. It sounds like it would be much easier than it is, but try and think of LSU’s three biggest rivals. Then ask the first LSU fan you meet to do the same. Now, compare lists. Chances are pretty good that you have different teams on there. There will be some crossover to be sure, but there will be even more divergence in the list if you ask an older fan or a younger fan. So, now I will attempt to quantify the hatreds of LSU, and rank our greatest rivalries. ...
And The Valley Shook Jun 16, 2016

Paul Mainieri Rebuffs Texas, Stays at LSU with “Significant Boost In Pay”

After a nervous few hours this morning, LSU Baseball Head Coach Paul Mainieri has “affirmed his commitment to the university” and will be staying at LSU, despite reported overtures from Texas. The Advocate reports that Mainieri will receive a “significant boost in pay” for staying, something that’s probably overdue and was inevitable given the landscape of college baseball this offseason. The Texas job search is leading to pay raises all across the sport and it was only a matter of time before the Longhorns would call on Mainieri. In an interview with The Advocate, Mainieri said...
And The Valley Shook Jun 16, 2016

Kramer Robertson: From Risk To Goat

Don’t forget the K Man’s turnaround. How is this for a career arc through three seasons? 2014 Kramer Robertson (47 games, 100 ABs): .200/.290/.339, 20 RBIs, 1.24 K/BB 2015 Kramer Robertson (27 games, 111 ABs): .232/.286/.338, 5 RBIs, 1 K/BB 2016 Kramer Robertson (66 games, 259 ABs): .324/.440/.417, 39 RBIs, .74 K/BB After a decent enough freshman season that saw him lose his starting spot in favor of a better, more established bat, Robertson once again lost his opening day starting spot in 2015 to mediocre play and injuries. And I’m man enough to admit that coming into the season, I...
And The Valley Shook Jun 15, 2016

2016 Was Paul Mainieri's Best Coaching Job

It ended bitterly, but that's not how we should remember this season It's time to write down what I (and possibly you) have been thinking all season. What made losing in the 2015 College World Series was knowing the last year's team was the team. If LSU was going to bring home a title, it was to be with that team. Mental errors and a lack of a third pitcher ultimately killed them, but the lineup was a veritable murder's row, every starter except for Jared Foster was batting above .300, and Foster was batting a healthy .278. There were no holes in defense, especially in the outfield where...
And The Valley Shook Jun 15, 2016

Better Know a Freshman: Rashard Lawrence

Starting the annual series with one of the biggest names of the 2016 class. "...Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." -King Henry IV, King Henry IV, 3.1.31 College football, as distinctly American as it is, does not play by American rules. America is a Democratic Republic. A nation that gives power to its citizens to elect its governmental officials (or at least the illusion of said process). College football is an oligarchy. Oligarchs are powerful, tyrannical. They are elitist and oppressive. Screw the people; give me power baby. In a very direct way, the power of the oligarchs...