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And The Valley Shook May 4, 2016

The NCAA Asks for a Mulligan on Satellite Camps

NCAA lifts ban on satellite camps which I'm sure will have no unintended consequences whatsoever The NCAA reversed the decision of the Division I Council banning satellite camps last week. The SEC, which had operated under a conference-wide ban, will adopt the more lenient national rule starting on May 30th, so that it's member schools do not suffer a competitive disadvantage in recruiting. The ruling has been greeted with much joy in Big Ten country, specifically Michigan fans, and Dan Wolken in his unending troll campaign against Alabama. Admittedly, their celebration of more lax...
And The Valley Shook May 4, 2016

Fournette, White & Dupre in early first-round projection

This year's draft was quiet for the Tigers, but 2017 will likely have a lot of LSU flavor. SB Nation's Dan Kadar put together a way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft and unsurprisingly, LSU is already high on the list with three potential first-round picks: 9. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Fournette is a powerhouse running back who throws defenders around with ease. He's built for the AFC North. ... 24. Dallas Cowboys: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU White could have gone pro and been a second- or third-round pick in 2016. Another season in a loaded LSU defense...
And The Valley Shook May 4, 2016

How about a little Old School?

LSU's football video department decided to update the ol' classic video. LSU Classic from LSU Football on Vimeo.
And The Valley Shook May 3, 2016

The NFL has a teaching problem

College teams are finding new ways to make things work. Why aren't the professionals doing the same? The 2016 NFL Draft is in the books, and I have to say, it has to be one of the weirder ones that I can remember. I mean aside from all of the ridiculousness involved with Laremy Tunsil, most of the media projections on dozens of prospects just seemed completely off. Now it is true that no matter how many sources they talk to (or tell people they talk to) or however much film they watch (or say they watch), nobody ever really knows just how the NFL draft boards are stocked. These teams do a...
And The Valley Shook May 3, 2016

Softball Recap: Sweep!

LSU rallies to sweep the basement dwelling Hogs The softball team got the sweep it so desperately needed, but it sure made us sweat for it. Two blowouts sandwiched a huge comeback win, which the Tigers were nice enough to save for a national TV audience. I mean, if people are tuning in, might as well give them some drama. This is LSU's second consecutive sweep of an SEC opponent as the team ran its winning streak up to ten games. LSU closed out its SEC season with eight straight victories, climbing from near the bottom of the conference standings at 5-11 to a respectable 13-11 finish. LSU...
And The Valley Shook May 3, 2016

In Da Film Room: Brandon Harris against Auburn

2015 Auburn was kinda really bad It's my birthday today so I decided to treat myself by watching Brandon Harris against Auburn. It's not easy to get a feel for Harris based on this game alone because, for one, Auburn was not very good last year, but also because LSU ran a lot of quick throws or one-read concepts. If you take out the two jet sweeps that count as passes, there's only 11 real throws. That's a small sample size and I feel like I should thank based Cam Cameron, Les and Leonard for me not having to cut up 30-40 passing plays. In the comments on my last article, there were some...
And The Valley Shook Apr 28, 2016

WEEKEND GAMETHREAD: LSU @ Ole Miss

LSU News Advocate - LSU’s catching battle still up in the air Advocate - Mainieri unsure of first base plans ahead of Ole Miss series Advocate - Mainieri: Comment on Deichmann wasn't meant to throw him 'under the bus' Tiger Rag - LSU emphasizing poise heading into hostile atmosphere at Ole Miss Tiger Rag - Married to the Game: Karen Mainieri LSUSports.net - Baseball Begins Series at Ole Miss Thursday LSUSports.net - Robertson Among Brooks Wallace Award Watch List Times Pic - LSU tries to reestablish consistency on road at Ole Miss ...
And The Valley Shook Apr 28, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Open Thread

The Tigers may not have any picks tonight, but there’s still plenty to enjoy. Oh sure, you can watch an actual sports thing like LSU taking on Ole Miss in the opener of an SEC series that is huge for both teams. Or you can contribute to your disgusting football habit by watching the NFL Draft with me. Will LSU have any players selected tonight? Probably not. The Saints will have a pick. It probably won't be a good pick, but they'll make it, so let's react to THAT! Or mock stupid NFL teams taking less-good college players over better ones. This is a defensive line-heavy talent pool,...
And The Valley Shook Apr 28, 2016

Les Miles explains proper texting calisthenics

It's important to get those fingers limber. LSU Football - Here Come the Tigers from LSU Football on Vimeo.
And The Valley Shook Apr 28, 2016

Vintage Les Miles Photo

Check out this sweet photo Les just tweeted. Found old pic for #TBT..current and former LSU coaches running a marathon Don't know if I can run that fast now !!LM pic.twitter.com/gF3LSI0Lkc — Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) April 28, 2016 I have questions. Firstly, Les was a pretty handsome guy once upon a time. Look at those eyes. /hearteyesemoji Secondly, we know he's maintained a long time friendship with Dinardo. Dinardo brought back the magic, and Les kept it alive? Thirdly, is Les a blood? Fourthly, guns? Look at those bis. He's being subtle, but he's got some. Fifthly, why does...
And The Valley Shook Apr 27, 2016

In Da Film Room: Brandon Harris against Mississippi State

The LSU quarterback needs more cowbell. I have come off the ledge. I took a break from watching Brandon Harris and have come back to find that while he was bad, there is room for improvement. There's a chance he becomes the QB LSU needs in 2016. Here is the first post in a series where we will break down each game in 2015 from the passing game standpoint. Today we head back to September 12 when the Tigers traveled to take on Mississippi State 8:21 1st Quarter, 2nd & 11 at the MSU 49 - The first pass play of the LSU season was a packaged concept featuring a gap run to Leonard Fournette...
And The Valley Shook Apr 27, 2016

Spring Football Five Questions: Auburn

Walt Austin of College and Magnolia gives us the scoop on spring practice out on the plains. 1. What was the vibe in Auburn this spring, following a fairly disappointing regular season? I don't know that there was a discernible vibe other than just uncertainty. There's optimism for the defense, and still so many questions about the offense. Through most of Gus Malzahn's tenure, it has been the opposite. Everyone expected the offense to be good, but the defense to struggle. Now we actually have a good bit of depth (and talented depth) everywhere but the linebacker position. Even with the...
And The Valley Shook Apr 26, 2016

GAMETHREAD: LSU @ Tulane, 6:00, CBS Sports Network

LSU looks to extract revenge on their arch rivals for their defeat in March After a disappointing series against rivals Mississippi State and ahead of a road series against Ole Miss, LSU plays another rival, Tulane (26-13, 7-4, 2nd in American) in New Orleans. This is the return leg of their home and home up and down I-10, as LSU was completely lost in a 7-1 shutdown at the hands of the Green Wave. That game was right after the Texas A&M series and directly preceded the trip to Auburn that changed the tide a bit for the Tigers. In that game Cole McKay got the start but didn't get out of the...
And The Valley Shook Apr 26, 2016

JaMarcus Russell Throws a Hail Mary

Russell is begging for a job. He won't get one, but it is noble of him to try, and take responsibility for his past failings The only thing we enjoy more than a wild success is a massive failure. There's nothing quite so satisfying as pointing out the shortcomings of others. The internet encourages this binary view, and the clicks rush in for articles proclaiming the new hero or kicking dirt over the freshest corpse of a career. As we creep ever closer to the NFL Draft, the single worst event on the American sports calendar, we are reminded today of one of the biggest draft busts in NFL...
And The Valley Shook Apr 26, 2016

2016 LSU Football NFL Draft Profiles: Defense

Defense includes two of LSU’s higher-profile prospects. The defensive side of the ball features a pair of seniors that played a lot of football here. One has been one of the hotter prospects of the draft media season, after putting up some flashy workout numbers. But the other player might be one of the surprises of this week's selection meeting. Jalen Mills Position: defensive back Height: 6-0 Weight: 193 pounds Arm length: 31.125 inches Hand size: 9.125 inches 40 time: 4.51 seconds Bench press: 16 reps 20-yard shuttle time: 4.0 seconds 60-yard shuttle time: 11.53 seconds 3-cone drill...
And The Valley Shook Apr 25, 2016

2016 LSU Football NFL Draft Profiles: Offense

It’s a light draft class for LSU this year, but there’s a handful that will hear their names called in the next week. Between baseball, spring practice and some other things going on, we just haven't had much draft coverage here to date. But with the selection meeting coming this Thursday, it's time to get up on the horse. The fact that LSU will likely have a fairly small class of players is a factor, although that's unfair to a number of players in this class that played a lot of football here, some of which project very well at the NFL level, even if they aren't rated as first-round...
And The Valley Shook Apr 25, 2016

LSU Baseball Weekend Review: The Breaks

Tigers frustrated in two different ways against Mississippi State Greg Deichmann was safe at home. The run should have counted, and LSU should have had the lead going into the fifth inning in their series opener Friday night against Mississippi State. Deichmann wasn't ruled safe. It was a blown call. Thing is, these things happen all the time in baseball and teams need to learn how to overcome them. This is the adversity that is always referred to during postgame press conferences. From a cold hard facts perspective the call was a non-factor since State ended up beating LSU by more than one...
And The Valley Shook Apr 24, 2016

GAMETHREAD: GM3 vs Miss. St., Noon, ESPN2

SEC Scoreboard Alabama 7 3Texas A&M 4 Box | Recap FINAL Arkansas 2 19Kentucky 0 Box | Recap F / 7 Auburn 4 16Ole Miss 7 Box | Recap FINAL Georgia 1 2Florida 4 Box | Recap FINAL 6Mississippi State 2 10LSU 1 Box | Recap FINAL Missouri 1 12South Carolina 5 Box | Recap FINAL 4Vanderbilt 1 Tennessee 2 Box | Recap FINAL Arkansas 4 19Kentucky 5 Box | Recapmakeup of 4/21 game F / 7 Game 3 LSU – Sr. LHP John Valek III (6-1, 3.42 ERA, 50.0...
And The Valley Shook Apr 22, 2016

WEEKEND GAMETHREAD: LSU vs Mississippi St.

LSU News Advocate - Chris Reid’s emerged ‘out of nowhere’ to solidify LSU’s third base dilemma Advocate - Notebook: Like team, Paul Mainieri wants LSU fans to wear gold all weekend Times Pic - LSU legend Warren Morris: 1996 CWS homer 'feels like yesterday' Tiger Rag - LSU surging into divisional showdown with Mississippi State LSUSports - Gold Weekend at Alex Box Stadium LSUSports - Furniss Posters for First 5,000 Fans on Friday LSUSports - Furniss Jersey Retirement at 6:45 p.m. Friday Advocate - LSU-Tulane baseball game Tuesday at Turchin Stadium...
And The Valley Shook Apr 22, 2016

LSU Softball Weekend Preview: South Carolina

The Gamecocks come to Tiger Park for three games The No.14 Tigers have a chance to do something this weekend against South Carolina which hasn’t been accomplished all season: winning back-to-back SEC series. The Schedule Game One: Friday - 6PM, 107.3 FM Game Two: Saturday - 6PM, SECN+, 107.3 FM Game Three: Sunday - 1 PM, SECN+. 107.3 FM The Opponent Similar to Mississippi State, the Gamecocks are not one of the SEC elite. They did a solid job of beating up on non-SEC competition with a couple of nine-game winning streaks, save for getting thrashed 15-3 by then No.2 Michigan in the...