In the summer of 2012, while looking for writing work online, I came across a call for LSU sports writers from DIG Magazine of Baton Rouge. I wrote Cody Worsham, then editor, and was soon after hired as a freelancer. It was a great experience, as I was able to be credentialed for Tiger Day and for Coach Les Miles' weekly press conferences. This position opened the door to meet both current Tigers and one former one in Alan Risher, quarterback of LSU in the early 1980s. I would have continued writing for DIG if it weren't for the full-time work I found. To this day, I see this experience writing on LSU football as a childhood dream come true.


If anyone watches a volleyball match they will see that one player on each side of the net is wearing a different color jersey from the rest of her teammates.

LSU senior Meghan Mannari is the player on the back row that wears that different color jersey. But as she’ll tell you, it is so much more than that.


It turns out former LSU slugger Blake Dean loved LSU and Baton Rouge just a little too much to stay away.

Dean, who retired from professional baseball after three years with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization this past spring, will be donning the purple and gold again in 2013 as a student assistant coach. He recently took time out to sign autographs at Denicola’s Tiger Den on Sherwood Forest Boulevard.


Since the Bowl Championship Series’ inception in 1998, no team had ever won two BCS national titles.

No team had ever won a national championship with two losses in a season.

No team until a damn strong one did it to complete an improbable 2007 campaign.


The Florida Game

It was that big.

It became the toughest ticket in the history of Tiger Stadium.

In some circles it has even been called the best college football game of the decade.


“Scars are souvenirs you never lose.”

These words from “Name” by the band The Goo Goo Dolls are becoming all-too-true a reality for LSU Head Coach Les Miles.

Last Friday, Miles announced that 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist and Bednarik Award winner Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the team for continued violation of team and school rules.


Losing Control

The Florida game was the climax of the 2007 season.

Unlike 2003, when the climax came at the end of the season and LSU’s title-winning victories over Georgia and Oklahoma, The 2007 Tigers were never the same dominant team after winning arguably the greatest college football game of the decade.


It’s an old cliché in the world of team sports, that togetherness and unity should trump any individual accomplishment. That there is no “I” in “team.” Any and every sports fan has heard it before.

But listening to LSU coaches and players talk about it seems different.


The sport of volleyball takes some of the most pinpoint execution of any sport in NCAA athletics. Yet so often it is relegated to the back page as even non-field related issues in the world of sports, especially football, gobble up the limelight.

But the truth is that a program like LSU Volleyball deserves much more recognition than they get.


One Fortunate Ending

The LSU Tigers were No. 7 in the BCS rankings. Left for dead. They’d lost at home to Arkansas. They’d blown their shot at a national championship.

They were even ranked behind Virginia Tech, whom they’d drubbed 48-7 early in the season.

You may remember thinking that was unfair, but really, what was there to gain from being ranked higher if you were not in the top two?


LSU’s Sam Montgomery claims to just be a guy who loves football.

At least when he’s the one playing it, anyway.

Since I was young, it's so boring to me to watch someone else do what you do,” said Montgomery. “It's so boring to me looking at football. Looking at a sport, sometimes I'll fall asleep. My mom would watch it all the time, but I really couldn't get into it.”


Twenty nine years ago, on September 24, 1983, the LSU Tigers handed the visiting Washington Huskies a 40-14 beatdown not unlike the 41-3 whipping the 2012 Tigers put on them this past Saturday.

The 1983 victory over the No. 7 Huskies before a then-Tiger Stadium record crowd of 82,390 was not unlike the wins LSU had achieved a year earlier in 1982 when they scored huge victories at No. 4 Florida and No. 8 Alabama and a home contest with No. 7 Florida State.


It is finally a game that matters for No. 2 LSU, a game that will keep Tiger fans' interest for all four quarters after three non-conference blowouts that had much of Tiger Stadium cleared out by the fourth quarter.

At least that's what should be the case when LSU opens SEC play this weekend at Auburn.

The truth is that given LSU’s expected dominance this Saturday, it should be Auburn fans filing out of the stadium early in this one. Unless they have memories of and hopes for another 1994, when their team was involved in one of the most improbable comebacks in college football history.


It seemed like such a meaningless play. LSU was up 28-14 on Idaho and running back Alfred Blue was running for a nine-yard gain to midfield. After the play he limped to the sidelines, but because no trainers had come on to the field, one might have thought it was something as minimal as a thigh bruise or tweaked ankle.

Then Blue was seen walking off the field with the aid of a crutch with about nine minutes to go as the Tigers were putting their final touches on a 63-14 blowout of the Vandals.


The No. 3 LSU Tigers travel to Gainesville this Saturday to play a red-hot Florida team chomping at the bit for a signature victory for the 2012 season. In many of the college football prognosticators’ minds, the Gators will get that victory and upset the Tigers.

Florida had a bye week and thus two weeks to prepare for LSU. The Tigers entertained Towson, which is close to having a bye week.


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My name is Jeff Timothy LeJeune. I was born in south Louisiana and reside there today. Above all, I am a creator. I like to make things and enjoy the process involved in doing it. Subjects I enjoy include history, photography, literature, writing, sports, science, and filmmaking. I believe in a quotation from Leonardo DaVinci and try to live my life as if it were a fundamental truth: "Time stays around long enough for those who use it."

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