BATON ROUGE, La. — You see people, this is why you delete your emails.
According to records obtained by WBRZ Channel 2 News on Monday, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva was more frustrated about the way Florida handled the postponement of the game scheduled for Oct. 8 than he implied.
In a group email chain with some other members of the LSU athletic department, Alleva postulated that Florida didn’t want the game to be played because the Gators were trying to back their way into the SEC Championship with an easier schedule. Alleva also said he believes the situation is “a joke.”
This, of course, isn’t going to earn Alleva any enemies in Baton Rouge. This opinion has been the hard-and-fast stance of LSU fans since the game was postponed and even still now with the game having been rescheduled in Baton Rouge. Alleva didn’t go as far as some fans have in his theory, but he seems to have had his finger on the pulse of the situation, something I bet LSU fans will appreciate.
That said, I don’t think this will earn Alleva any support from commissioner Greg Sankey and the SEC league office. Alleva already drew Sankey’s ire when he drew a line in the sand by refusing to give up a home game to reschedule the game against Florida. This revelation might only exacerbate the dissonance between the LSU athletic department and the big-wigs in Birmingham, who probably won’t be quick to do Alleva and Co. any favors anytime soon.
Reminder: It’s very good for LSU that the game was rescheduled. If LSU wins out, it can go to the SEC Championship game, assuming Auburn loses one more game. It’s also very good for Florida, as the SEC interprets its rules as reading that a less-than-full conference schedule can exclude a team from the championship game.
Monday’s poll results
On Monday in the Briefing, I asked you if you still want Tom Herman to be LSU’s next head coach. The results were, how do I put this, extremely, overwhelmingly, absolutely decisive.
Out of 517 voters, 86 percent of you voted that you want LSU to keep Ed Orgeron as its head coach full time (results displayed). That left just 9 percent of you to vote for Tom Herman, and the other 5 percent listed yourselves as undecided or wrote in your own preferences. (Of those write-ins, about 20 percent were just Orgeron’s name written in again.)
I can’t say I’m surprised by the Orgeron support. LSU has played well under his tutelage and he comes with the sort of energy that jazzes up a fan base, especially after years of a completely different vibe.
What I will be interested in is to see how the favor toward Orgeron shifts if LSU were to lose against Alabama, or any of the other three teams left on its schedule. It’s easy to support a man when he’s winning, but will he have the same unconditional support if he loses once or twice?
After all, losing twice every eight games is what got Les Miles fired.
It’s that time of the week, LSU fans. You know the rules. I give you a screenshot, you give me a caption. You can leave your answers in the comments below, on our LSU Insiders Facebook page or on Twitter @SECCountryLSU.
Here’s this week’s photograph: What do you think either of these two men are thinking?
Just because it’s a bye week doesn’t mean there isn’t news. Here are some articles about LSU from SEC Country and from across the Internet that you should read:
- Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect talks about LSU with our Sam Spiegelman
- This bye week might be the last thing LSU needs, writes Glenn Guilbeau
- The legal struggle between LSU and Texas A&M over John Chavis’ buyout continues
- Alabama star Jonathan Allen shares his thoughts on Leonard Fournette
- No surprise, LSU vs Alabama will be a night game
- I broke down the tape of LSU’s win over Ole Miss and identified some trends
Basketball is a sport, too
NBA teams announced their opening day rosters Monday, and eight former LSU players littered the ranks.
The players are:
- Tim Quarterman, Portland Trail Blazers
- Brandon Bass, Los Angeles Clippers
- Garrett Temple, Sacramento Kings
- Marcus Thornton, Washington Wizards
- Justin Hamilton, Brooklyn Nets
- Jordan Mickey, Boston Celtics
- Jarrell Martin, Memphis Grizzlies
- Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Simmons, the first player selected in the NBA Draft last summer, begins the season on the bench with a foot injury. Simmons is out indefinitely and some have speculated that he may be sidelined for the whole season.
Thorpe, there it is
LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White was named as one of the 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, a trophy given out at the end of the season to the nation’s best defensive back.
White would be the third LSU defender to win the award, following in the footsteps of Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, who won the award in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011. Both Peterson and Claiborne went on to be selected in the top 10 of the NFL Draft.
White might be just as good as either of those standouts, as his performance this year has shown.
Don't even bother challenging Tre'Davious White ?⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XpCuOBjP4A
— CFB Film Room (@CFBFilmRoom) October 21, 2016
ESPN.com draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. ranks White as the No. 2 senior cornerback prospect and the No. 25 prospect overall. Kiper describes White as a player who “shows instincts on tape, even though he doesn’t have the interception numbers of an elite cornerback.”
White is one of three SEC players named semifinalists, alongside Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick and Texas A&M’s Justin Evans.
Leonard Fournette had words to say
If you’re a fan of the Cleveland Browns or any of the five other teams competing for the top picks in the NFL Draft, you’re probably asking yourself the same question over and over again: Why is Leonard Fournette still playing? Take it easy, kid. Coast through college and take your paycheck in a few months.
Fournette has an answer to that.
““It’s all about competing,” Fournette told SEC Now’s Peter Burns in a TV interview Monday. “No matter what’s at stake, if you love the game of football, as with any sport, you’re going to play with your all until the end.”
In this writer’s humble opinion, Fournette should find a happy medium. Should he be carrying 30 times a game? Absolutely not. There’s no reason to put that kind of mileage on his legs, especially with the cavalry of running backs LSU has behind him. But there’s also no reason that Fournette should sit out.
He admitted after the win on Saturday that he felt out of shape after missing just three weeks of action. Imagine how he’d look showing up at an NFL training camp having not played in eight months.
The important thing is the Fournette doesn’t instill bad habits in himself. One of the criticisms of Jadeveon Clowney, the last all-world No. 1 recruit to be selected first in the NFL Draft, was that he took it too easy his last year in college, and that instilled a laziness in him that was hard to overcome for his first two years in the NFL.
Whether this is true or not, it’s a cautionary tale for Fournette. Barring a Marcus Lattimore-style catastrophic injury, Fournette is just about guaranteed to be picked in the top 10. He’ll get his money. But if he wants to back that money up, he needs to reinforce the style of play he knows he can.
And this also is a good thing for LSU fans everywhere. A Fournette unhinged with something to prove is a sight to behold.