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Heisman Trophy-winning running back Billy Cannon will be memorialized on Wednesday on LSU's campus.

Details on LSU legend Billy Cannon’s public visitation, funeral

Nick Suss

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Mourn with your LSU family

Two days after former LSU running back and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon passed away at 80 years old, the school released details for how Cannon’s fans and supporters can mourn together.

LSU will be holding a public visitation and funeral on campus at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Wednesday. The visitation will go from noon to 2 p.m. CT and the service will run from 2 to 3 p.m. All activities will be open to the public.

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As an athlete whose career is inseparable from his LSU legacy, having the funeral on campus in Baton Rouge seems like the only logical choice. Check back to SEC Country and to for more updates on the proceedings as they become available.

Who won the poll?

In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Monday, we asked fans to vote on which quarterback they wanted to start for LSU in 2018. More than 350 fans responded, and a clear winner surfaced. Here are your results:

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With 65 percent of the vote, LSU’s newest quarterback Joe Burrow took the win with a true majority. A graduate transfer from Ohio State, Burrow earned a higher percentage of the vote than all three of LSU’s returning quarterbacks combined.

Sophomore Myles Brennan finished as runner-up with 20 percent of the vote, followed by 8 percent from junior Justin McMillan and 7 percent from redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse. Brennan, McMillan and Narcisse competed with one another all spring for the title of starting quarterback and no one was able to stand out.

It’s natural to pick Burrow as the fan favorite since none of the fans have ever seen him fail. He’s the shiny new toy. And there’s a good chance he turns out to be the starter. But it’ll be interesting to see how he’s treated if he proves to be less than perfect. And how that’ll relate to LSU’s other quarterbacks and their favorability.


Monday was a busy day in LSU news. In case you missed anything, here’s a recap of the day that was:

In LSU baseball news

LSU baseball opens SEC Tournament play on Tuesday with a matchup against Mississippi State at 4:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network. The Tigers will throw Bush, a sophomore left-hander, against Mississippi State ace Konnor Pilkington, who is throwing on short rest for the second time in two weeks.

LSU defeated Mississippi State twice in three games in the third week of SEC play this season, roughing up Pilkington for one of his worst starts of 2018 in Game 1 of the series. Bush threw 3 innings of relief across two games versus the Bulldogs, allowing 1 hit and no runs.

Look at my face

As we do once a week, fellow SEC Country LSU reporter Alex Hickey and I hopped on Facebook Live on Monday to chat with fans. We answered plenty of questions about Burrow and the quarterback battle, as well as some baseball analysis and general thoughts about the state of the football program.

Be sure to like us on Facebook so you can join in on future chats. Not sold? Watch the video from Monday below and see how much fun we are.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, May 22 is National Maritime Day. And as with everything else in the world, I only know what I know about all things maritime from sitcoms. So, as we patiently wait another week for the fifth season of Arrested Development, here’s a look back at some of the intricacies of maritime law.

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