Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Scott Picks Up LSU Offer; Sneed Announcement Set For Thursday

In the evolving world of college football recruiting, Louisiana’s reigning player of the year picked up a scholarship offer from LSU Tuesday. Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott tweeted that he received an offer after offensive coordinator Cam Cameron spent hours at Zachary High School. LSU has run into difficulty landing a quarterback for this recruiting class, swinging and missing on a few of the highest rated prospects in the country, which included former Calvary star, Shea Patterson who chose Ole Miss over LSU.

Will Scott push Brandon Harris or Danny Etling or Justin McMillan for playing time or lofty depth chart position? Doubtful.  But after the efforts to net a stud from out of state, it's good PR for the Tigers to make concerted effort to land the biggest QB fish in the state---particularly one that starred fifteen minutes outside of Baton Rouge.

The track record for Les Miles and quarterbacks with more athletic skills than passing skills is well-documented: Russell Shepherd, Terrance Magee, John Diarse... all were moved from the position where they ruled the roost ii high school.  Will Scott be the next in that line, if he even chooses to bring his ability to B.R. this summer?

On the radio show this morning, it was brought to our attention, the last time LSU came in late with an offer for a quarterback in state who had the talent but mostly escaped their radar? Dak Prescott. The Haughton star re-wrote the record book at Mississippi State.  If Prescott had latched onto the late LSU offer, I'm wagering the Tigers record book would have been mainly unaltered after Prescott's time in school.

That's not a knock on Dak.  The system, the competition at the position, the expectations, all those factors and more would have been prohibitive in Baton Rouge---but were assets in Starkville.

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Minden super-athlete L’Jarius Sneed will announce his college choice tomorrow, on his birthday. Sneed had over 1,000 yards receiving and another 300 + rushing in just 9 games for the Crimson Tide in 2015. Louisiana Tech and UL-L are the reported front-runners for Sneed’s services.

Tigers Go Cold In Aggie-Town

After hitting nine of their first 13 shots from the floor last night, LSU went stone cold the rest of the game-connecting on just 13 of their final 46 attempts,losing all hope for a road upset of 8th ranked Texas A&M.

The Aggies, guided by ex-Centenary Gents head coach Billy Kennedy, smothered the Tigers 71-57 to remain unbeaten in SEC play. LSU dropped to 5-2 in league action. Jalen Jones led A&M with 20 points, mostly from the paint area. Tyler Davis added 18 on 7-of-9 shooting.


Ben Simmons had 10 points and 11 rebounds for LSU.

Keith Hornsby’s jumper with 17:39 to play gave LSU a 42-41 lead. Johnny Jones’ team was outscored 30-15 the rest of the way, done in by sloppy half-court offensive sets and a severe lack of transition defense.

LSU visits the Avery Johnson-coached Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday.

Monday, November 23, 2015

In Defense Of Les

Where in the world is Joe Alleva? The LSU athletic director hasn't been heard from since the beginning of the "Les Miles must win his final two games or he's gone" situation. 

Alleva's strong-handed ways may not have shoved John Chavis out the door, but he certainly made the former Tigers defensive coordinator aware that his car was waiting outside with the engine running and the tank on "E" at the end of the 2014 season. 

With his successful head coach wafting in the wind, publicly outed as "fired coach walking," Alleva has chosen to remain hidden behind the practice of not commenting on a coach's status until after the season. 

Now this? Sending Les out to face questions about his employment status? Has Les Miles delivered the goods to rival Nick Saban and Urban Meyer consistently as the greatest coach in the country? No. However, aside from those two upper echelon coaches, Miles really doesn't take a backseat to anyone over the last ten years.  Jimbo Fisher has made his presence felt on the coaching landscape the last six years to join the list of elite coaches. Aside from that trio, is there a coach more successful than Les Miles in college football? 

Miles has made his share of mistakes in critical situations. There have been times when his disciplinary procedures lacked backbone; he has proved stubborn and unaccountable (21-0 loss to Alabama in 2012  BCS Championship); and his skills as a tactician leave something to be desired.  

But... He doesn't light into players like they just violated curfew with his daughter the way Saban and Jim McElwain have exhibited regularly; his bravado doesn't supersede limitations, ala' Bret Bielema; he is not aloof and anal like Meyer; he drags his wife and kids around everywhere he goes, not as a trophy to indicate his "family-man" status, but simply because he seems to really like seeing them.  

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And... He wins. 10 games a year on average, even though the last three seasons have fallen shy of his version of average.  He's a national media star, which definitely aids on the recruiting trail. ESPN, SEC Network, national radio shows... They all love Les. 

Quick, name a coach that networks crave interviews with... Spurrier isn't walking off the tee box and through that door; Les is the guy.

As a lifelong Razorback fan, and reporter covering LSU since 1995, I'm not sure what LSU's fan base is looking for if title contender, ace recruiter, genial CEO, family man and media star doesn't fit the bill. 
There are over 100 college football fan bases that would gladly trade the past ten years' results with Tiger fans---Woo Pig Sooie's, Rebels, Cowbell Clanga's, Aggies, Gamecocks, ShowMe's, Wildcats, Plainsmen, Commodores, UGA's, Volunteers and Gators included. 

Friday, September 4, 2015


Radio: K94.5FM
Live updates from local games all over our area plus coach's interviews.

Highlights, highlights AND MORE HIGHLIGHTS! From Minden to East Texas we will have the highlights of players, band, cheerleaders, danceteams AND STUDENT SECTIONS!


Friday, August 14, 2015


Friday, August 28, Fletch & his merry band of photographers will be returning to cover high school football with all the gusto it deserves!

Radio: K94.5FM
TV: My45
Live updates from local games all over our area plus coach's interviews.

Highlights, highlights AND MORE HIGHLIGHTS! From Minden to East Texas we will have the highlights of players, band, cheerleaders, danceteams AND STUDENT SECTIONS!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mock Draft 2, Electric Booglaloo

Mock 2.0 Fletcher Draft

1.       Tampa Bay-Jameis Winston
2.       Tennessee-Marcus Mariota
3.       Jacksonville-Leonard Williams
4.       Oakland-Amari Cooper
5.       Washington-Dante Fowler
6.       NY Jets-Vic Beasley
7.       Chicago-Kevin White
8.       Atlanta-Shane Ray
9.       NY Giants-Brandon Scherff
10.   St. Louis-Trae Waynes
11.   Minnesota-DeVante Parker
12.   Cleveland-Todd Gurley
13.   Saints-Danny Shelton
14.   Miami-Marcus Peters
15.   SF-Arik Armstead
16.   Texans-Breshad Perriman
17.   San Diego-Melvin Gordon
18.   Kanas City-Cameron Erving
19.   Cleveland-Malcom Brown
20.   Philadelphia-Landon Collins
21.   Cincinnati-Randy Gregory
22.   Pittsburgh-Shaq Thompson
23.   Detroit-Kevin Johnson
24.   Arizona-Bernardrick McKinney
25.   Carolina-Nelson Agholor
26.   Baltimore-Shane Ray
27.   Cowboys-Paul Dawson
28.   Denver-Eddie Goldman
29.   Indianapolis-Andrus Peat
30.   Green Bay-Jordan Phillips
31.   Saints-Bud Dupree

32.   New England-Dorial Green-Beckham

Mock Draft 1.0 (From Three Weeks Ago)

Mock It Up To Mock It Down
By: Tim Fletcher
Grab your nearest recording device, it’s time to mockument the sports season in full swing now that The Masters, March Madness and MLB’s Opening Day have come to pass (as soon as Jordan Spieth finishes the drill this afternoon).  Throw on your airiest, lightest mock turtleneck; add some ham mocks to that bean soup; let that Mockingbird sing… its Mock Draft Season!
Many, many years ago, when Mel Kiper, Jr.’s hairline started at the tip of his nose, there were only a handful of NFL draft experts who tried to forecast the 1st round in advance of the actual event. These people were called, “nerds.”  You know them now as, “experts.”   Whereas before, you would find “nerds” congregating in packs, similar to a group I ran around with (coincidence, I’m sure), you now will find “experts” on the draft on anything that features a .com, .org, .edu, or .polka.
Not only do these draft experts have to file a “Mock Draft” to keep the white apple on their laptops lit, they also must adjust their content more than a big league pitcher on a humid, summer evening.  This is why you will see such headlines as, “Mock Draft 1.1” or “Mock Draft 2 Electric Boogaloo”.  By the time the NFL stages the 1st round of the draft in Chicago’s “Auditorium Theatre” (as opposed to the run-down Theatre Auditorium) on April 30th, the draft “experts” will have more versions of the draft than a list of Jay Z’s biggest problems.
Not wanting that ‘left-out’ feeling I get at family reunions, I present to you, “Tim Fletcher Mock Draft 0.00,” an ode to my fifth-semester GPA at then-Northeast Louisiana University.
1.       Tampa Bay-Jameis Winston, Florida State. QB and meme sensation for his starring role in “Oregon fumble.”
2.       Tennessee-Marcus Mariota, Oregon. QB and most likely to carry Zach Mettenberger’s mustache clippings in a glad bag as part of rookie rituals.
3.       Jacksonville-Leonard Williams, Southern Cal. DE stands 6’5” and weighs a steak or two over 300 pounds. Played every position on Trojans d-line and replaces Polamalu as most noted hair in NFL.
4.       Oakland-Kevin White, West Virginia. WR with the thing that Raiders brass loves most: speed to track down defensive backs after interceptions.
5.       Washington-Dante Fowler, Florida. DE and pass rush specialist.  Some burgundy and gold fans would like to see him test his skills to the utmost in practice.
6.       NY Jets- Shane Ray, Missouri, DE/LB was all-everything at Missouri, which churns out SEC defensive players of the year regularly (at least last two years).
7.       Chicago-Amari Cooper, Alabama. The Best WR in the draft will need to work on his reaction time (not in terms of how DB’s play him, but how quickly he responds to Jay Cutler calling him out).
8.       Atlanta-Vic Beasley, Clemson.  DE who powered through 35 reps in the bench press at combine.  Scouts question his lack of alpha-dog mentality. However, his beta-tape usage is off the charts.
9.       NY Giants-Brandon Scherff, Iowa. Interior OL is everything last year’s 1st round pick, Odell Beckham, Jr. is---but opposite.
10.   St. Louis-Trae Waynes, Michigan State. CB who is more handsy than a pick-pocket.  Penalized 9 times in college. NFL receivers are just like those at Purdue and Indiana, so he should be fine!
11.   Minnesota-DeVante Parker, Louisville. WR gives his old college teammate a reliable target… in the city that serves as HQ for Target!
12.   Cleveland-Danny Shelton, Washington. DT who stands 6’2” and weighs 332 pounds. Will not be recognized walking around with other Browns fans.
13.   SAINTS-La’El Collins, LSU. OT from LSU.  Saints rarely look to BR for help and why should they? Name 15 LSU alums who have turned out great in last 4 years.
14.   Miami-Marcus Peters, Washington. CB who was suspended a game last year for throwing a sideline tantrum.  
15.   SF- Randy Gregory, Nebraska. DE who stands 6’6” and tips the scales at 255. Just missed out on playing for Bo Pelini and Jim Harbaugh.
16.   TEXANS-Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri. Can’t count Oklahoma since he never played there. Most talented wide-out comes with more baggage than George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
17.   SD-Todd Gurley, Georgia. RB coming off knee surgery.  If he pans out, Phillip Rivers may name his 8th, 9th, or 10th child after Gurley.
18.   KC-Cameron Erving, Fla.State. OL who can do it all. Kept Winston out of trouble. On the field.
19.   Cleveland-Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin. RB who specializes in big plays but was held to 1 yd. or less nearly 20% of his carries last year. Boom or bust? Sounds familiar w/their draft picks.
20.   Philadelphia-Landon Collins, Alabama.  S who goes from Saban’s “my way or highway” style to Chip Kelly’s “my way or highway,” style.
21.   Cincy- Arik Armstead, Oregon. DL who spells Eric completely wro…he’s how big? Spell it like you want, big man!
22.    Pittsburgh-Shaq Thompson, Washington. S who steps into Polamalu’s shoes at safety. Can also fill in for Le’veon Bell at RB (Shaq ran for 456 yards last year).
23.   Detroit-Jalen Collins, LSU. CB is most recent product of DBU. 
24.   Arizona- Malcom Brown, Texas. DT who is accustomed to knocking the “L” out of things, including his name.
25.   Carolina-D.J. Humphries, Florida. OL who was NOT one of three Gators who blocked their own teammate in last two seasons.
26.   Baltimore-Duke Johnson, Miami. RB who we saw in between Duck Commander BBQ sauce commercials in Independence Bowl.
27.   COWBOYS-Eddie Goldman, Florida State. DL who “plays the run like a full-grown man,” according to I’m a full-grown man. Hopefully he’s better than me.
28.   Denver-Eric Kendricks, UCLA. LB who is high character. Hey! Something “else” in Denver that’s high!
29.   Indy-Andrus Peat, Stanford. OL continues to make Indianapolis the “Palo Alto of the Midwest”.
30.   Green Bay-Maxx Williams, Minnesota. TE whose first name already looks like it’s been double-checked.
31.   SAINTS- Bud Dupree, Kentucky. LB is only guy named, “Bud” who weighs 270 pounds and runs a 4.56 40-yard dash.
32.   New England-Byron Jones, UConn. CB who will fill a role and be let go five years from now before he become too expensive.

With just 18 days separating us from the 1st Round of the draft, I have just enough time to roll out enough Mocks to number all the way from 0-to-turtlenecks.