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Louisiana Sports: Payton, Cam Newton, Chris Paul, Manning, New Orleans Hornets

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Sean Payton was one of 28 football coaches from across the country nominated for the inaugural Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award. "I am honored that the NFL has put this award in my name," said Shula. "It's great that we are recognizing coaches from all levels -- high school, collegiate and professional. Congratulations to all the nominees and I look forward to presenting the first annual award at this year's Super Bowl." The national Shula Award winner will receive $25,000 and will be invited to the Super Bowl where he will be recognized at a news conference...

The Saints started the process of reshaping their offseason roster by re-signing several of their practice squad players to future contracts. They signed the last two remaining unsigned players from the practice squad this week. DT Mitch King and LB Ezra Butler signed their deals on Tuesday, bringing the total players signed to future contracts to 12. All player signed to future contracts will go on the reserve/future list until after the Super Bowl...Hornets' Chris Paul has unveiled his redesigned website as well as the launch of, the virtual destination of his non-profit organization, the CP3 Foundation. Both websites will provide a greater opportunity to keep in touch with him...

The Associated Press' All-Pro team will be unveiled on Tuesday...After consecutive games with crowds exceeding 15,000, it appears the Hornets are on the verge of meeting their Jan. 31 attendance benchmark requirement. With Wednesday night's crowd of 15,891, the Hornet's must average 14,892 for upcoming games against the Spurs on Saturday and the Thunder on Monday night to meet the requirement...The Saints have given permission to the Eagles to interview secondary coach Dennis Allen for the Philadelphia defensive coordinator job...Cam Newton has won the Manning Award  as the nation's best college quarterback. "I'm not sure if any quarterback has had as great a year as Cam Newton had," said Archie Manning. "It's amazing for a guy to account for 51 touchdowns in a career, let alone in one season, and also lead his team to a national championship." Stanford's Andrew Luck was the runner-up for the award...

Former Shaw High lineman Elliott Porter is enrolled for the spring semester at LSU and plans to join the football team as a walk-on during spring drills. He is transferring from Kentucky...I celebrated a birthday this  week and now midnight to me is 11 p.m....



A pair of LSU players will take part in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday in Orlando as offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale and wide receiver Terrence Toliver will both participate in the all-star game.


Kickoff for the 86th annual East-West Shrine Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT on Saturday from the Florida Citrus Bowl. The game, which is the longest running college football all-star game, will be televised by the NFL Network.


Barksdale, a 3-year starter at offensive tackle for the Tigers, will wear No. 77 and play for the West squad, while Tolliver will wear No. 80 and will suit up for the East team.


In four years with the Tigers, Barksdale played in 53 games, starting 39 times. He closed out his career with a streak of 39 straight starts – 26 at right tackle and 13 at left tackle. Barksdale earned second team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior in 2010.


Toliver, who played in 53 games with 29 starts, played perhaps the best game of his career in his final contest as a Tiger. Toliver was named the Cotton Bowl’s Offensive Most Outstanding Player in the 41-24 win over Texas A&M after catching five passes for 112 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.


Toliver finished his career at LSU with 126 receptions for 1,820 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a senior in 2010, Toliver led the Tigers with 41 catches for 579 yards and five touchdowns.


LSU currently has six players scheduled to take part in all-star games as linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, kicker Josh Jasper and defensive tackle Drake Nevis are all playing in the Senior Bowl next week in Mobile, while Lazarius Levingston has been invited to the Eastham Energy College Football All-Star Game in Tempe, Ariz..


LSU Football Players in All-Star Games

Player                                    Pos.        Game                                    Site                         Date/TV

Joseph Barksdale               OT          East-West Shrine               Orlando, Fla.       Jan. 22/NFL Network

Josh Jasper                           PK/P     Senior Bowl                         Mobile, Ala.         Jan. 29/NFL Network

Lazarius Levingston        DL          Eastham Energy                Tempe, Ariz.       Jan. 23/Fox College Sports

Drake Nevis                        DT          Senior Bowl                         Mobile, Ala.         Jan. 29/NFL Network

Terrence Toliver                 WR         East-West Shrine               Orlando, Fla.       Jan. 22/NFL Network

Kelvin Sheppard               LB           Senior Bowl                         Mobile, Ala.         Jan. 29/NFL Network

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

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