Friday, 01 April 2011 14:40

LSU Sports: Kenny Hilliard, Patrick Peterson, BCS, Paul Mainieri

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Ed StatonKenny Hilliard

LSU's Kenny Hilliard is rated as one of the top 100 college freshmen by Today, we'll look at running back Kenny Hilliard. "He leaves the Louisiana high school football scene with a career record of more than 8,600 yards on the ground.One of the most productive high school runners in history, he is headed to Baton Rouge to continue the art of toting the rock. He runs well behind his pads and knows that he has to keep his motor churning to wear down a defense. He should rush for at least 400 yards this season, getting his feet wet in 2011."

Patrick Peterson

We passed this along a report that a Texas-based trainer is accused of shopping around LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson's college enrollment to the highest bidder in 2007. No one has accused Peterson of taking any money, even though there are a few documented articles from 2007 that indicate Peterson did have a relationship with Lyles in 2007

“I have never had any type of relationship with Willie Lyles and he had no influence on my decision to attend LSU, or any other school for that matter. He had no involvement with my recruiting process and I resent the fact that my name has come up in these allegations. I chose LSU because it’s a great school with a great football program. I never received nor was I offered anything to go to LSU and anyone saying otherwise is being dishonest.”


SOME hither, others yon: The BCS is in the process of distancing itself from the Fiesta Bowl, which jettisoned president John Junker -- full disclosure -- because of revelations involving reimbursement to bowl staffers for political contributions. (That's illegal). And if the Fiesta falls completely out of BCS favor, some bowl would have to replace it. Ryan McGee of ESPN offers a list of five possibilities: No. 1 is the Cotton Bowl, with Jerry Jones' new stadium. No. 2 is the Capital One, which is played in a nice city (Orlando), but in an ancient stadium. No. 5 is the Outback, which is staged in Tampa and has a pirate ship in the end zone. No. 4 is the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. How about the New Orleans Bowl? That game in Arlington and the outsize of Jones' stadium would be tough to bump...

Paul Mainieri

LSU's baseball team was picked to win the SEC West by the league coaches but it is dead last.

LSU (18-7 over-all) is 1-5 for the worst record in the SEC after two weekends of league play following losing two of three games at Georgia over the weekend and getting swept by No. 1 Florida at home the week before that.

"You can't give up," said Tigers coach Paul Mainieri. "You can't let your spirit be broken, and mine's not going to be broken."

"Hey listen in '08, I was saying these same things," said the coach. "We're a pitch away, a hit away. in turning some of those tough losses into great victories.

"Once we learn how to win these games, then we're going to start rolling. And I still feel that way about this team. Do I think we're a perfect team? No."

The Tigers have been anything, but perfect in the SEC of late. Over their last seven SEC series, LSU is 4-17.

The Tigers have fallen to No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings after being a top five team earlier in the season.

This weekend, the Tigers host Ole Miss (18-07, 3-3 SEC) at Alex Box Stadium with games at 7 p.m.. on Friday, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Tigers center-fielder Mikie Mahtook hit .455 (5-for-11) at Georgia with two home runs and four RBI. He is hitting .365 on the season with an SEC-high eight home runs.

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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