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Louisiana Sports: LSU, Arkansas, New Orleans Saints, Spurs Cap Hornets

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Summary: After a heavy week of Louisiana football, and basketball—LSU is licking its wounds after the loss to Arkansas, the Hornets continue to lose and the New Orleans Saints defense is showing plenty of spunk, if not all-pros. 


LSU's loss, it's very likely that Arkansas will occupy the Sugar Bowl's at-large spot as the bowl continues its ties with the SEC. Because the Sugar Bowl chooses next in line after the Rose Bowl, they will likely choose Ohio State because of their traveling fan base and national brand name.

LSU (10-2, 6-2 SEC) will await a bowl bid probably from the Cotton, Capital One of the Outback Bowls.  The Tigers wind up in a tie for second with the Razorbacks at 6-2 in the SEC West, two games behind Auburn. It's LSU's best SEC West finish since winning the SEC and the national championship in 2007.{sidebar id=4}


San Antonio Vs. Hornets

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich changed his strategy at halftime and the Spurs overcame a 17-point deficit and beat the Hornets 109-95 on Sunday at the Arena.

"I don't know anybody else who does the chess game better than Pop," said Hornets coach Monty Williams, a former Spurs player and coaching intern.

Tired of watching David West burn his team for 18 points in the first half, Popovich went small to start the second half, replacing center DeJuan Blair with guard George Hill, the team's best defensive player..

That allowed the Spurs to send an array of smaller bodies to  bother West and allowed Hill to guard Chris Paul.

The result was the Spurs big-time rally pushed their dto an NBA best 14-2.

West managed just five points in the second half while Paul hurt the Spurs neither with his shooting (15 points) nor passing (seven assists).

Ahead 61-44 after the first half the Hornets were outscored 65-34 in the second.

"The bottom line is I got outcoached," said Williams.

Tim Duncan knocked in 21 points.

The Hornets shot 61 per cent to the Spurs' 38.6 in the first  half.

In the aftermath of what he termed "an old-school whipping from a coaching standpoint," Williams cast himself as the pupil at the knee of the master, perhaps overselling the point.

Williams is an early candidate for Coach of the Year in his own right after getting the Hornets to a 12-4 start, and he did beat the Spurs earlier this season. in San Antonio.

On Sunday, however, Williams was the rookie coach with a lesson learned, And Popovich was het chess master

New Orleans Saints

NEW Giants receiver Michael Clayton worked out with Eli Manning when they were getting ready for the NFL Combine.  "I've known Michael for a long time," said Manning. "We were down in Florida for about three months and he was my roommate. And he was a guy I was throwing to so it's get to reconnect." Clayton, the former LSU standout who was the Bucs No. 1 draft choice in 2007, was cut by Tampa Bay and played in the UFL before joining the Giants...That was a gutsy call Sean Payton called on that long throw to Robert Meachem on third and 10. Most coaches would have just gone for the first down with the game on the line...Safety Malcolm Jenkins is challenging linebacker Jon Vilma for the title of best defensive player on the Saints roster...

Willie Roaf is one of 26 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists; The first-time finalists include cornerback Deion Sanders, offensive tackle Roaf and running backs Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin and Marshal Faulk. Roaf played with the Saints and Faulk is from New Orleans. The list of 26 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 finalists by vote of the Hall of Fame selection committee. Other semifinalists include cornerback Aeneas Williams of New Orleans and punter Ray Guy of Southern Miss...


FOR the ninth time in in the past five weeks -- and the fourth time in the pat 24 hours -- s Div. 1-A head coach has found himself booted from the sidelines straight into the unemployment line. The latest coaching casualty in a firing line that shows no signs of slowing down and will only pick up steam in the coming weeks is long-time Louisiana-Lafayette coach Rickey Bustle. In his eight years as head coach, Bustle compiled a 41-65 record, including 3-9 this season. He never led ULL to a bowl game, although he did manage a co-conference title in 2005. Jon Gruden's name will not be mentioned as a replacement like it has been for the U. of Miami job. Gruden said he is happy doing the ESPN games and wants to stay there and get better.

DWAYNE Bowe caught a touchdown pass in his seventh straight game on Sunday. The former LSU receiver now with the Chiefs caught 13 passes for three touchdowns and 170 yards in the win over the Seahawks to become the third player since 1990 to accomplish that in a single game...Tulane ex Matt Forte carried 14 times for 117 yards and caught 2 passes for 22 yards for the Bears in their victory over the Eagles on Sunday...If you try to fail and succeed at it, what have you accomplished?

by Ed Staton
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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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