SEC Media Days is in full swing in Hoover, Al. this week, but as is usually the case, little of value has been said in the hours of press conferences so far. Even Mike Slive's State of the SEC address barely had any news worth mentioning. The lone highlight of the 1st day was Steve Spurrier, who was his usual entertaining self. Media Day continues today and will see LSU and Les Miles take the stage on Thursday morning.
The only real news to come out of the SEC so far this week was the release of TV times for all games in the conference for the first 3 weeks of the season. LSU will still face TCU at 8pm on ESPN as previously announced, followed by two home night games of UAB (6pm ESPNU) and Kent St (6pm on one of ESPN/2/U). So far LSU is getting very favorable TV times, especially compared to say Florida. The news also sets up the game against Furman on Oct. 26th as the last ever Tigervision PPV game.
Coach Mainieri had a press conference on Monday to talk about the status of his team after the end of the MLB signing deadline last week. Mainieri discussed a multitude of topics and players, though he would not give a projected lineup, preferring to let the fall training sessions occur before making those decisions. He did mention a few position changes he is contemplating though, including the possibility of moving Alex Bregman to catcher. Mainieri also discussed Bregman's number change to #8, now a passed down tradition, and how LSU was originally supposed to start the season hosting Southern Cal for a full weekend. LSU released the current full roster and schedule for 2014 and I've posted the full press conference video below.
One topic that Mainieri briefly touched was the state of the college game, making specific reference to an open letter on the coming demise of college baseball penned by legendary Rice coach Wayne Graham and sent to every premiere coach, NCAA administrator, and premier national college baseball writer in the country, demanding immediate change to the baseballs used in D1 to restore the offensive output to the game and save the sport from being abandoned by bored fans.
Former Tiger 1B and current NCAA record holder for career sac flys, Blake Dean, who served as a volunteer coach at LSU this past season, has joined the coaching staff at UNO in the same role for next season.
LSU basketball was originally scheduled to face Texas in a season tip-off tournament in Dallas this upcoming season, but when the Longhorns backed out, LSU was sent scrambling to find some opening weekend opponents. Yesterday LSU announced that they will be in the field of the Old Spice Classic at Walt Disney World the weekend of Nov. 28. LSU will start off against St. Joseph's and the rest of the field includes Butler, Memphis, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Siena and Washington State.
Basketball incoming freshman Jordan Mickey, one of the pillars of LSU's nationally ranked recruiting class for the year, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA due to issues with the preparatory academy in Dallas he attended. The decision is being appealed.
Hey look, it's the least surprising SEC basketball offseason headline EVER!
LSU is hosting a huge number of prospects this week at it's main summer football camp. The Times-Picayune has a great rundown of who's attending.
Happy 100th birthday to LSU Boxing legend Earl Turner, a member of LSU's 1935 SEC Boxing Championship team.