Couple news items -- some more "news" items -- on a lazy Saturday morning:
- Some 59 Tigers completed the "full measure" of their experience as student athletes, graduating as part of the largest commencement ceremony in LSU's history on Friday. Ten football players walked the stage, including Trent Domingue and former Tiger fullback J.C. Copeland. Gymnasts Randii Wyrick, Jessica Savona and Michelle Gauthier graduated as well.
- Les Miles gave friends of the blog Culotta and the Prince a few minutes Friday morning as well, discussing a number of topics, including satellite camps. Because #narrative, that's what got the most play of course, and in discussing plans to hold some off-campus events in New Orleans and Shreveport, the topic of working with other Louisiana schools came up. Miles noted that he looked forward to partnering with other Louisiana schools, but a remark about them working with other SEC schools has -- kind of surprisingly -- drawn some ire.
Short version: LSU won't work with Tulane or Southeastern so long as they partner with Texas A&M and Arkansas on their own camps. Frankly, it's a pretty smart move. The biggest concern for LSU in this whole satellite camp "issue" hasn't been the idea of Michigan or Ohio State coming into Louisiana, it's the Alabamas, Floridas -- schools that are real threats for the top talent in the state. Letting the Greenies and the other directional schools know that if they scratch our back, we'll scratch their's is just good politics.
I'd be pretty surprised if SEC schools in the other smaller states haven't passed on a similar edict behind the scenes.
CBS's Dennis Dodd had a very interesting feature this week regarding the Fournette family taking out two insurance policies worth a combined $10 million, should he suffer any injuries that might impact his potential draft value for the NFL. The story itself is interesting because it details how unregulated the whole athlete disability policy industry is, and how often athletes and their families wind up either not getting any sort of payout at all, or less than the expected value.
A local attorney, Bryan Fisher, is quoted extensively, regarding how little guidance schools give to their athletes on the matter.
LSU, he says, is one of the good ones. The school genuinely cares and offers guidance when players and families go looking for insurance.
When Fournette wanted his policy to kick in at the start of this year's spring practice, an adjustment was made and off he went. But Fisher keeps close a file of budding cases from Auburn Tigers , Michigan Wolverines , Notre Dame Fighting Irish , Ohio State Buckeyes and USC. All of them, Fischer contends, have misled players on insurance policies.
"Multiple players at each school," Fisher said. "Every one of them has an injury that eliminated their draft prospects or lessened their draft prospects."