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LSU Punter Wing Suspended For Bowl Game

When the LSU Tigers take on the Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl next week, they’ll do so without sophomore punter Brad Wing.  The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported this morning that a source inside the LSU athletic department had confirmed that Wing would not play in the game.

The website TigerRag.com is reporting that Wing’s suspension follows a failed drug test. Wing was fourth in the SEC in punting average this season at 44.8 yards per boot.  He was second in the league last year with a 44.3 average.

Backup punter Jamie Keehn — coincidentally an Australian like Wing — will likely take over for the Tigers in Atlanta.  He punted three times against North Texas this season for an average of 41.0 yards per kick.

 

UPDATE: LSU’s sports information director has confirmed Wing will not play in the bowl game. Here’s the school announcement.

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SEC Headlines – 9/14/12

SEC WEST

1.  Nick Saban and Alabama are getting separation between themselves and other programs.

2.  Bama hasn’t trailed in regulation time in eight games and its last three foes each had less than 10 offensive snaps on the Tide’s side of the 50.  Wow.

3.  Gene Chizik says he’s had “several meetings and several heart-to-hearts about growing up” with struggling Auburn QB Kiehl Frazier.

4.  Arkansas John L. Smith says Bama’s offense is not “going to be as hard as preparing for some other people because… they’re not going to fool you with variety.”

5.  Hog backup QB Brandon Allen says he grew up a lot in last week’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

6.  Assuming LSU takes care of business with Idaho, two pretty big records will fall tomorrow in Baton Rouge.

7.  Tiger punter Brad Wing says he really wants to win the Ray Guy Award.

8.  Byron De’Vinner keeps right on talking, but for Mississippi State “it only matters what he’s told the NCAA.”

9.  Why will MSU travel to Troy on Saturday?  In the words of Navin R. Johnson, it’s a profit deal.

10.  Ex-Bulldog defensive coordinator Manny Diaz will be heading up Texas’ D when the Longhorns visit Ole Miss.

11.  Winning has made football fun again in Oxford.  (Ya don’t say.)

12.  Kevin Sumlin gave Texas A&M tailback Christine Michael just two second-half carries last week “based on health history.”

13.  An SMU beatwriter says the Aggies should beat their old rivals “by a couple of touchdowns” tomorrow.

 

SEC EAST

14.  The last time Florida lost to Tennessee, gas cost just $2.10 a gallon.

15.  The Gator/Vol rivalry is “gaining traction again.”

16.  Instead of 0-2 like last year, Georgia has started this season 2-0, but Mark Richt says the Dawgs have “got to keep fighting for our lives because it’s such a fine line between winning and losing.”

17.  Scheduling Florida Atlantic makes fiscal sense for UGA and FAU.  (Too bad it’s a “who cares?” game.)

18.  Turnover-prone Western Kentucky might be just what Kentucky’s defense needs.

19.  Andre Woodson believes Maxwell Smith will “be one of the best quarterbacks ever to come through” UK.

20.  Connor Shaw “hasn’t quite been 100%” and now Steve Spurrier says he’ll make a decision about which signal-caller to play tomorrow night.

21.  When it comes to linebacker Shaq Wilson, the Gamecocks “feed off his energy.”

22.  Juco nose tackle Daniel McCullers says Tennessee is “going to be ready” for Florida power running game.

23.  Writer: “With the season-ending loss to Kentucky last November, Rocky Top hit rock bottom.  On Saturday, we’ll see just how far the Vols have rebounded.”

24.  Vanderbilt’s James Franklin says his team’s got to get back to what it did a year ago — “which is fight… focus on the details… have a chip on our shoulder.”

25.  The Commodores passing game has been dodgy in 2012… but the run game’s been “almost non-existent.”

26.  Is there any chance Missouri will look past Arizona State to South Carolina?

27.  The Tigers’ banged-up O-linemen are dealing with position changes.

28.  Interesting note: Last week’s Mizzou-Georgia game did better TV ratings in Atlanta (no shock) and Kansas City than it did in St. Louis.  (But it was still the highest-rated ESPN college football game ever in the Gateway City.)

 

SEC/COLLEGE FOOTBALL

29.  Tons of game picks from CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman can be found right here.

30.  Get ready for legal haggling as the Big East suggests Notre Dame will have to negotiate itself out of the league. (Kinda like half the other teams in the league have done.)

31.  Fox’s Erin Andrews wants to know how close Tennessee is to being “back.”

32.  How dirty is recruiting in Memphis?  Dirty enough that it feels like old times.

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Teammate: LSU’s Wing To Get It Good Over Violation Of Bad Rule

By now you’ve seen the fake-punt touchdown by LSU punter Brad Wing (great photo at left provided by Tim Eddington to The Shreveport Times).  The one that was called back due to Wing’s taunt of Florida defenders as he scurried past them and into the end zone on Saturday.

Some say the call was a bad one because the taunt wasn’t too far over the top.  Others — like myself — say turning to taunt an opponent is bad enough to draw a flag.

That, of course, is the problem with the rule.  It’s yet another judgement call that coaches on the rules committee have dropped on the heads of officials across the country.  If you think you don’t like the rule that allows points to come off the board for taunts and celebrations, just ask an official for his take on having to make such a subjective call.

But with the penalty called in this weekend’s game, the aftermath is now set for the man who did the taunting.  Yesterday, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery said Les Miles would have something in store for his punter at practice today:


“The play was amazing, but it’s one of those things that cannot be tolerated at a top program.  You’re not going to celebrate (like that).  It wouldn’t happen at Alabama.  It (shouldn’t) happen at LSU.  So he’s going to be punished for it.

Brad Wing will be punished come Monday.  He will have some running.  It will be bad.  Les Miles is not happy.”


Miles didn’t sound too angry about the situation today, though he made it clear a rule’s a rule:


“As the coach, if the rule’s in place I’m going to coach it.  If you look at it from one perspective, how would you feel if that was your son playing against an opponent (and he gets taunted)?  I don’t know if what Brad Wing does was taunting and not enjoyment (though).”


Which is why the rule never should been changed to allow points to be taken off the board.  A 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff is bad enough for such a subjective call, but to lose points, too?

Imagine this scenario:

There are five second left in a game.  Time for one last deep pass.  The trailing team’s quarterback launches a Hail Mary that reaches the 10-yard line.  The ball bounces around and a receiver snares it.  In his joy, he high-steps into the end zone for the win.

And then…

The play is called back because the receiver’s high-stepping could be viewed as taunting. 

I feel sorry for the guys in the black and white shirts who’ve been saddled with this clunker of a rule change.

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All The Latest On Team Turmoil (LSU)

If anyone ever writes a book about how not to go into a big season-opening football game, the list of issues currently facing LSU will surely serve as inspiration.  Check this out:

* Les Miles says he’s not going to reinstate quarterback Jordan Jefferson until his legal issues play out.  “My issues are kind of cut in stone.  It’s fundamental to me.”

* Okay, but now it’s been learned that back on June 26, LSU punter Brad Wing was arrested for simple battery.  Wing hasn’t been charged yet but the district attorney’s office is still interviewing witnesses.

So…

*  John DeShazier of The New Orleans Times-Picayune believes Miles should explain why Jefferson and Josh Johns can’t play while their issues drag through the courts… but Wing can.  (I’d say the whole “being charged” thing would have an impact.)

* Meanwhile, the attorney for a victim in Jefferson’s case claims that his client was kicked so hard during last month’s brawl outside a Baton Rouge bar that he was left with “several shoe-imprint bruises on his body.”  (Which explains why police removed 49 pairs of shoes from Jefferson’s apartment.)

* Yet the attorney for Jefferson has released a video that he claims proves that his client “was never involved in any fights that night.”





* Dick Weiss of The New York Daily News even chimes in on the dark cloud hanging over LSU.

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SEC Headlines – 8/18/11 Part Two

1.  Alabama safety Mark Barron is looking to cap a stellar collegiate career.

2.  Nick Gentry uses speed — not size — at his nose guard position.

3.  Tide basketballer JaMychal Green scored 16 in Team USA’s last World University Games win.

4.  Auburn’s Mike Dyer was back at practice after missing more than a week or work due to an undisclosed injury.

5.  T’Sharvan Bell says he and his defensive mates are starting to jell.

6.  True freshman Kiehl Frazier is gaining confidence at quarterback.  (So we’ll continue to say that he’ll be the Tigers’ starter by October.)

7.  Arkansas is using a no-huddle attack in practice… to help its defense.

8.  The Razorbacks have wrapped up two-a-days for another year.

9.  New Hog hoops coach Mike Anderson is now on Twitter.

10.  LSU will be looking for intensity at this afternoon’s scrimmage.

11.  The Tigers have been dealing with a rash of injuries on the offensive line… but Les Miles sees a silver lining.

12.  Australian punter Brad Wing says none of his Tiger teammates can correctly mock his accent.

13.  Right tackle Addison Lawrence is Mississippi State’s silent leader.

14.  This writer wonders if it is possible for MSU to regress this season?

15.  Construction on State’s new football facility could being next month.

16.  Gunter Brewer is happy with the effort, but “working on the execution” of his Ole Miss receiving corps.

17.  Here’s a UM practice report.

18.  Rebel greyshirt freshman quarterback Maikhail Miller pled guilty to possession of marijuana earlier this month.

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