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LSU RB Hill Turning Pro

Last week, a member of the LSU athletic department said that running back Jeremy Hill would return to LSU for another season in order to pay back Les Miles for having faith in him.  After Hill’s second serious run-in with the law last offseason, Miles forgave his star running back and allowed his players to vote their suspended teammate back onto the Tiger squad.  So the idea of Hill repaying that kindness by returning to school was downright heartwarming.  Sniffle, sniffle.

Alas, it was also poppycock.  Or balderdash.  Nah, we’ll stick with poppycock.

Hill announced today on Twitter that he’ll be turning pro a year early:


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Despite missing two games, Hill — a third-year sophomore — finished second in the SEC in rushing in 2013 with 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns.  He’s expected by most to be a second- or third-round selection.

Terrence Magee will now be the Tigers’ leading returning rusher in 2014.  He rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns this past season.

As for Hill, he’ll be “a Tiger for life.”  Just not for the next two years.


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SEC Headlines 9/23/2013

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1. What’s going on with Alabama’s running game? Andrew Gribble takes a look after the Crimson Tide’s lackluster win over Colorado State.

2. Here’s an early look at what Alabama will see when it faces Ole Miss on Saturday.

3. Auburn’s defense “just got whipped” trying to stop LSU running back Jeremy Hill.

4. What went wrong for Arkansas against Rutgers on Saturday? Here’s a look back.

5. ESPN’s latest bowl projections have the SEC landing 11 postseason bids.

6. Randy Rosetta has some thoughts on LSU coming out of the Tigers’ 35-21 win over Auburn.

7. Mississippi State plans to have Tyler Russell back at quarterback against LSU on Oct. 5. “Tyler’s still our starter,” coach Dan Mullen said.

8. Texas A&M’s defense showed encouraging signs in the Aggies’ win over SMU on Saturday.

9. Florida coach Will Muschamp wasn’t surprised to see QB Tyler Murphy play well against Tennessee when he replaced Jeff Driskel.

10. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is a mature guy but he still likes to have fun.

11. Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley “was just a little more poised” than starter Nate Peterman, according to running back Rajion Neal.

12. “Don’t sleep on Missouri,” writes ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf.

13. Missouri is up to No. 9 in Athlon Sports’ latest SEC power rankings. See the full list here.

14. Senior wide receiver Jonathan Krause might be emerging as a second option to No. 1 receiver Jordan Matthews.

15. There’s very little to report with the national polls after a lackluster weekend in college football.

16. We’ll know a lot more about LSU after the Tigers play Georgia on Saturday, writes Matt Hayes.

Practice/Injury Reports

17. Auburn wide receiver Jaylon Denson is likely out for the season with a torn patellar tendon.


18. Tennessee is the lone SEC team to makes this week’s Misery Index, by Dan Wolken.

19. Stanford showed how good it can be in its win over Arizona State.

20. Stewart Mandel resets the conference races four weeks into the college football season.

21. Baylor’s offense continues to look great. The Bears beat Louisiana-Monroe 70-7 on Saturday.

UpdateThe SEC has named its players of the week and LSU running back Jeremy Hill is one of them.

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Report: Suspended LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill Expected Back Saturday

jeremy-hill-lsu-celebratesSuspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill is expected back Saturday against UAB.  Citing “a source familiar with the situation” The Advocate in Baton Rouge says Hill won’t start - but will play a backup role behind Alfred Blue and possibily behind two other LSU backs, Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee.

Hill was suspended in April after punching a man outside a bar near LSU.  He had been placed on probation back in 2012 following a 2011 arrest.

Hill was LSU’s leading rusher last season with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns on 142 carries.

With or without Hill, LSU is a 34.5 point favorite over UAB.

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Georgia Loses Shootout To Clemson, LSU Wins 11th Straight Season-Opening Game

postgame-linksClemson 38 – Georgia 35

1. Bulldogs lose by a field goal in a game played without suspended kicker Marshall Morgan.

2. Key mistakes included a high snap that negated what would have been a game-tying field goal.

3. Coach Mark Richt: ”I don’t think we have anybody in there ready to jump off a bridge or anything,”

4. Georgia’s young defense tested.  Clemson ran 76 plays.

5. Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell knocked out of the game with knee injury.

LSU 37 – TCU 27

6. Under Les Miles, LSU now 32-0 in non-conference regular season games.

7. LSU tailbacks Alfred Blue and Terrence Magee combined for 184 yards.

8. LSU running back Jeremy Hill dressed out but didn’t play.

9. Receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. both have more than 100 receiving yards - first time that two LSU receivers have done that since 2001.

10. Tigers strong in the fourth quarter: “This time…the Tigers didn’t fold. They finished.”

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SEC Headlines 8/26/2013

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1. So what exactly is Johnny Manziel worth?

2. A concern at A&M: “We’ve got a lot of unknowns on defense.”

3. “Highly possible”  Jeremy Hill may be suspended for the TCU game. Running back Alfred Blue is ready to fill the void.

4. Counting his time as an assistant at Florida State, Georgia coach Mark Richt is 11-0 coaching against Clemson.

5. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo says it’s OK to punt. ”There’s nothing wrong with playing field position.”

6. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema thinks Travis Swanson is the best center in college football and why Brandon Allen is one of five first-year quarterbacks you need to know.

7. Both Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel and his counterpart at Toledo have been drafted by Major League Baseball.

8. Consensus take on Tennessee’s season is somewhere between 5–7 and 7-5.  This writer sees a 6-6 season in Knoxville.

9. Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has a relationship with coach Mark Stoops that extends back more than 15 years.  ”It was just a relationship that started to build early and it was one that I could see lasting for a long time.”

10. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is looking for some wide receivers to step up: “I’d say there are three or four guys right now that I would have expectations and hope they have a big year.” (Lashlee video here).

11. Athlon names 10 teams that need to lower expectations for the coming year.  Four of them from the SEC – including Vanderbilt: “Another nine-win season is highly unlikely.”

12. But Commodores ranked just ninth in the SEC in turnover margin last season – what could they do if they improved that stat?

13. How a Drew Breese-to-Miami decision could have altered SEC history.

Practice/Injury/Depth Chart Reports

14. Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery will play in the opener but could still be punished over a DUI case.

15. Kentucky’s depth chart says Maxwell Smith or Jalen Whitlow at quarterback

16. South Carolina receiver  Bruce Ellington limited in practice Sunday night.  Projected Gamecocks depth chart.

17. Tennessee depth chart for Austin Peay week. Florida also releases its depth chart.

18. Keep your eye on Florida freshman receiver Demarcus Robinson and Tennessee freshman receiver Marquez North.

19. Arkansas could have as many as 20 players making their debut for the Razorbacks against Louisiana-Lafayette.

20. Ten true freshmen for Ole Miss could see action Thursday night against Vanderbilt.

21. Auburn senior defensive end Craig Sanders is taking the bulk of the reps in replace of the inured Dee Ford.

College Football

22. Urban Meyer asked how he would fare in a fight against other coaches. ”You darn right I would hold my own.”

23. Detroit columnist: “I’ll miss the BCS. I liked it.”

24. A four-team playoff begins next season and  ”the bigger they expand, the more they could threaten the meaning of regular-season games in college football.”

SEC Basketball

25. Will Jordan Clarkson be Phil Pressey’s replacement as point guard at Missouri?


26. Why is Florida getting an afternoon kickoff for its opener for the fourth time in six years?

27. Louisville A.D. Tom Jurich: “If it wasn’t for ESPN, we would be a fraction of what we are today.”

28. Keith Olbermann returns to ESPN tonight – just as the controversy over the network’s relationship with the NFL and “Frontline” heats up.

29. The best games to watch this year in college football.


30, Jadeveon Clowney in high sch0ol – running the 4×100 relay.

31. Want to watch a 35o-pound marlin jump in to a boat?  Of course, you do.

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TCU’s Patterson Calls Out LSU’s Miles For Allowing Hill To Play

gfx - they said itIn less than a month, TCU and LSU will open their 2013 football campaigns against one another at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  The Horned Frogs will be without All-Big defensive end Devonte Fields who’s been suspended by head coach Gary Patterson for a violation of team rules.  The Tigers, on the other hand, might have running back Jeremy Hill on the field despite the fact that he was recently in court for his second arrest.

While a game suspension is possible, Les Miles has already allowed his team to take a vote on Hill’s return.  Naturally, they unanimously approved giving him a third chance.

Patterson doesn’t seem to impressed by Miles’ brand of leadership:


“My whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win.  That doesn’t teach life lessons…

I’m sure if it was some kind of opponent they’d beat by 100 points, they wouldn’t have a vote.”


Again, a game suspension is still possible for Hill.  But Miles suggestion that his punishment will be handled internally suggests that he’ll play versus TCU.  It would be rather external if everyone saw him on the bench in Arlington later this month.

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Hill Apologizes; Miles Lets Team Vote; Tigers Vote RB Back Onto LSU Squad

gfx - they said itUpon reinstating running back Jeremy Hill to the LSU football team, Les Miles said there will be internal discipline for the twice-arrested star.  A suspension from game action remains a possibility according to the coach.

Whether or not Hill takes the field against TCU in the Tigers’ season opener, his LSU teammates were glad to see him back at practice yesterday.  It was no surprise that he had returned as the players themselves had voted to welcome him back.  Safety Craig Loston had this to say:


“We all said yes because Jeremy is a great guy and people make mistakes.  We always vote on everything.  Coach Miles doesn’t make decisions on his own.  He can do it but he always asks the team first.  That’s how we do things around here.”


So far the decision to let the team aid in decisions has worked out pretty well for Miles.  He’s 85-21 with two SEC titles and a BCS championship in eight seasons.

Sometimes being a “players’ coach” works out just fine on the field.

Whether or not Miles looks good for allowing his players to reinstate a guy who cold-cocked a man outside a bar while he was already serving probation for another crime… well, that’s another story.

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It’s Time For Schools, Coaches To Be Held Responsible For Repeat Offenders

gfx - honest opinionCollege coaches will tell you they’re in the business of building quality young men.  They will tell you that they are educators and life coaches, more than they are simple gridiron conductors.

In reality, they’re in the business of making millions of dollars to win football games.  If some troubled youths are aided along the way, all the better, but that’s most certainly not why coaches are hired to lead programs.

Someone alert me when you hear an athletic director say, “Well, we know Joe has a record of 10-60, but we like the way he rehabilitates kids with bad backgrounds.”

The “helping kids” mantra is pure spin.  It’s said whenever a coach gives a player a second,  third or fourth chance.  Sure, coaches enjoy seeing guys turn their lives around.  But that doesn’t explain why starters, star quarterbacks, leading rushers and tacklers get more chances at redemption than backups and walk-ons.  I think we can all do that math on that front.

So perhaps it’s time for coaches — and the schools that employ them — to be made to take responsibility for the illegal actions their repeat offenders take.

Yesterday, LSU’s leading returning rusher, Jeremy Hill, was pretty much given a pass by a Louisiana judge.  This despite the fact that he’d pled guilty to a violent crime while on probation for a previous crime.  In high school, Hill reportedly intimidated a 14-year-old girl into having sexual relations with him.  He pled guilty to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile for that act.  This April, he sucker-punched a young man outside a Baton Rouge bar.  The blow to the back of the head dropped the victim.  Hill and a pal celebrated over him.  It was caught on cell phone video.

(One must wonder if Les Miles will have the LSU video department edit that clip into next year’s recruiting tape.  It could be part of a section dedicated to how the Tigers’ coach tries to help young men become better citizens.  Former quarterback Jordan Jefferson could be featured.  He was suspended by the school, not the coach, when he was involved in a bar fight in 2011.  There’s video of that one, too.  For the trifecta, perhaps Tyrann Mathieu could discuss how many drug tests he failed — and how many chances Miles gave him — before he was finally tossed from the school last year.)

Miles said after the court’s decision yesterday that further punishment of Hill — who’s now been reinstated to the team — will be internal.  The coach stated: “The reality is we all see him around here as a pretty good person.”

I wonder if the girl from Hill’s high school or the man Hill suckerpunched view him as “a pretty good person.”

This isn’t just to pick on Miles (though he deserves whatever is thrown his way on this topic).  He’s hardly the first coach to give multiple chances to kids guilty of violent crimes.  And LSU’s is not the only administration to give its coach the right to hand out dozens of “get out of jail free” cards.

Imagine, then, if there was some type of rule in place that would financially bind the actions of a once-guilty player to his coach and to his school.

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LSU RB Hill Gets Tongue-Lashing From Judge, Little More. Play Ball!

jeremy-hill-lsu-celebratesSuspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill will remain on probation following a guilty plea to a charge of battery.  Hill was already on probation for an earlier plea tied to a charge of “misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile” from his high school days.  The 20-year-old was given an additional 40 hours of community service today, but he will avoid jail time.

The battery charge against Hill stems from an April fight outside a Baton Rouge bar.

Judge Bonnie Jackson dressed Hill down for a cell phone video of the fight.  “I think people saw arrogance.  To see you laughing about sucker-punching that young man, it struck people that, ‘I’m Jeremy Hill.  I can do whatever I want.  Ha ha ha.’”

And then she let Hill walk away from the court house with a waiver allowing him to stay out past his curfew when LSU is playing a night game.  “Ha ha ha,” indeed.

Les Miles has yet to comment on this news, but it’s looked all along like he had no intention of booting Hill — the Tigers’ leading returning rusher — from his team.  Now one must wonder if Hill will be suspended from game action at all.  LSU opens with TCU rather than a cupcake, so there’s a good chance that Miles will say that Hill has paid a heavy price already — ya know, not getting to work out with his teammates this summer — and that he deserves to get back on the field.

We at are big believers in second- and third-chances except when it comes to violent crime.  Sucker-punching someone and then laughing over the person’s cold-cocked body — while on probation for having sexual relations with a 14-year-old — qualifies as a bootable offense in our book.  A second-chance in life?  Sure.  But someone with that track record has no business being a representative of Louisiana State University and its football program.

Here’s hoping Hill cleans himself up off the field.  So long as he can gain yardage on the field, it appears coaches and judges will continue to give him pass after pass.

The ball’s in your court, Les.

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Wow Headlines 7/18/2013

New SEC television network will launch August 21, 2014
SEC finalizing deals with Gator and Music City Bowls…
Will face opponents from Big Ten and ACC
LSU coach Les Miles says running back Jeremy Hill is still suspended
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says fate of three players arrested this offseason will be determined at appropriate time
Thursday marks final day of SEC Media Days…
Representatives from LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Vanderbilt meeting with media
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murrays says he doesn’t fear South Carolina defensive Jadeveon Clowney but he does respect him
Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin getting a $50,000 raise

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