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Women’s Soccer Star Trying Out For LSU Football Team

Get ready.  The SEC’s all-boys club might just have to put in a ladies room.

LSU soccer star Mo Isom is going to try to land a placekicking role in Baton Rouge this spring.  She began a walk-on tryout yesterday.  If she makes the Tiger team, she’ll be the first female kicker at an FBS school since Katie Hnida nailed two extra points for New Mexico back in 2003.  Hnida also had an extra point blocked by UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl that season.

Les Miles claims he would have no problem using Isom in a game if she’s the best person for the job:

“No I would have no reservations playing her.  If she gave us an opportunity and an advantage, and I mean add an advantage, then certainly we would consider that.  The good thing about it is she’s an athlete.  She’s been through team before.  She understands the commitment.  I would have much less reservation with her than I would any number of other people that frankly didn’t know what they were getting into.  But the real interesting thing is it has to be an advantage obtained.”

In other words, Isom has some work to do.  She’s got to be better than the guys kicking against her, not just as good.

Let’s face it, whether people want to say it, admit it, or hear it, adding a woman to a football team is tricky business.  Ask ex-Colorado coach Gary Barnett.  He’ll remember Hnida, the female kicker mentioned above.

She initially walked on at Colorado before transferring to New Mexico.  In 2004 she told Sports Illustrated that she had been sexually molested and verbally abused by some of her teammates at Colorado.  She claimed to have been raped by one of them.  Barnett claimed there wasn’t “a shred of evidence” to back up her allegations.  He also made the mistake of saying, “She was awful… Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible.”

Hnida is now a public speaker and author.  Barnett — thanks in part to his comments about a woman who might have been a rape victim — was nuked from the coaching profession in 2005 when a recruiting scandal also popped up at CU.

Adding a female to the team adds an unknown variable into a male-dominated, testosterone-fueled lockerroom.  We’re not saying Isom doesn’t deserve a shot.  But we do agree with what Miles appears to be saying: To go through the trouble of adding a woman and to take on the risk of problems, Isom had better be able to kick the pigskin better than the any male walk-ons. 

As for the former LSU goalkeeper, she says this is not for show.

“People’s first presumption about this is that it’s a media stunt or some attempt for attention and glory,” Isom said.  “That could be any farther from the truth.  I feel it was a goal God placed in my heart.  It’s just something I want to do.”

Miles said yesterday’s conditions made it “a bad day for anybody to kick because the wind was just so strong.”  Isom said she landed “some great kickoffs between the 5-yard-line and the goal line.”  Miles admitted, “obviously she’s got ball skills… she’s been around it.”

According to The Shreveport Times, last August Isom connected on a 51-yard field goal attempt while working out with LSU’s kickers.

She was also named LSU’s homecoming queen last fall.

Last September she took part in a skills competition with the Honey Badger himself, Tyrann Mathieu:

And she also once scored a goal from 90 yards out during an LSU soccer match:

Finally, she’s posted a thanks on Facebook to all of those supporting her.  “There is so much power in prayer, please know that I truly appreciate every single one of you!”

She closes with a quote from Phillipians.

Athlete.  Christian.  Good-looking.  Somebody get Tim Tebow Isom’s number.

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Las Vegas Bowl not an option for Cats

Content provided by Chip Cosby on UK football.

Recent scuttlebutt had Kentucky possibly getting an at-large bid to Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22, but Las Vegas Bowl representative Mark Wallington said UK is no longer on the bowl’s radar. Wallington said the Las Vegas Bowl was looking at the Cats as an at-large team, but once it became assured that the SEC would get two teams into the BCS, UK came off the board.

The Las Vegas Bowl takes place Dec. 22 and pits a Mountain West team (likely Utah) vs. the Pac-10’s No. 4 or No. 5 team. But with only three Pac-10 teams currently bowl-eligible, the Las Vegas Bowl started looking at teams for other conferences to fill the open space.

If only one SEC team had made it into the BCS, there would have been one team left out of the league’s eight non-BCS bowls, which would have allowed the Las Vegas Bowl to come in and scoop up Kentucky as an at-large.

Now the Cats appear headed to the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham on Jan. 8, where they will face a Big East (most prognostications have them facing South Florida).

Here’s my predictions for how the SEC Bowls will shake out.

BCS National Championship-Auburn vs. Oregon

Sugar Bowl-Arkansas vs. Ohio State

Capital One Bowl-LSU vs. Michigan State

Cotton Bowl-Alabama vs. Nebraska

Outback Bowl-Mississippi State vs. Iowa

Chick-Fil-A-Bowl-South Carolina vs. Florida State

Gator Bowl-Florida vs. Penn State

Music City Bowl-Tennessee vs. Miami (FL)

Liberty Bowl-Georgia vs. UCG

Birmingham Bowl-Kentucky vs. South Florida


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