LSU adds former UNO/Memphis guard Carmouche

Louisiana native Charles Carmouche has returned home to finish his college basketball career, LSU men’s coach Johnny Jones announced Saturday in a university news release.

Carmouche started out at the University of New Orleans, where he played two seasons before transferring to the University of Memphis as his hometown Privateers transitioned out of the Division I ranks. He leaves Memphis with one year of eligibility remaining.

Because he completed his degree requirements at Memphis, Carmouche is immediately eligible at LSU under the NCAA graduation-transfer rule.

“We’re excited to have Charles as part of our LSU basketball program,” Jones said in the release. “He has an ability to defend and a knack for scoring. With his experience, Charles brings a leadership and a presence to our team that we need heading into the start of preseason workouts.”

Carmouche will become the rare student-athlete to play at three Division I schools without having to sit out a season anywhere along the way.

He was also eligible immediately at Memphis, an opportunity allowed all UNO athletes because the school was transitioning to a lower division. He picks up immediate elgibily at LSU because athletes who complete their degree requirements with elgibility remaining may transfer without penalty.

A 6-foot-3, 183-pound guard, Carmouche played in only seven games for Memphis last season, but was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA after suffering injury. He averaged 6.3 and 2.6 in the seven games he played.

The previous season, Carmouche averaged 7.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, starting 28 games for a Memphis team that advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Carmouche was a key contributor at UNO for two seasons, starting 15 games at point guard as a freshman and leading the Privateers in minutes played as a sophomore, when he averaged 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Changing direction is nothing new for Carmouche, who played at St. Augustine in New Orleans as a freshman before being displaced by Hurricane Katrina and playing his sophomore year at Westside High in Houston. He played his final two prep seasons at McMain back home in New Orleans.

Carmouche brings LSU back to 11 players for the upcoming season.

Last week, LSU announced junior-college recruit Calvin Godfrey had been released from his letter of intent after failing to meet necessary academic requirements.

LSU to hold National Anthem auditions Aug. 25

Ever dreamed of singing the National Anthem at Alex Box Stadium or in the PMAC? Well, here’s your chance.

Open auditions for national anthem singers are scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at LSU in the Recital Hall of the School of Music building, located at the corner of Dalrymple and Infirmary drives.

Auditions are for individuals or groups interested in singing the anthem at various athletic events on campus – but not football games.

LSU faculty, staff and students, along with members of the public, can take part in the auditions.

For more information or questions, contact the LSU Athletics Marketing and Promotions Office at (225) 578-6884 or email promotions@lsu.edu.

 

LSU basketball recruit Calvin Godfrey will not enroll

The LSU basketball team is down to 10 players — and even thinner on the inside — as 2012 signee Calvin Godfrey will not enroll at LSU this semester, the school announced Monday on the first day of fall classes.

According to a university news release, Godfrey did not meet the necessary academic requirements to enroll.

Godfrey signed with LSU out of Howard College in Texas after beginning his college career at Iowa State, where he was dismissed from the team in 2011 following an arrest for marijuana possession.

At 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, Godfrey would have given the Tigers much-needed help on the inside.

LSU loses 7-footer Justin Hamilton, a second-round NBA draft pick who left school after his junior season. Six-foot-10 sophomore Johnny O’Bryant and 6-9 senior Eddie Ludwig, who played on the wing last year after playing inside as a freshman and sophomore, are the only players on the team with significant post experience.

Below is the LSU roster as of Monday morning. The Tigers may still look to add a player.

The final day for LSU students to begin taking classes for the fall semester is Aug. 29.

1 Anthony Hickey G 5-11 182 So. 1L Hopkinsville, Ky. (Christian County HS)
2 Johnny O’Bryant III F 6-9 262 So. 1L Cleveland, Miss. (East Side HS)
10 Andre Stringer G 5-9 178 Jr. 2L Jackson, Miss. (Forest Hill HS)
13 Eddie Ludwig F 6-9 210 Sr. 3L Metairie, La. (Metairie Park Country Day)
14 Jalen Courtney F 6-8 228 Jr. 2L Jackson, Miss. (Provine HS)
24 Malik Morgan G 6-4 180 Fr. HS River Ridge, La. (John Curtis HS)
55 Andrew Del Piero C 7-2 257 Sr. SQ Austin, Texas (Westlake HS)
Shavon Coleman F 6-6 200 Jr. JC Thibodaux, La. (Thibodaux HS/Howard College)
Corban Collins G 6-3 190 Fr. HS High Point, N.C. (Massanutten Military Academy)
Shane Hammink F 6-6 190 Fr. HS Canary Islands, Spain (Oakley College)

LSU basketball releases 2012-13 schedule

The LSU men’s basketball team opens the Johnny Jones era with a schedule that includes 13 games against schools that last year reached postseason play.

The schedule was finalized Friday as the Southeastern Conference announced the league schedule for each of its 14 members. The league schedule includes 18 games with every team meeting five teams twice and the other eight once.

“We are excited about the schedule that we have for this year,” Jones said in a university news release. “I am familiar with having 18 conference games in the SEC from my days as a player and assistant coach here at LSU. Our non-conference schedule, which features games at Marquette and Boise State and a home game against Seton Hall in the SEC/Big East Challenge, will hopefully help prepare us for the SEC schedule.”

Jones enters his first season at LSU after leaving North Texas in April to become the head man at his alma mater.

In conference play, the Tigers have home-and-home games with designated natural rival Texas A&M, as well as Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi State and South Carolina. The latter five home-and-homes are part of the SEC slate on a rotating basis.

The non-conference action includes a Nov. 24 home game against Seton Hall in the annual SEC/Big East Challenge. LSU was one of the SEC’s winners in the event last year, beating Rutgers on the road.

Other non-conference highlights come at Boise State and at Marquette in December rematches from last year.

LSU opens Nov. 9 against UC Santa Barbara at home.

Season ticket holders have until Aug. 31 to renew their tickets for the 2012-13 season at LSUtix.net. Every season ticket holder who renews their tickets this year will automatically be put in a random drawing for prize packages.

Those wishing to put a $12 deposit down on new season tickets may do so at LSUtix.net/12. The deadline for those deposits to receive priority consideration is also Aug. 31.

Augustus the subject of OTL on same-sex marriage

Former LSU star Seimone Augustus speaks out about same-sex marriages as the subject of Wednesday afternoon’s Outside the Lines at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

Augustus, a two-time Olympian seeking her second gold medal, is pursuing a more personal goal of getting married to her long-time partner. Openly gay, Augustus and her partner have plans to wed in Minneapolis next spring, but that opportunity could be in jeopardy if Minnesota passes an amendment that would define marriage as a union only between opposite sex couples.

During the interview with Outside the Lines, Augustus, a Baton Rouge native who led LSU to three Final Four appearances, tells reporter Michele Steele that people in her hometown have a hard time coming to grips with same-sex relationships.

“I’m 28 years old and I still have yet to see a gay or lesbian couple walk down the street and be openly gay in the South, at least where I’m from,” Augustus said. “We’re still getting over black and white issues down south so to think that they’re ready to accept open gay and lesbian people would be a bit of stretch.”