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Caldwell, LSU women’s team assist the community

LSU media relations

LSU women’s basketball head coach Nikki Caldwell, her staff and the Lady Tigers continue to make an impact in the lives of others this holiday season in the Baton Rouge community.

Caldwell and her team last week made a trip to Southside Gardens Retirement Home and visited with residents. On Tuesday, the squad spent over an hour putting on a free basketball clinic at the Louisiana School for the Deaf and its students during an exercise period.

The Lady Tigers ran drills with the children, held a shooting contest, signed autographs and distributed trading cards. Following the clinic, the team went through its normal practice in the Maravich Center a day prior to its game.

“It’s amazing to be able to have that impact on young people,” said Caldwell. “We make sure our student-athletes don’t take anything for granted. When we went out to the Louisiana School for the Deaf, even though we put smiles on their faces, they put smiles on us as well. That’s something we should all be appreciative of. Our ability to make people smile and to make their day, we all have that in us.”

Following Tuesday’s practice, Caldwell and her coaching staff continued the holiday spirit at the Nikki Caldwell Show presented by Capital One Bank at TJ Ribs in Baton Rouge. The staff sponsored a family through the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Caldwell and the staff paid for the family’s dinner, bought presents for the entire family, signed autographs and gave them free tickets to the Lady Tigers’ next two games prior to Christmas.

“We all should remember what this time of year is about,” said Caldwell. “It’s about giving back to the community and putting smiles on people’s faces. We are fortunate to be in a position where we can give back and help people out this holiday season. Our staff and players can each learn something from every event we do that can play an impact in our lives.”

LSU basketball team stops by OLOL to visit children

LSU Media Relations

The LSU men’s basketball team continued one of the program’s long-standing traditions on Wednesday when it visited the children’s ward of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.

Children of all ages received presents and heard Christmas carols from the players and coach Johnny Jones, signing basketballs and posters for the children and their parents as the Tigers tried to bring a little of the holiday season.

The Tigers worked their renditions of “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and with each room appearance, the group seemed to ad-lib and adapt the song to their vocal styling.

In regard to the team’s version of jingle bells with a rap beat, junior Jalen Courtney said, “It’s something we started working on a couple of years ago, and it always gets a good reaction. I’m trying to get coach Jones to join in. Maybe he could do a solo or something.”

“I can’t sing to save my life, but my teammates and I just wanted to make those kids smile, and if it takes us making a fool out of ourselves, that’s what we’re going to do,” said Charles Carmouche of his first OLOL visit.

The annual visit will be spotlighted on “Inside LSU Basketball with Johnny Jones” presented by Academy Sports and Outdoors, this coming Sunday night (10:35 p.m. WBRZ in Baton Rouge) on the LSU Sports Television Network). It has turned into a tradition that makes patients smile, but brings a smile and a wave from staff members who look forward to the team’s visit each December.

“We got a chance to see some smiles, we got a chance to sing Jingle Bells, and it was a good opportunity for us to get out and interact with the children,” junior guard Andre Stringer said of his third visit to the hospital. “These kids battle every day, and for us to come out, I know it’s big for them, and it’s big for us, too. We feel good about doing things like this.”

And, as they go room to room, you see the players begin to understand how important their appearance is to those who are at OLOL at this holiday time.

“It’s wonderful, to put a smile on a kid’s face during the holiday time just melts my heart,” said Carmouche. “I’m not an emotional-type guy, but it’s been a great experience (Wednesday).”

“Inside LSU Basketball” tips off Sunday

The new season of Inside LSU Basketball with coach Johnny Jones presented by Academy Sports and Outdoors, begins its new season Sunday on the LSU Sports Television Network.

In Baton Rouge, the show will air on Sunday at 10:35 p.m. on WBRZ-TV.

Jones will be joined by returning host and former LSU player Jordy Hultberg. The pair on the opening show taped earlier this week will look at LSU’s rally from 16 points down to defeat Seton Hall in the SEC-Big East Challenge in LSU’s last outing, and they will look at the players on this year’s team.

There will be one more show on Dec. 16 before breaking for the holidays. The show will return on Jan. 6 and will run throughout the Southeastern Conference schedule.

Here are the other affiliates that are scheduled to carry Inside LSU Basketball this coming season and the first airing time:

Inside LSU Basketball Affiliates

Geaux Zone (watch online, on-demand, free)
Cox Sports TV – Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.
Cox 4 (BR, NO, Lafayette) – Monday, 9:30 p.m.
KLAX-TV, Alexandria – Sunday, 10 p.m.
HTV 10 – Houma – Monday, 8 p.m.
KLAF-TV, Lafayette – Sunday, 11:30 p.m.
KVHP-TV, Lake Charles – Sunday, 10 p.m.
KLOC-TV, Lake Charles – Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
KNOE-TV, Monroe – Sunday, 10:30 p.m.
KWBJ-TV, Morgan City – Sunday, 9 p.m.
WGNO-TV, New Orleans – Sunday, 11 p.m.
KMSS-TV, Shreveport – Sunday, 10 p.m.
KBMT-TV, Beaumont, Texas – Saturday, 7 a.m.
KYTX-TV, Tyler, Texas – Friday, 8:30 p.m.
KCEN-TV, Waco, Texas – Sunday, 1 a.m.
Fox Sports SW/New Orleans – Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.
Comcast/CSS – Monday, 3:30 p.m.
Comcast/Houston – Monday, 4:30 p.m.

2012-13 Schedule of Shows

Show #1: Dec. 9, 2012
Show #2: Dec. 16, 2012
Show #3: Jan. 6, 2013
Show #4: Jan. 13, 2013
Show #5: Jan. 20, 2013
Show #6: Jan. 27, 2013
Show #7: Feb. 3, 2013
Show #8: Feb. 10, 2013
Show #9: Feb. 17, 2013
Show #10: Feb. 24, 2013
Show #11: March 3, 2013
Show #12: March 10, 2013

Anthony Hickey suspended indefinitely

Unbeaten through five games on the court, the LSU men’s basketball team suffered a major loss Friday off of it.
First-year coach Johnny Jones announced point guard Anthony Hickey has been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of athletic department and university policies.
“We will cooperate fully with the athletic department and university on the matter,” Jones said Friday in a university news release. “There is a responsibility that comes with playing college basketball. If a player doesn’t take care of his responsibilities, then he loses the privilege of being able to play. We look forward to continuing to focus on our upcoming game Tuesday and our three-game road trip that follows.”
LSU, off to its best start in four seasons, looks to remain unbeaten when the Tigers (5-0) face Chattanooga on Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers have upcoming games at Boise State, UC Irvine and Marquette, their first three road games, beginning late next week.
Hickey started 31 of 33 games for LSU last year after being named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball as a senior at Christian County High in Hopkinsville, Ky.
His fast start to 2012-13 has him leading the Southeastern Conference in steals with 4.4 per game and ranking second in the league with an average of 5.2 assists. He is LSU’s third-leading scorer at 10.2 points and has connected on 35.7 percent of his 28 shots from 3-point range.
Hickey’s mother, Monica Moore, said Friday she had no information on her son’s status beyond the school’s announcement.
“That’s all I know,” she said. “I talked to my son not too long ago and am waiting to hear back from him and his coach.”
Hickey expressed in a written statement that Friday’s suspension will be used as a learning experience.
“I know I have made mistakes and sometimes it takes mistakes in life to make you a better person,” Hickey said. “I’m not perfect and need to move forward and make better decisions. I know I have let my family down, my team down and LSU down. I will come out of this a much stronger individual. I pray to be back in my LSU uniform as soon as I can.”
Although a key cog in LSU’s early season success, Hickey has been plagued by off-court setbacks.
 
He was suspended for LSU’s exhibition game against Arkansas-Monticello, along with freshman wing Shane Hammink, for disciplinary reasons.
 
He faced additional disciplinary punishment Nov. 24 when he was left out of the starting lineup for a rout of Mississippi Valley State.

LSU legend Macklin to join Johnny Jones at L’Auberge luncheon

LSU All-American basketball star Rudy Macklin, who played with coach Johnny Jones on the 1981 NCAA Final Four team, will be the guest speaker for the December edition of “Tipoff Luncheon with Johnny Jones at the L’Auberge Resort on Tuesday.

Macklin, the all-time leading rebounder in LSU history, is one of four LSU men’s basketball players to have had their jersey retired.

The L’Auberge Resort is off Nicholson Dr. south of the LSU campus. The luncheon will be held at the Bon Temps Buffet located on the main floor of the L’Auberge. The all-you-can-eat buffet charge is $13.95 per person.

The luncheon buffet is open to the public at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at approximately 12:10 p.m.

Macklin will speak about his time with the program, and his work today as head of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and as one of the organizers of the Governor’s Games, a premiere series of athletic sports events that takes place in the first half of each year.

Coach Jones will also speak about his team as it takes a break for final exams and his team’s upcoming game on Dec. 11 against Chattanooga.

“The Nikki Caldwell Show” debuts Tuesday

“The Nikki Caldwell Show” presented by Capital One Bank, LSU’s weekly women’s basketball radio show, makes its season debut on Tuesday at 7 p.m. from TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge.

The show, featuring LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell, is hosted by Patrick Wright and can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network on 107.3 WBRP-FM in Baton Rouge or in the Geaux Zone on www.LSUsports.net/live.

All fans are urged to attend. There will a question and answer segment for the audience with Caldwell. Fans can also call in and ask a question during the hour-long show at (225) 578-4826 in the Baton Rouge area or toll free (800) 315-8255 nationwide. Special guests and LSU players will be making appearances on the show throughout the season.
Fans can also submit questions to Coach Caldwell through the LSU women’s basketball Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LSUwbkb.

A complete schedule of dates/times for “The Nikki Caldwell Show” presented by Capital One Bank is below:

Show #1: Nov. 20, 2012 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #2: Nov. 27, 2012 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #3: Dec. 4, 2012 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #4: Dec. 11, 2012 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #5: Dec. 18, 2012 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #6: Dec. 26, 2012 (8-9 p.m.)
Show #7: Jan. 8, 2013 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #8: Jan. 15, 2013 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #9: Jan. 22, 2013 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #10: Jan. 29, 2013 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #11: Feb. 5, 2013 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #12: Feb. 12, 2013 (7-8 p.m.)
Show #13: Feb. 18, 2013 (7-8 p.m.) **
Show #14: Feb. 26, 2013 (7-8 p.m.)

** show moved to Monday at 7 p.m. due to scheduling conflicts.

“Johnny Jones Show” tips off Monday night at T.J. Ribs

 “The Johnny Jones Show” presented by Capital One Bank, LSU’s weekly men’s basketball radio show, makes its season debut on Monday night at 7 p.m. from TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge.

The show, featuring LSU coach Johnny Jones, is hosted by former player and LSU Sports Radio Network basketball analyst Ricky Blanton and can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network on Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge, the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network around the state of Louisiana or in the Geaux Zone on www.LSUsports.net/live.

Fans can call in and ask Jones a question during the hour-long show at (225) 578-4826 in the Baton Rouge area or toll free (800) 315-8255 nationwide. Special guests and LSU players will be making appearances on the show throughout the season. Fans are encouraged to attend.

Fans can also submit questions to coach Jones through the LSU basketball Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LSUbasketball.

A complete schedule of dates/times for “The Johnny Jones Show” presented by Capital One Bank is as follows: 

Show #1: Nov. 19, 2012
Show #2: Nov. 26, 2012
Show #3: Dec. 10, 2012
Show #4: Dec. 19, 2012 *
Show #5: Dec. 26, 2012 *
Show #6: Jan. 7, 2013
Show #7: Jan. 14, 2013
Show #8: Jan. 21, 2013
Show #9: Jan. 28, 2013
Show #10: Feb. 4, 2013
Show #11: Feb. 11, 2013
Show #12: Feb. 20, 2013 *
Show #13: Feb. 25, 2013
Show #14: March 4, 2013

* Show moved to Wednesday night due to holiday or travel conflict

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 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.