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LSU OC Cam Cameron: Reports of departure are ‘not true’

Cam Cameron. (AP)

Cam Cameron. (AP)

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says a report about him possibly leaving LSU is “not true,” he wrote in a message to The Advocate.

Baton Rouge’s ESPN 104.5 reported Wednesday afternoon that Cameron could be leaving the Tigers. Cameron denied that report in three different ways. After texting The Advocate, LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette tweeted a statement from Cameron, and coach Les Miles denied the report in an interview with ESPN.

Cameron, 54, just finished his third season with the Tigers, leading the offense and tutoring quarterbacks. He’s in the final year of a three-year contract that ends on March 31 and pays him a current salary of $1.5 million.

Miles and athletic director Joe Alleva said last month that the school and Cameron are working on a new contract for the coach.

News of Cameron’s departure surfaced on ESPN radio’s Sports Today show Wednesday around 11 a.m., just minutes after all of the Tigers’ 22 commitments in the 2016 recruiting class had signed with the school.

Cam Cameron. (Bill Feig)

Cam Cameron. (Bill Feig)

LSU’s offenses under Cameron have finished ranked 39th (2015), 80th (2014) and 35th (2013). The Tigers passing unit over the last two seasons has struggled, ranking 106th last season and 116th in 2014.

Cameron, an Indiana graduate from North Carolina, is a 30-year coaching veteran with stops as offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers. He’s served as head coach for five seasons at Indiana, ending in 2001, and for one season with the Miami Dolphins in 2007.

In an interview with ESPN later Wednesday, Cameron said, “What kind of fraud would I be if I left today? Every one of my recruits called me. I’m not going anywhere.”

Cameron and Miles are close friends, having worked on the staff at Michigan under coach Bo Schembechler. Miles hired Cameron after the coach was fired midway through the Ravens’ 2012 football season.

Asked about his future after LSU’s bowl win over Texas Tech on Dec. 29, Cameron said, “A lot of that stuff is going to play itself out. I’m thrilled LSU would have me and my family here. … Our experience here is second to none.”

In his first year at LSU in 2013, Cameron’s offense racked up the second-highest yardage total in school history (5,893), and the Tigers set the school record for total offense with 453.3 yards a game en route to a 10-3 mark.

LSU became first team in SEC history with a 3,000-yard passer (Zach Mettenberger), two 1,000-yard receivers (Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Jeremy Hill) in the same season.

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Late addition: Dutchtown guard signs with LSU; Tigers lose linebacker to Texas

Lloyd Cushenberry. (APRIL BUFFINGTON)

Lloyd Cushenberry. (APRIL BUFFINGTON)

Lloyd Cushenberry had made a decision: the Dutchtown offensive lineman would sign with Mississippi State on Wednesday.

Things changed on Sunday.

That’s when LSU offered Cushenberry a scholarship.

“When they offered me I was leaning to State. I was going to sign with them,” he said Wednesday. “Once they came with the offer, it made me think more about all of my options and staying close to home. I think it’s a good opportunity.”

Cushenberry, a three-star offensive guard originally committed to South Carolina, signed with the Tigers on Wednesday – a surprising pickup after a late offer. Cushenberry committed to LSU on Tuesday night, he said, after speaking with coach Les Miles, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and incoming signee Lindsey Scott, the Zachary quarterback.

Scott also received a late LSU offer, committing to the Tigers on Sunday and signing with them on Wednesday.

“He went through the same situation,” Cushenberry said. “He had to sit down with his family and talk about life after football.”

The 6-4, 310-pound Cushenberry did the same, hashing it out with family members before deciding late Tuesday. The hard part: calling Mississippi State coaches with the news.

“That was a tough decision,” said Cushenberry, ranked the 103rd guard in the 2016 class. “It took a lot to make that call. It was tough. Real tough. It’s part of becoming a man.”

Cushenberry took an official visit to Mississippi State two weeks ago and visited South Carolina last weekend. Those were his two finalists – until Sunday’s LSU offer came.

The Tigers had room in this 2016 class to sign as many as 27 or 28 players, but they lost on a host of signing day targets, clearing even more room.

“It was a matter of scholarships and other guys they offered,” he said. “It wasn’t a matter of I don’t know if he can play. It was just, are they going to have room?”

Cushenberry has attended one LSU football game – the Tigers’ win over Auburn last season – and he did not take an official visit to LSU during this recruiting year.

Still, he grew up watching “guys like Glenn Dorsey,” he said. “That’s always been a goal for us.”

Fowler flips

At a position of need, LSU lost out Wednesday.

Four star defensive end/linebacker Erick Fowler, a Tigers commitment entering signing day, flipped to Texas in a signing ceremony at his high school Wednesday.

Fowler, a Manor, Texas native, is a significant loss for a team with defensive depth problems at defensive line and linebacker. The Tigers have just one other linebacker in the 2016 class – John Ehret’s Michael Divinity, a mid-year enrollee. Texas’ Rahssan Thornton is listed as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. Devin White, an mid-year enrollee, says he’ll begin his career at running back, but he can also play linebacker.

LSU did not sign a linebacker in last year’s class and just one of two linebacker signees from the 2014 class remain on the team, Donnie Alexander.

Fowler, the seventh-best outside linebacker in the nation, committed to LSU in June and took an official visit last weekend. He visited Texas the weekend of Jan. 15 before flipping to the Longhorns.

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East St. John receiver Da’Monte Coxie re-commits to LSU

Da'Monte Coxie. (John Oubre)

Da’Monte Coxie. (John Oubre)

Hours after announcing his de-commitment from LSU, East St. John receiver Da’Monte Coxie said he had changed his mind and has returned as a commitment to LSU, but he will not sign a national letter of intent with the Tigers on Wednesday.

Coxie, a three-star receiver known to be an academic risk, posted a message on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon announcing that he was pulling his verbal pledge from LSU. He told The Advocate on Tuesday night that he had re-committed to the Tigers.

Coxie wasn’t clear on when he’d sign with LSU. He has not received a national letter of intent from the program.

The message Da'Monte Coxie posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon

The message Da’Monte Coxie posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon

“I was just needing time to clear my head,” Coxie said. “I had some mixed emotions.”

Coxie said his grades are an issue but that he’s spoken to LSU coaches about it.

“I’m committed to them and they’re committed to me,” he said. “I know what I have to do to get there so I’m ready to focus on my grades.”

Coxie took an official visit last weekend to Texas-San Antonio, where former LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson is now head coach. Wilson left the Tigers for that job three weeks ago.

Coxie is a three-star prospect ranked as the 92nd receiver in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports.com. Coxie committed to LSU on July 25. He is the lowest-ranked of the Tigers’ four receivers in the current class.

2016 LSU Commits

  • Rashard Lawrence, DT, 6-3, 305, Monroe (Neville)
  • Edwin Alexander, DT, 6-2, 310, Hammond (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  • Willie Allen, T, 6-7, 300, New Orleans (John Curtis)
  • x-Dee Anderson, WR, 6-4, 177, Mesquite, Texas (West Mesquite)
  • Andre Anthony, DE, 6-3, 215, New Orleans (Edna Karr)
  • Donavaughn Campbell, G, 6-4, 345, Ponchatoula (Ponchatoula)
  • Connor Culp, K, 5-10, 180, Phoenix (Desert Vista)
  • Drake Davis, WR, 6-4, 215, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
  • x-Michael Divinity, LB, 6-2, 218, Marrero (John Ehret)
  • Erick Fowler, LB, 6-1, 230, Manor, Texas (Manor)
  • Cameron Lewis, S, 6-1, 190, Monroe (Wossman)
  • Glen Logan, DT, 6-4, 290, Destrehan (Destrehan)
  • Eric Monroe, S, 6-0, 180, Houston (North Shore)
  • Jamal Pettigrew, TE, 6-6, 225, New Orleans (St. Augustine)
  • Caleb Roddy, DE, 6-5, 250, Denham Springs (Denham Springs)
  • Jakori Savage, T, 6-6, 300, Bay Minette, Ala. (Baldwin County)
  • x-Saivion Smith, CB, 6-1, 175, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
  • x-Stephen Sullivan, WR, 6-5, 230, Donaldsonville (Donaldsonville)
  • Lindsey Scott, QB, 5-11, 205, Zachary (Zachary)
  • Rahssan Thornton, LB, 6-4, 220, Killeen, Texas (Shoemaker)
  • Andraez Williams, CB, 6-2, 165, Shreveport (Calvary Baptist)
  • x-Devin White, ATH, 6-0, 255, Springhill (North Webster)
  • Da’Monte Coxie, WR, 6-3, 175, Reserve (East St. John)^

x-already enrolled at LSU

^-says he won’t sign on signing day

2016 LSU Targets 

  • DT D’Andre Christmas-Giles, St. Aug: Committed to Texas on Tuesday.
  • CB Trayvon Mullen, Coconut Creek (Florida): 8 a.m. Wednesday (ESPNU)
  • S Deontay Anderson, Manvel (Texas): 9 a.m. Wednesday (ESPNU)
  • DB Kristian Fulton, Rummel: announcing at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday
  • DE Sci Martin, McDonogh 35: N/A

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West Monroe linebacker Layton Garnett is LSU bound as a ‘preferred walk-on’

West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge wasn’t sure his linebacker, Layton Garnett, would play football again heading into Garnett’s senior season in August.

Now, Garnett is LSU bound.

Layton Garnett talks with LSU coach Bradley Dale Peveto. (247Sports)

Layton Garnett talks with LSU coach Bradley Dale Peveto. (247Sports)

Garnett, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound three-star linebacker, committed to LSU as a preferred walk-on on Tuesday, a day before national signing day.

Garnett, who recovered from three ankle surgeries to complete his senior season at West Monroe, will join the Tigers as a linebacker, Alredge said. Garnett played mostly defensive end last season for West Monroe.

He passed on scholarship offers from Army, Louisiana-Monroe in Kansas and a host of other FCS offers, deciding to walk on with the Tigers.

“He looked at the (offers) hard and decided it was not what he wanted to do,” Alredge said Tuesday. “He’s very dedicated. Will do what he needs to do to be able to play. I think he’ll play at LSU and he certain thinks so.”

LSU is thin at linebacker. The Tigers did not sign a linebacker in the 2015 class and just one of two linebackers signed in 2014 remain with the team. Among a group of 22 commitment in the 2016 class, LSU has two linebackers – early enrollee Michael Divinity of John Ehret and Texas native Erick Folwer. Fowler is being pursued hard by Texas, according to multiple recruiting outlets.

Layton Garnett (247Sports).

Layton Garnett (247Sports).

Garnett visited LSU this past weekend, and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron visited the prospect in Monroe last week, Alredge said.

“I think they’ll give him an opportunity to make the team,” Alredge said.

Garnett played his senior season at less than 100 percent after having three surgeries in the span of lass than a year. He injured his ankle early during his junior season in 2014, forcing him to miss that season and throwing his recruitment into disarray.

After two unsuccessful surgeries, doctors removed a nerve from the ankle late last spring – finally solving the issue. He recovered from that surgery over the summer and played as a senior.

“He had the summer to get back and rehab from that,” Alredge said. “We were wondering if he’d be able to play. He kept improving and by the time we got to summer practice he was 85-90. I think he’ll continue to improve.”

2016 LSU Commits

  • Rashard Lawrence, DT, 6-3, 305, Monroe (Neville)
  • Lindsey Scott, QB, 5-11, 205, Zachary (Zachary)
  • Edwin Alexander, DT, 6-2, 310, Hammond (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  • Willie Allen, T, 6-7, 300, New Orleans (John Curtis)
  • x-Dee Anderson, WR, 6-4, 177, Mesquite, Texas (West Mesquite)
  • Andre Anthony, DE, 6-3, 215, New Orleans (Edna Karr)
  • Donavaughn Campbell, G, 6-4, 345, Ponchatoula (Ponchatoula)
  • Connor Culp, K, 5-10, 180, Phoenix (Desert Vista)
  • Drake Davis, WR, 6-4, 215, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
  • x-Michael Divinity, LB, 6-2, 218, Marrero (John Ehret)
  • Erick Fowler, LB, 6-1, 230, Manor, Texas (Manor)
  • Cameron Lewis, S, 6-1, 190, Monroe (Wossman)
  • Glen Logan, DT, 6-4, 290, Destrehan (Destrehan)
  • Eric Monroe, S, 6-0, 180, Houston (North Shore)
  • Jamal Pettigrew, TE, 6-6, 225, New Orleans (St. Augustine)
  • Caleb Roddy, DE, 6-5, 250, Denham Springs (Denham Springs)
  • Jakori Savage, T, 6-6, 300, Bay Minette, Ala. (Baldwin County)
  • x-Saivion Smith, CB, 6-1, 175, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
  • x-Stephen Sullivan, WR, 6-5, 230, Donaldsonville (Donaldsonville)
  • Rahssan Thornton, LB, 6-4, 220, Killeen, Texas (Shoemaker)
  • Andraez Williams, CB, 6-2, 165, Shreveport (Calvary Baptist)
  • x-Devin White, ATH, 6-0, 255, Springhill (North Webster)
  • Da’Monte Coxie, WR, 6-3, 175, Reserve (East St. John)^

x-already enrolled at LSU

^-says he won’t sign on signing day

2016 LSU Targets 

  • DT D’Andre Christmas-Giles, St. Aug: Committed to Texas on Tuesday.
  • CB Trayvon Mullen, Coconut Creek (Florida): 8 a.m. Wednesday (ESPNU)
  • S Deontay Anderson, Manvel (Texas): 9 a.m. Wednesday (ESPNU)
  • DB Kristian Fulton, Rummel: announcing at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday
  • DE Sci Martin, McDonogh 35: N/A

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LSU adds Idaho to 2020 non-conference schedule

(Bill Feig)

(Bill Feig)

LSU will host Idaho in 2020 and will pay the Vandals $1.4 million for the game, associate athletic director Verge Ausberry confirmed Monday.

FBSchedules.com first reported the news based off of a public records request.

The Tigers will host the Vandals on Nov. 21, 2020 – just the third meeting between the two programs.  The Tigers beat Idaho 53-20 in 1998 and 63-14 in 2012.

Idaho, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, has played in two bowl games since joining FBS in 1996. The Vandals become LSU’s second non-conference opponent for 2020, joining Texas. The Longhorns play at Tiger Stadium on Sept. 12, 2020.

FBSchedules.com also reported that LSU has moved its game against Georgia Southern from 2017 to 2019.

The Tigers have completed their non-conference schedules through 2018. LSU also knows what SEC opponents it will get for the next several seasons, announced by the league last year.

2016

Non-conference

  • vs. Wisconsin (at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)
  • vs. Southern Miss
  • vs. Jacksonville State
  • vs. South Alabama

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Missouri
  • at Florida

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2017

Non-conference

  • vs. BYU (NRG Stadium, Houston)
  • Chattanooga
  • Syracuse
  • Troy

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Tennessee
  • vs. Florida

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2018

Non-conference

  • vs. Miami (AT&T Stadium, Arlington)
  • vs. Southeastern Louisiana
  • vs. Louisiana Tech
  • vs. Rice

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  •  vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Georgia
  •  at Florida

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2019

Non-conference

  • at Texas
  • vs. Georgia Southern

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Vanderbilt
  • vs. Florida

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2020

Non-conference

  • vs. Texas
  • vs. Idaho

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. South Carolina
  • at Florida

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2021

Non-conference

  • at UCLA

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Kentucky
  • vs. Florida

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2022

Non-conference

  • at Arizona State

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Tennessee
  • at Florida

________________________________

2023

Non-conference

  • vs. Arizona State

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Missouri
  • vs. Florida

________________________________

2024

Non-conference

  • vs. UCLA

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Vanderbilt
  • at Florida

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2025

Non-conference

  • None scheduled

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Georgia
  • vs. Florida

Zachary QB Lindsey Scott commits to LSU

Lindsey Scott Jr. (Patrick Dennis)

Lindsey Scott Jr. (Patrick Dennis)

LSU’s search for a quarterback in the 2016 class is over.

It ended in Baton Rouge with a local kid.

Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. announced Sunday afternoon that he’s committed to LSU, giving the Tigers their first, and likely only, QB in a recruiting class current ranked No. 1 nationally.

Scott’s father, Lindsey Sr., confirmed the news just before his son posted the commitment message on his Twitter account.

Scott, a former Syracuse commit who received an LSU offer just two weeks ago, went on an official visit to LSU this weekend with his mother. The 5-foot-11,  205-pounder can make his commitment binding on Wednesday, national signing day.

Scott’s commitment gives the Tigers a 23rd commitment in a class that No. 1 in three of the four major recruiting outlets. LSU is expected to sign as many as 28 players on Wednesday.

Lindsey Scott is the 28th-best dual-threat QB in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. (SCOTT THRELKELD)

Lindsey Scott is the 28th-best dual-threat QB in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. (SCOTT THRELKELD)

Scott’s verbal pledge solves a two-month old problem for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and the Tigers. Feleipe Franks dropped his near 18-month commitment to LSU in November and then enrolled early at Florida, throwing the Tigers QB recruitment into a tailspin.

Scott is the 28th-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 class and a three-star prospect. He had narrowed his list to LSU, Harvard, Maryland and Tulane, his father said Friday.

Scott passed for 3,039 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior at Zachary last season. He also ran for 1,963 and 28 scores.

Scott visited Tulane on the weekend of Jan. 15 and then visited Rutgers and Maryland last weekend. He’s met with three offensive coordinators in the last week, spending hours watching film with each, his father said Friday.

Cameron and Scott began developing a relationship in December 2014, his father said, but the Tigers didn’t offer the QB until Jan. 18 – another step in the hunt for a quarterback. Coach Les Miles said in December that signing a quarterback in this class was a must and was imperative for the future of the program.

Cameron fought to reel back in Franks after his de-commitment and before the no-contact period began in mid-December, but those attempts failed. LSU then pursued then-Maryland QB commitment Dwayne Haskins before he flipped to Ohio State. Cameron visited in-home with a few other quarterbacks but they were all already committed elsewhere.

Tanner Lee, the former Tulane quarterback, visited LSU two weeks ago, but he announced earlier this week that he’s committing to Nebraska.

LSU’s uncommitted targets

  • DB Kristian Fulton, Rummel
  • DT D’Andre Christmas-Giles, St. Aug
  • CB Trayvon Mullen, Coconut Creek (Florida)
  • OT Jauan Williams, Archbishop Carroll (DC)
  • CB Shyheim Carter, Kentwood
  • OT Scott Lashley, West Point (Mississippi)
  • S Deontay Anderson, Manvel (Texas)

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LSU linebacker/fullback Ronnie Feist transferring to UTSA

Ronnie Fiest is leaving LSU. (Travis Spradling)

Ronnie Fiest is leaving LSU. (Travis Spradling)

Since taking the job at Texas-San Antonio, Frank Wilson has hired two LSU assistant strength coaches and a graduate assistant coach.

He’s moved to the players now.

Ronnie Feist, a little-used linebacker and fullback from Edgard, is transferring to UTSA, he announced on his Instagram on Thursday. Feist, a four-year junior, graduated from LSU and can play and enroll at UTSA immediately. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Feist has played in 15 games in his four years in Baton Rouge. He redshirted as a sophomore in 2013, sitting out that season for unknown reasons. Feist played in six games this past season.

He began 2015 as the immediate backup to middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith, but was moved to fullback during LSU’s bye week before the clash with Alabama. LSU starting fullback John David Moore suffered a season-ending injury during the game against the Crimson Tide.

Ronnie Feist during preseason camp. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Ronnie Feist during preseason camp. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Feist was a four-star rated prospect out of West St. John in 2012, according to ESPN.com and Scout.com, but he never saw much action. He played sparingly this past season at linebacker and fullback. Feist finished his LSU career with five tackles.

The Tigers are thin at linebacker, but the return of Beckwith is a boon for a squad so used to losing highly touted juniors to the NFL draft. Deion Jones exhausted his eligibility, and the Tigers did not sign a linebacker in the 2015 class. Former five-star linebacker Clifton Garrett transferred over the summer, too.

Duke Riley replaced Feist as the immediate backup to Beckwith when he moved to fullback midway through the season. Riley and junior Donnie Alexander are the only two linebackers who have received significant playing time.

Ex-John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity and former North Webster RB/LB Devin White have enrolled this month at LSU and will participate in spring practice. The Tigers also have a commitment from Texas linebacker Erick Fowler.

Feist joins receiver John Diarse as scholarship Tigers who have announced post-season transfers. Diarse enrolled at TCU.

Wilson, hired as UTSA’s head coach two weeks ago, hired away offensive line graduate assistant Ryan Pugh and assistant strength/conditioning coaches Ryan Filo and Spencer Ross.

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LSU sets spring football dates; Spring Game on April 16

Arden Key, Lewis Neal and Christian LaCouture celebrate after a sack. (Travis Spradling)

Arden Key, Lewis Neal and Christian LaCouture celebrate after a sack at Alabama. (Travis Spradling)

LSU will hold its annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 16, the school announced Wednesday.

Kickoff will be at 3 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. Details on television and radio coverage will be released later.

The school also released a number of spring football dates, including the start date of spring practice on March 7. LSU will have 15 spring practice dates, including the spring game.

The Tigers, coming off a 9-3 campaign, are heading into their 12th season under coach Les Miles.

LSU returns 18 starters from its 2015 team, and are working on what is currently rated as the nation’s consensus No. 1 recruiting class. Five members of that recruiting class – cornerback Savion Smith, linebacker Michael Divinity, running back Devin White and wide receivers Dee Anderson and Stephen Sullivan – enrolled earlier this month and will participate in spring practice.

KEY DATES

  • Feb. 3: National signing day (start of football signing period)
  • March 7: First day of spring practice
  • March 14: LSU pro timing day
  • March 31-April 1: LSU football coaches clinic
  • April 16: National “L” Club Spring Game (3 p.m., Tiger Stadium)
  • April 28-30: NFL draft

 

New LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda got $165,000 up front and a three-year, $3.75M deal

Dave Aranda is making $1.2 million this year. (Michael P. KIng)

Dave Aranda is making $1.2 million this year. (Michael P. KIng)

The Tiger Athletic Foundation paid new LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda $165,000 upon his hiring – $65,000 for his Wisconsin buyout, according to a copy of his contract.

Aranda’s three-year, $3.75 million contract and a raise and extension for defensive backs coach Corey Raymond are scheduled for approval at the LSU Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 29, according to the board’s agenda.

Aranda, hired away from Wisconsin three weeks ago to replace Kevin Steele, is set to make $1.2 million this year. His salary increases by $50,000 each year – $1.25 million in 2017 and $1.3 million in 2018. Steele signed a two-year deal worth $1 million a year.

Aranda’s deal ends on March 31, 2019, giving him the longest contract of any current LSU assistant. He’s the only one with a contract that spans more than two years.

BX208_0FE6_9As FoxSports.com reported three weeks ago, Aranda’s contract does not include a clause tying him to head coach Les Miles. Every other assistant’s contract would end six months after Miles was terminated or left his job.

Aranda does not have to pay a buyout if he leaves for a head coaching job. He must pay 50 percent of his remaining salary if he leaves for a non-head coaching job in the Southeastern Conference or “a Football Bowl Subdivision football program within a 500 miles radius of LSU,” the contract reads.

He must pay 20 percent of his remaining salary if her were to leave for any other non-head coaching job.

Aranda was immediately paid $165,000 from the Tiger Athletic Foundation, $65,000 of which was for his Wisconsin buyout, his contract indicates. The additional $100,000 was for “services rendered on behalf” of TAF, the contract says.

Raymond is receiving a one-year extension through the 2017 season and a $65,000 raise, making his yearly salary $375,000. Raymond, Aranda and Miles are the only coaches on staff who have contracts that run, at least, through the 2017 football season.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s contract ends in about two months. Athletic director Joe Alleva and Miles said earlier this month that the school is working on a new deal for Cameron.

The rest of the five assistants have contracts that end on March 31, 2017.

LSU staff pay

Name Contract expiration Salary
Les Miles Dec. 31, 2019 $4.3M
Cam Cameron March 31, 2016 $1.5M
Dave Aranda March 31, 2019 $1.2M
Ed Orgeron March 31, 2017 $450,000
Bradley Dale Peveto March 31, 2017 $450,000
Jeff Grimes March 31, 2017 $400,000
Corey Raymond March 31, 2018 $375000*
Tony Ball March 31, 2017 $310,000^
Steve Ensminger March 31, 2017 $300,000

*Recently received a 65,000 raise.

^That is Tony Ball’s 2015 salary.

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Early enrollee Dee Anderson cleared by NCAA, will enroll at LSU

Make it five.

Receiver Dee Anderson has been cleared by the NCAA and will enroll at LSU on Friday, his high school coach confirmed to The Advocate on Thursday.

Anderson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder, is ranked as the 25th-best wideout in the 2016 class and gives the Tigers five early enrollees in what’s shaping up to be a historic signing class. The Tigers’ current 21-commitment recruiting crew is ranked No. 1 nationally.

Dee Anderson. (247Sports.com)

Dee Anderson. (247Sports.com)

Anderson joins IMG Academy cornerback Saivion Smith, John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity, Donaldsonville receiver Stephen Sullivan and North Webster linebacker/running back Devin White as early enrollees. Those four enrolled and began classes last week. They are cleared for spring practice, which is expected to start in early March.

Anderson hit a snag last week, though. He needed to complete an online course and then get clearance from the NCAA.

“We’re extremely excited and happy for Dee,” Peterman said Thursday. “He’s worked hard.”

Anderson’s snag regarded his transfer before his senior season from West Mesquite to DeSoto. Anderson was dismissed from West Mesquite’s football team and then a district committee ruled him ineligible to play his senior season at DeSoto.

Anderson, who needed to return to Texas for his exam last week, is expected to arrive at LSU Friday. The final day to add classes at LSU is Monday.

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