Dungy headlines clinic

From LSU Sports Information

Super Bowl-winning coach and current NBC football analyst Tony Dungy will be the headline speaker at the LSU Football Coaches Clinic March 22-24 at LSU.

Dungy retired after the 2008 and is now an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America. He had a 139-69 record in 13 seasons as an NFL head coach, six with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and seven with the Indianapolis Colts.

He led the Colts to a Super Bowl championship 2007 and led 10 of his 13 teams to at least 10 wins.

“It’s an honor for us to welcome Coach Dungy to LSU for our annual coaching clinic,” LSU coach Les Miles said in a news release. “Coach Dungy is truly one of the greats in the game. His accomplishments and contributions to the game of football are remarkable. He’s a true gentleman and someone that I have admired for a very long time.”

In 13 years as an NFL head coach, Dungy led his teams to 10 or more regular season victories 10 times, including a 14-2 mark in 2005 with the Colts.

“It’s an honor for us to welcome Coach Dungy to LSU for our annual coaching clinic,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “

Dungy will speak to a group of coaches at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at LSU’s Football Operations building.

LSU also moved its Pro Day to 11 a.m., Thursday, March 22, during the clinic.More than 100 NFL coaches and front office personel will be on hand.

Registration for the clinic starts at 10:30 a.m. on March 22 on the west side entrance of the LSU Indoor Football Facility. Following Pro Day activities, the clinic participants will get to watch the Tigers practice at 3:30 p.m. followed by a barbeque social at 6. Miles will welcome the group at 7 followed by breakout sessions with the LSU position coaches at 7:15.

The clinic resumes on Friday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. when LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt presents to the group of coaches. Following two hours of breakout sessions, lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by Dungy’s presentation at 1:30 p.m. A third breakout session will take place at 2:45 p.m. followed by presentations from new LSU wide receiver coach Adam Henry at 3:45 p.m. and LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley at 4:45 p.m.

The clinic concludes on Saturday at 1 p.m. when the coaches will get to see the Tigers scrimmage in Tiger Stadium.

The registration fee for the clinic is $45, which includes meals. Interested coaches should contact Lois Stuckey in the LSU football office at (225) 578-1151 or visit www.LSUsports.net <http://www.LSUsports.net>  for more information.

LSU to play Arkansas in Fayetteville for first time in 20 years

It’s long been rumored that LSU and Arkansas would play in Fayetteville in football this season, but now it’s finally official.

LSU and Arkansas released statements Friday morning confirming the decision by Arkansas to host the Tigers at their on-campus facility: 72,000-seat Donald Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, but both schools say they expect the game to be moved to Friday, Nov. 23 in what has become its traditional slot for a CBS telecast.

The only other time the Tigers ever played the Razorbacks in Fayetteville was back in 1992, which was Arkansas’ first year in the SEC. The Razorbacks thumped the Tigers 30-6 on an absolutely frigid afternoon – I remember there were patches of frost on the artificial turf – capping a 2-9 campaign that stands as LSU’s worst season ever.

Since 1994, Arkansas has hosted LSU at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The school is required to play one SEC and one non-conference home game in Little Rock each year.

Typically in the past it made sense for LSU to be that game as Arkansas students are away from campus on their Thanksgiving break. But this year, Arkansas will play Ole Miss in Little Rock on Oct. 27 and will play Louisiana-Monroe in its non-conference game there on Sept. 8.

So, except for the final date of the LSU-Arkansas game, here is the Tigers’ updated 2012 schedule. It’s worth noting that LSU will also play at new SEC member Texas A&M, marking the Tigers’ first visit to Kyle Field since 1995:

  • Sept. 1: North Texas
  • Sept. 8: Washington
  • Sept. 15: Idaho
  • Sept. 22: at Auburn
  • Sept. 29: Towson
  • Oct. 6: at Florida
  • Oct. 13: South Carolina
  • Oct. 20: at Texas A&M
  • Oct. 27: OPEN DATE
  • Nov. 3: Alabama
  • Nov. 10: Mississippi State
  • Nov. 17: Ole Miss
  • Nov. 24 (tentative): at Arkansas


LSU tweaks spring practice schedule

LSU has updated is spring football practice schedule at the front end and, as coach Les Miles would say, at the back end.

Spring practice will now begin Thursday, March 1 instead of Tuesday, Feb. 28 as first announced. The Tigers will now have a spring practice session on March 2 which was not previously scheduled.

LSU has also moved up the start of the Spring Game a half hour to 12:30 p.m., though it will still be played on Saturday, March 31. Coincidentally, that’s the same date as the national semifinals at the Final Four in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Other dates of interest: LSU will hold its annual pro timing day at 11 a.m. March 19 and its annual football coaches’ clinic March 22-24.

A complete list of spring practice dates is as follows:

  • Week 1: March 1, 2, 3
  • Week 2: March 6, 8, 10
  • Week 3: March 13, 15, 17
  • Week 4: March 20, 22, 24
  • Week 5: March 27, 29, 31


Larry Porter winds up at Arizona State

So much for Larry Porter possibly returning to LSU after his recent firing as the head coach at Memphis.

That door was officially closed Friday as Arizona State announced that the former LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator is the latest addition to new head coach Todd Graham’s staff. Porter’s duties were not named by the school.

Porter was on Miles’ staff at LSU from 2005-09 before he went to Memphis, his alma mater. Porter inherited a tough situation that never got better as the Tigers went 1-11 and 2-10 during his two seasons there.

So far the only change on LSU’s coaching staff from last season has been former Oakland Raiders tight ends coach Adam Henry being named as Billy Gonzales’ replacement as the Tigers’ wide receivers coach. Gonzales left last month to become offensive coordinator at Illinois.

Dworaczyk gets sixth year with Tigers

Guard Josh Dworaczyk has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and will play for LSU next season.

Dworaczyk was scheduled to be a starter for the Tigers as a fifth-year senior before suffering a season-ending knee injury in preseason camp last August.

Josh Williford is a returning starter at right guard, but LSU has to replace Will Blackwell at left guard. With Dworaczyk’s return, LSU should have players with significant starting experience at all five offensive line positions.

Dworaczyk was a two-year starter at left guard before the injury ended a would-be third season as a starter. Williford, center P.J. Lonergan and tackles Chris Faulk and Alex Hurst were all starters for much of last season.

The five starters have a combined 105 career starts between them, including 26 starts apiece for Lonergan and Dworaczyk.

Eight former LSU players invited to NFL’s Indy combine

Eight former LSU football players are among more than 300 prospects who have been invited to the NFL’s big scouting combine, Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis, the league announced Tuesday.

The invited LSU players are:

  • Linebacker Ryan Baker
  • Defensive tackle Michael Brockers
  • Cornerback Ron Brooks
  • Cornerback Morris Claiborne
  • Quarterback Jordan Jefferson
  • Tight end Deangelo Peterson
  • Wide receiver Rueben Randle
  • Safety Brandon Taylor

Conspicuously missing from that list is former LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee. Lee recently told The Advocate he is working with a quarterback coach and is preparing for April’s NFL draft.

Lee also plans to participate in the Pro Timing Day LSU will host in March.


Signing day, LSU recruits

LSU has 22 signees so far:

Vadal Alexander, OL, Buford Ga.

Ronnie Feist, LB, West St. John

Reid Ferguson, DS, Buford, Ga.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Redemptorist

Lamar Louis, Ath., Breaux Bridge

Jalen Mills, CB, DeSoto, Texas

Jeremy Liggins, QB, Oxford, Miss.

Trey Granier, LB, Thibodaux

Deion Jones, LB, Jesuit HS

Corey Thompson, S, Missouri City, Texas Elkins

Derrick Raymond, CB, East Jefferson

Dillon Gordon, TE, John Curtis

Jerald Hawkins, OL, West St. Mary

Danielle Hunter, DE, Katy, Texas Morton Ranch

Dwayne Thomas, CB, OP Walker

Kwon Alexander, LB, Oxford, Ala.

Lorenzo Phillips, LB, Patterson

Travin Dural, WR, Breaux Bridge

Kavahra Holmes, WR, Breaux Bridge

Jerquinick Sandolph, CB, Hahnville

Derek Edinburgh, OL, Karr

Avery Johnson, WR, Pompano Beach, Fla.