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‘The Cajun Cannon’ and ‘The Hat’ reunited

Les Miles and Bobby Hebert pose for a photo Wednesday. It appears that they've buried the hatchet. (Paul Spradley)

Les Miles and Bobby Hebert pose for a photo Wednesday. It appears that they’ve buried the hatchet. (Paul Spradley)

The silence between LSU coach Les Miles and New Orleans radio personality Bobby Hebert has ended.

Miles dined at Hebert’s restaurant in Metairie on Wednesday afternoon, the first interaction in three years between the man known as “The Cajun Cannon” and the coach known as “The Hat.”

Frank Wilson joined Les Miles at Bobby Hebert's restaurant. (Paul Spradley)

Frank Wilson joined Les Miles at Bobby Hebert’s restaurant. (Paul Spradley) Click to enlarge this photo.

Hebert and Miles haven’t met up since the former quarterback’s infamous exchange with Miles in the press conference following the Tigers’ 21-0 loss to Alabama in the 2012 national championship, said Paul Spradley, executive vice president for Hebert’s restaurant, “Cajun Cannon.”

Miles and recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson ate lunch Wednesday at the restaurant, and Hebert just happened to be around. The two talked and posed for photos.

Did they talk about Hebert’s rant and question after LSU lost to Alabama? Who knows. If you forgot about that exchange in January 2012, here’s a reminder:

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Report: Former LSU center Elliott Porter arrested last month

Former LSU center Elliott Porter was arrested on a charge of simple assault last month, according to New Orleans TV station WDSU.

(WDSU)

(WDSU)

Police were called to a home in the 5600 block of Music Street on Dec. 31, where a woman accused her boyfriend of three years, Porter, of threatening her, the TV station reported in this story.

The story on the station’s website did not list the arresting police department or the exact charges. Court records, flashed on the screen during the station’s on-air report, say Porter was arrested for simple assult.

Porter’s attorney, Robert Jenkins, told the station he’s able to prove Porter did nothing wrong and that it’s a “he said, she said” situation.

“It’s my word against your word that the incident took place,” Jenkins told WDSU. “There is no independent proof. Because these guys are high-profile, it’s looking like athletes are not getting the benefit of due process.”

Jenkins told WDSU that Porter was out of town at the time of the alleged incident

The incident happened the night after LSU’s 31-28 loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s unclear if Porter made the trip to Nashville, but the team flew back on the afternoon of Dec. 31. Porter did not play in the game after suffering a season-ending injury in the 11th game of the year at Arkansas.

Porter, from Waggaman, served as LSU’s start at center the last two seasons. Porter completed his senior season last year and had previously graduated from LSU.

Porter missed the first two games of the season last year while suffering a suspension for abnormalities with summer job pay.

LSU AD Joe Alleva on football hires, Haley’s job title, men’s hoops

Joe Alleva is happy with the Tigers' new football hires. (Patrick Dennis)

Joe Alleva is happy with the Tigers’ new football hires. (Patrick Dennis)

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva is “pleased” with the two new football hires and says that former defensive line coach Brick Haley could be in for a job title change if he sticks around Baton Rouge.

Alleva spoke Tuesday morning on the show “Culotta & The Prince” on 104.5 ESPN radio in Baton Rouge. He touched on how the basketball team has left him and fans “disappointed” after losing two SEC games “we should have won,” and how new football coaches Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron give the staff a “huge jump” in recruiting.

Here are the nuggets:

  • Alleva wasn’t too integral in the search for a replacement for John Chavis and Haley, but he did discuss several possible candidates with coach Les Miles, he said. One in particular.

We talked a lot of Ed Orgeron. I thought he’d bring a tremendous enthusiasm and help the program on the recruiting side.

I’m really pleased where we ended up. Steele is a real professional and he’s also a very good recruiter.

  • Alleva would not reveal contract details for the two assistant coaches, noting that they had not been approved yet by the Board of Supervisors.
  • Miles called Haley an “intern” during a press conference introducing the new coaches last week. Haley’s official title is “administrative intern,” but that could change, Alleva said.

If Brick stays and doesn’t move on to another job, I’d imagine us coming up with another title for him. I think intern’s probably not the appropriate term for a man of his experience. We’d probably come up with another job description for him.

  • Alleva, who sits on the NCAA men’s basketball committee, said LSU needs to win 11 of 18 conference games to make the NCAA Tournament this season after losses to Missouri and Texas A&M. The Tigers lost at home to A&M and on the road at Missouri.

Obviously myself and our fans are disappointed … I think we dropped two games in the conference we should have won. It comes down to end of the game situations. We’ve got to do a better job, take care of the ball better, get a little better guard play.

The home loss is worse than the road loss.

I think we need to win 11 games in the conference. If we can get to 11 games, I think it’ll be a moot point, but if we’re at nine wins or, even, 10 wins, those losses will really come back to haunt us.

Report: LSU’s new coaches recruiting in Alabama together Thursday

Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. (247Sports)

Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. (247Sports)

LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will make their Tiger debut recruiting together in central Alabama on Thursday morning.

Orgeron and Steele, introduced as coaches Wednesday, will visit four-star defensive end Prince Tega Wanogho Jr., at 7 a.m. Thursday at his high school, Edgewood Academy, just north of Montgomery. That’s according to the Oxford Citizen.

Steele and Orgeron will be making their  first recruiting stop as LSU coaches and, likely, their first stop in what’s expected to be a wild three-week stretch until National Signing Day on Feb. 4. The dead period ends at midnight, allowing coaches to visit recruits.

The two coaches are heralded as recruiting gurus on a staff already known for its prowess on the recruiting trail.

Wanogho, a 6-foot-8, 250-pounder, is ranked as the ninth-best strong-side defensive end in the nation. He has received offers from all of the major national powerhouse, including LSU. He reclassified from a 2016 prospect to a 2015 recruit this week, meaning he’s eligible to sign in February.

Steele coached linebackers at Alabama last year. Tuscaloosa is about 100 miles from Edgewood Academy. The Crimson Tide is one of few program not to have offered Wanogho.

LSU announces four early enrollees; Cutrer won’t enroll

Four LSU football players enrolled early on Wednesday, but defensive back Jeremy Cutrer was not one of them.

Cutrer, a highly touted junior college prospect, will not enroll early at LSU, but he’s expected to join the team in the summer. Cutrer, a former LSU signee from Kentwood, is the No. 2-ranked junior college transfer in the nation.

Texas tight end Hanner Shipley, Texas quarterback Justin McMillan, Florida cornerback Kevin Toliver II and fullback David Ducre enrolled early, as expected.

Those four are part of LSU’s current 16-commit 2015 class.

LSU coach Les Miles expects Hawkins, Alexander, Mills to return; Rashard Robinson could return

LSU feels good about Vadal Alexander returning to school. (Travis Spradling)

LSU feels good about Vadal Alexander returning to school. (Travis Spradling)

LSU coach Les Miles expects draft-eligible offensive linemen Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander, and cornerback Jalen Mills to return to school for 2015.

The deadline to declare for the NFL draft is Thursday. The school is expected to have a press conference with those who decided to remain in school, as it did last year with La’el Collins.

Miles said suspended cornerback Rashard Robinson remains on suspension, and he’s dealing with “academic difficulties.” The coach did not rule out his possible return.

The Advocate has reported for several weeks that the staff feels “optimistic” about keeping Alexander and Hawkins. Mills told some teammates immediately after the Music City Bowl loss that he planned to enter the draft, but Mills has had a change of heart.

All three are expected to return, Miles said at the news conference announcing the hiring of new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

No decision, though, is final until the deadline passes. For instance, LSU’s staff expected running back Jeremy Hill to return to school last year, but he declared for the draft. LSU lost seven underclassmen to the draft last year and 10 the year before.

Three have declared this year: linebacker Kwon Alexander, defensive end Danielle Hunter and cornerback Jalen Collins.

Keeping the two offensive linemen is a significant coup for a program that’s lost so many underclassmen over the years. LSU is losing center Elliott Porter and left tackle La’el Collins to graduation. Sophomore Ethan Pocic would be the only returning starter if Vadal Alexander and Hawkins decide to leave.

Jalen Mills started at safety for LSU last season. (Travis Spradling)

Jalen Mills started at safety for LSU last season. (Travis Spradling)

Mill started at safety this season with senior Ronald Martin after moving from his cornerback spot late last season. He played cornerback as a freshman in 2012, starting all 12 games.

Mills returning would also help a unit losing a host of players. Martin exhausted his eligibility and Collins declared for the draft. Meanwhile, cornerback Rashard Robinson remains under indefinite suspension.

Mills pleaded not guilty in October to a misdemeanor simple battery charge for allegedly punching a woman over the summer at his apartment complex. His next court date is Jan. 27, a status hearing.

Morn’n Rumblings: LSU in the way-too-early top 25s; A new name in DC search

  • LSU is ranked No. 13 and No. 17 in a pair of national way-to-early top-25 polls released Tuesday morning. Fox Sports has the Tigers 13th in its poll, and ESPN tabs coach Les Miles’ team 17th in its rankings. Here are blurbs on both from the rankings for the Tigers:

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  • A new name has popped up in LSU’s search for a defensive coordinator, according to Coachingsearch.com. The site reported Tuesday that Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus is a “name to keep an eye for LSU defensive coordinator job.” Eberflus was the defensive coordinator at Missouri from 2001-2008. Eberflus is “a strong candidate” to get the Dallas DC job if Rob Marinelli leaves, according to The Dallas Morning News. Coachingsearch.com reported last week that former Florida and Illinois coach Ron Zook was rumored for the LSU DC job. Sources quickly shot that down.
  • The national championship game Monday night had the highest TV rating of any college football title game since 2006. It had an 18.5 rating.

  • Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been linked to LSU by several outlets. Miller is expected to possibly transfer from OSU as the Buckeyes have three worthy quarterbacks on the roster – all who have started college games. Here’s more on that:

LSU’s DC search could “linger”; school flooded with top-flight college coordinators, NFL coordinators

LSU’s search for a defensive coordinator may last several more days, possibly through the weekend, and the position continues to receive interest from top-flight college coordinators and some NFL coordinators.

But any new names? That we don’t have.

John Chavis left LSU for Texas A&M, and the Tigers continue to search for a replacement. (Bill Feig)

John Chavis left LSU for Texas A&M, and the Tigers continue to search for a replacement. (Bill Feig)

Coach Les Miles has kept the search for John Chavis’ replacement tight-lipped, and only a handful of candidates have emerged. Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is one of few who have officially and seriously interviewed for the position.

The search for Chavis’ replacement could “linger,” according to Footballscoop.com, a trusted and often accurate site with deep roots in the college coaching community.

LSU has been “flooded” with interest in the position from a host of coaches, including NFL assistants, one source close to the staff told The Advocate. Former and current NFL coordinators have applied, the source said.

It’s not a stretch to think LSU could pull an NFL assistant coach or coordinator. Georgia, for instance, recently hired St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for the same position.

Surging salaries for assistants in major college football makes the transition from pro to college more understandable. Sixteen college football assistants last year made at least $800,000 a year, according to USA Today.

LSU paid Chavis the third-most among college assistants: $1.3 million, a salary that’s expected to remain similar for his replacement. In September 2009, the Los Angeles Times, citing an NFL source, reported that the average NFL defensive coordinator made approximately $850,000, a number that’s likely risen.

Monday marks the 13th day the Tigers will be without a defensive coordinator after Chavis bolted for the same job at Texas A&M a day after LSU lost the Music City Bowl to Notre Dame.

The recruiting dead period ends on Wednesday, a day first thought to be a deadline of sorts for Miles to hire a coordinator. It doesn’t necessarily appear that way any longer.

LSU will host highly rated prospects for official visits the three next weekends leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 4, but the biggest of the groups – especially for defensive players – is expected to be next weekend (Jan. 23-25), said Shea Dixon, a recruiting reporter for 247Sports.

“They’d need someone before Jan. 23,” Dixon said.

Brick Haley is a candidate to be promoted to DC. (Bill Feig)

Brick Haley is a candidate to be promoted to DC. (Bill Feig)

LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley is an in-house candidate, and one former LSU star – Marcus Spears – is pushing to get the job.

Miles, assistant director of football operations Dean Dingman and Miles’ agent, George Bass, are leading the search, multiple sources said. Miles, an offensive-minded coach who rarely dabbles in the defense, is “taking time” with the search and knows “the importance” of the hire, sources said.

Haley, 48, has been on LSU’s staff since 2009. He’s been a defensive coordinator once – for three years at Baylor in 1999-2001. He coached linebackers for the Bears and has been a linebackers coach at three other stops during his coaching career.

Haley’s promotion could make room for a popular name: Ed Orgeron. The former Ole Miss coach and longtime Southern California defensive line coach is out of a job and lives in Mandeville.

Shoop, 48, pulled his name from the search after interviewing with Miles last week. He was not offered the job during the interview but was not ruled out for the gig, sources said.

He received a new three-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Report: Ron Zook candidate for LSU defensive coordinator opening

Ron Zook is a candidate at LSU, one report says. (AP)

Ron Zook is a candidate at LSU, one report says. (AP)

A new name surfaced Friday for LSU’s opening at defensive coordinator: Ron Zook.

The former Florida and Illinois head coach and Saints defensive coordinator is on LSU’s “radar,” according to coachingsearch.com. Zook, 60, is currently the Green Bay Packers assistant special teams coach. The Packers meet the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the NFL playoffs.

A source close to the LSU staff told The Advocate that Zook is not a serious candidate.

Zook’s resume is a long one that spans college and professional football. He’s been the defensive coordinator at Kansas, Cincinnati and Florida. He was fired in both of his head coaching stints at Florida (2002-04) and Illinois  (2005-11) and then took off two years before joining the Packers.

Zook, from Ohio, has only specialized in coaching defensive backs during his career. He’s also coached special teams at numerous stops.

LSU is 10 days into the search to replace John Chavis, who bolted for Texas A&M last week following the Music City Bowl. Several candidates have been contacted by the school, and Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop interviewed for the job Wednesday but removed himself from the search that night.

Ponchatoula 2016 OL commits to LSU

Donavaughn Campbell, a 6-foot-5, 345-pound offensive lineman from Ponchatoula, committed to LSU’s 2016 class on Thursday, fulfilling what he says has been a life-long dream.

Recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson offered Campbell a scholarship on Thursday, and it took just seconds for Campbell to commit to his in-state school.

“It’s a great feeling. Going to LSU was just a dream. It’s reality now,” he said.

Wilson and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes recruited Campbell, whose older brother Christian is a Georgia Tech quarterback commit. LSU was the first to offer Campbell, he said, but he was receiving interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Campbell has not been rated by the major recruiting sites.

A month from the 2015 National Signing Day, LSU now has four commits for the 2016 class: Campbell, Donaldsonville receiver Stephen Sullivan, Texas receiver Dee Anderson and Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks.

Campbell said he attended four games this season: Sam Houston, Alabama, Ole Miss and Kentucky.

He said LSU plans to play him at guard, but Ponchatoula coach Hank Tierney said Campbell could play tackle.

“He’s got great quickness and agility. He’s got a chance to be a good player,” Tierney said. “Everybody that watched him on film liked him. I’m sure he’ll be one of the top offensive linemen in American last year.”