Category Archives: LSU Tigers

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NCAA President Goes One-on-One With ‘Dr.’ Shaquille O’Neal

Grapevine, Tex. — “Before we get started, I’d like to confess something,” said Shaquille O’Neal, the former NBA star and global icon.

“See, this makes me very nervous,” said Mark Emmert, the NCAA’s president. “Please don’t say it has anything to do with eligibility.”

The two met years ago, when Mr. Emmert was chancellor of Louisiana State University and Mr. O’Neal returned to Baton Rouge to complete his undergraduate degree. Since then, Mr. O’Neal has completed an M.B.A. at the University of Pho…

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Report Describes Disturbing Racial Inequities in 6 Powerful Sports Conferences

If you’ve watched any major-college football or basketball games this year, you’ve probably seen the NCAA commercial touting the success of Division I black male athletes, who graduate at higher rates than African-American students over all.

In fact, more than 70 percent of big-time football and basketball players completed their degrees within six years of enrolling, according to the NCAA’s latest Graduation Success Rates.

But barely 50 percent of black male athletes in the six most powerful co…

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Praise for the Honey Badger

“I want to believe in somebody who doesn’t run from his mistakes,” writes Tommy Tomlinson, referring to Tyrann Mathieu, the LSU football star who was kicked off the team last month after reportedly failing multiple drug tests.

Mathieu—known as the Honey Badger, for his furious, headlong style of play—returned to the campus this month as a normal student, resisting the temptation to transfer and suit up elsewhere.

After he was dismissed from the Tigers’ team, he completed a drug-rehabilitation pr…

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Bowl Extravagance? How About $182,830 for the Band’s Seats

As college football’s power brokers meet this week to consider the fate of the Bowl Championship Series, new evidence of extravagant revenues in the biggest bowls could help squeeze those bowls out of the most lucrative part of future postseason play.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the Sugar Bowl charged LSU more than $500,000 for ticket requests to this season’s national championship game. Game officials demanded $350 a seat from everyone from the president ($700 for two tickets) to playe…