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Baton Rouge Regional: Who are Wilmington and Lehigh?

The local folks know who LSU and Tulane are, but what about the other two teams participating in the 2015 Baton Rouge Regional? UNC Wilmington and Lehigh are the other two schools in the mix, so let's get a little background information on the teams schools that we are not as familiar with.

#2 UNC Wilmington

Location: Wilmington, NC
School Colors: Teal, Navy and Gold
Mascot: Seahawks
Conference: CAA
Coach: Mark Scalf
Season Record: 39-16


"Our guys have learned how to compete. Our pitching has been kind of up and down but our bullpen really helped us down the stretch of the season," said UNC Wilmington Coach Mark Scalf. UNC Wilmington is far more familiar with South Louisiana than most may think as Scalf saw his club battle LSU in the 2003 regional finals at the old Alex Box Stadium. "That was a great experience for our program and this school. We know how great baseball is at LSU and the tradition that they have."

UNC Wilmington will get a shot to take on the Tigers if the top two seeds in this weekend's Baton Rouge Regional win their opening round games. UNC Wilmington will battle Tulane at 7PM in game two of the Baton Rouge Regional on Friday Night. Tulane beat the Seahawks earlier this season 8-4 back on March 31 in North Carolina.

#4 Lehigh

Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
School Colors: Brown and White
Conference: Patriot League
Mascot: Mountain Hawks
Coach: Sean Leary
Season Record: 25-29


The top seeded LSU Tigers will take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the first game Friday at 3PM. "We just have to do what we do well. We play small ball and we are going to have to play as good as we have against LSU," said Lehigh Coach Sean Leary. He had nothing but praise and great things to say about the LSU Tigers. "The more you look at them the better they look. There aren't any weak spots on their team and they are a great program."

Lehigh enters the NCAA Tournament on a two game losing streak.
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Deke: Deuce loves Saints running back core

The all-time leading rusher in the history of the New Orleans Saints dropped by for a chat on SportsTalk with Bobby Hebert and yours truly, Deke Bellavia. The great Deuce McAllister gave his take on the Saints off-season, being a one thousand yard rusher and the current group of Saints running backs.

"I love the corps that we have," said McAllister. "If those guys are healthy, they can be a dangerous group." Deuce likened the Saints current running back duo of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller to himself and Reggie Bush back in 2006, when that Saints tandem was formed.
Deuce said when it comes to rushing the football on a game by game basis there is a magic number the Saints should strive for. "When you can get to 30 rushing attempts as a group, then you're talking about having a better chance to win games."

So is rushing for one thousand yards as big a deal as it once used to be in the NFL? "1,000 is the old bench mark," proclaimed Deuce. "When you get to rushing 1,300 yards in a season, now you're talking about being an elite running back in the NFL. And when you can put up 2,000 all-purpose yards, then you're talking about best of the best," said the two-time Pro Bowler.

I (Deke) asked Deuce about the 2006 off-season in which the Saints had major changes to deal with. A new head coach, the top free agent QB, Drew Brees, was signed, and the Saints had the second overall pick in the 2006 Draft. So what does Deuce remember most about the 2006 off-season?

"I was fighting for my job. I was coming off an injury; Coach Payton was a new coach in his first year and I knew I had to show and prove that I deserved to be a part of that team," recalled Deuce. McAllister also admitted he felt more pressure to do well going into the 2006 season after the Saints drafted RB Reggie Bush with the #2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

To listen to Bobby and Deke's entire interview with Deuce McAllsier please click HERE.
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Keenan Lewis: "This is one of the best Saints groups"

Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis has become one of the Saints top players since arriving prior to the 2013 season. He now enters his seventh season in the National Football League and Lewis is excited about what he sees.

"I think this is the best group of DB's (defensive backs) I've been around. We've got a lot of depth, good leaders and some young guys that can come in and compete. I'm looking forward to working with these guys."

Lewis visited with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia on SportsTalk Tuesday. Lewis and the Black & Gold began OTA's (Organized Team Activities) this week. It's the first time this off-season that the entire Saints team hit the field. Keenan stressed that now's the time for the Black & Gold to begin to grow and develop into a solid team. "I think it's very important for us to work hard and bond to come together and become a better team. This off season work is very important," said #21.

Bobby asked Keenan about the Saints new veteran defensive back Brandon Browner. "He's a guy that took me under his wing when I was a freshman (Oregon State) in college. When you've got a guy like Brandon (Browner) he can do so many things on and off the field to help the younger players know what it takes to be successful in the NFL," Lewis said.

Keenan also promoted his football camp that takes place this weekend at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. Lewis says giving back to the city he loves means a lot to him. "I always wanted to be known as that guy who gives back to his community. That's why I try and get out and be a part of the community as much as possible and show people I do care."

For more information on the Keenan Lewis Camp visit www.keenanlewis21.com. And to listen to Bobby and Deke's entire interview with Lewis click below.

FULL AUDIO: Bobby and Deke talk to Saints CB Keenan Lewis
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Mainieri: "It's a whole new season now"

Although his Tigers did not reach their goal of winning the SEC Tournament their third straight year, Coach Paul Mainieri likes where his LSU Tigers are entering the post season. "I like the way our team competed. I'm disappointed that we lost. But I like the way we played."

The Tigers fell to Florida 2-1 on Saturday in the SEC Tournament Semi-finals. Now the Tigers move on to regional play. The #2 national seeded LSU Tigers will open NCAA post season play this weekend hosting the Baton Rouge Regional. LSU is the #1 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional and will play host to #4 Lehigh. The Baton Rouge Regional once again has a lot of Louisiana flavor as the Tulane Green Wave earned the #3 seed in the regional and the Wave will take on #2 UNC Wilmington.

"It's a fun time of year. LSU fans look forward to regional play at the Box, the players are excited to be home hosting the regional again and there are four very good teams competing. It's going to be a lot of fun," said Mainieri.

The Tigers will open tournament play Friday at Alex Box Stadium with first pitch set for 3PM right here on the home of the Tigers, WWL Radio. The winner of the Baton Rouge Regional will take on the winner of the Houston Regional in next weekend's Super Regional action. Teams competing in the Houston Regional include host Houston, Rice, Louisiana Lafayette and Houston Baptist.

Coach Mainieri and the Tigers earned the #2 overall national seed marking the fourth straight year in which the Bayou Bengals are a national seed. "No other team in the country can say that. I think being the only school in the nation that has been a national seed for four straight seasons is something to be proud of. It demonstrates consistency and now we've got to go out and get the job done. We've got a lot of work to do."

Coach Mainieri said that over the years he has tweaked the way he prepares his team during regional play and that the team is currently preparing to open the post season against Lehigh. I don't think we will play any tougher teams than we've seen in our league all season long. We've got to play well and take things one game at a time. It's a whole new season now."

To listen to Bobby and Deke's entire interview with LSU Coach Paul Mainieri click below.

FULL AUDIO: Bobby and Deke talk to Paul Mainieri ahead of Baton Rouge Regional

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Saints sign OL Mike McGlynn

The New Orleans Saints signed veteran Offensive Lineman Mike McGlynn Wednesday. McGlynn played seven seasons in the NFL. Last season McGlynn was with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In his career the veteran lineman started in 71 games including 13 games last season with the K.C. Chiefs. Taken in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft, McGlynn was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

McGlynn spent time with the Eagles, Bengals, Colts, Redskins and Chiefs. Saints sideline reporter Kristian Garic notes, "This is another depth move by the Saints. Look at it as insurance, to a position that is already up for grabs during training camp. Offensive guards Tim Lelito & Sieno Kalemente will be the primary players competing for time at left guard."

The Saints also parted ways with Wide Receiver Andy Tanner.
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Drew Brees: Young players have opportunity to contribute right away

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia on SportsTalk. Drew talked first about his belief in New Orleans and our region reflected in the big investment he and his wife Brittany just made by partnering with a local company, Walk-On's. "It's another way we can invest back in Louisiana. I'm excited about this new opportunity to partner with Walk-On's. I think it's such a great fit for us (Brees Family) and Walk-On's," said Brees.

Bobby asked Drew about the team drafting quarterback Garrett Grayson. "So much about playing the QB position is about getting rid of the football quickly and going to the right places and he did that during the rookie camp. Garrett fits in great in the QB room. I think Garret is a nice addition to the team," said Brees.

So how critical is the off season work the Saints put in right now to returning to the playoffs? "You can start building a foundation in the off season. I can't remember at any time that there have been this many positions open and how the younger guys can come in and really have some great opportunities to come in and contribute right away."

Bobby and Deke talked to Drew about expectations and what he hopes to see this year at OTA's, Mini Camp and Training Camp. Brees assessed the Saints rookie class, also how the team needs to advance to be post-season contenders. You can listen to the entire interview with Drew Brees by clicking below.

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Sean Payton: "This camp is further along than other rookie camps"

New Orleans Saints' Coach Sean Payton addressed the media Saturday as his rookie class wrapped up their second day of rookie mini-camp. Coach Payton was asked a variety of questions ranging from how the practices have been, to the firing of Monty Williams, to the situation with the New England Patriots.

Payton is holding his 10th rookie mini-camp with his first being back in 2006 months after he was hired to rebuild the Black and Gold Franchise. Payton said that this camp may be the best one yet. "This camp is further along then other rookie camps we've had in the past," Payton said. "I'm impressed."

READ MORE: Saints rookies impress at mini-camp

The Saints were able to land two first round picks in last month's 2015 NFL Draft, including defensive standout Stephone Anthony with the 31st pick in round one. Coach Payton said there were many things that he and his staff were sold on when it came to drafting the former Clemson Tiger.

"His ability to communicate is one," Payton said. "He comes from the #1 defense in the nation. He's very mature, he's a good communicator. All of those things were huge plusses," Payton said when asked about his second first round pick.

Coach Payton was also asked how rookie QB, and third round draft pick, Garrett Grayson has done thus far. Said Payton, "He's a quick decision maker. He's been sharp. He's a quick study and very accurate."

READ MORE: Saints feel they've found new gunslinger in Grayson

Two notable names that are tryout players include two former draft picks in Wide Receiver Josh Morgan and Defensive End Da-Quan Bowers. Morgan spent time in the league with the 49ers, Redskins and played last season with the Chicago Bears.

Bowers was once hailed as the nation's best Defensive End while at Clemson. He was a second round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2011 but has never been able to stay healthy and underachieved his draft position.

When asked about the penalties handed down recently against the New England Patriots, Payton replied, "I knew that question was coming. Look, our focus is on our team. We've got enough problems of our own and that's our focus."

As for the the firing of Pelicans Coach Monty Williams..."I shot him a text," Payton said. "It's hard to see that, but it's part of our profession."

This weekend's Rookie Mini-Camp features the Saints Draft Class of 2015, 13 undrafted Free Agents and tryout players that were invited to participate in the camp.

The Saints will wrap up their three day rookie mini-camp tomorrow with OTA's and mini-camp coming in the next several weeks.
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Bobby on rookie minicamp: "Saints need impact players"

The Saints will hold their annual Rookie Mini-Camp this weekend at their facility on Airline Drive. The Black and Gold welcome in eight draft picks, 13 undrafted free agents and many tryout players will partake in the club's three day camp.

"We need this draft class to make an impact right away," said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert. Bobby points back to the Saints 2006 draft class, which was the first under then first year head coach Sean Payton. "That class was not only able to come in and make an impact, but the 2006 class eventually helped the Saints win the Super Bowl." Reggie Bush, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief and Marques Colston all became starters for the Saints with Colston, Evans and Strief all still with the team as starters on offense.

"We need this class to see some of the players be with the team for a long time. If we could have a few players become starters and remain with the club for five years or so that would be a successful draft class in my eyes."

Bobby said that he thinks defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be looking to see which players can come in and help right away. "The defense needs a lot of help and I expect a lot of competition across the board. The time has come where it does not matter how a player got here. It's now all about who can come in and make plays."


You can keep up with the Saints Rookie Mini-Camp with coverage all weekend long on wwl.com. And be sure and join Kristian Garic and Deke Bellavia Saturday from 3-6:30PM on WWL Radio with a special Saints Rookie Mini-Camp Edition of Sports Talk.
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Deke: Monty Williams is out, so who is in for Pelicans?

To be honest with you, all I'm doing here is guessing. Now, my guesses may have a little more validity and make a little more sense than others, but I can assure you I have no inside information and this is all coming from doing a little research on the web, listening to national NBA Radio and watching a little sports TV.

So now that the New Orleans Pelicans are in search of a new head coach, who are some of the likely candidates to replace Williams down in the Big Easy? I would say that the new coach will have far more pressure on him to win and win now than the franchise has ever placed on their head guy. The team is built pretty solid from top to bottom, and keep in mind that the architect of the current roster, GM Dell Demps, is the same man that pulled the trigger and made a statement by firing his former coach in Monty Williams.

To me, the message sent by Dell Demps is that just enough is not enough. Injuries are not an excuse - they are something you have to overcome. And Dell is saying that he put together a good roster and he wants better results from his hand-built club.

With that said, some of the names that seem to be popping up often in the sports world as the possible next head coach of the Pelicans include Mark Jackson, Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau and Mike D'Antoni.

Jackson is the former Golden State Warriors Coach that was let go despite taking his team to the playoffs in each of his last two seasons with Golden State. So why is Jackson not coaching? Good question, and the only answer that seems to be surfacing is that Jackson did not see eye to eye with members of the Warriors upper management.

Scott Brooks is three years removed from leading his team to the NBA Finals. Once the best up and coming team in the NBA, Brooks seemed to be setting on easy street as the head man of the Oklahoma City Thunder. But then the loss of James Harden, worse-than-expected playoff results and no post-season in 2015 led to Brooks being fired.

Tom Thibodeau is a coach that has a solid resume, having led Chicago to the East Finals several years back, and right now his Bulls are deadlocked in a 2-2 series battle in the Eastern Conference with the Cleveland Cavilers. There are rumors that anything less than a trip to the NBA Finals means Tom is out in Chicago. Why? Well folks, that's life in the NBA. And star guard Derrick Rose may not be happy with Thibodeau.

Hearing Mike D'Antoni's name kind of surprises me. D'Antoni is a proven coach in the league, but his last two stops in New York and Los Angeles with the Lakers ended poorly.

Lastly, I would also keep an eye out for Jeff Van Gundy, Nate McMillan and Anthony Davis' former college coach in UK head man John Calipari.

There will be no shortage of top coaches that want to come to New Orleans and coach the best young player in the NBA. New Orleans is a team that is already built to contend and needs a little something more - that something more is in the form of a new head coach.
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Bobby: "I am surprised" by Monty Williams firing

After his team earned the 8th seed in the NBA playoffs and was swept by the league's best team in the first round of the playoffs, Coach Monty Williams said he thought the 2014-2015 NBA Season was a great success. Obviously the higher ups in the Pelicans organization saw things in a different light.

Earlier today Monty Williams was fired and is no longer coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans won 45 games during the regular season which was an 11 game improvement in wins from the previous season.

Williams just finished up his fifth season as head coach of the Pelicans leading the team to the playoffs for the second time in his tenure and first since 2011. Williams has compiled a record of 173-231 with a post season mark of 2-8 in two playoff series losses to the Lakers in 2011 and this season to the Golden State Warriors. Williams had one year left on his current contract.

I thought all along that if the Pelicans were going to go in a different direction with a new coach that they needed to have a coach already in their sights. I was not in favor of getting rid of Monty just for the sake of getting rid of him.

One has to wonder if the Pelicans already know who their next coach is going to be. And one would also think that coaches would be lining up to coach a player like MVP candidate Anthony Davis. Davis said after the season how much he loved Monty Williams and how much he enjoyed playing for him. I can't imagine the franchise upsetting the franchise, if you get my drift!

Williams was a coach that the players seemingly enjoyed playing for, but his inability to be consistent in scheme and game plan was something that kept the team from being better than they were. "I was surprised when I found out," Bobby said. "I think they have to have someone in mind to be the next coach."

"I think that the Dell Demps thinks that Monty Williams did not do enough with the players he had. He's had five years here in New Orleans. The team did overcome a lot of injuries and they did get to the playoffs, but they got swept and had one of the most embarrassing losses in playoff history," said the Cajun Cannon.

So what does the news about Williams no longer being with the team do to the face of the franchise? "I don't know what Davis is thinking right now. I think that Anthony knows what's going on and he's being informed of things that are being done," Bobby said.

Hours after the Pelicans were swept by the Golden State Warriors, the Pelicans sent a clear message to Davis by offering him the max deal to remain with the team long term. Davis has one year left under his current rookie contract he signed back in 2012 after he was drafted #1 overall by the Pelicans.

Be sure and tune in to Sports Talk today at 4PM for the latest on the firing of Coach Monty Williams.
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Bobby: "I am surprised" by Monty Williams firing

After his team earned the 8th seed in the NBA playoffs and was swept by the league's best team in the first round of the playoffs, Coach Monty Williams said he thought the 2014-2015 NBA Season was a great success. Obviously the higher ups in the Pelicans organization saw things in a different light.

Earlier today Monty Williams was fired and is no longer coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans won 45 games during the regular season which was an 11 game improvement in wins from the previous season.

Williams just finished up his fifth season as head coach of the Pelicans leading the team to the playoffs for the second time in his tenure and first since 2011. Williams has compiled a record of 173-231 with a post season mark of 2-8 in two playoff series losses to the Lakers in 2011 and this season to the Golden State Warriors. Williams had one year left on his current contract.

I thought all along that if the Pelicans were going to go in a different direction with a new coach that they needed to have a coach already in their sights. I was not in favor of getting rid of Monty just for the sake of getting rid of him.

One has to wonder if the Pelicans already know who their next coach is going to be. And one would also think that coaches would be lining up to coach a player like MVP candidate Anthony Davis. Davis said after the season how much he loved Monty Williams and how much he enjoyed playing for him. I can't imagine the franchise upsetting the franchise, if you get my drift!

Williams was a coach that the players seemingly enjoyed playing for, but his inability to be consistent in scheme and game plan was something that kept the team from being better than they were. "I was surprised when I found out," Bobby said. "I think they have to have someone in mind to be the next coach."

"I think that the Dell Demps thinks that Monty Williams did not do enough with the players he had. He's had five years here in New Orleans. The team did overcome a lot of injuries and they did get to the playoffs, but they got swept and had one of the most embarrassing losses in playoff history," said the Cajun Cannon.

So what does the news about Williams no longer being with the team do to the face of the franchise? "I don't know what Davis is thinking right now. I think that Anthony knows what's going on and he's being informed of things that are being done," Bobby said.

Hours after the Pelicans were swept by the Golden State Warriors, the Pelicans sent a clear message to Davis by offering him the max deal to remain with the team long term. Davis has one year left under his current rookie contract he signed back in 2012 after he was drafted #1 overall by the Pelicans.

Be sure and tune in to Sports Talk today at 4PM for the latest on the firing of Coach Monty Williams.
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Mainieri: We are focused on UNO

The LSU Tigers have won 43 of 51 games with four left in the regular season. This season, the Tigers have had their fair share of come-from-behind wins, including Sunday's 6-5 win over Missouri. LSU has trailed in eight of their last nine SEC Games winning six of those nine in that stretch.

"I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing," Coach Mainieri laughed off. "We've been able to come from behind in a lot of games this season. We fell behind 0-3 against Missouri and the team fought back and we were able to win." The #1 ranked Tigers have four games this week with a mid-week game against UNO. And then the Tigers hit the road for their final SEC regular season series as they travel to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.

LSU is coming off a three game sweep over Missouri. The Tigers have upped their record to 43-8 overall and LSU is 19-7 in SEC play. LSU can lock up the SEC West title with one win in their last three. And the Tigers can secure the outright SEC regular season title with two wins against the Gamecocks.

"It's not going to be easy. South Carolina has great tradition and great history and it's going to be a challenge for our team. But I can tell you this team is focused on UNO right now and that's the most important thing to us is facing UNO," Coach said.

Coach Paul Mainieri knows his Tigers will get the best shot from UNO. "Ron Masetri is a winner. He's the greatest winner I know. UNO has had a tough year but we know that they are going to come out and challenge us and our team understands that."

Prior to the Tigers first game against Missouri last weekend, LSU learned that starting second baseman Jared Foster was ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the season. "It was kind of a surprise to all of us. Jared has always been a great student. His loss was a blow to all of us." Coach Mainieri said that the Tigers will have to play on without Foster for the rest of the season and that he and the team will do what it takes to continue to play well despite the loss of one of their top players.

To listen to Bobby and Deke's full interview with LSU Coach Paul Mainieri just click below.

LISTEN: Coach Mainieri previews UNO matchup with Bobby and Deke
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Bobby and Deke on Brady: I think the suspension is fair

The Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia gave their thoughts on the breaking news about the New England Patriots and Quarterback Tom Brady. "I think four games are reasonable. Not having one of the games best QB's is significant. You can't mess with the air in the football. Now they might change the rules moving forward. But right now it's breaking the rule and that's what Tom Brady and the Patriots did."

The NFL took two draft picks (1st round 2016) and (4th round 2017) from the Patriots and the team was fined one million dollars. Bobby thinks that the Patriots loss of Tom Brady could have an impact on the Patriots season that could last for a while. "You just don't know. Sometimes just one game is crucial when it comes down to home field, weather or not you win you're division all of those things come into play."

If there is one franchise that can handle this situation it is the New England Patriots. New England faced a similar QB issue back in 2008 when Tom Brady was lost for the season with an injury in the first week. The Patriots went on to win 11 games with back-up quarterback Matt Cassel.

"It is going to be a challenge for New England. There first four games are challenging opening with the Steelers and then the take on Buffalo, Jacksonville and Dallas. Those are three tough games of the four that Tom Brady will miss."

I (Deke) think that the penalties and fines that the league has handed down are fair. I'm interested to see what type of appeals is made and if the league decides to reduce the four game suspension it has imposed on Brady. I think the four games are fair, if the league would reduce those games to me that would not be fair.
So will people look at Tom Brady in a different light? Are the Super Bowls that Brady has won now in question? Is this past seasons Super Bowl win now tainted? The Cajun Cannon sounds off.

"The golden boy is not that Golden anymore. I'm not saying to take away what Tom Brady has done on the field. But I can tell you that anytime what he has won is mentioned people will think about these deflated footballs," said Hebert.
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Mainieri: Games only get bigger

There are only two SEC series left and the #1 ranked LSU Tigers are playing as well as they have all season long.

"We've 40 out of 48 games and anytime you do that it speaks for itself," said LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri. "We just have to keep playing well."

Mainieri and his Fighting Tigers will entertain the Missouri Tigers this weekend in a key SEC baseball series. LSU is 40-8-1 overall this season with a 16-7 mark in SEC play. LSU opens the three-game series vs. Mizzou Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

"Missouri has had a really solid program for many years. Missouri has put a lot of great players in major league baseball," said Mainieri of their opponent. "Missouri has beaten some really good teams and they are pitching well right now."

Coach said that his players know what the expectations are at LSU: "When you put on that LSU Jersey you're expected to go out and win and win big. We've got only six games remaining and the goal is in our grasp and there is no margin for error if you want to be champion."

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Bobby: Saints missed out big time not taking La'El Collins

That big vein on the left side of his neck gets puffy when he's fired up. And on "Sports Talk" today, the Cajun Cannon was on fire, "Man, if the Saints didn't do everything they could to get Collins then that's sad. That's not good football decision making!"

Former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins has signed to play with the Dallas Cowboys. "Dallas already had arguably the best offensive line in the NFL. And now with Collins they are loaded up front for a long time. Man, this is frustrating."

READ MORE: Dallas signs La'el Collins


It is not known if the Saints pursued Collins, but on Thursday afternoon he inked a contract with Dallas. All NFL teams could offer the same contract, which was three years and a little over $1.6 million dollars. Going back and looking at what Coach Payton and Mickey Loomis said after the draft, the Saints viewed Collins to play more at the guard position than what he Collins wants to play, which is offensive tackle. "I don't care where he's projected to play! A guy like that you got to get on the field! He's a dominant player and the Saints needed a guy like that on their line," the Cajun Cannon continued.

Last Friday, after the second day of the draft, Saints Coach Sean Payton was asked if he would consider taking La'el Collins in the seventh round. "I don't know, with what we know, how to answer your question fairly," he said. "I think it's a good question; I don't know that we would consider that right now until we had more clarity. It seems like there's a rush for everyone, and one of the things I said this morning is that we are right down the road, so are we able to get some information that other teams don't have yet? I haven't gotten that information yet to answer that as a yes."


Bobby said that had New Orleans been able to land Collins, it would have solved a lot of problems moving forward: "We've got an older guard in Jahri Evans and an older tackle in Zach Strief. Collins can play either of those spots and he would have been able to help us right away. Collins could have started for us. I just think the Saints missed out here!"

Did the Saints go after Collins? Did Collins just decide that Dallas was the best fit for him? Or perhaps the Saints felt like Collins was a guard and they are already set on their current players? We may never know the answer to those questions. But what we do know is that the Dallas Cowboys, a playoff team from last season, just landed perhaps the best college football lineman out there - and he joins a team that looks like Super Bowl caliber!

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Bobby: NFL should suspend Tom Brady

They have been the model franchise for the most powerful league in all of professional sports, but once again the New England Patriots are under fire. Today an investigation commissioned by the National Football League found that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs used in the NFL's 2015 American League Championship game.

According to the 243-page report, the game balls used in the New England-versus-Indianapolis AFC title game were intentionally underinflated, and that New England Quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violation.
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If anyone can give a valid take on the use of footballs it is a former quarterback. Having played over 14 years of professional football in the USFL and the NFL, Bobby Hebert said that he always examined the balls he would be using in every game he played. "Listen, every quarterback knows about the footballs. Quarterbacks like to see and feel the condition of the football, they want to use a ball that they feel comfortable with throwing, and the ball is easier to throw when there is less air in it," said Bobby.

The NFL released a statement saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent would discuss what type of penalty would be levied. It was not stated when the penalty would be given.


"As the quarterback, how could you not know about the footballs? I don't think there are many coaches that pay attention to how the quarterback checks over the balls before the game. I know many coaches that didn't," Bobby said. He explained that the league likes to use new footballs, and the newer the ball, the more difficult it is to get a handle on. "Those new balls have a slick film on them and they are harder to grip than a ball that has been used. A little less air in the ball does make it better on the QB." According to the investigation that was released earlier today, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and Head Coach Bill Belichick did not know anything about the deflating of the footballs.

So what will the mighty NFL do now? This is the second time in the last several seasons that a championship-winning franchise has been caught wrongdoing. And as many of us all full well know, the New England Patriots have somewhat of a past when it comes to breaking the rules.

Bobby says Brady should be punished. "I says suspend him Brady for a game or two. I don't think that Coach Belichick new anything - but the Patriots organization should be fined and even maybe lose draft picks."

Will the league take into account the prior inapproiate behavior and violations that the Patriots have committed? Or will Mr. Goodell penalize New England strictly on this one violation? And what about Mr. Tom Brady? What of the honest smile, charming, handsome looks and soft-spoken replies that Tom gave at his press conference denying any knowing or involvement in the deflating of the footballs? How well does that go over, that the face of the NFL basically lied or did not tell the truth when questioned by the media about all of this?

Man, the off-season topics seemingly get better and better each year don't they?

And for those of you out there comparing other violations that teams have been involved with and what the league's action was, here is a brief rundown of what Commissioner Goodell and the NFL handed down on the New Orleans Saints in 2012 for their role in what is known as "bountygate."

- Saints General Manager/Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis was suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 regular season.
- Saints Head Coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season.
- Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, and was banned from the league until after the entire 2012 season was completed
- Saints Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt was suspended for the first six games of the 2012 regular season. Coach Vitt was allowed to coach the Saints during the off-season as well as through the entire pre-season, with his suspension beginning the first week of the 2012 regular season
- The Saints were fined the maximum amount of $500,000 and the team was stripped of their 2012 and 2013 second round draft picks.

Furthermore, the NFL handed down the following penalties to players for their involvement.

- Saints Linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 season.
- Former Saints defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove was suspended for eight games.
- Saints Defensive End Will Smith was suspended for four games.
- Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita (played the 2012 season with Cleveland) was suspended for three games.
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