HOOVER, Ala. — Late LSU football coach Bo Rein will be the subject of an “SEC Storied” documentary that will air Sept. 15 on the SEC Network.
Rein was hired in December 1979 to succeed Charles McClendon, but never coached a game. On Jan. 10, 1980, on his way back from a recruiting trip to Shreveport, Rein’s private plane bound for Baton Rouge veered wildly off course and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia.
Another documentary to air Sept. 1 will chronicle former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel and his work to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
The SEC Network will also premier a new series called “SEC Inside,” which each week will feature a game from pregame through postgame with previously unaired video and audio.
Alexander, Beckwith on watch lists
LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander made the Lombardi Award watch list, and linebacker Kendell Beckwith landed on the Butkus Award watch lists, both released Tuesday.
The Lombardi Award is given to the nation’s best interior offensive lineman between the ends, and the Butkus Award is given to the nation’s best linebacker.
Alexander, a 6-foot-6, 320-pound senior from Georgia, is expected to play either right tackle of left guard this season. Alexander has started 34 games in his LSU career, playing left guard for the last two seasons and right tackle in 2012. He also made the watch list for the Outland Trophy, an award given annually to the nation’s best interior lineman on offense or defense.
Beckwith, a junior, surged into a starting job last season and finished the season as LSU’s most impactful defensive player. He was second on the team with 77 tackles and had 7.5 for loss. The Clinton native had an interception and recovered two fumbles.
Incoming LSU signee Toby Weathersby, a four-star prospect from Houston, is also on the Lombardi Award watch list. Weathersby is not necessarily expected to play immediately at LSU. Weathersby was the winner of the Houston Rotary Lombardi Award last season as a senior in high school, putting him on the collegiate watch list.
2016 game dates coming
SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack said the conference hopes to announce dates for 2016 conference games before the start of this season.
The SEC has set opponents through 2025 but has not released specific game dates.
LSU’s 2016 home games will be against Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Missouri. The Tigers’ road games will be at Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M.
This will be the first regular-season meeting between LSU and Missouri. Their only game was a 20-15 Mizzou win in the 1978 Liberty Bowl.
SEC coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw spoke Tuesday, going over rules changes that he outlined in May at the SEC Spring Meeting in Destin, Fla.
Among the biggest changes for 2015 are:
—Adding an eighth football official to all crews. The SEC experimented with one eight-man crew last season.
—Overbuilt face masks or players not properly wearing equipment properly (jersey tucked under pads, exposed back pad) will force players to leave the game for at least one play.
—When the 40-second clock runs below 25 seconds before the ball is ready to be snapped, the referee can signal for the play clock to be reset to 25. There will be no stoppage in play.
—Pushing or pulling a player off a pile will result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
—Instant replay may now be used to determine if a player on the receiving team on an onside kick is illegally blocked.