HOOVER, Ala. — Discussion of protests in Baton Rouge over the shooting death of Alton Sterling is sweeping the nation. That includes the Southeastern Conference office.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey made a phone call to LSU President F. King Alexander last week to discuss the events in Louisiana’s capital city, the commissioner said Monday, the first day of SEC media days.
“Had a good conversation,” Sankey told The Advocate. “He’s a leader who is attentive to the issues and has been engaged and will be engaged in the community.”
Following a peaceful march Sunday afternoon from a church to the State Capitol, police, dres…
Sankey said he’s monitoring the situation in Baton Rouge, where more than 150 people have been arrested over the past few days while protesting the shooting death of Sterling. Sankey declined when asked about specifics of his discussion with Alexander but said the president “talked about his activity locally, activity on campus.”
In his opening statements at SEC media days, Sankey addressed the protests, not specific to Baton Rouge.
“This is one of those times in our nation where we weep, we mourn, for those families and cities who have experienced loss,” he said.
Six years for former Tiger
Trey Lealaimatafao is heading to jail.
The former LSU football player pleaded no contest Friday to felony charges and was sentenced to six years in prison, MyNewsLA.com reported. Lealaimatafao, 19, entered his plea to a pair of second-degree robbery counts and one carjacking count.
The Texas native never played a down for LSU, finding off-the-field trouble three times during his freshman season of 2014. He punched through a window in the team’s weight room and was arrested twice: after allegedly stealing a bicycle outside of LSU’s Middleton Library and for simple battery and simple robbery.
Baton Rouge police on Monday posted officers near the city’s interstate system and most majo…
The latter led to his dismissal from the program last June. He transferred to Arizona Western, a junior college, before he and a former Southern California football player were arrested in January for a string of robberies around the Los Angeles area.
Ex-Trojan Bryce Dixon had previously pleaded no contest to the same charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.
SEC Network takeover
The SEC Network has set its “takeover” dates for later this month, with LSU’s day set for July 21.
Each summer, the network gives virtually an entire day of programming to each of the SEC’s 14 schools. LSU’s takeover date will include re-airing of games such as LSU’s 2004 Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma for the BCS title, its 2008 BCS championship game victory over Ohio State and the 1990 LSU-Loyola Marymount basketball game.
Add Florida coach Jim McElwain to the list of people who praised the Saturday night atmosphere in Tiger Stadium.
“That atmosphere was something special,” he said. “It was tough running out of that tunnel.”
McElwain’s Gators lost a thrilling 35-28 contest to LSU on Oct. 17. The teams meet this season Oct. 8 in Gainesville.
White, Adams on watch list
LSU defensive backs Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams landed on more award watch lists Monday.
White and Adams are on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, an award that’s presented each season to the best defensive back in college football. Adams is on four watch lists, including the Nagurski, Lott and Bednarik. White is on the Nagurski and Bednarik, too.