Kudos to LSU.
To me, the Tigers scored big by establishing the Brossette Family Fund to help the family of LSU signee and University High running back Nick Brossette with family expenses.
The unexpected death of Brossette’s older brother Mendel Esnault over the weekend has devastated many, including the family and Esnault’s friends/former coaches.
Esnault assumed the role of a family breadwinner at a young age after he starred at Redemptorist as a linebacker/safety. Those responsibilities increased when Brossette’s mother, Rita, began battling breast cancer.
Rita Brossette is currently undergoing cancer treatment and is unable to work. Esnault leaves behind two small children. Brossette also has a younger brother.
Cynics may question the ethics of it, but Brossette is now an LSU signee who will enroll in a matter of weeks after graduating from U-High. I see this as LSU reaching out to help one of its own.
The link to the fund on lsusports.net explains that under NCAA rules, LSU is permitted to accept financial gifts and manage an account to assist the Brossette family. Those interested in assisting Brossette and his family can make contributions to the Tiger Athletic Foundation by going to www.lsutaf.org.
The website also notes that all contributions of any kind must go through this fund, in accordance with NCAA rules. Donors need to be aware that financial contributions to this fund are not tax deductible and not eligible for LSU Priority Points.
Another Fab Four?
The LSU men’s basketball program remains in the mix to sign guard Malik Newman of Mississippi-based Callaway High. Word leaked out earlier today that Newman will announce his college choice at noon Friday.
Kentucky also is part of the group of finalists for Newman. One might figure that signing Madison Prep guard Brandon Sampson on Monday was an indication that Newman is looking elsewhere.
I’m not so sure. During part of Monday’s press conference following Sampson’s signing, MPA coach Jeff Jones made an off-hand reference to a possible Fab Four.
So let’s count – No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, No. 14 recruit Antonio Blakeney and Sampson, who is rated No. 39, make three. Newman, the nation’s No. 10 recruit according to ESPN, would be four.
Sampson admitted that Simmons and Blakeney impacted his decision. Makes you wonder if the LSU-bound trio is now talking to Newman.
Twitter, twitter big stars
Speaking of Sampson, St. John’s fans made a Twitter-based plea to get the Madison Prep guard to reconsider his decision to decommit from the Red Storm. Sampson’s Twitter feed received a number of messages in a short period of time over the weekend.
Ultimately, it didn’t work. But you have to wonder what the NCAA is thinking. Remember, the NCAA monitors the contact athletes have with coaches, including the use of text messages.
The NCAA can monitor coaches, but a highly motivated fan base armed with Twitter accounts is another matter entirely. Food for thought, don’t you think?