News for Thursday January 16th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who helped revolutionize the team’s offense, has reportedly agreed to become the next offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says the move makes sense for the 30-year-old. LSU set an FBS record with 726 points scored during the national championship season.
LSU Athletics releases a statement concerning the cash being handed out to players in the post-game celebration by Odell Beckham Jr. Initial information suggested that the bills were not real money. Joe Burrow told Barstool sports that Beckham was handing out legit cash to players after the national championship game. LSU says upon further review, it is apparent that real cash may have also been given to student-athletes. LSU says they are working with the NCAA and the SEC and student-athletes in order to rectify the situation.
The LSU Tigers are headed to the White House following their National Championship win on Monday. The team is scheduled to meet with President Trump Friday in Washington, DC. The president was in attendance for the game on Monday when the Tigers took on Clemson. He was greeted with cheers from the crowd.
Former New Orleans Saints player and ALS advocate Steve Gleason receives the Congressional Gold Medal, becoming one of only 163 people to every receive the honor. Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011 and in the time since has helped over 15,000 people also dealing with the crippling disease with his charity Team Gleason. Gleason’s efforts have helped establish a database for thousands of ALS patients worldwide for researchers to access in an effort to combat the disease. Former teammate Drew Brees also spoke at the presentation.
KALB reports a recent Louisiana Legislative Auditor report found that a Village of Anacoco employee allegedly stole $71,205 of village funds over the past year.
The unnamed former employee allegedly took several payroll checks that exceeded their salary. They also allegedly made personal charges on the village's credit card and took cash that was received at the village office. According to the State Police there is currently no open investigation in the case.
Former prosecutor Jermaine Harris has announced his candidacy for District Attorney in Rapides Parish in the fall election. Harris, who graduated from Peabody, served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office from 2015-2017.
Governor Edwards touched on the contentious election for Speaker and the resignation of Superintendent of Education John White in his first Monthly Talkshow since inauguration. Republican Speaker Clay Schexnayder’s win is considered a victory for Governor Edwards in the House. He says they won’t always agree, but he knows at least the Speaker will listen. On the matter of the departing Superintendent of Ed John White, Edwards wasn’t heartbroken at his departure. But he did thank White for his eight years of service. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet today to discuss selecting a new Superintendent.
The US House of Representatives votes to send two articles of impeachment to the Senate, a month after voting to impeach President Trump. Senator John Kennedy slammed the House impeachment process, saying the Upper Chamber will be fairer to the President. The impeachment links back to allegations that the President attempted to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens in exchange for military aid.
The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans have each named UL Lafayette as their official higher education partner. UL Lafayette spokesperson Eric Maron says the three-year collaborations will give students and recent grads access to internships, practical career experience, and networking opportunities. The Saints and Pelicans will also fund two annual scholarships for qualifying students.
University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno has told the University of Louisiana System that he plans to retire by June 30th. Bruno has led ULM since 2010. During that time higher education saw cuts in state funding, despite that challenge Bruno was able to bring a medical school to campus.
Authorities report a third person has died in Bossier Parish from early Saturday morning E-F 2 tornado that knocked down trees and damaged homes in the Haughton area. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says 87-year-old Ira Jefferson was hospitalized with injuries from the tornado and passed away Tuesday night. Jefferson was an Army veteran and lived next door to an elderly couple who also died.
Fanatics runs the official LSU e-commerce store, and global co-president Jack Boyle says the Purple and Gold title has fueled their largest selling NCAA championship period ever. Of course, championship T-shirts and hats are always the top sellers, but Boyle says this year the popularity of the team’s beloved head coach has created a never before seen market for new products…
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has begun an I-10 widening and improvement project in Calcasieu Parish. DOTD spokesperson Tammy York says the initial phase will see alternating lane closures with many of which will happen at night. The project is expected to wrap up in the summer of 2021.
Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin says the plan is for Zion Williamson to make his NBA debut January 22nd when the team hosts San Antonio. Williamson had surgery on October 21st on his right knee and did not participate in full-court, five-on-five practices until January 7th. Griffin says they’ve been encouraged by what they’ve seen at practice. Griffin says Williamson will not be on a minutes restriction, instead playing time will be determined by how Zion looks when on the court.
Saints guard Larry Warford has been added to the N-F-C Pro Bowl squad, giving the Black and Gold a franchise record 10 players at the pro bowl. And Saints fullback Zach Line has announced his retirement, ending a seven-year career. Line played in 12 games this past season but missed the last four and the playoff game because of a knee injury.