Username:

PW: (?)

Hobbs Here

Subscribe today and enjoy this section of our site and more!

See a sample story

Next Page
Scooter Hobbs Archive
4/17Tigers Must Conquer Road Woes At Ole Miss
 At some point, assuming it wishes to stay in the Southeastern Conference championship race, LSU is going to have to win some on the road this season. It hasn’t been easy. Not for the Tigers. Not for anybody in the SEC. “It’s crucial,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “Three of our last five SEC series are on the road.” LSU (28-9-1, 8-6-1 SEC) will have quite a challenge when it gets a head start on the weekend by traveling to Ole Miss (29-9, 9-6) for a series beginning with tonight’s nationally televised game on ESPNU.

Continue...

4/17Column: Tigers Will Have To Hit Their Way Through Jumbled SEC
 So here we are at the halfway mark of the Southeastern Conference baseball race, which means we’re almost halfway to that point where you start trying to remember, a week later, who was it, anyway, who won that thing. Honestly, does it matter? Not really, although there is a nice parting gift for the winner. Probably a chafing dish or something. But when it comes to SEC baseball, face it, it’s not really about who finishes FIRST in the league’s final standings. It’s about who’s the LAST man standing in postseason, presumably in Omaha, preferably with more memorable hardware. But what happens over the next five weeks in the SEC race surely matters. It will have a lot to do with sorting things out for the postseason where it really matters. Call it jockeying for position — earning the right to host a regional, a super regional, pave the road to Omaha.

Continue...

4/13Excuse Me, Tigers Get Polite Walk-Off Win Over Hogs
 BATON ROUGE — LSU had been pretty generous all afternoon. So it only made sense that the Tigers would come up with a game-winning hit that almost seemed designed not to offend the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks. “It doesn’t matter how,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. So Mark Laird, facing a two-out, 3-2 count, reached out and poked the most polite walk-off single you ever saw to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Razorbacks. Laird’s little flair nestled into no-man’s land down the third base line to easily score pinch-runner Jake Fraley for LSU’s seventh-straight win and clinch the SEC weekend series.

Continue...

4/13Column: LSU — Really — Plans To Get Tight Ends More Involved
 BATON ROUGE — By all accounts LSU football will welcome back an old but long-lost friend to the offense this fall. He looks vaguely familiar. A little bulky, perhaps, to be catching all those passes downfield. Still blocking, of course, but not necessarily as a full-time job. Could it be? OK, LSU has threatened this before, and the springtime, when most anything grand and glorious seems possible, is the usual spot for the annual big tease. But this time the Tigers say they really, really mean it. No kidding. Tight ends will be back in fashion.

Continue...

4/6Column: Yes, Sir, LSU Has A Real Quarterback Competition
 BATON ROUGE — LSU’s spring football game was long on oohs and short on aahs. You know the oooohs — oooh, ALMOST a great catch, just off the fingertips. And the rare aaaahs — ah, YEAH, that’s the way it’s done. Mostly the former. So there was basically a whole lot of teasing going on here in Tiger Stadium Saturday for this annual exhibition. Including the big tease. Apparently next year — with a new quarterback no matter which young shaver wins the job, and with a whole fleet of new receivers, many of whom aren’t even on campus yet — LSU apparently plans to throw as deep as possible on about every other play, if not more. Either this spring folly was Les Miles’ mid-life crisis or just more teasing with the long bomb before warming back up to ball-control and the comfortable toss sweep.

Continue...

4/6Spring Game Suggests Different Offense To Come
 BATON ROUGE — If LSU’s spring football game suggested anything Saturday, it’s that fullbacks and tight ends are suddenly back in fashion, the quarterback race might actually get interesting and the Tigers are waiting anxiously on the next freshmen crop of wide receivers. For the record the White team, which had more of the offensive starters while Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris alternated quarterbacking the two teams, won the game 42-14 to conclude LSU’s spring workouts. “I think the spring game went as it should have,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “It was a very productive day.”

Continue...

3/23Poche Wins Classic Battle Of Freshmen
 BATON ROUGE — LSU coach Paul Mainieri called it the “evolution of an SEC pitcher” right before his eyes. Probably two of them. But in a battle of true freshmen, LSU lefthander Jared Poche out-dueled Georgia’s Robert Tyler and the Tigers scratched out a 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs to clinch the weekend series. “Whew,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “Was that something?” Poche took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and came within an out of a finishing a complete-game 3-hitter. Not bad for a guy who said that his pregame warm-up made him think “It was going to be my worst outing ever. I couldn’t throw a strike.” Then came the evolution.

Continue...

3/19LSU Will Fight NIT History At San Francisco
 LSU basketball has never had much luck in the NIT, and the current Tigers haven’t fared very well on the road this season. So why bother with a trip to San Francisco? “It signifies we’re making some positive steps,” second-year coach Johnny Jones said. “We have underclassmen having an opportunity to continue playing into the postseason. We want to put our best foot forward.” So LSU (19-13) packed its bags for California, where they’ll face the San Francisco Dons (21-11) in the NIT’s opening round tonight at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. LSU is a No. 5 seed while San Francisco is a No. 4.

Continue...

3/19Column: Nothing Like An Easy Billion Dollars
 The other night I was lounging around, too lazy to reach for the TV clicker, so I was listening to one of those infomercial slick talkers explain how you — well, me, actually, apparently — could eventually make millions of dollars by doing ... nothing, best I could tell. I gathered that you needed to buy the book he was hawking — it was nice that he said he made no profit on it, just enough to cover printing and shipping — with some ridiculously easy steps that will surely make you slap yourself straight in the forehead for not thinking of them first.

Continue...

2/16Column: Don't Be Too Hasty To Slow The Game Down
 Whoa there, football coaches. Put your hands up, nice and slow, step away from the rule book, and let’s talk about this for a minute. It appears the old guard is trying to pull a slick one here in getting a new college game rule slipped in. They may even be right. But they’re moving too fast in their effort to slow the game down. If you missed it, the NCAA Rules Committee has proposed a change in the game whereas offenses will be required to wait until at least 10 seconds have ticked off the 40-second play clock before snapping the ball for play. The only exception would be the final two minutes of each half, when obviously sometimes you just don’t have that luxury. The irony is that offenses that snap the ball too quickly will be flagged for ... delay of game. So at least they have a sense of humor.

Continue...

2/7Column: Be Careful What You Promise In Recruiting
 Les Miles has a short memory, apparently never quite learns. There’s no stopping him. Does he not remember just about a month ago when he stood there like a lonely parent watching his offense and half his defensive line disappear before his very eyes. Did he not see them run away from school, lured away from the home and hearth of the Tiger family by the lure of the NFL carpetbaggers? Does he not remember the pain of watching them leave with full-blown eligibility remaining. No, he just reloads with glee — with that short memory flying off the handle.

Continue...

2/2Tigers Make Followup Statement With Big Win Over Hogs
 BATON ROUGE — Fans are suddenly starting to pay attention to Johnny Jones’ LSU basketball team. Spurred on by Tuesday’s upset of Kentucky — when most supporters couldn’t make it due to a winter storm — the biggest actual crowd since 2009 showed up Saturday to see if it was a fluke. The 10,925 curious weren’t disappointed. It wasn’t. LSU jumped on Arkansas early, didn’t quite deliver the knockout in the middle but answered the Razorbacks late for the Tigers’ second straight wire-to-wire victory, 88-74.

Continue...

1/31Column: LSU Must Still Build On Kentucky Win
 LSU basketball isn’t the necessity and fan staple that football is, of course. So while happy and encouraged by head coach Johnny Jones’ steady progress with the Tigers, the general feeling seems to be: “Wake me up when they get there.” Well, maybe that was the alarm going off Tuesday night when LSU jumped all over Kentucky and led wire-to-wire to beat the Wildcats 87-82. There’s your signature victory. LSU must have been doing something to suggest the big upset was possible. The Tigers sold well over 12,000 tickets in advance, even if only a little over half of them were able to brave the great ice storm to get to the arena.

Continue...

1/17Column: No Easy Answers For LSU's Early Defections
 It’s pretty obvious that LSU’s Les Miles is done with trying to force a smile while all but sitting by his lonesome on what is now being called National Staying Day. Pretty clever, whoever first came up with that name, and it’s become as important for college programs as the revered National Signing Day. Maybe more so. At least with the juniors’ and draft-eligible sophomores’ decisions, you’re dealing with well-known commodities rather than what you’ve heard on the Internet. At any rate, LSU does National Signing Day much better than National Staying Day. For the second straight year, the Tigers will lose more early entrees to the NFL draft than any other school in the nation.

Continue...

1/8Column: Auburn Answers For Ending Streak
 This SEC high tribunal will now come to order. Auburn, will you please face the judge and jury and would you horse-laughing Alabama fans please settle down and come to order? AUBURN: War Eagle! SEC: War Who!? Auburn, you have brought great shame and disgrace upon this proud (arrogant) conference. You must now answer for Florida State 34, Auburn 31. You must show true cause why you should not be excommunicated post haste from this proud (insufferable) conference. AU: We had a great season. Made it to the BCS championship game. Lots of thrills (unexplained miracles) along the way. SEC: Exactly, but you didn’t win it now, did you? Where’s the crystal, big boy? The SEC doesn’t just go to the BCS title game — that’s for the wannabes — the SEC, it WINS the BCS title games, DOMINATES BCS title games and they are all supposed to end with cheerful (taunting) chants of S-E-C, S-E-C!

Continue...

1/2Hill Batters Hawkeyes
 TAMPA, Fla. — When LSU’s Jeremy Hill broke free for a 42-yard run on the first play against Iowa Wednesday, the Outback Bowl might as well have named its MVP right then and there. The Hawkeyes weren’t going to stop him. And LSU wasn’t going to quit giving him the ball. “I think we realized there were some advantages right there and didn’t want to get away from them,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “He really put the finishing touches on the Iowa team and put this game on his back at the end.” Hill rushed for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a slick, sloppy track as the Tigers threw out the aesthetics and gutted their way through a 21-14 victory over Iowa. Nothing fancy — “Our plan was to just hit them in the mouth, keep drives going,” LSU fullback Connor Neighbors said.

Continue...

1/2Column: Ugly Day, Ugly Game
 TAMPA, Fla. — Greetings from glorious Florida, the Sunshine State, America’s Playground. Ignore that steady rain, the temperatures in the 50s, the slosh outside the door, your wet socks. This is a vacation spot, kids, and a lot of money was spent getting you down here. This is the Outback Bowl. LSU and Iowa. So quit your sniveling and have fun. Do you hear me? Have fun. And I mean right now. OK, the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce should have known better than to invite LSU. The Tigers don’t do Florida very well for the holidays. This is three straight LSU trips now for a Florida bowl that should have been telecast by The Weather Channel.

Continue...

1/2LSU Notes: Hill Even Scores Accidental Touchdown
 TAMPA, Fla. — Call it the accidental touchdown. Outback Bowl MVP Jeremy Hill, who rushed for 216 yards Wednesday in LSU’s 21-14 victory over Iowa, scored touchdowns even when he was trying not to. Hill’s 37-yard run gave LSU a 21-7 lead with 2:02 to play, but he said afterwards his plan when he broke free was take a knee near the goal line so LSU could just run the clock out. “But if you watch the play,” Hill said, “I lost the ball (juggled it a bit, actually) near the goal line. I didn’t want to risk fumbling. I just wanted to regain control of the ball and, by the time that happened, I was in the end zone.

Continue...

12/29Column: "The Catch" Ended Saban Era On A Sour Note
 TAMPA, Fla. — In a recent survey by an Iowa newspaper, Hawkeye fans ranked their team’s 2005 Capital One bowl victory as the school’s greatest ever bowl win. The same fans ranked the game-winning Hail Mary as time expired as the top play in all of Iowa history. It’s known in Iowa lore as “The Catch” — Drew Tate’s 56-yard stunner to Warren Holloway, who caught his first career touchdown pass on the final play of his career. And that’s certainly one view of it. LSU has a slightly different take. Kentucky fans probably don’t think much of the Bluegrass Miracle, either. It’s probably as embarrassing of a play as the Tigers ever gave up to lose a game, but the screwy defining moment almost gets lost in a week that was a confusing haze from start to finish — the end of Nick Saban’s career as LSU’s head coach.

Continue...

12/11Column: BCS Gives Sneak Preview To Playoff Committee
 Well, I guess now we’ve heard it all, predictable as it was. Perhaps frustrated that the BCS, which generally sorted itself out and got it right all these years despite the dire November predictions, sorted itself out again and got it right despite all the dire November predictions just in time to select the Final Two. Of course, that wasn’t good enough for the worrywart naysayers. So bright and early Monday morning we were treated to several TV talking heads who were blithely (and somewhat smugly, some would say) dismissing the Auburn-Florida State matchup for the BCS national championship.

Continue...

Next Page