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LSU Losing Five-Star Running Back For Academics

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LSU rebounded from an opening week loss to UCLA with a blowout win over McNeese, but it’s not all good news in Baton Rouge.

As relayed by Scott Rabalais of the New Orleans Advocate, the Tigers will be without five-star running back John Emery. Apparently, it’s an academic issue, as Emery “registered for the wrong class,” Rabalais wrote.

“Right now he’s unavailable, things could change and if they do change, we’ll play him,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron told reporters. “Right now he’s unavailable. Could they change? Yeah, but it’s out of my control.”

Emery’s presence was creating a lot of buzz, and the Tigers will clearly need to adjust. Tyrion Davis-Price remains the starter, but beyond that, there’s a bit of a question mark — with freshman Armoni Goodwin and Corey Kiner perhaps taking on bigger roles. Kiner rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown vs. McNeese; Goodwin went for 23 yards.

Tre Bradford is also back with the Tigers after a stint at Oklahoma, and Orgeron indicated he could suit up for the first time this season vs. Central Michigan on Saturday.

“We’ll have to see how the week goes, but we hope he can play this week,” Orgeron told reporters of Bradford.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Right now he’s unavailable, things could change and if they do change, we’ll play him,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron told reporters. “Right now he’s unavailable. Could they change? Yeah, but it’s out of my control.”
    I find this comical. In 2005, I was flown in to interview for the Football Academic job. It was Oregon’s first year at Mississippi as a head coach (plus he decided to be the Defensive Coordinator). It was also Michael Oher’s freshman year.
    On day two, I was walked over to the football stadium (two-a-days started the next day) and met with Oregon, Hugh Freeze and the defensive coaches were all in the room. Oregon sat across from me, leaning forward in this chair; I did the same. After a while Oregon said, “let me ask you a question, ultimately who is responsible for the student-athlete?” I responded, “the student-athlete”. Oregon leaped out of his chair, had his finger in my chest yelling “WRONG ANSWER, WRONG ANSWER”. I responded that we talk ourselves blue in the face hoping that when they walk out the door they do the right thing, but ultimately its on the student-athlete. I got up, left the room, went to the airport and said I would never work for an idiot like that.
    Now he claims it is out of his control… but he knows, ultimately HE is responsible…

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