BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - What a year 2019 has been in the world of men’s athletics in south Louisiana.
It started with LSU winning the Fiesta Bowl over UCF. The Tigers came away with the 40-32 win over the Knights.
WAFB then handed out another Warrick Dunn Award as Sportsline Player of the Year. The recipient was U-High running back Mike Hollins.
It is a sour subject for many in south Louisiana but was a big sports moment in 2019 - the infamous “no-call” in the NFC championship game between the Saints and Rams. With the game tied 20-20 in the fourth quarter, Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis was hit by a Rams defensive back before a Drew Brees pass got to his hands. The team settled for a field goal and eventually lost in overtime.
Another controversial sports story involved the FBI recordings of LSU basketball head coach Will Wade and his suspension by the university.
The news wasn’t all bad for the LSU men’s basketball team. The Tigers were the SEC regular-season champions and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
- No. 10 LSU basketball wins regular season SEC title with 80-59 victory over Vanderbilt
- LSU basketball earns No. 3 in seed NCAA Tournament
- No. 3 LSU basketball survives against No. 14 Yale to advance in NCAA Tournament
- LSU basketball heads to Sweet 16 on last-second layup by Waters
- LSU falls to Michigan St. in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament
In the world of professional basketball and the New Orleans Pelicans, there were two major stories we followed this year. The first was the trade request by Anthony Davis, which eventually happened. He is now a member of the Lakers. The second was much happier. The Pels secured the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and selected college phenom Zion Williamson.
- REPORT: Anthony Davis requests trade from Pelicans
- Report: Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to Lakers for three players, three first-round picks
- Pelicans get No. 1 pick in NBA Draft
- Pelicans select Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick in 2019 NBA Draft
- It’s official! Pelicans draft Zion Williamson first overall
The Southern Jaguars baseball team beat LSU during the regular season and ended up winning the SWAC.
The LSU baseball team advanced to the Super Regional round of the College World Series. In the process, Antoine Duplantis became the Tigers’ all-time hits leader. The new record is 354.
- LSU advances to second round of SEC Tournament with win over South Carolina
- LSU baseball falls to Mississippi State in record-long game in SEC Tournament
- LSU baseball remains alive in SEC Tournament with wild win over Auburn
- LSU baseball run rules Mississippi State in SEC Tournament
- LSU routs Stony Brook in Baton Rouge Regional; Duplantis ties Tiger hits record
- LSU wins Baton Rouge Regional on historic night for Duplantis
The Southern football team clinched the SWAC West title with a 30-28 win over Grambling in the Bayou Classic.
The year started with LSU football and is ending with the Tigers. Behind an explosive new offense, the Tigers finished the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record, including a 46-41 win over SEC West rival Alabama. They then beat Georgia in the SEC championship. The win secured LSU the No. 1 ranking in the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy, along with several other awards. Head coach Ed Orgeron was named Coach of the Year by several different groups. Many other individual and group awards have been handed out to members of the team. LSU went on to beat Oklahoma convincingly in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Tigers broke several more records in the 63-28 win over the Sooners.
- No. 2 LSU beats No. 3 Alabama to remain undefeated
- LSU completes perfect regular season; gets ready for SEC championship game
- SEC CHAMPS: No. 2 LSU crushes No. 4 Georgia in SEC championship game
- LSU sweeps college football awards
- LSU QB Joe Burrow wins Heisman Trophy in historic fashion
- LSU defeats Oklahoma, 63-28 in CFP Semifinal; will now face Clemson
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