Sports roundup: Jones names two new members to his basketball staff … Loomis says he welcomes wiretapping investigation … Talented set of Tigers ready for NFL Draft first round
Welcome to Tiger Town: New LSU men's basketball head Coach Johnny Jones announced today that Shawn Forrest and Charlie Leonard will be joining the basketball staff at LSU. Forest served the last four years on Jones' staff at North Texas, while Leonard has worked with Jones as far back as his interim season as head coach at Memphis in 2000. The exact staff duties and approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors is still pending for both coaches. Prior to joining Jones at North Texas, Forrest spent six seasons at Arkansas State, where he also served part of the 2007-08 season as interim head coach. Leonard comes to LSU with a varied background, including 11 years as a member of the Mean Green coaching staff. It was Jones who selected Leonard to join his staff in Memphis during the 1999-2000 season. LSUsports.net has the full story here.
On the record: In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with NBCSports.com's ProFootballTalk Live this morning, New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he "has no idea why" allegations have surfaced that a device in his Superdome stadium suite allowed him to listen to opposing coaches' conversations. However, Loomis went on to talk about a reporter, presumably ESPN's John Barr—who broke the story—saying he's "been in New Orleans for the last 30 days. He has been calling around talking to some of our current employees, some of our former employees and asking for anything that might reflect negatively on [head coach] Sean Payton or Mickey Loomis or the organization. I know one time he was asking about us piping in crowd music—not music, but piping in crowd noise—into the dome, which is absolutely ludicrous." Loomis again denied the allegations and said he welcomes an investigation. The Times-Picayune has posted the entire transcript of Loomis' interview at its website. Check it out here.
Taking it to the next level: In what has become a rite of spring, a talented group of LSU Tigers are ready to add to the program's prestigious legacy of professional draft picks as the three-day 2012 NFL Draft gets under way at New York City's Radio City Music Hall at 7 tonight, LSUsports.net reports. The draft will be televised live on ESPN and NFL Network and will be streamed on NFL.com. Rounds two and three begin at 6 p.m. Friday, while the remaining four rounds air at 11 a.m. Saturday. Three former Tigers have been invited to attend the draft—cornerback Morris Claiborne, defensive tackle Michael Brockers and wide receiver Rueben Randle. LSU could make history tonight. Should Claiborne be the first defensive back taken, it would be the first time since at least 1960 that a program has produced the first defensive back selection in back-to-back seasons. Get the Tigers' complete draft preview here.
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