Sports roundup: How Phil Robertson found stardom after giving up football … Cannon checks out of hospital after stroke … Select school principals assert proposal 18 as unconstitutional
The road not taken: In the late 1960s in Ruston, the life paths of two Bulldog quarterbacks sharply diverged. There was Terry Bradshaw—who was destined to be the top pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, have a lengthy career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, win four Super Bowl victories, land a spot in the Hall of Fame, and a enjoy a second career in front of the camera. And then there was Phil Robertson—who was ahead of Bradshaw on Louisiana Tech's depth chart but gave up football with one year of eligibility remaining because the game and any future in it interfered with his heart's dearest passion: duck-hunting season. Sports Illustrated details Robertson's journey from Louisiana Tech to star of A&E's Duck Dynasty in the full story here.
Get well soon: LSU Vice Chancellor Herb Vincent says former Tigers great Billy Cannon has checked out of a hospital, two days after being admitted for treatment of a stroke. Vincent says one of Cannon's family members informed him today that Cannon was on his way home. Cannon's family has said that the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner was performing his job as dentist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola on Tuesday when he showed symptoms of a stroke and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. The family has not released specifics about the prognosis for Cannon's recovery.
Breaking up is hard to do: The focus of today's meeting of select school principals quickly became whether the recently adopted proposal 18 violated the LHSAA's constitution, The Times-Picayune reports. The separation of select and nonselect schools' football playoffs has remained a heavily debated and heated topic in the month since the association voted in favor of the item, 206-119, at its annual convention Jan. 25. Karr Principal John Hiser asserted about 20 minutes into today's proceedings that the proposal contradicted the association's constitution and should be eliminated by the committee as a result. That position quickly gained traction. Read the full story here.
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