News for Monday January 13th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
After a long 15-day layoff since winning the Peach Bowl, LSU and Clemson strap on the helmets tonight in college football’s national championship game. Coach Ed Orgeron says he’s tried to keep the preparation for this game close to what they’ve done all year
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The LSU/Clemson showdown in the Dome tonight is expected to bring a lot of revenue and national attention to the state. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says it’s exposure you just can’t pay for. LSU students at the Baton Rouge campus do not have to worry about school today or tomorrow, classes have been canceled both days.
Governor John Bel Edwards will be sworn in today (at 11:30 AM) for his second term of office on the steps of the Capitol, weather permitting. Advisor to the Governor Richard Carbo says attendees will get to hear from Edwards about his plans for the next four years. The Governor’s Ball is traditionally held the night of the inauguration, but it’s been canceled to allow state dignitaries to head down to New Orleans for the CFP National Championship. The House and Senate convene at 10 AM, before the ceremony.
A new state legislature will choose their leaders for the next four years today. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Lafayette Senator Page Cortez is expected to be picked as Senate President, but it’s a battle for House Speaker, between Albany Representative Sherman Mack and Gonzales Representative Clay Schexnayder.
Pinsonat says the selection of House Speaker has huge ramifications. If Mack wins, the governor will not have an ally leading the House. The Louisiana Legislature convenes at 10 AM.
Senator Gerald Long is exiting the state legislature Monday, making it the first time in a century that Louisiana won't have someone from the Long family serving in elective political office. Long, who is 75, was term limited after serving 12 years in the state Senate.
Friday night’s storm caused some downed limbs and scattered power outages in Cenla. But the damage to the northern part of the state was much worse. The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s office says two people died in the Haughton area when strong winds possibly associated with a tornado moved a home 200 feet away from its foundation, killing the two people inside. A preliminary report says at least 50 homes damaged in the area. Another death was reported in Caddo Parish. Authorities say a large tree fell on a home in Oil City killing an elderly man inside. His wife was not injured.
Larose has it’s purple and gold ready for the big game tonight. The Lafourche Parish town is where Coach O grew up. Larose attorney and longtime friend of Orgeron Henry LaFont says there is a surreal feeling in the town following his long path to get to the helm of LSU’s football program and at the doorstep of a championship. Coach O took over the team on an interim basis in 2016 before being named the permanent head coach.
Tonight’s Championship game will decide which school is the best on the field. But, have you ever wondered which school does the best in the classroom? That distinction currently goes to Clemson and the experts say it all comes down to money. The South Carolina School enjoys a wide lead after a decade of crippling budget cuts to higher education in Louisiana. 16 budget cuts over a decade, during which state aid was cut by nearly 50%, gets most of the blame for why U.S. News ranks Clemson No. 70 and LSU No. 153, or why The Wall Street Journal puts Clemson at No. 188 and LSU at No. 295.
Questions about Drew Brees' future continue to surface after the Saints season ended abruptly with an overtime loss to the Vikings during the wild-card round of the playoffs.
While the long-time Saints QB has remained vague about his football future and whether or not he'll renew his contract, Sean Payton is certain Brees will return to play in the Superdome. The sports news network reported early Sunday that Brees was contacted by at least one network to discuss a career change from quarterback to a TV game analyst.