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A Parent’s Fear

WaydeSims

20-year-old Wayde Sims was killed early Friday morning in a shooting near the Southern University campus. The junior LSU forward was expected to have an increased role for the Tigers this season.

“We want to remember Wayde, what a great person he was,” LSU head coach Will Wade told the media. “Besides the fact he had the best impression of me on the team, he was just an unbelievable person and was continuing to grow and had just done a great job building a bridge with our team.”

He is the son of Wayne Sims, who played in what many consider to be the golden era in LSU basketball from 1987-91. After Wayne Sims finished his playing career, he decided to stay in Baton Rouge and raise his family.

That fact must be doubly tough right now. As Wayne Sims has most likely watched the video of the fight that preceded his son’s murder, he must be sick that his son was killed in the place he knew  – playing for the school, which he probably believed was his birthright.

He was the 2015 Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year after he led Baton Rouge’s University Lab High to its third consecutive state championship.

So Sims wasn’t some stranger in a strange land. He was at home and knew the layout. So did his parents. The Sims family was famous in Baton Rouge so there was no pause about sending Wayde to LSU.

It’s the fear that every parent has when they drop their kids off at college. They raise their kids to the best way possible. They give their kids every advantage they can. Wayne Sims gave his son his alma mater.

None of that kept his son safe and that’s terrifying. I have a 7-year-old daughter. She speaks about college ofteand my wife and I are doing everything we can to help get her there. There is no goal more important to me in life than making sure my daughter gets to be whatever she wants.

The fact that I can do everything correctly, drop her off at college and have no control over what happens next keeps me up at night. And there’s nothing I can do about it.

LSU will hold a candlelight vigil for Wayde Sims on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

 

 

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Tiger Rag

It seems like it’s the year of the Tiger in college basketball.  Memphis, Clemson, Missouri, and LSU are all having banner years.  These four schools have set themselves up to have great finishes to the season.

Memphis G Tyreke Evans
Memphis G Tyreke Evans

The Memphis Tigers are back to their old tricks in Conference USA.  Winners of 14 in a row, including victories on the road against Tennessee and Gonzaga, Memphis has all but gotten rid of the notion that this would be rebuilding year.  This team may not be as good as the clubs of the past three seasons, but it’s very capable of making it to Detroit.

Clemson G K.C. Rivers
Clemson G K.C. Rivers

Remember when Clemson would get off to a great start and then collapse.  Those days are over folks.  While the Tigers let one get away against Florida St, this is still one of the most dangerous team in the country.  Their style of play is difficult to prepare for with Terrance Oglesby and K.C. Rivers creating havoc for their opponents.

Missouri F DeMarre Carroll
Missouri F DeMarre Carroll

While we’re on the subject of style of play; enter Missouri.  Coach Mike Anderson has brought ’40 minutes of hell” to the Big 12 and it’s proving to be as successful as it was at Arkansas and UAB.  It’s hectic and sometimes out of control, but it’s always effective.  Teams try to go head-to-head with the Tigers playing that style, but it proves futile.

LSU G Marcus Thornton
LSU G Marcus Thornton

Now to the Tigers no one is talking about.  LSU is currently enjoying life in the SEC West with a 7-1 conference record and 19-4 overall.  Marcus Thornton and Tasmin Mitchell are one of the most potent 1-2 punches in college basketball.  They’re clearly head and sholders above any team in the SEC West.

This week’s Bracket Projections:

Last Four In: Wisconsin, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, Penn St

Last Four Out: BYU, Nebraska, Kansas St, Kentucky

This bracket is good for games played thru Sunday, February 8, 2009.

SOUTH

1.North Carolina16.Sam Houston St Greensboro, NC

8.LSU9.Syracuse

5.California12.Penn St Portland, OR

4.Xavier13.Buffalo

6.Utah11.Virginia Tech Philadelphia, PA

3.Villanova14.Weber St

7.Utah St10.Arizona Minneapolis, MN

2.Michigan St15.East Tennessee St

MIDWEST

1.Oklahoma16.Morgan St Kansas City, MO

8.Boston College9.Florida

5.Ohio St12.Siena Boise, ID

4.Marquette13.Northern Iowa

6.Purdue11.Cincinnati Miami, FL

3.Clemson14.Robert Morris

7.Arizona St10.San Diego St Kansas City, MO

2.Memphis15.Long Beach St

WEST

1.Pittsburgh16.Princeton/Alabama St Dayton, OH

8.Gonzaga9.Texas

5.Illinois12.Miami(FL) Boise, ID

4.UCLA13.Western Kentucky

6.Butler11.UNLV Minneapolis, MN

3.Kansas14.VMI

7.West Virginia10.South Carolina Dayton, OH

2.Wake Forest15.Holy Cross

EAST

1.Connecticut16.Morehead St Philadelphia, PA

8.Dayton9.USC

5.Florida St12.Wisconsin Miami, FL

4.Missouri13.Northeastern

6.Washington11.Tennessee Portland, OR

3.Louisville14.North Dakota St

7.Minnesota10.Davidson Greensboro, NC

2.Duke15.Boston U