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Michael Bonnette is aweful. He is just aweful!! LSU is always in the media in a negative light. Perception becomes reality and that the PR guys job!! He is terrible!What say y'all?
why is LSU in a negative light?
GET AT ME
not sure what you are talking about
I'd really like to think there is more than just ESPN hates LSU. LSU does an awefule job of handling the PR of bad news. This is more of a complaint from last year. Also good PR can lead to better bowl games.
This is more of a hang over grudge from last year. With the JJ and suspended players from last year. LSU would never post any information on the lasted to control the news cycle. LSU would just let the media speculate and report inaccurate statements. I'm a big believer that some information is better than no information. No information leads to rumors. All in all this is a post on a grief from last year. I don't like talking bad or team so I blame the PR
Not sure why you think ESPN hates LSU? They pick up a lot of our games, have covered spring practices and aired our spring game, and dedicated basically an entire ESPN the Magazine to our game against Alabama which had a lot of positive LSU info in it. Im confused by your thread, you drunk already this early on a Sunday morning?
not sure better PR leads to a better bowl game. I think a better record leads to a better bowl game.
Sorry, you're not reaching me here.
I have no idea what Bonnette's doing or not doing to frustrate you.
But LSU football was aired coast to coast most of the year. ESPN did a gameday publication around the Bama-LSU game. Miles has become a sports media favorite. LSU has has a ton of favorable press with the exception of Guilbeau or the change of title of an Advocate article.
Win-loss records and sheer luck lead to better bowl games; Public relations can't overcome "bad news" if you're referring to Spanky's or dismissals.
Everybody has an opinion but I don't have a hangover about publicity. I still feel some pain about that 0-21 and the last play of McCarron a few weeks ago. When i get drunk, I get drunk cause I'm happy, not miserable.
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LSU has never had better PR than it had on the run last year along with the Badger, who was achieving iconic status by the end of the season, and would have been the face of CFB this year.
Read the post. LSU FANS ALWAYS SAY ESPN HATES LSU. I never believed that but a piss poor PR department would smooth a lot of issues out.
that's the key word Bama. They wanted a good Bama game. The article was about Bama not LSU.
Last I checked, Bonnette's department is Sports Information, not public relations.
Nowhere in my contract does it say I gotta make a fool out of myself, am I right?
Don't know if Bonnette is doing a good job or not but I don't think he is a PR guy. There is the issue of student confidentiality and HIPA and more. Bonnette has little impact on the W-L record or recruiting.
Hey, Arkansas people waxed all year on the demise of Petrino, the comedy of John L. Smith.
We watched the meltdown at Auburn with Chizik at the helm and rumors of pending sanctions.
Tennessee followed the folly of Lane Kiffen with hapless Dooley and they've had a ton of bad boys there.
What LSU issues do you want addressed? With a 10-2 and chunk change left in the bowls, I'm a little numb but grafefull for what we have.
ESPN does not hate LSU. LSU has flaws as do all major universities. Would you rather be Tennessee? auburn? Even the great, unbeaten Ohio State? ESPN loves news makers. Last year, the team made the news early with a bar brawl leading to the starting QB arrest and charges. Last year, the phenomenon called the Honey Badger occurred, captivating the country.
Last year the starting RB, the honey Badger, and starting CB were suspended mid-season. Despite this, LSU continued to crush opponents all year, kicking off the attention of the country by beating Oregon decisively and setting course for a domination season.
LSU traveled to Bama and beat them in a ridiculously tough, none too pleasant game. The aftermath sealed the fate of the Tigers, as Les Miles made a command decision to start Jordan Jefferson for 100% of the plays the rest of the season. LSU continued to roll through opponents right through the SEC CG. 13-0 and 30 yds of passing against UGA which disguised the weakness of LSU to the final game of the season where an over confident Miles changed nothing to meet Bama head to head and paid the price.
It was a year in which LSU was a prominent figure. Everyone in the country admired the the ferociousness of the Tiger Defense, the team speed, the Honey Badger, all of it until they failed to show against Bama.
This year, LSU was again a news maker. The icon of the LSU football,a sure fire TV star, Heisman candidate, and the finest defensive playmaker LSU has put on the field in 40 years, Tyrann Mathieu, decided to put himself above the team and he smoked his way off the team and eventually out of football and into jail.
2 defensive backs left prior to fall practice thinking the DB field was too competitive. Freshmen were inserted into starting roles. The supposed strength of the team, the OL lost an All SEC left tackle, and the experienced Sr right side was playing poorly. The depth of the RB's lost their starter in Blue. And the vaunted 5 star WR corp of Landry and Beckham couldn't hold on to a pass from Mettenberger if it was handed to them instead. Mettenberger was struggling through this.
LSU's SEC reign came to a poor end against UF who played their second best game of the year(FSU the best) and beat the Tigers in Gainesville. The media, quick to seize the off field distractions, the struggling offense, placed LSU as an also ran. LSU is a TV draw however and they won their games through their toughest stretch up to Bama. Should have won that Bama game. They discovered their pass game. You wonder the outcome if the Badger was there, if Randle was there, if Blue was there...if, if, if.
LSU laid it all on the line against Bama. After this game, you could see the sag in the defensive intensity. They had lost the two SEC games and opponents they had to beat to go somewhere in a championship light this year and blew it. Playing back on their heels. Playing soft. LSU won these games, but you can tell their heart and spirit was not in it. Too many close losses in games, too many disappointments in expectations, too many Juniors turning their eyes toward the NFL draft and the dream of big bucks.
They are still news worthy. They are still a team that carries national weight. There were many reasons they wound up 10-2 and not 12-0, or 6-6 for that matter.
This has nothing to do with Bonnette. It has everything to do with individuals responsible for team leadership or a decided lack thereof, from the start of the season to the end. The leaders let this team down and the talent on this roster still managed to win 10 games in a brutally tough division and conference. Put this on Miles and coaching staff as well if you like. When they can ride heard on a bunch of over stimulated 18-23 yr olds 24/7/365, then LSU will have no more problems.
News worthy. You bet they are. They will recuperate over these next 4 weeks and find a vigor not seen in the last half of the year (exception Bama game). The NFL beckons some but those will put that clarion call aside to play this last game for the Tigers. Expect a game in which people will say, "Where was this team all year?".
Regards to All,
This guy is just looking for somebody to blame and it has given me a good laugh on a lazy Sunday.
What a bizarre and untimely post.
"There are some reasons for this that we cannot get into right now."
Classic thoughtful post by Jim. Too bad, it will be lost in the a thread called LSU SI/PR guy should be fired.
I think this is probably misguided in a way.
From all my interactions with Bonnette and his staff (daily basis), they are stand up folks who work hard and give us all the access Miles will allow them to... I agree with BTJ about the Mathieu run. They did a great job of pumping that up, and in turn it really helped LSU take off with that "DBU" mentality, even as much as putting Peterson and Claiborne into the NFL did. Bonnette's father was also the longtime SID at McNeese and his brother is at Northwestern. So that stuff runs in the family for them.
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
I worked in a Sports Information department for 3 years in college, and it's not the same as a PR department. Trust me. Shea, the younger Bonnette actually took over at McNeese for his father, who retired.
Thanks for that. I knew his dad retired but didn't know his brother had taken over.
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