LSU pushes back first practice

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU has pushed back the start of its spring football practices from Friday to Saturday so that Les Miles and his staff may attend the memorial service for a state high school football coaching legend.

The Tigers were originally scheduled to open practices on Friday, but the LSU staff will instead attend Don Shows' memorial service on Friday evening. Shows, who was 75 when he died on Monday, built West Monroe High School's football program into a national power, winning eight state championships and two national titles.

“Don was a great man, coach and father, and he will be missed tremendously,” Miles said in a university statement earlier this week. “He did so many wonderful things that impacted the lives of the players he coached. He had great success on the football field, but it was the positive impact on the lives of the young men that he coached and the relationship that he had with his players that made him so special.”