Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers had one of the best seasons in college football history. They were able to cap off the year with a huge win in the National Championship game against the Clemson Tigers. Whenever a team wins the National title, it is customary for that team to come to the White House and meet the president. Ever since Donald Trump took control of the White House, these meetings have been quite bizarre as he usually includes some peculiar antics.
This time around, Trump was particularly jol, albeit erratic. Near the end of his speech to the LSU players, Trump turned the whole thing into a mini-rally as he began to harp on impeachment and how he's a great president. He also spoke about the U.S military and its counter-terrorism efforts. He even likened the Tigers to the military, which got a huge laugh from the crowd and even the players.
Admittedly, some of the players seemed to be uncomfortable with the whole situation, including Burrow who truly couldn't believe what he was hearing. Trump can definitely be a bit of a wild-card and this was one of those times. At this point, we just hope the Tigers got better food than Clemson, who was treated to a smorgasbord of fast food.
Shannon Sharpe Scolds OBJ For LSU Money Scandal: Watch
This isn't something LSU wants to be dealing with.
Immediately after their huge win in the National Championship game, the LSU Tigers were back in their locker room celebrating some of their success. Former Tigers star Odell Beckham Jr was a part of the festivities and made a lot of it about himself. OBJ was seen giving money to players while also smacking the butt of a police officer, something he now has a warrant for. It's been a weird time for the Tigers as now, the school is under investigation for Beckham's bizarre stunt.
Former NFL star Shannon Sharpe isn't having any of Beckham's antics and recently spoke out about them on Undisputed. Sharpe knows how much that win meant to some of the players and felt as though OBJ took their shine away when realistically, he should have stood back and let them enjoy the win.
"I'm disappointed in Odell making himself a part of the story, putting his team and players in harm's way," Sharpe said. "Why do that? This was their moment, this was not about you Odell."
It remains to be seen what will happen to Odell in this situation. Not to mention, the players who he gave money to could be subject to some harsh penalties. Be sure to stay tuned as we will bring you the latest on this story.
Joe Burrow Claims OBJ Gave Him Real Money Amid Investigation
There have been conflicting statements.
After defeating the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship game, the LSU Tigers had themselves quite the impressive celebration. Odell Beckham Jr. is an alumnus of the school and got to be a part of the festivities. On the field and in the locker room after the game, OBJ was seen giving stacks of cash to some of the players. The NCAA has strict rules about monetary gifts so the school was quick to claim that the money was fake and that it was all just a joke.
According to Sports Illustrated, an investigation is still ongoing and it could take an unexpected turn now that Joe Burrow has made an interesting admission. While speaking to Barstool Sports, Burrow confirmed that the money was, indeed, real. Burrow said he is no longer a part of the NCAA so he doesn't exactly care about owning up to this kind of thing.
The NCAA is one of the most strict organizations in the world when it comes to this sort of thing so it wouldn't be surprising to see them act swiftly if LSU did, in fact, break any rules. For now, the Tigers will remain under investigation until there is some sort of breakthrough.
Stay tuned for updates as we will be sure to bring them to you.
Odell Beckham Jr. Spanks Cop For Attempting To Spoil LSU’s Celebration
Officers were strict about enforcing that 'no smoking' policy.
Former LSU Tigers star Odell Beckham Jr. was front and center for all of the celebrations following the team's National Championship victory over Clemson on Monday night. In addition to handing out wads of cash to a couple of LSU wide receivers on the field, Beckham was also spotted partying with the team in the locker room, and doing his best to prevent the police from disrupting the fun.
As seen in the video embedded below, OBJ playfully smacked a cop on his ass for badgering players about smoking cigars in the locker room.
Several LSU players, including their Heisman-winning quarterback, Joe Burrow, were puffing cigars following the 42-25 win, which was apparently off limits inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
According to multiple reports, one officer announced that any players caught smoking would be subject to arrest, which drew a laugh from the newly crowned national champs. Despite the threats, another officer told the players it was OK to go about their business and nobody was arrested.
Scroll down for some additional footage inside the locker room, and click here to read LSU's comments about OBJ's post-game antics.
Odell Beckham Jr. Handed Out Fake Money To LSU Football Team After Win
People were up in arms about OBJ giving the players cash.
It was a roaring celebration for Lousiana State University fans after the college football team took home the National Championship. They were able to get the best of the Clemson Tigers, and while there was much action on the field, the post-game antics of Odell Beckham Jr. were the focus of many reports.
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The Cleveland Browns wide receiver was captured by cameras reportedly handing out stacks of cash to the LSU players—a move that wouldn't bode over well with the suit-and-tie types who frown on such antics. While he was heavily criticized for the controversial gifts, it was later revealed that the money wasn't even real.
The Advocate reported on Tuesday that they spoke with an LSU athletic official who confirmed that the cash was novelty money. The school is reportedly looking into the incident, anyway, to make sure that none of the players may have received any real cash from the NFL star. Beckham played for the LSU Tigers before being drafted into the NFL in 2014. NCAA players are prohibited from profiting from their participation in college football, and that's a common rule that OBJ is well aware of. Check out a clip of the football star handing out funny money below.
Stephen A. Smith Roasted After Predicting A Victory For Clemson
Smith got a taste of his own medicine.
Stephen A. Smith has been known for his strong takes on everything that has to do with sports. On Monday, Smith made the bold prediction that the Clemson Tigers would defeat the LSU Tigers in the National Championship game. In the end, Smith was sorely mistaken as the LSU Tigers exploded for 42 points in a huge win over Clemson. Quarterback Joe Burrow had a phenomenal game with five passing touchdowns and a running touchdown.
On First Take this morning, Smith had to face the wrath of Marcus Spears and Ryan Clark who are mainstays on First Take. Of course, both of those men are LSU fans and they made sure to give Smith a piece of their minds . In fact, Smith was left speechless in what could very well be a first for the First Take host.
Smith has been wrong about his predictions before but this time was truly special. Clark and Spears were waiting to give Smith a taste of his own medicine and it made for some entertaining television. If you're a Cowboys fan, this must have been a truly satisfying sight to see.
The First Take host will probably think twice before betting against LSU again.
LSU Tops Clemson To Win The CFB National Title, Fans React
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was a beast.
Last night was huge for college football fans as the LSU Tigers took on the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship game. Both teams came into this matchup with undefeated records and fans were curious to see which quarterback would end up on top. Of course, the two QB's were Joe Burrow for LSU and Trevor Lawrence for Clemson. In the end, Burrow and LSU came out on top with an impressive 42-25 win. Burrow threw for five touchdowns and ran for one as his team hoisted the championship trophy.
This season was one to remember for Burrow as he broke multiple touchdown records while also winning the Heisman. This Spring, Burrow will be drafted into the NFL and many people think he will go to the Cincinnati Bengals with the first overall pick.
Fans were quick to react to the win on social media, as many LSU fans were happy about the huge win. LSU has been in Alabama's shadow for a while now although this year they were able to get the weight off their backs and come through with a season to remember. Coach O was a phenomenal source of inspiration to the team and with Joe Burrow at quarterback, they were pretty well unstoppable.
Check out what fans had to say, below.
LSU, Clemson Players Struggle To ID Nas, Seinfeld & Other ’90s Icons: Watch
LSU & Clemson players fail miserably during a game of "Name The 90s."
The 2019-20 college football season comes to a close tonight in New Orleans, as the Tigers from LSU and Clemson do battle at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. All of the hype surrounding the battle of the unbeatens, not to mention all of the money that will be gambled on tonight's title game, makes it easy to forget that these kids are just that - kids.
For example, the AOL icons, which are forever engrained in the brains of those who lived through the '90s and early 2000s, are completely foreign to many of the LSU and Clemson players. To further highlight their youthfulness ahead of tonight's title game, ESPN recently played a game of "Name the 90s" with players from each team, where they struggled to identify music icons such as Nas, TLC and Britney Spears, as well as classic TV shows like Seinfeld and Martin.
Check out the footage in the tweet embedded below.
As I alluded to earlier, there will be millions of dollars gambled of the outcome of tonight's National Championship, so it's worth noting that LSU is currently favored by 5.5 points (up from the 3.5 they opened as), and the over/under point total for the game is 69 points. You can catch the action tonight at 8pm ET, airing on ESPN.
The Rock Narrates LSU’s Epic Hype Video Ahead Of National Championship: Watch
LSU drops off final hype video, featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
The LSU Tigers will look to complete their undefeated season tonight in Atlanta, as they take on the unbeaten Clemson Tigers in the National Championship game. Ahead of the highly anticipated showdown, LSU Football dropped off one final hype video, narrated by the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Sure, The Rock reps for The U, but the video clip shown below will have LSU players and fans ready to run through a brick wall.
For those interested on the gambling aspects of tonight's title game, LSU has been pegged as 5.5-point favorites (up from the 3.5 they opened as), with an over/under point total hovering at 69 points. Nice.
The Bayou Bengals are led by their Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, who is considered among many to be the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Burrow and the Tigers cruised to a 37-10 victory over fifth ranked Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and then proceeded to steamroll the Oklahoma Sooners in the Peach Bowl behind Burrow's 493 passing yards and eight total touchdowns.
The National Championship is scheduled to kickoff at 8pm ET tonight, airing on ESPN.
Clemson Tigers Sign Dabo Swinney To 10-Year, $93 Million Contract
Swinney has won two National titles with the Tigers.
This past season, the Clemson Tigers destroyed the Alabama Crimson Tide in the NCAA Football National Championship game. It was the team's second championship in just three seasons and cemented Dabo Swinney as one of the best coaches and recruiters in college football. Swinney has been the head coach for 11 seasons and he'll get to be with the team for even longer as he signed a 10-year, $93 million contract with the Tigers, according to ESPN.
Swinney will make $8.25 million in the first season and in his last two years, he will receive $10 million. The Tigers head coach is excited to commit himself to the team long term.
"I am grateful and humbled by the incredible commitment Clemson has made to me, my family and our football program," Swinney said in a statement. "For more than a decade, we have given our all to provide this world-class university and our incredible fans the championship football program they deserve - to live up to Best is the Standard. With this contract, we make a collective statement that we intend to continue pursuing championships and developing total student-athletes for years to come."
Heading into next season, the Tigers are favorites to repeat as champions.