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Jacob Mayer / WWNO

New Orleans football fans turned out in droves this past Saturday morning at Saints training camp for the annual Black and Gold scrimmage.

The line stretched for blocks down Airline Drive and into the adjacent Zephyr Field parking lot as more than 5,100 Saints fans braved the early August heat to get a glimpse of their favorite team.

“This is the most people I’ve ever seen at Saints training camp,” one beer and water vendor said.

Nick Gremillion / WWNO

The Manning Passing Academy held its 18th year of camp this past weekend, bringing more than a thousand high school football players to Thibodaux, La., a town many of them couldn’t even pronounce.

Nick Gremillion / WWNO

For the past eight years, over a thousand high school football players from all over the country — and the world — have converged on Thibodaux, La. for the four-day Manning Passing Academy.

It’s known by many as the premier offensive football camp in the country.

Women On The Gridiron: The New Orleans MOJO

Jun 7, 2013
Margaret Broach / New Orleans MOJO

The New Orleans Saints pre-season starts August 25 when they take on the Houston Texans. But for football fanatics who just can’t wait that long, don’t fret — there is another team in town.

It is two minutes to game time. The players are amped up, suited up and huddled around their coach for one last pep talk before heading to the field. But this team probably isn’t what usually comes to mind when people think of professional football.

The New Orleans Saints are coming off the worst defensive season of any team in NFL history, and Thursday night’s selection of safety Kenny Vaccaro is intended to be a critical piece in the shake up of their troubled secondary.

Louisiana's high schools leaders are clashing over new plans for football playoffs.

A decision by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will separate traditional public school football playoffs from those held by private, magnet and charter schools.

Public school principals who pushed the separation told lawmakers Tuesday that the other schools have unfair rules that allow them to cherry-pick the kinds of students — and football players — they take.

Members of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association met Tuesday with lawmakers to discuss the recent vote to split high school football playoffs into two separate divisions; one for public schools and another for select-admission schools, such as private or parochial schools.


Louisiana Tech has named Kim Dameron as the team's defensive coordinator.

Coach Skip Holtz said Tuesday Dameron brings 14 years of experience in that role to the Bulldogs' program.

Dameron joins Tech after spending two years at Cornell, serving as safeties coach and defensive coordinator. He also spent three seasons with Ole Miss as safeties coach and saw two of his players drafted by the NFL. Prior to that, he served as defensive coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe, Stephen F. Austin, Eastern Illinois and Cincinnati.

At the end of January, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted to separate high school football playoffs into two divisions: one for select admission schools – such as private and parochial schools – and another for non-select public schools. 

Baton Rouge Catholic High School Head Football Coach Dale Weiner is a graduate of Baton Rouge High and has been coaching high school football in Louisiana for 38 years. Although most of his career has been spent at private and parochial schools, he was an assistant coach for two years at a public school.

Weiner said he never conceived the association would take a step like this.

“This kind of came out of left field for me and so, you know, I was a little shocked at the outcome and am disappointed in it," said Weiner.

Weiner says the move essentially changes what LHSAA is all about.


Less than a year after orchestrating a bounty program in Saint Louis, Gregg Williams will be back in the NFL next season. The Tennessee Titans have hired the former Saints defensive coordinator as a senior assistant coach.

Back in May of last year, Williams was suspended indefinitely for being part of a scheme in which he set up cash rewards for hits that knocked opponents out of games.

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