Meet Adam Hunsucker, the new LSU beat reporter for USA TODAY Network South Region

Adam Hunsucker
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
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How about this for timing.

Saturday night in Death Valley. The first full capacity game at Tiger Stadium since Joe Burrow brought the inebriated masses to their feet on senior night during that magical 2019 season. Tears flowed. Fathers hugged sons. And all was right in Baton Rouge.

These days? Not so much.

But what better way to begin covering LSU for the USA Today Network South Region than with a visit from the Auburn Tigers.

Readers in North Louisiana should be familiar with my work. Introductions are probably necessary for the fine folks of South Louisiana.

Adam Hunsucker is the new LSU beat writer for the USA TODAY Network's South Region.

I spent the past eight years covering Louisiana-Monroe and high school sports for the Monroe News-Star. During that time, ULM went through three football coaches, four athletic directors and two presidents. Who said the SEC has the market cornered on volatility?

It turns out those years covering preps were like Cliff Notes for this LSU roster. I crossed paths with players like Kayshon Boutte, Major Burns, Micah Baskerville and Jack Bech during their high school days. Even got to see Will Campbell and Walker Howard, LSU’s top 2022 commits, go head-to-head this season.

What should you expect from me? The goal is honesty, candor, insight, irreverence and humor. Like this column on former ULM President Nick Bruno’s mismanagement of the athletic department, or the Louisiana State Legislature hamstringing the LHSAA’s response to COVID-19.

You may not always like what I have to say, ULM fans can attest to that, but my job is to speak truth to power and hold decisionmakers accountable. That will continue now with LSU.

I was recently named the top columnist for my division in the 2020 APSE writing contest. My work has garnered multiple state and regional awards over the years, including from APSE, Louisiana Press Association, Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the LHSAA.

I’m originally from Bristol, Tennessee, basically NASCAR country, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2008. My first real memory of LSU was that upset of the Vols in the 2001 SEC Championship Game.

Neither program has been the same since. 

I found my way to Louisiana a decade ago as a graduate student at ULM, where I finished my master’s degree in 2013. I’m engaged to a former television cooking show host turned personal trainer — which makes her way more interesting than me — and we’re raising an eight-year old girl.

I’ve enjoyed making my adopted land home. It’s really ripe for storytelling. Every part of this state adds something to the tapestry. The cultures don’t always agree — even on simple things like university names — LSU is the common ground.

Ours will be an interactive experience. Comments, criticism and concerns are encouraged was I try to answer the important questions.

How hot is Ed Orgeron’s seat? Does the NCAA have anything on Will Wade? How long until Kim Mulkey builds a championship contender? Did LSU settle for new baseball coach Jay Johnson?

We’ll find out together.

Adam Hunsucker covers LSU for the USA Today Network. Email him at ahunsucker@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter @adam_hunsucker. Enjoy Adam’s work?  Consider a digital subscription and access all of it.  

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