As of last night, Baltimore appears to be inching closer to a deal with Gausman, but the clock is ticking. All players must be signed no later than 5pm Eastern today. At current estimates, Gausman stands to earn about $4.2 Million for signing. While the cynic in me knows Gausman's recent comments may have been nothing more than a negotiating tactic, the fan in me clings to the last bit of hope, like it does every year, that our highly drafted underclassmen will take the road less traveled and return for another campaign. There is no reason to be anything but proud if Gausman becomes the highest signed player in LSU history since Ben McDonald, but what good fortune we could have if he decided to come back. I'll update here throughout the day as the story develops
img via @LSUBillMartin Les Miles is going to be all over ESPN tomorrow for the now annual "Car Wash" visit. Here are the various appearance times. 9:40 am CT - SportsCenter LIVE 10:00 am - ESPNU College Football podcast with Ivan Maisel 10:20 am - Digital Media – College Football App 10:45 am - The Herd with Colin Cowherd LIVE 11:00 am - Playbook 12:15 pm - Scott Van Pelt Show LIVE 12:40 pm - SportsCenter LIVE 1:00 pm - College Football Live (taped) 1:30 pm - SportsNation (taped) 2:00 pm - ESPN.com chat 2:20 pm - Doug Gottlieb (taped) 2:40 pm - SportsCenter LIVE Also, remember that the last time Miles visited his friends at the Scott Van Pelt show, we got this awesome video. No guarantee of that again this year, but keep an eye out for it.
With the first round bye, LSU gets to relax and watch the other teams battle for a chance to face us. In the morning session, it's #9 Ole Miss v #4 UK at 9:30 CDT, with #7 Miss St v #6 ARK to follow 30 minutes after that. The lowest seeded winner will play LSU tomorrow in the 2nd game of the morning session. The morning games are on your local Fox Sports affiliate and may or may not be available on ESPN3.com Radio for the games (and all games of the tournament) is on Sirius 213/XM199 and streaming for free on the SEC iPhone/Android app. The afternoon sessions have little effect for LSU, as we wont see anyone from that half of the bracket until Sunday, but they start with UF v AU at 4:30, with Vandy v UGA as the night cap. The afternoon games are on Cox Sports locally, and you can find the full list of TV affiliates HERE [PDF Link]
It's not everyday when an athlete you've admired since high school gets their own ESPN documentary. Show starts at 6pm CDT on ESPNU
"SEC Storied: Lolo Jones – One of the brighter stars in the history of the LSU women’s track and field dynasty is Lori "Lolo" Jones. A standout hurdler, she won three NCAA titles and 11 All-American honors. But Jones had to overcome significant obstacles to get there. “Lolo” will explore her inspiring rise from an unstable home life to national stardom that included a spot on the 2008 United States Olympic team. The film will include her stunning disappointment in the 2008 Beijing Games and her journey to make it back to the Olympics this summer. This fourth installment of SEC Storied will run on June 23 at 4 p.m., and also on ESPNU at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m."
I'll say this for the Greenies, they put up a fight in last night's 9-5 victory for LSU. They were able to stay with LSU, run for run, as long as their starter Byo was on the mound. Tulane made the most of LSU's mistakes all night, with 3 of their 5 runs being unearned. It was the usual parade of arms for LSU (8 used) as Broussard lasted 4 IP, but still lacks the consistency to last any longer. Offensively, LSU still has trouble with the occasional empty inning, but it was a good night overall, highlighted by a 6 run 6th where the Greenies came unraveled. JaCoby Jones benefited from being put into the 9-hole after a bad weekend, going 2 for 2. Rhymes went 2 for 3 and moved his BA back up to .503 And oh yeah, with 10,563 tickets sold, LSU beat another MLB game in paid attendance last night (Seattle @ Tampa Bay, 9,972) That's the 4th MLB game they've outsold in the past 2 weeks.