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Link Gumbo 4/25/11

We will get to the disaster this weekend later.

Softball swept Ole Miss over the weekend, so not all is wrong in this world.

Women's basketball got a #20 preseason ranking from ESPN, mainly for hiring Nikki Caldwell and returning 2 top scorers from last season. Speaking of Caldwell, Rabalais at the Advoc defends her high salary.

There is an interesting new wrinkle in the story of whatever is going on with recruiting in the Houma/Thibodaux area, as LSU has had to cancel the Tri-Parish stop of the Tiger Tour (an annual fundraising drive that sees Coach Miles and various other coaches and administrators visit TAF chapters in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi) after the local TAF chapters declined to host it with no reason given. Something serious has to be going on if the 2 TAF chapters in the area turn down what is usually their biggest event of the year. 

Something I noticed while looking into the Tiger Tour: that movie Ole War Skule, for which we briefly saw the trailer a few weeks ago, is a main sponsor and will presumably be screened on the tour.

LSU got a visit this weekend from point guard Anthony Hickey, this year's Kentucky Mr. Basketball

Blogging The Boys has been looking into the draft prospects of a few Tigers, including Stevan Ridley and Kelvin Sheppard.

Tommy Casanova "remains undefeated against Gators."

Former LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe still can't engage in bar fights (doctor' orders) but is finally out of a neck brace nearly a year after the Alaskan plane crash that almost took he and his son's life.

Louis Coleman got called up to the majors by KC last week and pitched 2 scoreless innings in his debut.

Football Outsiders continues it's great offseason work by analyzing the 2007 upset of ULM over Bama.

Andy Staples at has put forth his own plan for a new 64-team, 4-conference division for football that isn't entirely crazy.

Even Shreveport locals can't find value in the Indy bowl being the day after Christmas

Nothing LSU related in TeamSpeedKills' Sprints this morning, but it's worth a look just for the montage.

Mental Floss relays the seldom heard tale of Robert Parish, probably the greatest athlete in Centenary College history, who was erased from existence by the NCAA.

Shakin' The Southland is in the middle of a feature explaining the fundamentals of the lineback position, today covering the basics of Man Coverage.

I know it's old news, but I am inexplicably fascinated with the Jim Hawthorne country album.