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Link Gumbo 7/15/11


It appears we may have reached the end of the LSU chapter of the Willie Lyles saga with last night's press release by LSU. And, thanks to an Oregon paper FOIA'ing LSU, we have a few more details about the services rendered by Mr Lyles last year. Our $6,000 dollars bought us 32 DVDs of 2010-2011 California and Kansas JUCO prospects and an outdated, 91-page roster list of the same states' JUCO players. Lyles even managed to throw in a DVD of a then current Texas HS prospect and (the oddest bit of all) a DVD of film on a single Kansas JUCO prospect from 07-08. While the quality of Mr Lyles' scouting service may be questionable, that certainly seems like something you could reasonably charge $6K for. At this point I don't think we'll be hearing anything more about Lyles in relation to LSU.

Unless, of course, the whole Patrick Peterson-Tx A&M thing blows up again...

Also of note: Recent revelations by Cal, the other non-Oregon school caught up in this, have the effect of legitimizing Lyles' work outside of the Oregon program.

Meanwhile, our Oregon counterparts at Addicted To Quack have reached a breaking point in dealing with this Lyles mess and needed to blow off a little steam (NSFW)

In the other Impending Doom news: Next month's supposed big-time investigation piece by Yahoo! Sports will not involve LSU (or Bama for that matter

The Coaches preseason All-SEC teams are out and the big shocker is that Vandy has more players named than Kentucky and Tennessee. Here are the LSU players on the list.

1st Team Defense: Morris Claiborne

2nd team Offense: Rueben Randle

2nd team Defense: Barkevious Mingo, Ryan Baker, Tyrann Mathieu

3rd team Offense: Alex Hurst

3rd team Defense: Sam Montgomery

In other list news: Randle for  Biletnikoff Award (best WR), Claiborne for Nagurski (Best Defensive), PJ Lonergan for Rimington (Best Center), next week's SEC Media Days attendees for LSU are Ryan Baker, Jordan Jefferson, and Russell Shepard, and 26 freshmen made the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

The 2012 home game against U-Dub has been moved up 3 weeks to Week 2 (Sept 8th) in a year that will feature EIGHT home games.

This weekend Jerry Stovall will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend (soon to be moved to Atlanta) you can watch the proceedings live on Saturday night via the Nation Football Foundation's website

Death Valley PA Dan Borne has been doing a radio tour in BR this week to promote his work on this year's football theme. His interview on The Tiger Zone in particular was a great bit of radio.

Shaq didn't waste any time picking up a TV commentator gig. He'll be joining the TNT crew next fall (or whenever the NBA lockout ends)

Track star and permanent ATVS crush Lolo Jones and certifiably insane closer Brain Wilson were both at the ESPYs this week. Guess which LSU Alum was wearing the spandex?

There are now free electric car chargers on campus at LSU (they'll still cost $40 to park at on Gamedays)

That charity Bama-Auburn scrimmage for tornado relief will be happening, but now it will be featuring former players instead of current ones.

The immortal Mississippi Slap Fight of Oxford v Starkville got a bit heated yesterday over Starkville's new campaign of calling itself  "Mississippi's College Town." Rebel partisans played the Faulkner card and the Starkvegans defended the honor of their cherry limeades. So, a typical Mississippi day then...

Some Frawgs fans think our Home-and-home with TCU in 2013 could become an annual JerryDome special.

How's this for Conference Expandaggedon insanity? After losing Utah, BYU, and TCU, the MWC talked to the CUSA about merging into a 22 team Super Conference. Meanwhile A&M is still pining for the SEC, which the Horns find awfully amusing.

USL makes an appearance on Doc Saturday's Bottom 12 of 2011 list. Better go ask Hudspeth how that "Fence around Lafayette" is coming.

The good doctor also sees ULM having it's first winning season since joining D-1A, but still being left out of a bowl.

SB Nation's Andrew Sharp was at Nike HQ last weekend for a look at the pinnacle of the world of 7on7 football camps.