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Link Gumbo - 2/11/13

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The world waits with baited breath the officially announcement of Cam Cameron as the new LSU OC and the subsequent rumored reshuffling of the football staff. As of this writing, nothing official has been said, and what with it being Lundi Gras, I'm not certain we should expect an announcement until Wednesday.

It's been a whirlwind few weeks for Les Miles. He's had his contract extended, done multiple interviews live on radio sets in New Orleans, including the Dan Patrick show (video down below) for a lengthy interview about recruiting and that mess with the Arkansas job, Enjoyed the Super Bowl in the company of the Harbaughs, searched for a new OC and live tweeted a Heat-Lakers game in Miami (while Eric Reid sat courtside.) All while simultaneously bringing in a consensus Top 10 recruiting class.

Now that signing day is over, it's important to remember that even highly ranked classes can turn into disasters.

In SB Nation's latest mock draft, Mingo is headed to Jacksonville at the #2 pick, with Minter also going in the first round.

It was rumored during the Senior Bowl that JaMarcus Russell would be attempting to come back to the NFL. Apparently it's serious as the Jets have already had some discussions with him.

Russell wasn't the only unexpected Tiger at the Senior Bowl. Tyrann Mathieu wasn't there to practice, but he did meet with a few team reps and was able to secure an invite to the NFL combine.

In fact, 13 LSU players received combine invites, the most ever for LSU and tying FSU for the most this season. That list includes every one of the 11 Juniors who declared early in The Great Exodus. SR Russell Shepard did not make the list, despite a late invite to the Senior Bowl.

After a brief stint in the CFL in a backup role, Jordan Jefferson is now with Pittsburgh's AFL team.

Former LSU DB coach Ron Cooper, who left the program last year to take the same job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be back in college next season, as DB and assistant Head Coach at USF.

Here comes the oddest headline of the day: Ryan Perrilloux and Josh Booty are going to star in an MLB Network reality show about teaching QBs to throw a knuckleball.(Trailer down below)

LSU basketball is looking ahead to a future without Andrew Del Piero and has signed 7' 220lbs Darcy Malone from Canberra, Australia.

Houston Nutt reportedly interviewed for a coaching job with the Dallas Cowboys. Red Cup Rebellion has an exclusive transcript of the interview.

The oaks at Toomer's Corner are reaching the end of their days. Our friends at College and Magnolia say goodbye to an icon of the SEC.

TCU has reinstated QB Casey Pachall, but has yet to decide if and when he will see the playing field again, let alone play against LSU in the season opener.

It really has reached the bottom for the Big East as word has leaked out that NBC has offered a paltry $20-$23 million for year for TV rights, which would come to only about $2 million a teams. That number is a joke compared to the tens of millions most BCS schools earn now and barely more than most of the future Big East members would make if they had stayed in the CUSA in the first place.

By comparison, USA Today estimates that with a new TV deal, the SEC could payout as much as $34 million a team in the coming years. Good thing, too, because SEC schools have quite a lot of debt to pay off. Mike Slive is getting his money too, with his payout reaching about 1.6 Million last year.

The WAC is officially no more (as a football conference). Long Live the WAC.

Realignment will never cease. After losing FIU, FAU, MTSU, and North Texas, the Sun Belt is looking to shore up it's numbers with some new additions from 1-AA.

Since we last spoke, there has been a fair bit of change around the blogging neighborhood. The Friends of the Program, once the best source for news from Sherveport, is no more, though Bunkie Perkins has found himself a steady gig over at EDSBS. He isn't gone quite yet, but The Mayor is headed for the retirement well deserved of a damn good dawg. Meanwhile, Kleph and Todd are also taking a break from Roll Bama Roll, leaving a whole new staff of bammers who want to call this place a "Coonasss Cesspool"

Details are sparse, but it would appear the next large construction project on campus will be on Nicholson Drive in the area of the Married Student housing and the old Alex Box lot.

This is from before the AFC Championship game, but I couldn't not share it. MOONBOOTS Y'ALL!


Forever A Tiger

Patrick Peterson trains Tyrann Mathieu ahead of the Draft

Les Miles on the Dan Patrick Show 1/28/13

The Next Knuckler