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The Lady Tiger gym team won their NCAA regional this weekend, beating host Ohio St and a higher ranked UCLA among others. The team will compete in the National Championship meet at UCLA starting on April 19th.

It has been an excellent few days for LSU Softball. Early last week, SR pitcher Rachele Fico was chosen #1 overall in the National Pro Fastpitch league draft, the 2nd straight year an LSU player has been selected #1 overall. The team followed it up this weekend by taking 2 of 3 on the road at Arkansas and solidifying their lead of the SEC West.

The Masters tournament in Augusta starts this week with 2 noteable LSU alumni in the field. David Toms, of course, and 2011 NCAA Men's golf champion John Peterson, who was recently profiled in The New York Times.

It's sure to fuel silly debates about the cost paying coaches vs paying teachers, but the Daily Reveille's annual database of LSU employee salaries does share some interesting facts. For example, Les Miles technically makes less from LSU than a few of his assistants and both basketball head coaches (although obviously Miles gets other compensation that makes his annual salary exponentially more than anyone else on the list)

Friend of the site Carter Bryant has an excellent piece in DIG magazine that looks at the lack of African American players in college baseball.

There was a great series in The Daily Reveille last month on the issue of steroids at LSU, detailing what led to the now vacated 2012 LSU Women's Outdoor National Championship and Paul Manieiri's thoughts on steroid use in college baseball.

There is hardly a worse place to play baseball in the SEC than "The Joe" at Alabama. Tide takes a look at the problems and what might be proposed to fix it.

This year's NFL free agency has seen a ton of movement by former LSU players. The Colts have picked up LaRon Landry and Ricky Jean-Francois. The 49ers have picked up Glenn Dorsey. Also in NFL transactions, Baton Rouge native and LSU great Todd McClure is retiring after more than a decade of work on the Falcon's O-Line.

Les Miles will once again be joining the NFL Network in New York for their draft coverage and Barkevious Mingo will be in the green room.

JaMarcus Russell's attempt at an NFL comeback is looking more serious than it ever has in the past. Russell has lost quite a bit of weight and anonymous NFL scouts seem to think teams are watching his progress and contemplating giving him a second chance.

Meanwhile, another former LSU QB has found a paying gig. Jordan Jefferson is currently the starting QB for the Pittsburg AFL team. If you're interested, they'll be in New Orleans to play the VooDoo on April 19th.

In EVEN MORE FORMER LSU QB NEWS: Josh Booty's turn as "The Next Knucler" has come to an end as the Diamondbacks have cut him. The Marlins also officially released Booty, clearing up an interesting player rights issue that could have arisen if Booty had turned into a viable pro player.

As a kid, I spent a few summers with relatives in Houston going to Astros games and Rodeos, so I'm sad to see the current abandoned state of the Astrodome.

Both Local and National writers have picked up on the message of #SECBasketballFever. On that note, Auburn had another terrible season, but it wasn't bad enough to beat LSU's all-time worst season in SEC history.

Shaq's Lakers jersey was retired last week, elevating him to an extremely elite club. The ceremony was an evening of Shaq being Shaq.

The SEC Network is officially on it's way, as Commish Slive has announced that details will be coming later this month.

I'm all for bad mouthing Auburn, but leave it to ESPN to do reporting so shoddy that I'm actually believing Auburn's denial.

Things can hardly get worse these days for NCAA President Mark Emmert. And then he opened his mouth.

The data to buy advance tickets for the College World Series is this coming Saturday.

LSU will be right in the middle of a massive construction and development project on Nicholson Dr that will stretch all the way to downtown BR.

There are NCAA violations, and then there is Southeastern Louisiana reporting 137 ineligible athletes.


Dale Brown on Sports 225, Part 1, 2-28-13 (There are another 2 parts to this interview with Lee Feinswog in this series)

Les Miles on Pro Day and...kissing pigs - BayouBengalsInsider

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