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Link Gumbo 8/5/13

#18 has been awarded to LB Lamin Barrow
#18 has been awarded to LB Lamin Barrow

Coach Miles met with the media yesterday as the team reported ahead of tomorrow's first practice of the fall. Miles likes his team, as usual, and discussed that many players would be tried in different positions, even on different sides of the ball, as LSU tries to find ways to get the best players to the field. The only player missing from camp will be FR DB Rashard Robinson, who has an issue with the NCAA Clearinghouse. (sorry for the low audio quality, it's the most complete version of the video I could find)

Miles mentioned in passing Arizona's attempts to try out Patrick Peterson on offense, something that has grown from just a fun camp experiment to it's own section in the Cardinals' playbook.

MIles also reiterated the current indefinite suspension status of Jeremy Hill. Hill's lawyers informed the press on Sunday night that he will be meeting with the judge today and that there is a possibility the entire matter might be settled in that meeting. We'll keep you posted.

Late on Sunday night at the first team meeting of the year, the storied #18 was awarded to SR LB Lamin Barrow.

There are going to be a lot of new faces in new places this season due to all of the early entrants to the NFL. As The Advocate did a great job pointing out in a piece yesterday, three years and out is becoming the new normal for the LSU football program.

In an interview with ESPN Radio Baton Rouge [mp3 link] Equipment Manager Greg Stringfellow detailed the process that LSU goes through with Nike when creating and distributing player equipment. Interestingly, Stringfellow mentions that the new football uni numbers look different because the angles on the numbers are all at 58 degrees, a nod to the 1958 championship.

It's rare when you get to hear directly from former LSU coaches about their time at LSU, even rarer when that coach is talking about games from 1893. has unearthed a personal account from Dr. Charles Coates, former Dean of LSU and the father of LSU football, describing the first few years of play for the Tigers

Our SBN counterparts over at Dawgs By Nature have a great X's and O's break down of how they think Barkevious Mingo will fit into Cleveland's defense.

Brad Wing is working hard to earn a spot with Philadelphia (What a coincidence that the punter he's trying to beat is fellow former Tiger Donnie Jones)

It's not just players who are returning to camp. The SEC officials recently converged on Birmingham for their annual re-certification. The meeting includes a written situational test which has partially replicated so that you can try your hand at being a ref.

Polling for "The Greatest SEC Disaster" is complete. Curley Hallman couldn't even win that.

JaCoby Jones' road to the majors with Pittsburgh has hit a snag as a knee injury has sidelined him for the rest of the minor league season.

In other Minors news, Chris Cotton is lighting the Astro's system on fire (and grown a wicked 'stache)

Baseball signee Dylan Williams remains in a Georgia jail after being arrested as part of a large drug raid. Both Williams father and Coach Mainieri remain confident that Williams was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and that he will be exonerated.

Despite a brief snag with the NCAA clearinghouse, basketball signee Jordan Mickey has been cleared to join LSU this fall.

After leading the USA women's team to a gold medal at the U-19 world championships, coach Nikki Caldwell is preparing the Lady Tigers for a trip to play teams in Spain later this month.

LSU has announced that the soccer team's early season matchup with BYU on Labor Day night will be televised live on Cox Sports.

The Golden Band from Tiger Land is going to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland this coming March.

The offseason has been a bit rocky for LSU's opening opponent TCU. Last week, at the start of fall practice, the Frogs starting left tackle Tayo Fabuluje left the team for "personal reasons". TCU QB Casey Pachall spoke with the media for the first time since leaving the team after a DWI arrest last season. Although Pachall has not been named the starter, there is a good chance he will be before the end of TCU's fall camp.

We know USL head coach Mark Hudspeth is a bit insane, but I didn't know that he's better at the bench press than many of this year's NFL combine participants.

If you're looking for a good laugh, take a look at Tulane asking people to pay +$40,000 a year to watch the Green Wave. [PDF Link]

In the latest update in the players vs NCAA lawsuit, EA Sports has lost an entirely different lawsuit from different players, negating EA's claim that using player likenesses was protected under free speech.

A few weeks ago while visiting family, I saw a good bit of the LSU documentary Ole War Skule that came out a few years ago. While the doc still has it's problems (it's extremely padded) I was reminded of one of the better moments of the film: Les Miles attempting to Walk It Out/Funky Chicken in a team meeting