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Link Gumbo - 4/21/14

A round-up of the latest news and notes surrounding LSU and the sports world at large.

Joe Murphy

Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones’ condition improves | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA - Some fantastic news here. As many of you know, Tahj was shot back on the 11th, allegedly by former LSU football player Brandon Winey. It's good to see Tahj improving and we wish him and his family all the best.

UPDATE: Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones' trainer says Jones able to stand up, march in place - Football - Here's a note on what Tahj Jones is able to do. The progress appears good.

Badgers football: Focus shifts to LSU - The Badgers are already focusing on the big showdown with LSU on August. 30 in Houston.

Why the NCAA's Title IX excuse no longer works - - The mothership with a must read piece regarding the NCAA and Title IX

LSU Tigers lean on young cornerbacks who are poised for big jump - ESPN - ESPN talks about the young stars for LSU in the defensive backfield, Rashard Robinson and Tre White, who look to live up to the heights set by DBU.

LSU QB Harris to train in California in May; Grimes salary revealed | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA - Couple notes here on Brandon Harris training in California, and the salary of new LSU OL Coach Jeff Grimes.

LHSAA's business-as-usual approach is dumbfounding in an extraordinary case | - Very interesting piece on a Louisiana HS Junior Clementine Mubungirwa, an African refugee, who is being denied the opportunity to play sports next year as he will turn 19. Read inside for more.

Uni Watch - SpeedFlex introduces new technology that could help alleviate impact - ESPN - Riddell is introducing new "SpeedFlex" helmets, in which LSU is taking part, and there are many things this will help and affect.

LSU to play Syracuse in Carrier Dome in 2015 | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA - A real Home and Home. Not some game in an NFL stadium. Or where we play our home end in a different state. An actual home and home. LSU travels to the Carrier Dome to play Syracuse in 2015. The Orange come to Death Valley in 2017. *prays that the game isn't changed to take place in Cowboys Stadium*

What Athletes Will Get Under the NCAA's New Food Rules - All of this has been caused by the comments made by Shabazz Napier that he "goes to bed hungry". Here's some info on the new food rules.

JMU reportedly picks FCS over Sun Belt: Mad FCS-to-FBS rush over? - - The mothership with a piece on if the rush of FCS schools jumping to FBS level will slow down as James Madison chooses against the Sun Belt, and chooses the FCS.

LSU recruit Ben Simmons could be the next ambassador of Australian basketball | One And One - - SI with an interesting piece on LSU recruit Ben Simmons and the chance that he becomes an ambassador for Australian basketball.

Former LSU broadcaster Walter Hill dies at 86 | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA - Sad news here as former LSU broadcaster Walter Hill passes away. He is survived by his wife; two sons; and four grandchildren.

Quick hits: ESPN, Bo Jackson provide sneak peek at SEC Network | - Bo Jackson with a little preview for the new SEC Network. I duck to avoid the things hurled in different directions from people who have DirecTV.

Courville Claims Second NCAA Vault Title - - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics - LSU finished 3rd in the overall team event on Saturday, but Rheagan Courville wasn't being denied today. She repeats as the champion on the vault.

Better dunker -- Beckham or Manziel? - SportsNation - ESPN - Odell Beckham has hops.