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Link Gumbo - 5/19/14

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

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LSU Leads Nation with Nine NFL Draft Picks - - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics - LSU led the way in most NFL Draft picks with 9, tying last years school record. Notre Dame and Alabama were 2nd with 8 respectively

NCAA Regional: Softball Draws Louisville in Arizona - - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics - LSU wound up in the Tucson Regional for the NCAA Softball Tournament. They beat Louisville 13-9 in their first game, before falling to Arizona 9-8. They beat Boston U 8-3 to stay alive, but fell 13-5 to Arizona in the Regional Final. They went 38-24 on the year. Congrats on a great season ladies.

All quiet on the violations front ... is NCAA enforcement dead? - - Now someone is going to get a violation for driving a kid to the mall and letting him buy a hat with his own $. Yes, I'm positive that is an NCAA violation in some way.

Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel: After long journey, former five-star recruit finally where he wants to be | Campus Union - - Gunner Kiel committed to LSU. Then decommitted. Les Miles then not to cryptically called him out when he said "some guys don't have enough chest". Hee committed to Notre Dame, didn't win the job there and didn't play. Now he's at Cincinnati. This is "where he wants to be" apparently. Good luck Gunner.

Les Miles joined STL from Minute Maid Park | CSN Houston - Les Miles took in a Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park and spoke with Sports Talk Live of CSN Houston.

Les Miles: Texans get 'steal' in RB Alfred Blue - While at the game, Les talked about the Houston Texans drafting Alfred Blue, and he said the Texans "got a steal".

Despite NFL Draft stock, the star college running back isn't going away ... yet - - The Mothership talks about how the "star college running back" isn't going away despite the lack of RB's taken in the NFL Draft and no RB's being taken in the 1st Round since David Wilson went pick #32 in 2012. But it could be coming soon.

Buddy Guy receives honorary degree from LSU during graduation | - Buddy Guy received an honorary doctorate degree from LSU, joining the largest class to ever graduate from the University.

Video by lsufootball - Les Miles chose to congratulate some of the new alums on graduation day.

Back to the future: 2011 Alabama-LSU game churns out 42 NFL draftees - ESPN - Nothing will ever compare to what we saw on that night. We will never see that much NFL talent on the field again. It was a truly special game and moment in time. And we won. No matter the BS that ensued after, we won.