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Link Gumbo - 6/30/14

Let's take a look at the latest news in the LSU sports world.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LEGENDS: Former Tiger running back Kevin Faulk finds himself back home at Carencro - Football - LSU legend Kevin Faulk has returned to his former high school Carencro as an assistant coach.

LEGENDS: Twenty-five years after winning the Golden Spikes Award, Ben McDonald hasn't found a way to douse his competitive fire - LSU Baseball - 25 years on from winning the Golden Spikes, legendary LSU pitcher Ben McDonald still finds ways to fuel his competitive spirit.

LEGENDS: Catching up with LSU's 1981 Final Four team - Basketball - A look back at LSU's famed 1981 Final Four team.

Auburn prepares for launch of SEC Network - Auburn University News - Auburn is preparing for the launch of the SEC Network by undertaking a $5m project, and will produce 120 live events.

LEGENDS: Through trials and tribulations, faith has guided Abdul-Rauf - Basketball - Another one of Tiger Rag's LEGENDS pieces, this one on former LSU basketball star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

David Patrick is now LSU's assistant head coach - There's been a lot of shake up with Head Basketball Coach Johnny Jones' staff, and the latest is that David Patrick has been promoted to assistant head coach.

How the NCAA botched its case in the landmark Ed O'Bannon antitrust trial | - If you've been following the Ed O'Bannon case you'll know the NCAA is doing horribly. SI tells you why.

Les Miles Takes Charity-Related Frozen Water Bucket Dousing Like a Champ | The Big Lead - Les Miles took the "Cold Water Challenge", which is to get splashed with frozen water and/or Gatorade to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Les took it spectacularly. Let's hope the players can splash him with Gatorade this year in celebration of a title.

Red, Rock & Blue softball game features celebrities and 'sorta celebrities' | - The annual Red, Rock & Blue softball game, which raises money for military charities took place on Friday, and featured former LSU football stars Reuben Randle and Jacob Hester, and former Saint Randall Gay.

The Bayou Trio: LSU's next wave of star Tigers has arrived | FOX Sports on MSN - Very good piece from Bruce Feldman on the arrival of a new trio of star LSU players - Brandon Harris, Leonard Fournette, and Malachi Dupre.

Summer Scouting: New Mexico State | Tiger Tracks - Ross Dellenger dissects New Mexico State in his Tiger Tracks blog.

LSU Hall of Famer Marchand Dies, 83 - - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics - Former two sport standout in football and baseball and LSU Athletics Hall of Famer Jerry Marchand has died at 84.

LSU’s Steve Kragthorpe gets new contract, title | Sports | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA - Steve Kragthorpe has a new contract which will see him make $150k, a 1/3rd of his previous salary, and his new title is "special assistant to the head coach/chief of staff for LSU football.