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Link Gumbo - 7/22/14

A round-up of assorted news and notes

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Injured DT tweets hospital photo, says he’s "doing well" | LSU | The Advocate -SU DT Trey Lealaimatafao, who seriously injured himself after punching through a window on Monday, remains in hospital recovering from his wound. This report cites sources who believe he will need additional surgery and his ability to play, at least for this season, remains in serious doubt.

Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle takes a final trip home - ESPN The Magazine - An emotional longform from ESPN on former LSU legend QB Y.A. Tittle, and his struggles with dementia.

The Official Website of Eastern Michigan Athletics - Rob Bolden Joins the EMU Football Program - Rob Bolden - a QB/WR for LSU - has transferred to Eastern Michigan after not playing a snap for the Tigers after transferring from Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.

Annual Fan Day Set for Aug. 10 - - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics - Fan Day, where you can meet the Soccer, Volleyball, LSU cheerleaders, and football players and staff and get autographs, will take place on Sunday Aug. 10. It starts at 4 PM CT and concludes at 6:30.

Former kicker Hairston joins Rice | Tiger Tracks- Senior James Hairston, who handled kickoff duties for LSU the last two seasons, has transferred to Rice for a shot at kicking field goals. Hariston has already graduated from LSU with a degree in finance and will be immediately eligible.

" Louisville Slugger’s 80-Year Streak Splintered, Marucci King of the All Star Game What Pros Wear - After an 80 year run as MLB's #1 bat, Marucci, the baseball bat company started in 2002 by LSU Head Athletic Trainer Jack Marucci, overtook Louisville Slugger for the 2013 All-Star Game. 12 players used Marucci to 11 for Louisville Slugger.

NFL draft advisory board will urge more players to stay in school | ProFootballTalk - The NFL draft advisory board will now give out draft grades that say "1st Round", "2nd Round", or "Stay in School". No longer will they be told if they're a 3rd Round or later prospect. This is to encourage more guys to stay in school.

NCAA removes name-likeness release from student-athlete forms - Student-athlete forms, which are signed and allow the NCAA to use a players name or picture to promote championships and the like, has been eliminated.

How the NCAA autonomy procedure could work - - The Mothership discusses the NCAA's new autonomy proposal, and it could give the Power 5 conferences more power.

The allure of early playing time reveals LSU's double-edged sword - College Football - - Very good piece from Andy Staples on the double-edged sword of LSU's recruiting and players leaving early.

LSU and Wisconsin running toward the future in Week 1 Texas showdown - - I'm sure you've already seen this on the front page and commented on it, but if not, here's an article from the Mothership on LSU's Week 1 encounter with Wisconsin.

SEC Network Completes Football Commentating Roster and Assignments " ESPN MediaZone - The SEC Network's commentating roster and assignments for games is complete.

Uni Watch " You Sunk My Battleship! - Very cool piece from Paul Lukas at Uni Watch on how teams have experimented with number and letter combinations on football jerseys, including a lot of great photos of LSU's 1952 squad which used the unique system.

Zach Mettenberger sucker punched by Alabama fan - Roll Tide

In other news, local media was given a tour of the new Tiger Stadium addition. Video follows: