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LSU coach Les Miles appears in USA Football's public service announcement | NOLA.com - Les Miles has appeared in a PSA for USA Football, discussing it's Heads Up Football program. The Heads Up program's goal is to make the game safer and better.

LSU Joins SEC Fan Experience Enhancement Project - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics
Details about many of the new additions to Tiger Stadium. New HD video and LED message boards, an enhanced capability for mobile phone usage (we've heard that before), and new menu options including pulled pork nachos, churros, and fried catfish poboys.

STEWART: Former Tiger Matt Derenbecker's life stood tall - Basketball - A very good piece from Tiger Rag, which discusses the life of former LSU basketball play Matt Derenbecker. Derenbecker was found dead in a pool in Ponchatoula just under 2 weeks ago. The article discusses many events in Matt's life, whether they be sporting or non-sporting, and Matt's bright personality. It's required reading.

Travin Dural, LSU's lone receiver with significant experience, is a quiet man set for a big year with the Tigers - Football - More from Tiger Rag, this on current LSU WR Travin Dural. Dural's confidence admittedly wasn't too high, but after the Arkansas GW TD catch, his confidence has grown and despite media attention that may not match all these highly touted freshman, wants to help many of them grow and learn the offense.

'When the Game Stands Tall': 5 cool things to know about the New Orleans-shot sports drama | NOLA.com - I'm sure many of you have already seen previews of it, but here are 5 facts about the new football drama "When the Game Stands Tall", which was shot in NOLA including LSU coaches and players making appearances.

Previewing all 112 SEC football games of 2014 at once - SBNation.com - Remember, guys. Stay strong, keep it close, and take it in the 4th.

Without hype of fanfare, LSU's lean offensive line is ready to carry the Tigers in 2014 - Football - While the national media may not be focusing on it, and the local media may be more interested in interviewing the star Freshmen - which is pointed out in the piece - there's plenty of LSU fans that know the talent and importance on this line.

LSU Equipment Changes | WBRZ News 2 Louisiana : Baton Rouge, LA | - This is the "finale" in a series WBRZ has been having, where Sport 2's Brian Holland goes behind the scenes with LSU. This trip takes him to the equipment room.

LSU freshman Austin Bain is aiming to fill however many roles he can | NOLA.com - LSU has plenty of fast-throwing, power pitchers ready to make their way on campus and into Alex Box in 2015. Austin Bain is one of them. He also wants to try to play in the infield, which he did at Dutchtown. LSU hasn't seen a regular starter play the field since Will Harris in 2006 and then Clay Harris in 2002. We'll see how it goes, with Bain getting a chance in Fall Practice.

A look at how LSU players have progressed - This was linked in an article on the site, but here's what S&C can do for ya.

SEC coaches describe team in one word - SEC Blog - ESPN - Brett McMurphy asked 65 coaches from the Power 5 conferences to describe their team in one word. There was a lot of the usual "hungry", and "motivated" stuff. Here's what the SEC coaches said. Tell me you can't actually picture them saying this.

Still not cleared, LSU signee Valentine set to arrive Saturday | Sports | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Travonte Valentine has likely already arrived, but he believes that another SEC school is behind why he hasn't been cleared. I'm sure the SEC school did this because they know that if you give the SEC a reason, they'll screw w/ LSU.

LSU right-hander Troy Whitty has shoulder surgery, is out for the 2015 season | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - More news on baseball pitchers. This time, bad news. RHP Troy Whitty is out for the year.

Aaron Nola turns heads with Phillies, fans | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Aaron Nola doing Aaron Nola things. A 3.16 ERA, 30 Ks, and 5 BB's in 31.1 IP. Yeah, he still hates walks evidently.

A Descriptive History Of the Sun Belt Conference - Underdog Dynasty - New SB Nation blog! Make sure to check them out. It's called Underdog Dynasty, and they write about the non Power 5 schools. This is a great history lesson on the Sun Belt Conference and how it's progressed, which is a lot. From a strictly basketball conference, to schools leaving, and schools joining. Read more.

Identical Jordan twins ready to make their mark in purple and gold | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - A sign of how star studded LSU's class for 2014 is? Two identical twins - Beau and Bryce Jordan -  who Paul Mainieri can only tell apart by making Beau Jordan wear a goatee, aren't getting much attention! More about them from The Advocate.

Two-QB system? LSU’s Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings could share job | Sports | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Ross Dellenger writes about Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings potentially sharing the QB job, and the dichotomy of that type of relationship, by looking back on how LSU has had a two-QB system for 25 of the past 50 seasons. Personally, I think LSU can use a two-QB system effectively this year, or at least won't be as hindered by it as some have said.

2014 Wisconsin Season Preview - Bucky's 5th Quarter
A full preview of the Badgers from our SB Nation Wisconsin BlogBros.

Talented LSU freshmen pose challenge for Badgers - Some Wisconsin articles, since it is game week. This on how LSU's talented Freshman will challenge the Badgers.

UW to get up-close look at LSU freshman Leonard Fournette - Everyone's still holding out hope for that Fournette direct snap on the first play for a TD, right? Let's hope that's the Wisconsin D's first sight of Leonard.