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Some news and notes for you from the past week

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LSU veterans Jared Poche & Kyle Bouman have designs on holding onto key roles on a fortified pitching staff | NOLA.com - Despite their success last season, and their success during their careers at LSU, Jared Poche and Kyle Bouman face a challenge to hold onto their starting rotation spots with a wave of talented new freshman arriving.

Baseball guy and former major leaguer, Andy Cannizaro digs into his new gig at LSU | Sports | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Feature on new hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, who hopefully can survive the wrath of crazy LSU fans. Before/After April: The #FireAndy train starts up

Restoring LSU lakes to health could mean draining them | News | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Plans to restore the LSU lakes have begun, but there's a chance restoring them could result in draining the lakes.

Baseball Wins NCAA Recruiting Title - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics - Good news in this rather disappointing LSU sports week. Baseball has come home with the #1 recruiting class for 2014.

LSU Tigers Gigapixel - powered by Blakeway Panoramas and Fancam - Here's a rather cool "gigapixel" from the game against Miss State. Go find yourself!

Shaquille O'Neal sang karaoke with LSU students in a Charles Barkley t-shirt - Extra Mustard - SI.com - Shaq is still the best and if you say otherwise you're wrong and an awful human being.

Tommy Casanova is still everybody's All-American - Football - A feature on former LSU 3x All-American Tommy Casanova, who once thought about going to Tulane. Thankfully, he made the right choice.

Study Hall: Mississippi State 34, LSU 29 - Football Study Hall - If you are interested in being scarred for life, and thinking about gouging your eyes out, this is down your alley. If not, well you could drink a lot and pretend to forget about it while you read it.

Towson University Supports Tyranny, Wants to Ban Student Tailgating - Underdog Dynasty - Towson wants to implement new rules for tailgating, which includes no open containers, and students would have to take a 20-30 minute seminar on rules for tailgating. Why Towson? Why?

Pipeline between St. Thomas More & LSU continues to fuel the Tigers' program | NOLA.com - The connection between St. Thomas More High School and LSU has included Mikie Mahtook and Andrew Stevenson, and now will include a few more highly touted freshman.

LSU alum Anthony Ranaudo wraps up season with his best performance of his rookie campaign for the Red Sox | NOLA.com - After the Red Sox torched their pitching staff at the trade deadline, former LSU pitcher Anthony Ranaudo got a chance to start. While he had some ups and downs you'd expect from a young pitcher, he finished the year with a strong 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, and 2 SO performance in a win over the Rays. He finishes the year with a 4-3 record, and a 4.81 ERA.

Hoover council approves contract for Alabama baseball to play 2015 season at Hoover Met | AL.com - Does this mean....home runs at Hoover Met? Does such a thing exist?

Les Miles, baseball stats: The LSU football coach explains sabermetrics, for some reason (VIDEO). - Les being Les

Wednesdays With Les: Jennings should start; more playing time for Harris, Beckwith; band talk! | Tiger Tracks - No one called in asking how many players on the team got arrested, so that's a positive. Some good stuff in here. Check it out.