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Link Gumbo - 10/22/15

A round-up of the latest news in LSU sports over the last week.

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Ben Simmons named preseason SEC POY. LSU's superstar freshman has been selected as the conference player of the year at media days in Charlotte. The Tigers were picked to finish fourth in the conference standings.

A gameday in the life of SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey - A cool feature on the new Grand Overlord of the SEC, Greg Sankey, and what his day is typically like during an SEC football gameday.

Fall Ball Notes: "Much improved" slugger Greg Deichmann in the mix at first base - LSU Baseball - After swinging an incredibly hot bat so far in the fall, sophomore Greig Deichmann is back working at first base and has put himself in position to potentially be the Tigers starter there.

Teurlings' Nick Webre commits to LSU baseball - The baseball commits continue to keep on rolling in, this one from Teurlings Nick Webre, who is the first player in the school's history to commit to LSU.

Mainieri to Fly with U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds - Some of Mainieri's former players at the Air Force Academy are gonna take coach for a ride on Friday

Special A&M uniforms designed to "light up the night," but kickoff ended up at 11 a.m. - - A&M had some special helmets made for their Halloween game vs South Carolina. They would glow in the dark apparently. Except the game is being played at 11 AM. Not to mention that it's dumb to wear them in a stadium with lights anyway.

ESPN Report: LSU guard Blakeney, former Tiger Mickey allegedly involved in Louisville escort scandal - The Daily Reveille - The Louisville escort/sex for recruits/Rick Pitino is always involved with these things one way or another scandal now has tied in a current LSU Tiger, Antonio Blakeney, and former one Jordan Mickey. That's fun.

Johnny Jones confident that LSU freshman Antonio Blakeney's eligibility is safe in wake of connection to Louisville scandal | - Coach Jones told reporters at Media Days that Blakeney has already been interviewed about the scandal by the NCAA and he expects there to be no issues with his eligibility.

Wednesdays with Les: Dillon Gordon to undergo surgery for Achilles injury - Tiger Tracks - Les Miles did his weekly radio show yesterday evening. Here's some of what was said, and more clarification on Dillon Gordon's injury that will cost him his season.

Gone too far-- Scott Rabalais weighs in on all the extracurricular piling on Fournette has been seeing.

SAVAGE SEASON: Leonard Fournette's historic assault on the record books - Football - Leonard Fournette is on pace to obliterate LSU and SEC records. Go check out which ones.

Patience, discipline results in breakout game for LSU defensive end Lewis Neal | LSU | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Lewis Neal is having a fantastic season for LSU so far, and could be nearing an all-time type season for an LSU defensive linemen. Read more on how he's taken the big strides he has this season.

Beach Volleyball to Play in New Conference - - The ancient days are here again: LSU is now sharing a conference with Tulane.