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Baseball Eve is upon us
Baseball Eve is upon us
Adam Henderson

LSU had a press conference yesterday to introduce new coaches Jabbar Juluke and Dameyune Craig. Full Video is below. At the presser, Miles announced some changes in philosophy coming to spring practice this year. Miles also revealed that Kevin Toliver and Ethan Pocic with miss spring recovering from surgeries, Cam Cameron's contract is still not finalized, and the NCAA has still not said whether or not Dillon Gordon will recieve an extra year.

A few more details on Trey Quinn's announced transfer: LSU is barring him from going to another SEC school, but he doesn't seem to mind. Quinn plans to go straight to another FBS school and sit out a year, rather than take the FCS route. He's also going to still be at LSU through the end of the spring semester. Of less note, LSU also announced WR RS JR Kevin Spears is also leaving the program.

LSU has announced that they have received an allotment of 20,000 tickets for the kickoff game at Lambeau Field this September, along with revealing which sections they are in. Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders first this April.

I have a hard time believing that LA's budget issues will have any large affect on LSU football, but there are consequences to TOPS funding being in jeopardy for those kids who are trying to make their way through college. WR Curtlan Williams, a prospect out of Southern Lab who was planning to got to LSU as a preferred walk-on and use TOPS to pay his way, has instead decided to accept a full scholarship offer from Southern.

At a recent LSU Board meeting, LSU's policy of requiring the completion of a degree for an athlete to be honored was relaxed, paving the way for a long requested statue honoring Pete Maravich.

Tons of individual baseball player profiles are poping up in the local papers this week: The Advocate on Jesse StallingsAntoine DuplantisBeau JordanJake Latz, and Austin Bain, The Times-Pic on Brennan Breaux, Tiger Rag on John Valek III, Dig BR on Antoine Duplantis, and LSUSports.net on Alex Lange.

This weekend's starting rotation will be Poche, Lange and John Valek III, with Bain likely getting the road start in next week's midweek road trip to Lamar. Mainieri made it clear that this rotation was only for Opening Weekend and made it known that Valek's spot on Sunday is far from locked up at this point.

ESPN's got a new series of 30 for 30 shorts coming with one on the man who Shaq buys his shoes from and another on Rudy Macklin’s infamous comments before the 1981 3rd place game.

It being college baseball eve,There's a great profile from the Omaha paper of Ron Prettyman, the new NCAA official in charge of managing the CWS.

At Bossier Parish Community College up in Shreveport, Sarah Hudek made history last week as the first woman to record a win as a pitcher in college baseball.

I hope you're ready for another round of CONFERENCE EXPANDAGGEDON. After some conflicting reports from the annual BXII meeting last month, their commissioner is now openly discussing plans for expansion back to 12 teams and a new conference network. Time to see if Texas plays hardball again.

Something to file away for a few years when the eventual Saints ownership/relocation fight begins: The Superdome has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, over the vocal objections of the state-run stadium management committee.

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