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Link Gumbo: 5/24/2017

Signing deals and snatching titles.

NCAA Basketball: Final Four Championship Game-Gonzaga vs North Carolina Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a lot going on for the past and present LSU Tigers all across the country this week.

In the NFL, LSU legend and current New York Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. signed a contract that is being called the “biggest shoe deal ever” with Nike on Monday. The contract’s worth at $5.5 million per year for five years makes this roughly twice the amount Nike has ever paid a player.

Back in Baton Rouge, LSU football is still deep in the offseason. That’s included another player arrest, with running back Lanard Fournette picked up at the L’Auberge casino for gambling with a fake ID. Per LSU, Fournette will be disciplined internally.

But that didn’t keep Geaux 247 from showing us just how successful the program has consistently been in recruiting over the years.

The No. 2 seeded LSU baseball team will take on the the No. 10 Missouri Tigers today at 4:30 p.m. CT in the SEC tournament opener. A win would put LSU in the winner’s bracket on Thursday, leaving them a single victory away from a Final Four berth.

The game was supposed to take place on Tuesday, but was pushed back due to weather issues in Hoover, Ala.

The Tigers suspended pitcher Todd Peterson from the game for causes they claimed were due to a violation of team rules. He is expected to be replaced by Caleb Gilbert.

In a lesser-talked-about sport, LSU Track and Field is preparing for prelims on Thursday, where the Tigers are currently ranked at No. 8 and the Lady Tigers at No. 3. The East preliminary rounds will take place on Thursday at the University of Kentucky Track & Field complex.