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Mike The Tiger hits LSU next month.

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Media days are history now, and we’re now closing in on football season. There are only 53 days until the Tigers finally take the field.

And LSU football wants to make sure you’re totally hyped for it. The team’s Twitter account tweeted out this photo Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking of football, several LSU players have been named to college football award watch lists.

More SEC Media Days talk, this time on earlier training camp starts; The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais on who has a shot vs. Bama; is the SEC conspiring to add some juice to cross-divisional games?

Spoiler:

Also — let’s laugh heartily at Ole Miss for a moment, shall we?

Now switching over to basketball season, the Tigers will be without Jalyn Patterson this year, who is currently exploring his transfer options. Patterson will have one season of eligibility left after left afterwards.

In other random news, a man by the name of Lucien Hamilton attempted to sneak into Tiger Stadium - with a prostitute.

This makes for at least five break-ins to the stadium within the past year. Please get off our lawn, on behalf of the entire university and all associated with it. After all, we’ll finally have a live Tiger around again next month.

But you won’t see him rolled into the stadium on gameday like we have in the past. According to a statement by the school, this tradition has been permanently discontinued.

“Responsible care for live exotic animals has evolved throughout the years, and LSU has evolved with it, as evidenced by the renovations to the tiger habitat in 1981 and the construction of an entirely new habitat in 2004-05. In that vein, LSU has decided that the tiger will not go into Tiger Stadium on home football game days. He will be out in his yard seven days a week. By having Mike in his yard on game days, it ensures that fans are able to see him throughout the day.”

In other recent news, former LSU head coach Les Miles recently sat down with Amway on behalf of the coaches poll, to discuss leadership, including in time of crisis.