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Another tough loss on the court.

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

It is a busy time at LSU right now as the winter sports roll on and the spring sports are preparing to begin their season. There is also some football news as Coach O and staff are continuing to work for a strong finish for this year’s signing class. Let’s jump right in.

A depleted LSU team took another blowout loss at Tennessee on Wednesday night. LSU was within seven at some points early in the second half but the Vols eventually pulled away to win by more than 20. Once again, Duop Reath was the lone bright spot for LSU as he poured in 21 points. LSU only had nine players available after the punishments that were handed out Monday. LSU will host Arkansas on Saturday as they get Rachal and Sims back.

In the last year and a half there has been a lot of discussion about where LSU is financially. Well the numbers from 2016-17 are out and they are still bringing in the cash. The Advocate was able to obtain all the numbers from every sport. Football led the way but basketball and baseball were also profitable operations. LSU’s top five revenue sports at the moment:

The softball held their media day on Tuesday. The team has high expectations after three consecutive Women’s World Series appearances. The Tigers return their top two pitchers in Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper. At the plate they lose their top two hitters in Bailey Landry and Savannah Jaquish.

The Lady Tigers on the court will look to continue their march to the tournament as they move into the second half of the season. The team already has a 5-3 conference record and has great wins over Missouri and Tennessee. The team is led by star guard Chloe Jackson who was recently one of ten players nominated for a prestigious award.

LSU has proposed a one year contract extension for pitching coach Alan Dunn. The purpose of this is to keep his buyout fairly high and to also give Dunn a little more job security. If Dunn continues to get a one year extension he would always have three years remaining on his contract. More baseball news, LSU is excited about their new cather Hunter Feduccia. LSU will need players like Feduccia to step up after losing all that production from last year’s SEC Championship team.

Coach O is looking for a stellar finish to what is already a solid 2018 class. The remaining targets include Patrick Surtain Jr, Jammar Chase, James Foster, and Mario Goodrich. The Tigers will only be able to take three of these recruits. They fell that they are in a good place with Chase and Surtain, although Bama is making a late push for Surtain. The whole offensive staff except for Jerry Sullivan went to visit with QB James Foster yesterday. In some 2019 news, five-star OL Kardell Thomas has shut his recruiting process down and will look to be the anchor of the 2019 class.

Speaking of recruiting, LSU has added another walk-on special teamer in Auburn (Ala.) High School safety/punter Avery Atkins. Atkins is unrated as a safety on 247 Sports, but a four-star kicker via Kohls Kicking.com. Here are some highlights of him both on defense and special teams.

This interview with Dave Aranda from this morning’s Of the Bench With Culotta & T-Bob is also worth your time.