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Thursday morning’s headlines

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It will be a busy weekend for the LSU athletic teams that begins tonight with a women’s basketball game against Ole Miss in the PMAC. The men’s basketball team will look to get back on track Saturday as they host a solid Missouri team. We are also just one day away from first pitch at Alex Box Stadium. The softball team would like to continue their undefeated season as they have another full slate this weekend. LSU will participate in two gymnastics meets this weekend. Finally, we will take a look at some minor news regarding the football coaching staff.

The LSU women’s basketball team will try to win their fourth game in their fifth try tonight as they take on Ole Miss in the PMAC. As of Monday, ESPN has LSU slotted as a 6 seed in the tournament. A lot of the team’s late success has been credited to Chloe Jackson, who is starting to develop into a leader for Nikki Fargas’ squad. After the Ole Miss game, LSU will travel to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas, Sunday afternoon. LSU is favored in both of these games.

On the men’s side of things, it isn’t as pretty. Will Wade’s team continued to struggle as they lost on the road to Alabama by 15 points on Tuesday night. LSU is now 14-11 and 5-8 in the SEC. Daryl Edwards led LSU in scoring with 21. Skylar Mays was the only other Tiger in double digits with 13 points. LSU will now turn their attention to a hot Missouri team when they visit the PMAC on Saturday.

Baseball season returns tomorrow when Caleb Gilbert takes the mound to open the season against Notre Dame. Some new broke yesterday as we found out that Hunter Feduccia would not be ready for opening day. Bryce Jordan will make his first career start in place of him. Nick Webre will hold down the first base slot now. Another factor setting up this lineup shakeup was the health of Nick Coomes, who has taken some shots in practice. Saturday’s lineup will include Austin Bain at second base. If you would like to read the ATVS previews for the season click the links below:

After moving to 5-0 with a win on Tuesday, the softball team will look to keep rolling as they play five more games this weekend. This includes a double-header on Friday and Saturday with one more game on Sunday. You can catch all the action on SECN+.

LSU Gym has two meets on their schedule this weekend including the Mardi Gras invitational on Friday followed by a meet versus Texas Women’s on Sunday. You need to have a subscription to FloGymnastics to watch the Mardi Gras invitational but Sunday’s meet can be streamed through SECN+.

It looks like Doug Nussmeier will not be joining the LSU support staff after all. He will instead head to the Dallas Cowboys as their tight ends coach. Nussmeier has been the OC at Alabama, Michigan, and Florida in the past.

Meanwhile, our man Ross Dellenger has a fantastic two-part Q&A with Dave Aranda here and here, in which he breaks down the defensive portion of the 2018 recruiting class, discusses new safeties coach Bill Busch and gives some insight into how he’d like the 2018 Tiger defense to look.

Sports Illustrated produced this article on which schools recruited best at each position. They gave the nod at receiver to LSU after LSU was able to sign Terrace Marshall and Jamar Chase. They also added quality players like Keenan Jones and Jaray Jenkins.

SB Nation’s own Bill Connely released his early S&P rankings last week. LSU is slotted at 16th nationally and 5th in the SEC behind Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and Mississippi State — something we will surely discuss in the future.