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4/25/17 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

IT’S TIME FOR TUESDAY’S TIDBITS: Your Daily Dose of Tiger News Delivered in a Baker’s Dozen Quick-Hitters

1. Adding to LSU’s quarterback competition intrigue… The Advocate first reported and LSU later confirmed that projected starter Danny Etling underwent minor back surgery yesterday. Etling has been dealing with back pain for several months and the procedure is expected to relieve his pain. I have no way of knowing whether this issue affected Etling’s play on the field, but as someone who has dealt with chronic back pain for many years, I can’t imagine that it didn’t. Etling’s recovery time is expected to be brief and I know I speak for Tiger fans everywhere when I wish him a fast and full recovery.

2. As expected, after losing two of four games last week, the LSU baseball team dropped anywhere from two to six spots in the weekly polls. LSU now checks in as high as No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and as low as No. 15 in Baseball America and Perfect Game. 

3. LSU continues its stretch of seven consecutive road games tonight, as the Tigers are set to battle Tulane at 7 p.m. in a revenge game of sorts. LSU fell to Tulane 7-6 early this year when the teams met in late March. While retribution would be nice, what’s more important is RPI. In the latest RPI index, LSU is at 13 and Tulane is at 81. A Tiger win won’t do much to elevate LSU, but a loss would surely drop the Tigers a few notches. 

4. LSU is expected to start freshman right-hander Matthew Beck (1-0, 2.16 ERA, 16.2 IP, 4 BB, 13 SO) on the mound tonight, while Tulane will counter with Sam Bjorngjeld (3-2, 4.91 ERA, 33.0 IP, 24 BB, 19 SO).  With the Alabama series starting on a Thursday, I suspect Coach Mainieri would like to preserve as much of his bullpen as possible while also giving Hunter Newman a bit of work since neither he nor Caleb Gilbert pitched against Kentucky.

5. Here’s a look at this week’s baseball schedule and TV/internet coverage:

April 25 (Tue.) – at Tulane, 7 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network)
April 27 (Thu.) –  at Alabama, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
April 28 (Fri.) –  at Alabama, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 29 (Sat.) –  at Alabama, 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network +) 

6. In football recruiting news, LSU appears to be in great shape to land its top target at its biggest position of need, running back Harold Joiner of Alabama, but there’s a catch. “If I stay 6-foot-3 until like October or November, then it’s going to be LSU,” Joiner told SECCountry.org. “If I end up 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5, I might have to move out to receiver, so I’d have to pick a receiver school.” 

7. In other recruiting news, LSU has emerged as the leader for four-star offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai of Frisco, Texas. Ghirmai visited LSU over the weekend and enjoyed it so much he has named LSU his leader, despite holding offers from a bevy of big-time programs including Alabama, Texas, TCU, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon and UCLA. So how did LSU separate itself from the pack? Well, in addition to letting Ghirmai know what a priority he is, Coach Jeff Grimes reportedly has a special connection to the talented tackle of Ethiopian decent. Grime’s adopted daughter is from the same part of Ethiopia as Ghirmai’s parents. 

8. Want to hear what it's liked to be within earshot of a legendary football coach doing his thing?  Check out this latest LSU football “Mike’d Up” video  featuring defensive line guru Pete Jenkins.

9. And while checking out videos, here’s a heartfelt ‘Dear LSU’ video by LSU senior standout gymnast Ashleigh Gnat. What a class act and extraordinary athlete!

10. Before closing out, I want to let you know that I’m working on a Q&A with Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU football and what we learned this spring. I’m also planning a much-needed camping getaway this weekend, so I’ll probably wait to publish his Q&A on those days while I’m away.

11. Speaking of “camping” that reminds me that LSU has published dates for its Summer Football Camps. This year, all of the camps will be in June so that the staff can take some time off in July. (Everyone needs a break, right?) For more information and registration details, click here.

June 3: O-Line/D-Line Camp
June 4: Tiger Skills Camp
June 8 & 9: Youth Camp
June 9: Kicking Camp
June 17: 7 on 7 & Lineman Camp
June 22:  High School Camp 

12. Today I’m going to close out with two non-LSU related tidbits. This first one is an outstanding article by the New York Times on Mondo Duplantis, the brother of LSU centerfielder Antoine Duplantis. As you’ve problem heard, Mondo is a world-class, world-record holding pole vaulter, and he’s only a junior at Lafayette High School. The article is aptly titled, “At 17, ‘the Tiger Woods of Pole Vaulting’ Soars Ahead of His Time.” 

13. Now, as promised, here’s a little bit of tasty lagniappe. Last week, my wife cooked up something that was simply too good to not share. In fact, it was so good we cooked it again last night. If you’re a meat and potatoes, comfort food kind of person, I know you love it. I call it “Best. Meatloaf. Ever.” and I’m willing to bet you’ll agree.




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4/25/17 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

IT’S TIME FOR TUESDAY’S TIDBITS: Your Daily Dose of Tiger News Delivered in a Baker’s Dozen Quick-Hitters

1. Adding to LSU’s quarterback competition intrigue… The Advocate first reported and LSU later confirmed that projected starter Danny Etling underwent minor back surgery yesterday. Etling has been dealing with back pain for several months and the procedure is expected to relieve his pain. I have no way of knowing whether this issue affected Etling’s play on the field, but as someone who has dealt with chronic back pain for many years, I can’t imagine that it didn’t. Etling’s recovery time is expected to be brief and I know I speak for Tiger fans everywhere when I wish him a fast and full recovery.

2. As expected, after losing two of four games last week, the LSU baseball team dropped anywhere from two to six spots in the weekly polls. LSU now checks in as high as No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and as low as No. 15 in Baseball America and Perfect Game. 

3. LSU continues its stretch of seven consecutive road games tonight, as the Tigers are set to battle Tulane at 7 p.m. in a revenge game of sorts. LSU fell to Tulane 7-6 early this year when the teams met in late March. While retribution would be nice, what’s more important is RPI. In the latest RPI index, LSU is at 13 and Tulane is at 81. A Tiger win won’t do much to elevate LSU, but a loss would surely drop the Tigers a few notches. 

4. LSU is expected to start freshman right-hander Matthew Beck (1-0, 2.16 ERA, 16.2 IP, 4 BB, 13 SO) on the mound tonight, while Tulane will counter with Sam Bjorngjeld (3-2, 4.91 ERA, 33.0 IP, 24 BB, 19 SO).  With the Alabama series starting on a Thursday, I suspect Coach Mainieri would like to preserve as much of his bullpen as possible while also giving Hunter Newman a bit of work since neither he nor Caleb Gilbert pitched against Kentucky.

5. Here’s a look at this week’s baseball schedule and TV/internet coverage:

April 25 (Tue.) – at Tulane, 7 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network)
April 27 (Thu.) –  at Alabama, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
April 28 (Fri.) –  at Alabama, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 29 (Sat.) –  at Alabama, 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network +) 

6. In football recruiting news, LSU appears to be in great shape to land its top target at its biggest position of need, running back Harold Joiner of Alabama, but there’s a catch. “If I stay 6-foot-3 until like October or November, then it’s going to be LSU,” Joiner told SECCountry.org. “If I end up 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5, I might have to move out to receiver, so I’d have to pick a receiver school.” 

7. In other recruiting news, LSU has emerged as the leader for four-star offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai of Frisco, Texas. Ghirmai visited LSU over the weekend and enjoyed it so much he has named LSU his leader, despite holding offers from a bevy of big-time programs including Alabama, Texas, TCU, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon and UCLA. So how did LSU separate itself from the pack? Well, in addition to letting Ghirmai know what a priority he is, Coach Jeff Grimes reportedly has a special connection to the talented tackle of Ethiopian decent. Grime’s adopted daughter is from the same part of Ethiopia as Ghirmai’s parents. 

8. Want to hear what it's liked to be within earshot of a legendary football coach doing his thing?  Check out this latest LSU football “Mike’d Up” video  featuring defensive line guru Pete Jenkins.

9. And while checking out videos, here’s a heartfelt ‘Dear LSU’ video by LSU senior standout gymnast Ashleigh Gnat. What a class act and extraordinary athlete!

10. Before closing out, I want to let you know that I’m working on a Q&A with Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU football and what we learned this spring. I’m also planning a much-needed camping getaway this weekend, so I’ll probably wait to publish his Q&A on those days while I’m away.

11. Speaking of “camping” that reminds me that LSU has published dates for its Summer Football Camps. This year, all of the camps will be in June so that the staff can take some time off in July. (Everyone needs a break, right?) For more information and registration details, click here.

June 3: O-Line/D-Line Camp
June 4: Tiger Skills Camp
June 8 & 9: Youth Camp
June 9: Kicking Camp
June 17: 7 on 7 & Lineman Camp
June 22:  High School Camp 

12. Today I’m going to close out with two non-LSU related tidbits. This first one is an outstanding article by the New York Times on Mondo Duplantis, the brother of LSU centerfielder Antoine Duplantis. As you’ve problem heard, Mondo is a world-class, world-record holding pole vaulter, and he’s only a junior at Lafayette High School. The article is aptly titled, “At 17, ‘the Tiger Woods of Pole Vaulting’ Soars Ahead of His Time.” 

13. Now, as promised, here’s a little bit of tasty lagniappe. Last week, my wife cooked up something that was simply too good to not share. In fact, it was so good we cooked it again last night. If you’re a meat and potatoes, comfort food kind of person, I know you love it. I call it “Best. Meatloaf. Ever.” and I’m willing to bet you’ll agree.

4/24/17 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First of all, it was great hearing from many of you yesterday about LSU’s Spring Game. As I sat on my back patio reading your early morning messages, I was struck by how odd it seemed to be wearing a jacket and reading about an LSU football game in late April with a stiff wind blowing in from the north. It also seemed a little fitting, as many of you described what you saw from Matt Canada’s offense as a breath of fresh air, while others felt their excitement for LSU’s 2017 season cool just a bit because of LSU’s lack of offensive execution. In today’s report, I’ll share with you a few of the many messages I received, as well as my brief responses to each, in our Monday Morning Mail Call.

DandyDon.com Mail Call – Fans Share Their Thoughts on LSU’s Spring Game

Before moving past the topic of football, there’s some recruiting news to pass along: LSU picked up another commitment yesterday when tight end Thaddeus Moss announced his intention to transfer from NC State to LSU. Moss, the son of NFL great Randy Moss, played high school ball at Mallard Creek in Charlotte, North Carolina and was recruited by Matt Canada for NC State before Canada left for Pittsburg. That connection obviously factored into Moss’ interest in LSU, though he told The Advocate his decision had more to do with pursuing a better opportunity. Moss started three games for the Wolfpack last year as a true freshman and finished the season with six receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown. Moss will count as LSU’s 25th commitment for its 2017 class but will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. He’ll have three years of eligibility starting in 2018.

Turning to baseball, LSU dropped the rubber match of the series at Kentucky, 10-2. The bottom line in yesterday’s game was that LSU’s pitching staff gave up a season-high 18 hits, while LSU’s bats could only muster six. Freshman Eric Walker got the start on the mound for the Tigers and just wasn’t sharp like he had been in his three previous starts. In 2.2 innings of work, Walker gave up seven runs on seven hits with one walks. To put that into perspective, in his previous three starts, Walker had allowed just two earned runs in 22.2 innings. Austin Bain followed Walker and wasn’t much better. In 1.2 innings of work, he allowed three runs on four hits. By the time the fifth inning came around, LSU found itself in a nine-run hole that it never came close to digging itself out of, despite getting four shutout innings from Nick Bush and Collin Strall. 

As I wrote Thursday, I knew this would be a very difficult series. I’m not shocked that we didn’t win it, though I am disappointed in how it was lost. LSU’s starting pitching, especially that of Walker, had been pretty solid lately, but this weekend it was absolutely rocked by Kentucky. Granted, the Wildcats are the best hitting team in the league, but that’s no excuse for walking 22 batters in three games and plunking six more. Twenty-eight free passes just won’t cut it, regardless of the opponent. As for LSU’s bats, they have struggled with consistency all season but seemed to finally be starting to find a groove, only to regress against the league’s 8th ranked pitching staff. 

With the loss, Coach Mainieri’s Tigers fell to 27-14 overall, 10-8 in league play, and are tied for fourth in the SEC West. Things are not looking good, but the glass-half-full guy in me wants to remind you that the season is far from over. Last year, LSU was also 10-8 at this point and went on to host a Super Regional. The realist in me, however, recognizes that last year’s turnaround was highly unusual and this year’s team has an awful lot of work to do. That work begins tomorrow when the Tigers return to action against a Tulane team they can’t afford to lose to for the second time this season. 

Today’s closing tidbits:

The No. 16 LSU softball team avoided getting swept by No. 10 Tennessee with a dramatic 1-0 victory on a walk-off home run by senior Constance Quinn. More on that game, including video highlights, can be found here.

•  For those of you who missed it or just want another look, here are video highlights from LSU’s Spring Game.

Tune in tomorrow for your Daily Dose of Tiger News delivered in a bakers’ dozen quick-hitters, including a bit of tasty lagniappe.



 

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