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Let’s look at tweets
We’re in the middle of a slow news week for actual football content. But recruiting season is in full swing. So you better be following Sam Spiegelman for the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute updates on LSU recruiting news.
If you’re not, start now. But in the meantime, let’s look at a few tweets that prove where LSU’s coaches spent their Wednesday on the recruiting trail.
— Terrace Marshall Jr. (@Terracemjr) November 30, 2017
— Cole Smith (@ColeSmith74) November 30, 2017
Great In-Home Visit With LSU & Coach Robinson pic.twitter.com/ZsIjRl6XrE
— James Foster II (@YungSimba4) November 30, 2017
— Nelson_J_III (@NelsonJenkins71) November 30, 2017
— JG1 (@_justinrogers) November 30, 2017
— Say11em✨ (@JenkinsJaray) November 29, 2017
And that right there is just a taste of the trips these coaches are taking. With the football team taking a brief break before bowl practices start up, it’s a busy season for recruiting. And LSU is definitely taking advantage of that by casting a wide net.
What in the world is going on?
Be glad you’re an LSU fan right now. Because half the rest of the SEC is embroiled in turmoil. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on in the rest of the conference right now:
- Tennessee’s coaching search has reached spectacle levels. Rumored candidates remaining include Purdue’s Jeff Brohm and NC State’s Dave Doeren. Not to mention high-quality Twitter troll Lane Kiffin.
- Texas A&M is still looking for a coach. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher seems to be the goal, but he might not be as attainable as the Aggies would hope.
- Arkansas hired two different search firms for its coach and AD vacancies. Here are five candidates seem the most likely for that job.
- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is following Dan Mullen to Florida.
Watch me, watch me
The final 2017 edition of Sound Off with Nick and Alex dropped Wednesday, with fellow SEC Country LSU beat writer Alex Hickey and me breaking down the three biggest stories as LSU heads into bowl season.
You can watch the video below. And thank you for following along throughout the season. It’s a fun video to make and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.
In praise of Greedy Williams
All this week, I am taking some of LSU’s most notable individual performers from 2017 and putting their success in context. Tuesday, I looked at what made Devin White such a sensational gang tackler. Wednesday, I broke down the unprecedented freshman success of Greedy Williams.
In case you don’t have time, here are the Cliffs Notes:
- Williams is the first LSU player to lead the SEC in interceptions or passes defended since 2007.
- Williams is one of three SEC players to lead the conference in both interceptions and passes defended this decade.
- He’s also the only freshman to lead the conference in either.
- Only two other Power 5 players have as many interceptions and as many passes defended as Williams.
All that? I’d say it’s pretty good.
In LSU basketball news
Will Wade’s new-look LSU basketball team improved to 4-2 Wednesday with an 84-60 win against Tennessee-Martin. Sophomore point guard Skylar Mays led the team with 18 points, while freshman guard Tremont Waters added 10 assists and senior forward Duop Reath led the team with 9 rebounds.
The Tigers return to action on Dec. 10 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against UNC-Wilmington. Action is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. CT.
Ben Simmons breaks records
Former LSU basketball player and current Philadelphia 76ers star on the rise Ben Simmons had a record-breaking night Wednesday. Playing against the Washington Wizards, Simmons attempted an NBA record 24 free throws in one quarter en route to a 15-for-29 night from the free-throw line and 31 points in a 118-113 win.
Simmons the 52-percent effort from the free-throw line brings into question his ability to shoot from the stripe. Of course, this wouldn’t make Simmons the first former LSU star to struggle from the line. Shaquille O’Neal was a notoriously poor free throw shooter and still he’s regarded as one of the best basketball players who ever lived.
Nonetheless, don’t expect Simmons to allow this strategy to work against him. If there’s a hole in his game, he’ll probably try to fix it. Even if it means extra practice from the line.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Nov. 30 is “National Mississippi Day.” So, as hard as it may be, it’s time to celebrate our neighbors to the East.
Or, you can just celebrate the people who defected. If that’s more your style, here’s a list of all the active LSU football players who can call Mississippi home:
- Quarterback Myles Brennan (Bay St. Louis)
- Linebacker Devin Voorhies (Woodville)
- Tackle Saahdiq Charles (Jackson)
Congratulations on escaping to Louisiana.
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