Typically the slowest news period of the sports calendar year, the midsummer edition of Tiger Rag's "Where Do We Stand" is stocked full of tasty morsels for the diehard Tiger fan.

From the rumor mill involving the Smoke Laval saga, to Chase Pittman's appearance in the police blotter. LSU basketball coach John Brady was faced with another bout of attrition while Seimone Augustus failed to win LSU's third-ever ESPY award.


The gulf coast was spared by another hurricane (as LSU officials breathed a sigh of relief) as David Toms did the right thing at the British Open. Speaking of golf, LSU hired a new golf coach recently.


Also, Tiger Rag's football preview has been sent to the presses and will be in the mail on Aug. 2.


All of this and more in our latest rant.


 To LSU and its latest construction projects. Dubbed "Construction Summer," LSU currently has five major construction/renovation projects in the works. With Tiger Stadium's west upper deck as the headliner of all projects, a major renovation project is underway within the Pete Maravich Center as well as the construction of Mike the Tiger's new habitat. The LSU Football Operations Center at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility is projected to be finished in mid August as well as the replacement of the east side seats in Tiger Stadium. The tiger habitat, Maravich Center and football ops building are all on schedule with the main question mark remaining on the west upper deck. LSU officials say the deck will be habitable. After months of speculation and doubt from the fan base on whether the deck will be complete, major progress has been made in recent weeks. It does appear as if LSU will pull off an historic construction project never before attempted anywhere in the country.


To LSU football player Chase Pittman's incarceration after the 6-5, 268-pound defensive end punched out an unnamed patron at a local Baton Rouge nightclub. Pittman says he was defending the honor of a young lady after the recipient of the punch grabbed the co-ed's breast. The man was transported to a local hospital while Pittman was taken to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, where he bonded out later that morning.


To LSU football coach Les Miles and the way he handled the Pittman situation. Met with the first major discipline issue of his tenure as the Tiger football coach, Miles suspended Pittman indefinitely until the justice system runs its course. Word is Pittman will likely receive minimal punishment and should rejoin the team, but Miles sent a message that misconduct will not be tolerated.


To LSU point guard Tack Minor. Suspended from school for academic issues, the Houston native will miss the fall semester of school meaning he cannot practice, work out or participate in any team event until Dec. 11. Minor, who was a returning starter for the Tigers at point guard, will be replaced by either redshirt freshman Garrett Temple or incoming frosh Ben Voogd. Senior Darrel Mitchell could step in if need be.


To the LSU baseball situation. Oklahoma newspapers report the Sooners are interested in Tiger coach Smoke Laval for the vacant coaching spot in Norman. Laval says the reports are untrue, Oklahoma has no comment and LSU athletic director Skip Bertman has more than enough comment. The legendary baseball coach all but told his successor he was welcome to entertain offers from Oklahoma. While Laval insists there is nothing to it, Tiger fans wait with anticipation to see how things unfold. While a portion of LSU fans would be happy to see Laval bid adieu to Baton Rouge, the longtime LSU assistant and ULM coach has won more SEC games over the past four years than any other coach in the league. Stay tuned.


To Seimone Augustus. After wrapping up every national player of the year award in the wake of LSU's second straight trip to the NCAA Final Four, Augustus received more accolades being nominated for a pair of ESPYs.


Augustus was nominated for the "Female Athlete of the Year" as well as the "Female College Athlete of the Year" award. While few gave her any chance of defeating the likes of Annika Sorenstam and Maria Sharpova for the "Female Athlete of the Year," many thought she was a shoe-in for the collegiate award. However, University of Texas and Team USA pitcher Cat Osterman wrapped up the award. But one would think Augustus is a lock for the award following her senior season.


To former LSU golfer and PGA Champion golfer David Toms. After an embarrassing episode at The Memorial when he "flipped the bird" at a heckling fan, Toms showed true character in assessing himself a two-stroke penalty after the first round of the U.S. Open. Toms said he hit a moving ball on the famed 17th Road Hole at St. Andrews resulting in a two-stroke penalty. However, he signed a scorecard not including the assessed penalty on Thursday making it and invalid card. Toms displayed true honor disqualifying himself form the tournament.

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