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LSU athletic director Joe Alleva directs a department that brings in more than $141 million in revenue.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: LSU athletic department revenue 7th most in the NCAA

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today we dive into the money, break down some baseball news, never let the Florida rivalry die and more. Enjoy!

Money, it’s a gas

USA Today Sports released its annual breakdown of NCAA athletics revenue and spending for the 2015-16 fiscal year Thursday. With a total revenue of $141,651,460, LSU ranked seventh in the country and third in the SEC behind Texas A&M (No. 1) and Alabama (No. 4).

As has been the case every year since 2012, LSU’s revenue is a school record, this time more than $3 million above the total from the previous fiscal year. Of course, this also coincides with a record total of expenses, nearly $124 million.

For a deeper dive into the numbers, check out this breakdown from SEC Country’s Alex Hickey, explaining why scholarship costs are up and why a slight decrease in booster contributions likely won’t matter.

Sad LSU baseball news

The 2017 might have just ended, but the 2018 LSU baseball team took its first major hit Thursday.

Freshman All-SEC pitcher Eric Walker was ruled out for 2018 Thursday with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right pitching elbow. The injury will require reconstructive Tommy John surgery and that generally means at least a year of rehabbing to return from.

Walker’s surgery will be administered by the official team physician of his hometown Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Without Walker, LSU will return no weekend starters from 2017 in 2018, though the team will still have Caleb Gilbert and Zack Hess to rely on in the front end of the rotation.

Happy LSU baseball news

The Tigers welcomed a new pitcher to the fold Thursday afternoon, and he’s a pitcher with one of the more familiar names in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge native, Catholic High School alum and LSU-Eunice right-hander Clay Moffitt will join LSU next fall, he announced on Twitter Thursday. Moffitt is the son of LSU football strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt and the older brother of 4-star defensive lineman Aaron Moffitt, who enrolled with the football team this summer.

Clay Moffitt will enter LSU as an upperclassman, as he was a redshirt sophomore in his last season at Eunice. He posted a 3.61 ERA in 42.1 innings last season.

Oh look, more LSU/Florida news

Because these two schools will legitimately never stop beefing, there’s more news on the LSU and Florida front.

Florida scheduled its 2017 homecoming game for Oct. 7, the day LSU will be in town. It’s not as if Florida didn’t have other legitimate options either. The Gators are hosting Vanderbilt one week before LSU and Texas A&M the week after LSU. But they picked the Tigers, the team expected to be the toughest opponent of the three.

This isn’t to say I’m critical of the decision. I think it’s brilliant. Whichever outcome occurs, the winning team will have a year worth of ammunition in what is rapidly becoming the SEC’s most passive aggressive rivalry. We need more of this.

Auburn and Alabama might have the most old-fashioned rivalry cred. And games like The Egg Bowl and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party might have cooler names. But this rivalry has become the SEC’s closest equivalent to a high-school Twitter beef. And I love it.

More, more, more, please.

What should you do with your life?

In case you haven’t noticed, there aren’t any sports going on this weekend. College sports are out of commission until September. So, if you’re in the Baton Rouge area and looking for things to do, here are some suggestions:

  • The annual “Red Rock and Blue” charity concert hits The Varsity Friday night, with Atomic Punks headlining a show featuring Appetite for Destruction and Motley, Inc. The show begins at 8:30.
  • If you can make it out to L’Auberge Casino and Hotel Saturday night, there’ll be a live boxing match where you can get your sports fix.
  • If you’re looking for something a little more family oriented, there’s a petting zoo out in Ponchatoula, also on Saturday.
  • For a full list of available events this weekend, check out this handy calendar from The Advocate.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, today is “National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day.” So if you’re a father, be sure to take your daughter on a walk. And if you’re a daughter, convince your dad to get off the couch and walk with you.

Because, let’s face it, you need an excuse to exercise. And there are worse things than talking to your dad.

And, if you’re lucky, maybe the two of you will write and sing your way out of your town.

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