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Former LSU wide receivers Odell Beckham (3) and Jarvis Landry (80) might be planning a reunion in Cleveland.

Would you root for the Browns if they reunited Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.?

Nick Suss

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In Odell Beckham Jr. news

Former LSU wide receiver and NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. was all over the news on Monday after New York Giants co-owner John Mara declared Beckham “not untouchable” in trade talks. Of course, this stemmed from Beckham’s reported ultimatum that he won’t play in 2018 without a contract extension or a new contract altogether.

For Odell Beckham, days like Monday are just another day in the life. But Beckham’s old partner in crime from his LSU days, Jarvis Landry, isn’t above capitalizing on OBJ’s fame to try to build a superteam in Cleveland.

Landry, who was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Cleveland Browns this offseason, arrived at LSU in 2011 alongside Beckham, signing as two of the highest profile wide receiver recruits in school history. Since arriving in the NFL, both Landry and Beckham have been two of the league’s brightest young stars, with Landry holding the NFL record for most yards and receptions through four seasons and Beckham ranking second in NFL history in receiving yards per game played (94.1).

With all the moves the Browns have made this offseason, and all the excess draft picks the franchise has left, it wouldn’t be impossible to make this reunion happen. Which begs the question: How many people in Louisiana would jump on the Browns bandwagon if this came to pass?

I’d venture to bet more than a few LSU fans would be willing to buy a Cleveland jersey or two and root for the Browns, at the very least as their favorite AFC team. Oh, and by the way, the Browns have two of the first five picks in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Why not throw in a Derrius Guice selection and make Cleveland the Baton Rouge of the Midwest.

Crazier things have happened, right?

Checking in with the ‘croots

While NFL teams everywhere start their recruiting pitches for Beckham, LSU continues to recruit what it hopes will be the next generation of OBJs. Here’s a recap of the biggest recruiting news from Monday:

Let’s get regional

The No. 2 LSU gymnastics team learned its fate for the 2018 NCAA Regionals on Monday, when the Tigers were selected to compete in the Raleigh Regional in Raleigh, N.C.

LSU will be the top seed in Raleigh, followed by No. 11 Nebraska and No. 14 Oregon State. Action will take place on Saturday, April 7, beginning at 3 p.m. CT. No information has been released yet about television or streaming rights.

In LSU baseball news

The Tigers travel to Metairie, La., on Tuesday to compete in the 15th annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation Classic against the UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. The game, which will be played at 7 p.m. CT at the Shrine on Airline, benefits the Pontiff Foundation and all proceeds will be donated to charities around Louisiana.

In less charitable news, LSU baseball will have to play without second baseman Brandt Broussard for the foreseeable future. LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced Monday that Broussard will be out 3-5 weeks with a broken thumb. Broussard sustained the injury on Friday in LSU’s loss to Vanderbilt.

We’ll see you soon, LSU basketball

LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade conducted his year-end wrap-up press conference on Monday, briefing the media on his thoughts from his first season in Baton Rouge and what to expect moving forward. If you missed anything from the press conference, SEC Country’s Alex Hickey transcribed the whole thing for you to read. It’s quite a doozy.

Of course, LSU’s schedule for 2018-19 hasn’t been announced yet so it isn’t quite clear when the Tigers will be back in action. But Wade is set to hit the recruiting trail over the next couple of days and continue building the brand he spent the last 12 months creating.

With the additions of 5-star forward Naz Reid and 4-stars signees Javonte Smart and Darius Days to the 2018-19 roster, as well as 5-star commit Emmitt Williams and newly eligible transfer center Kavell Bigby-Williams, Wade’s teams should be nationally competitive next season. Until then, we have to wait. We’ll check up on you soon, LSU basketball.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, March 27 is National Joe Day. Apparently we’re supposed to celebrate everyone named Joe. So, here’s a complete list of all the football players named Joe who have signed with LSU since 1969:

  • DL Joseph Barksdale (2007)
  • RB Joseph Addai (2001)
  • TE Joe Domingeaux (1997)
  • LB Joseph Wesley (1995)
  • ILB Joe Brown (1987)
  • Joey Peno (1976)
  • TE/DE Joe Jennings (1972)
  • Joe Williams (1971)
  • Joe Fakier (1970)
  • Joe Winkler III (1969)

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