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Former LSU running back Derrius Guice is expected to star at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.

How, when to watch your favorite LSU stars in 2018 NFL Combine this weekend

Nick Suss

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It’s time to work out

On-field workouts at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine begin Friday, starting a four-day stretch of some of the most pivotal workouts you’ll ever see. College football’s best and brightest recent stars will compete in physical and position-specific drills to show their talents to NFL scouts and coaches in attendance, hoping to bolster their draft stock.

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LSU sends 10 players to the combine this year, headlined by potential first-round picks in running back Derrius Guice, edge rusher Arden Key and cornerback Donte Jackson. Guice will be one of the first competitors out of the gates, as running backs kick off the festivities Friday. But he won’t be the only former LSU player in Indianapolis on Day 1.

Here’s a breakdown of when to watch for your favorite Tigers this weekend:

  • Friday: Derrius Guice, Darrel Williams, Will Clapp, K.J. Malone, Toby Weathersby
  • Saturday: Danny Etling, D.J. Chark
  • Sunday: Arden Key
  • Monday: Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver II

The NFL Network will stream all combine workouts live through its website. You can click here for access to the stream. A cable or satellite login may be required to watch.

Money, money, money, money

According to a report from The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, new LSU safeties coach Bill Busch will make $350,000 a year for the length of his two-year contract. With the money tied up in that contract, LSU joins an elite club of big rollers.

Along with Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia, LSU is one of four colleges that is known to be paying more than $6 million for its assistant coaches. Salary information is not publicly known for private colleges, so schools such as Notre Dame, TCU and Stanford could theoretically be in the club as well, but information just isn’t known.

Regardless, LSU is dishing out a ton of money for assistant coaches. Of course, Dave Aranda’s $2.5 million salary is a huge reason why. But athletic director Joe Alleva is walking the walk with his checkbook. He said he’s going to get the best assistant coaches in the country, and if money equals quality, he’s pushing for that mantle.

Check this out

LSU released plans and renderings for its soon-to-be-renovated football operations building on Thursday, giving fans a glimpse into what players and recruits will see when they head to the office.

From a fan perspective, this isn’t the most meaningful news. Aside from the trophy cases in the lobby, fans won’t be able to see much of this once it’s completed. But for recruits, this is a big deal.

College football is an arms race. If one school has a state-of-the-art kitchen, every other school needs one just to keep up. If one school has the best game room, every other school is going to compete to build a better one. It’s the way the game works.

This is LSU’s attempt to keep up. And based on the renderings, it’s not a bad look.

ICYMI

In case you missed anything, here’s a roundup of some of the biggest news on the LSU beat Thursday:

Your weekly non-revenue LSU sports preview

Winter sports are coming to an end and spring sports are getting bigger and bigger. Here’s a rundown of what to watch for this weekend in LSU athletics:

  • The women’s basketball team takes on Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament on Friday. Action is scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. CT and will be televised on the SEC Network. Baton Rouge residents can hear the game on the radio on 107.3 FM.
  • Baseball opens a tournament-style series against Toledo Friday at 7 p.m. CT. The Tigers then face Sacred Heart at 6 p.m. CT on Friday and round out the weekend against Southeastern Louisiana at 3 p.m. Sunday.
  • The No. 3 LSU gymnastics team hosts Auburn on Sunday afternoon for a shot at an undefeated SEC season and the team’s second straight regular-season SEC championship. The meet is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT.
  • Men’s basketball hosts Mississippi State on Saturday for senior night, honoring Duop Reath, Aaron Epps and Randy Onwuasor.
  • Softball hosts the LSU Invitational throughout the weekend. Friday, the Tigers take on Illinois State and McNeese State. Saturday, action continues against Purdue and Florida Atlantic. The weekend ends Sunday with another game against Florida Atlantic.
  • Beach volleyball travels to St. Augustine, Fla., for the UNF Beach Invitational against Georgia State, North Florida, UNC Wilmington and, you guessed it, Florida Atlantic.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, March 2 is National Old Stuff Day. So, find some old stuff, I guess.

It’s not clear if you’re supposed to buy something old or use something old that you already have. But I say do both. Even if it’s as simple as taking a risk on some old milk in the back of your fridge. It’s all in the spirit of the holiday.

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