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The silent enemy of men's sports

Updated: May 23, 2012, 12:44 PM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine

LSU baseball is a perennial powerhouse, with six national championships since 1991. But the Tigers find it increasingly difficult to recruit. Although the school awards 85 football scholarships -- in some years committing to more athletes than it can actually accommodate, like an airline overbooking passengers -- LSU divides just 11.7 scholarships among its baseball players.

Every year, head coach Paul Mainieri scurries around the country to offer preps a fraction of a free ...

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