LSU basketball player Angel Reese and gymnast Olivia Dunne made the Forbes "30 Under 30" sports list, showing LSU's national popularity.
Reese led LSU to a national championship last season and has major sponsorship deals, but is currently separated from the team.
Dunne has earned $2.3 million as a gymnast and TikTok star. She's one of college sports' most valuable athletes.
LSU's success goes beyond these two stars to football and baseball too, producing NFL and MLB stars.
With popularity comes scrutiny - Reese is experiencing that with an unexplained absence.
Coach Mulkey has not addressed why Reese is separated from the team, sparking speculation.
Mulkey says it's a "locker room issue" and she'll protect her players like family.
The drama may actually benefit Reese by bringing more attention to women's basketball.
Hence Forbes showing no hesitation in naming Reese to its "30 Under 30" list.
It all shows the massive growth in popularity and scrutiny facing women's sports today.