As many of you know by now, Dandy Don Long passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer.
In honor of Don and what he contributed to LSU sports through the years, please post your thoughts, courtesies and sympathies on this thread.
Rest in peace, Don. You made a difference as a man, a husband and a father. Congratulations on a life lived elegantly and with class.
So long until we meet again.
Here's the press release from Scott Long:
LAFAYETTE, LA. – Don Long of Dandy Don's LSU Sporting News blog has died at the age of 76 after a long battle with colon cancer.
A lifelong LSU sports fan, Dandy Don began his blog on December 17, 1996. His son Scott, owner of a website development company, designed and developed DandyDon.com as a gift for Don's 61st birthday.
Although having never viewed a website or sent an e-mail, Don quickly learned the ropes of website publishing and began using the site to share his passion for LSU Sports and Louisiana high school recruiting with Tiger fans across the world. Since the inception of the blog, Don and Scott have faithfully published an LSU sports report every day. The blog currently has an estimated 150,000 regular readers worldwide.
"Many have had the pleasure of knowing Dad as a great Tiger Fan," said Scott Long. "But I've been blessed beyond measure to have also known him as an even greater father and man."
Dandy Don's LSU Sporting News blog will continue to be published daily.
"I intend to keep my father's legacy alive and well by continuing the blog," said Long. "There will be no discernible change to the blog. In fact, I have been writing the daily reports for nearly a year as my father's health declined, so readers can expect the same content and commitment as always from DandyDon.com."
When it was launched, DandyDon.com was one of the first LSU sports blogs – having begun even before the word "blog" existed. The site has been accessible free of charge since its inception and will remain a free service, Scott Long said.
"We enjoy providing access to high school athletes and coaches, military personnel, seniors on fixed incomes and anyone interested in LSU sports regardless of income," Scott Long said. "We will continue to rely on reader support during our annual fundraising effort in order to keep the blog going."
Today DandyDon.com remains one of the only true LSU sports blogs, as reports are always posted daily. In addition to giving readers their daily dose of LSU sports news, the site provides a list of top Louisiana high school football prospects complete with rankings. The site also offers football, baseball and basketball schedules, commitment lists and a popular Ticket Exchange page whereby users can post LSU tickets available for sale.
Known for his love of LSU sports as well as his inside knowledge about the school's sports programs, Don Long also had a great deal of hands-on experience including serving as a football official with the Louisiana High School Football Association for 18 years. In addition, he attended every LSU home football game for more than 30 years until breaking that streak to care for his wife, Joy, when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease several years ago.
"My father really knew and loved LSU sports," Scott Long said. "But many of his readers also truly looked forward to his annual Thanksgiving messages, in which he would reminisce about growing up in north Louisiana in the 1940s and 50s. He was also very proud of the fact that many members of the U.S. military around the world view his blog as their main source for LSU sports news."
Don Long was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Joy Ardoin Long.
For more information about Dandy Don's LSU Sporting News blog, contact Scott Long at scott@DandyDon.com.
End of an era: Dandy Don Long
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