McClendon posted a 137-59-7 mark in 18 seasons with the Tigers. From 1962-79, McClendon led the Tigers to 13 bowl games, including two appearances in the Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl and one appearance in the Orange Bowl. He also guided the Tigers to the 1970 Southeastern Conference title and he was twice named SEC Coach of the Year (1969 and 1970) and he was National Coach of the Year one time (1970).
McClendon, who is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1996. Last year, McClendon was honored with the Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.
Any former player of Coach McClendon who is in attendance at Saturday's game is asked to join him on the field prior to the game. To join Coach McClendon on the field, players are asked to meet just inside gate 5 at the first aid station at 1:30 p.m. LSU Athletic Department officials will then escort those players onto the field.