Kickoffs at 7 p.m. this time of year amount to afternoon starts for LSU. Let's consider pushing the starting times back to 8 p.m. so fans will enjoy true night football at Tiger Stadium. LSU led 28-3 before it got dark against the Ragin' Cajuns.
LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe should urge the Board of Supervisors to permit sale of alcoholic beverages in areas of Tiger Stadium where most ticket holders are above 21. It's unfair to allow consumption of alcohol in Tiger suites and not have beer and other libations available to the remainder of the drinking age partisans.
LSU has outscored ULL 487-3 in the
last eleven meetings between the schools on the gridiron. Why is there such
opposition to playing Southern University in football when LSU feasts on its
More time has now elapsed since Charles McClendon coached LSU than time passed during the combined tenures of McClendon and Paul Dietzel. In the quarter-century of McClendon and Dietzel, the Tigers won three SEC titles and one national championship in football. In the 26 years since McClendon exited, LSU has captured four conference crowns and one national championship.
Saturday's results indicate LSU
will have a much more challenging foe in November at
The LSU victory over ULL was the
first Tiger night game to be played since the death of John Ferguson, the
longtime Voice of the Tigers.
LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman
Rod West played on Notre Dame's last NCAA title team in 1988. West, who has
degrees from Notre Dame and Tulane, says he chose the Irish over LSU as a
prepster at Brother Martin in
The 51-14 mark for the Tigers from 2001-2005 is among the best five-year record in LSU history.
Here are the best five-year records for LSU football:
1. 44-8-2 1958-1962 83.3 pct.
2. 41-7-6 1933-1937 81.5 pct.
3. 51-14-0 2001-2005 78.5 pct.
4. 45-12-1 1969-1973 78.4 pct.
5. 28-7-2 1905-1909 78.4 pct.
6. 42-11-2 1961-1965 78.2 pct.
7. 44-12-1 1968-1972 78.1 pct.
8. 36-8-7 1932-1936 77.5 pct.
9. 48-16-0 2000-2004 75.0 pct.
10. 42-15-1 1967-1971 73.3 pct.
LSU's last three athletic directors have surrendered their thrones at the department at the ages of 65, 57 and 70, respectively. Those were the numbers that sent Carl Maddox, Paul Dietzel and Joe Dean out of TigerTown.
Skip Bertman is 68, so it would appear his years are limited as LSU's athletic czar. Chancellor Sean O'Keefe will likely launch a national campaign to find Bertman's successor.
O'Keefe has contacts at the highest levels of the Bush White House, having served as Secretary of the Navy under Pres. George H.W. Bush and as head of NASA under the current commander-in-chief.
O'Keefe might opt for an unconventional choice to replace Bertman, so here is a suggestion:
LSU's Chancellor should pursue Bush insider Condi Rice, the secretary of state, to succeed Bertman at LSU. Rice has long stated that her ultimate goal is to serve as commissioner of the NFL. What better way would there be to enhance Condi's stock in the sporting world than to become LSU's athletic director?
Rice is scheduled to depart as
secretary of state on Jan. 20, 2009. On that date, Bertman will be 70 years old
and could turn the keys of the Tiger kingdom over to Dr. Rice. Her appointment
would make LSU the envy of the country with an accomplished African-American
female poised to lead the Tiger athletic ship for a decade. At 52, Rice has many
roads to travel in her career. It's a prudent time to court the