This is an unusual series in that these two species of Tigers have put on some of the most memorable games in Southern football, and yet there is little animosity between the schools.
But just think of how many exhilarating performances these programs have put on through the years.
At the forefront, the famed
"Earthquake" game, perhaps the
There was the 1969 game, near the
Then there was the 1970 game when
another LSU linebacker, Mike Anderson, called the wrong defense on the goal line
None of those may have equaled the
excitement and importance of the LSU at
LSU's first great player, "Doc" Fenton
Of the 11 points LSU yielded, two came on a safety
The 10-0-0 LSU season was marred by finger-pointing
by Vanderbilt, then a real Southern power, and Tulane. A whisper campaign of
"professionalism" began being waged, particularly after
Grantland Rice, a Vanderbilt graduate who was then
a sports editor in
The only charge coming close to the truth,
apparently, was that halfback Mike Lally, during the summer while playing
None of the accusations were proven, and LSU was never found guilty of wrong-doing, but the essential clearing of LSU never seemed to quite catch up with the allegations.
As it turned out in some quarters,
The National Championship Foundation, which examines teams and their accomplishments in the cold light of facts and history, now recognizes that LSU was the national champion of '08.
Still, come Saturday, Tiger fans would be advised
to beware of cane-carrying
Marty Mule' can be reached at MJM981@Bellsouth.net.