YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Headlines from 2006-07

With the start of football season less than a week away, we will officially close the books on the 2006-07 athletic season at LSU. Here, we look at the Top Headlines from 2006-07.

TOP HEADLINES OF 2006-07

 

FOOTBALL - Tigers win 11 – again, BCS domination, another top five for Miles

Les Miles and the Tigers complete an impressive season with a 41-14 romp of Notre Dame capping off an 11-2 season and a No. 3 national ranking.

 

FOOTBALL - Miles comments at Bayou Bash/about USC

Les Miles made plenty of headlines in the offseason as his mouth got him in trouble a few times. After a February fiasco at the Bayou Bash, at which he dropped an "F" Bomb onstage when commenting about Alabama, his remarks about USC and its scheduling practices were splashed across national newspapers.

 

FOOTBALL - Jimbo Fisher leaves for Florida State

Most everyone knew the relationship between Les Miles and Florida State was a rocky one. So nobody was at all surprised when Fisher announced in January he was leaving LSU to assume the reigns of the Florida State offense.

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL - Tigers flop in Final Four follow-up

It wasn't meant to be. LSU may have reached the Final Four in 2006, but an encore wasn't happening as the Tigers failed to make even the NIT. After early success, team chemistry disintegrated and close losses began to add up.

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Pokey Chatman resigns from LSU/saga

It will go down as one of the most shocking announcements in LSU history. Two days after playing for the SEC Tournament championship, Pokey Chatman stepped down as head coach of the Lady Tigers after allegations of inappropriate contact with players. A whirlwind of controversy ensued and things finally played out in court when LSU settled with the former coach for $170,000.

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Assistant Bob Starkey leads Lady Tigers to Final Four

While Pokey Chatman was building her case for a lawsuit against the university, long time assistant Bob Starkey was in the process of leading the Lady Tigers back to Final Four – for the fourth straight year.

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Van Chancellor hired as new Lady Tigers coach

After repeated attempts by LSU to convince Bob Starkey to sign on as the next head coach, the administration announces former Ole Miss and Houston Comets coach van Chancellor would be LSU's new coach. Chancellor arrived with a spring in his step, big plans for the future and retained Starkey as his top assistant.

 

FOOTBALL - Four Tigers taken in NFL's first round, Russell goes No. 1

Auburn did it a few years back; now it was LSU's turn. JaMarcus Russell headlined a group of four former Tigers to be drafted in the NFL Draft. Russell went No. 1 overall to the Oakland raiders while LaRon Landry was taken with the sixth pick (Washington Redskins). Dwayne Bowe went 23rd overall to the Kansas City Chiefs and Craig Davis was the 30th pick by the San Diego Chargers.

 

BASEBALL - Tigers limp through year one of Mainieri era

Paul Mainieri came to LSU with big plans, but a lack of talent and a tough SEC schedule proved too tough for the former Notre Dame coach. Despite a punishing offseason program and a restoration of discipline, the Tigers missed the postseason for the second straight year.

 

ADMINISTRATION - Skip Bertman announces plans for retirement

The longtime baseball coach turned athletic director announced in March he would begin making plans for his retirement. Bertman said he would remain active for one year then transition to athletic director emeritus status.

 

ADMINISTRATION - Mike the Tigers passes away/PETA gets involved

A relatively quiet June produced sad news as Mike V, LSU's live Bengal tiger mascot, passed away at the age of 17 from renal failure. A search is still underway to find Mike VI, despite efforts by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to convince LSU officials to do otherwise.

 

ADMINISTRATION – Controversy surrounds Bertman, Laval and LSU Baseball

News surfaced last fall about some shady dealings in the ranks of the LSU Baseball program where former coach Skip Bertman sold his baseball camp to now-terminated coach Smoke Laval. There was talk of a major NCAA investigation and there was rumored to be some stiff penalties to be handed down, but the brouhaha settled down as football season heated up.

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