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LSU Fighting Tigers
LSUTigers
University Louisiana State University
Conference(s) Southeastern Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Joe Alleva
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Tiger Stadium
Basketball arena Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Baseball stadium Alex Box Stadium
Mascot Mike the Tiger
Nickname Fighting Tigers, Bayou Bengals
Fight song
Colors Purple and Gold

         

Homepage www.lsusports.net

The LSU Tigers are the athletic teams of Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They participate in the NCAA's Division I, in the Southeastern Conference. LSU fields teams in 14 varsity sports (5 men's, 7 women's, 2 coed). Its official team nickname is the Fighting Tigers and the school mascot is Mike the Tiger. The official school colors are purple and gold. LSU's nickname is a throwback to its Confederate heritage and is drawn from the Civil War fame of a New Orleans infantry company, the "Tiger Rifles," who fought so fiercely in General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia that they, and eventually all other Louisiana troops, became known as "Louisiana Tigers."

Based on winning percentage, the University's athletics program is consistently one of the best in the nation. Its arenas include Tiger Stadium aka "Death Valley" (football), Pete Maravich Assembly Center (basketball, volleyball, gymnastics), Carl Maddox Field House (indoor track), Bernie Moore Track Stadium (outdoor track), Tiger Park (softball), and Alex Box Stadium (baseball). Important rivals in football include one of the longest running college football rivalries with the Ole Miss Rebels, and the Tulane Green Wave. Other rivals include the Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, and the Texas A&M Aggies.

Keeping with the French/Cajun character of South Louisiana, LSU support can be seen by its distinctive spelling of "Go Tigers" as "Geaux Tigers".

Sports Edit

By winning the SEC championship in Men's Basketball for the 2008-2009 season, LSU became the first SEC school to win at least 10 SEC championships in the big 3 sports of Football, Men's Basketball, and Baseball.[1] That feat remains unchallenged. Furthermore, LSU is the only SEC school to win at least 1 national championship in each of the big three sports.

Baseball Edit

The LSU baseball team has won six national championships since 1991. The team participates in the Western division of the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Paul Mainieri. They play home games at Alex Box Stadium.

  • National Championships (6): 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009
  • SEC Championships (16): 1939, 1943, 1946, 1961, 1975, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2012
  • Conference Tournament Championships (9): 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010

Men's Basketball Edit

The LSU men's basketball team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Johnny Jones. They play home games at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

  • National Championships (1): 1935
  • Final Four Appearances (4): 1953, 1981, 1986, 2006
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances (9): 1953, 1954, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 2000, 2006
  • SEC Championships (10): 1935, 1953, 1954, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1991, 2000, 2006, 2009

Women's basketball Edit

The LSU women's basketball team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Nikki Caldwell. They play home games at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

  • National Champions (0)
  • Final Four Appearances (5): 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • SEC Championships (3): 2005, 2006, 2008

Football Edit

The LSU Tigers football team competes in the Division I - Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play in Tiger Stadium, which has a capacity of 92,542. LSU has won three national championships, including two in the last decade. The first national championship was following the regular season in 1958. LSU played Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1959 following the team being named national champions. LSU won their second national championship in the 2003 BCS National Championship game. A controversy arose as the USC Trojans were awarded the Associated Press National Championship even though they did not play in the BCS Championship Game. LSU's win in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game (2007 season) was the Tigers third national championship. They became the first two-loss team to compete for and win the national championship, and the first team to win two Bowl Championship Series titles. The team is currently coached by Les Miles.

  • National Championships (3): 1958, 2003, 2007
  • SEC Championships (11): 1935, 1936, 1958, 1961, 1970, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011
  • Divisional Championships (8): 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011

Men's golf Edit

The men's golf team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Chuck Winstead. The University Club is the home venue for team.

  • National Championships (4): 1940, 1942, 1947, 1955
  • SEC Championships (15): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1954, 1960, 1966, 1967, 1986, 1987,

Former Players

Women's golf Edit

The women's golf team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Karen Bahnsen. The University Club is the home venue for team.

  • National Championships (0): None
  • SEC Championships (1): 1992

Former Coaches

Buddy Alexander

Mary Holmes


Women's gymnastics Edit

The women's gymnastics team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by D-D Breaux. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center is the home venue for team.

  • National Championships (0): None
  • SEC Championships (1): 1981

Women's soccer Edit

The soccer team participates in the Western division of the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Brian Lee. They play home games at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

  • National Championships (0): None
  • SEC Championships (0): None

Former Coaches

Miriam Hickey

Gregg Boggs

George Fotopoulos


Softball Edit

The softball team participates in the Western division of the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Beth Torina. They play home games at Tiger Park.

Past head coaches: Carol Smith (1978–1981) Cathy Compton (1997–1998) Glenn Moore (1998–2000) Yvette Girouard (2001-2011) Beth Torina (2012–present)

  • National Championships (0)
  • WCWS Appearances (3): 2001, 2004, 2012
  • SEC Championships (5): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004

Swimming & diving Edit

The swim team is currently coached by Dave Geyer and the diving team is currently coached by Doug Shaffer. They host home swim meets at the LSU Natatorium.

  • National Championships (0): None
  • SEC Championships (1): 1988

Men's tennis Edit

The Men's tennis team participates in the Western division of the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Jeff Brown. They play home matches at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

  • National Championships (0): None
  • SEC Championships (4): 1976, 1985, 1998, 1999

Former Coaches

Women's tennis Edit

The Women's tennis team participates in the Western division of the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Tony Minnis. They play home matches at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

  • National Championships (0): None
  • SEC Championships (0): None

Former Coaches

Goeff Macdonald

Phillip Campbell

Betty Sue Hagerman

Karen McCarter Elliot

Pat Newman


Men's indoor track and field Edit

The Men's indoor track and field team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Dennis Shaver. They host home track meets at the Carl Maddox Field House.

  • National Championships (2): 2001, 2004
  • SEC Championships (4): 1957, 1963, 1989, 1990

Former Coaches

Pat Henry

Women's indoor track and field Edit

The Women's indoor track and field team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Dennis Shaver. They host home track meets at the Carl Maddox Field House.

  • National Championships (11): 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • SEC Championships (11): 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008

Former Coaches

Pat Henry


Men's outdoor track and field Edit

The Men's outdoor track and field team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Dennis Shaver. They host home track meets at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

  • National Championships (4): 1933, 1989, 1990, 2002
  • SEC Championships (22): 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1988, 1989, 1990

Former Coaches

Women's outdoor track and field Edit

The Women's outdoor track and field team participates in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Dennis Shaver. They host home track meets at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

  • National Championships (14): 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2008
  • SEC Championships (8): 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2008

Former Coaches

Pat Henry


Volleyball Edit

The LSU Tigers volleyball team participates in the Western division of the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Fran Flory. They play home games at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

  • National Championships (0): None
  • Final Four Appearances (2): 1990, 1991
  • SEC Championships (4): 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991

Former Coaches

Scott Luster

Ruth Nelson

Gerry Owens

Jinks Coleman

Notable non-varsity sportsEdit

RugbyEdit

Founded in 1970, LSU Rugby has played its matches at the LSU Sport & Adventure Complex since 2006. LSU has a tradition of success since its founding, highlighted by its 22 game winning streak during the 1996-97 season.[2]

More recently, LSU Rugby has been successful in conference play and in national competition. LSU plays in the Southeastern Conference against its traditional SEC rivals. In 2009, LSU defeated Colorado and Air Force to advance to the national quarterfinals before losing to San Diego State, and in 2010, LSU again defeated Colorado to qualify for the sweet 16 round of the national playoffs.[3] LSU competed at the 2011 Collegiate Rugby Championship, finishing 9th in a tournament broadcast live on NBC.[4] LSU finished first in the SEC West Division in 2012, with a 5-2 record.

National championships Edit

LSU has won 47 team national championships, 43 of which are recognized by the NCAA, tying them for 5th all time in total national championships.[5] Four of them are not recognized because there was not an NCAA sanctioned event in place at the time to determine a champion, and thus polls were used.

LSU NCAA National Championships
Year Sport

1933 Men's outdoor track and field
1940 Men's Golf
1942 Men's Golf
1947 Men's Golf
1949 Men's Boxing
1955 Men's Golf
1987 Women's indoor track and field
1987 Women's outdoor track and field
1988 Women's outdoor track and field
1989 Men's outdoor track and field
1989 Women's indoor track and field
1989 Women's outdoor track and field
1990 Men's outdoor track and field
1990 Women's outdoor track and field
1991 Baseball
1991 Women's indoor track and field
1991 Women's outdoor track and field
1992 Women's outdoor track and field
1993 Baseball
1993 Women's indoor track and field
1993 Women's outdoor track and field
1994 Women's indoor track and field
1994 Women's outdoor track and field
1995 Women's indoor track and field
1995 Women's outdoor track and field
1996 Baseball
1996 Women's indoor track and field
1996 Women's outdoor track and field
1997 Baseball
1997 Women's indoor track and field
1997 Women's outdoor track and field
2000 Baseball
2000 Women's outdoor track and field
2001 Men's indoor track and field
2002 Men's outdoor track and field
2002 Women's indoor track and field
2003 Women's indoor track and field
2003 Women's outdoor track and field
2004 Men's indoor track and field
2004 Women's indoor track and field
2008 Women's outdoor track and field
2009 Baseball
LSU National Championships
Year Sport

1935 Men's Basketball^
1958 Football (AP, Coaches)^^
2003 Football (Bowl Championship Series)^^^
2007 Football (AP, Bowl Championship Series)^^^

^ Prior to 1939, the NCAA did not conduct a tournament to determine the men's basketball national champion, and thus this is a "Mythical National Championship" as determined by polls.

^^ The NCAA does not award a national championship in Division I-FBS football. Instead, polls are used to determine national champions. In this case, AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, the two biggest selectors at the time, awarded LSU the national championship. Many members of the sports media and fans refer to Division I-FBS national championships as "Mythical National Championships" (a national championship that is won without a tournament).

^^^ In 1998 major Division I-FBS conferences came together to created the Bowl Championship Series in an effort to establish a more legitimate national champion. LSU won the 2003 BCS national championship and the 2007 BCS national championship. These are not NCAA sanctioned national championships, and because of that, many members of the sports media and fans still refer to them as Mythical National Championships.

Athletic hall of fameEdit

Athletic directors Edit

Name Years Served
Russ Cohen 1928-1931
T.P. "Skipper" Heard 1932-1955
Jim Corbett 1955-1967
Harry Rabenhorst 1967-1968
Carl Maddox 1968-1978
Paul Dietzel 1978-1982
Bob Brodhead 1982-1987
Joe Dean 1987-2001
Skip Bertman 2001-2008
Joe Alleva 2008–Present

Broadcast informationEdit

The LSU Sports Radio Network's flagship station WDGL-FM ("The Eagle 98.1") in Baton Rouge.

Name Position
Jim Hawthorne Director of Broadcasting; Play-by-Play (Football, Men's Basketball, Baseball)
Gordy Rush Sideline Reporter (Football)
Doug Moreau Analyst (Football)
Patrick Wright Play-by-Play (Women's Basketball, Softball)
Kevin Ford Studio Host (Football); Analyst/Play-by-Play (Men's Basketball)
Ricky Blanton Analyst (Men's Basketball)
Charles Hanagriff Play-by-Play/Analyst (Baseball)
Bill Franques Analyst (Baseball)
Kent Lowe Analyst (Softball)

See also Edit

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