Fighting Tigers, 1993-2008: Into a New Century of LSU Football

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Magnificent, maddening, thrilling, heartbreaking -- over the years, LSU football has been called many things; boring is not among them. But no period in the team's history exemplifies the extreme highs and lows of sport better than the past fifteen years. In 1993, the Tigers were in the midst of a record six-season losing streak and the program was struggling to dig its way out of its darkest days. By 2008, LSU had emerged as one of the premier college football powers in the nation and the unprecedented two-time ...

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Overview

Magnificent, maddening, thrilling, heartbreaking -- over the years, LSU football has been called many things; boring is not among them. But no period in the team's history exemplifies the extreme highs and lows of sport better than the past fifteen years. In 1993, the Tigers were in the midst of a record six-season losing streak and the program was struggling to dig its way out of its darkest days. By 2008, LSU had emerged as one of the premier college football powers in the nation and the unprecedented two-time winner of the BCS national championship. In The Fighting Tigers, 1993--2008, award-winning sportswriter Scott Rabalais chronicles the Tigers' fantastic rise to the top of the college football universe, vividly detailing the victories and defeats, the coaches and the players, the tears and the titles of this sometimes frustrating, always fascinating period of LSU football.

Game by game, Rabalais recounts the tenures of the four head coaches who led the Tigers during these years -- "Curley" Hallman, the strict taskmaster whose mounting losses created dissension and apathy among the Tiger faithful; Gerry DiNardo, the charismatic salesman whose efforts to "Bring Back the Magic" temporarily vaulted the Tigers again into the national polls; Nick Saban, the intense workhorse who steadily rebuilt the program and led the team to its first national championship in almost fifty years; and Les Miles, the engaging wildcard who finally emerged from Saban's shadow with a championship of his own. Rabalais provides expert analysis of the 2004 and 2008 BCS national championship games and other postseason bowl games as well as the "ordinary" games that have crossed over into legendary status -- 1993's "Pigs Will Fly" victory against Alabama, "The Night the Barn Burned" at Auburn in 1996, and 2002's "Bluegrass Miracle." Along the way, Rabalais recounts the incredible athletic feats of numerous standout players, including Eddie Kennison, Kevin Faulk, Josh Reed, Michael Clayton, Marcus Spears, Chad Lavalais, and Glenn Dorsey.

Throughout, Rabalais interweaves off-the-field events that have affected or enhanced the LSU football legacy: the return of the traditional home white jerseys; the creation of the Bengal Belles; two expansions of Tiger Stadium; the death of Mike V and the introduction of Mike VI; and perhaps most poignant, the Tigers' volunteer efforts and emotional responses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

An appendix contains the vital statistics of LSU's entire football history. Individual and team records in every area, coaching records, All-Americans and Academic All-Americans, year-by-year results, top ten Tiger Stadium crowds, Tigers in pro football -- all of this and more will satisfy even the most hardcore LSU sports statistician. Peter Finney, venerable author of the three previous volumes of The Fighting Tigers, passes the official historian's torch to Rabalais in a compelling foreword that emphasizes the significance of the Tigers' recent run of success.

To many die-hard Tiger fans, LSU football is a religion all its own. With The Fighting Tigers, 1993--2008, Rabalais has written the next book of its bible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807133705
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 722,730
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Rabalais has covered LSU athletics for The Advocate (Baton Rouge) since 1992.

Peter Finney is a sports columnist at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the author of the first three volumes of The Fighting Tigers."

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Table of Contents

1 Pigs will Fly, 1993-1994 1

2 Bring Back the Magic, 1995-1997 16

3 Is It Over? 1998-1999 42

4 Sugar and Miracles, 2000-2002 56

5 Champions of the Great Divide, 2003-2004 88

6 Miles and Miles to Go, 2005-2006 117

7 Forever LSU, 2007 143

Appendix LSU Record Book, 1893-2008 177

LSU Football by the Numbers 177

LSU All-Americans 177

LSU Academic All-Americans 178

National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes 178

LSU Record Book 178

Individual Records

Rushing 178

Passing 180

Receiving 184

Total Offense 186

All-Purpose 186

Scoring Records 187

Punt Return Records 188

Kickoff Return Records 189

Kicking Records 190

Defensive Records 192

200-Yard Rushing Games 194

100-Yard Rushing Games 194

500/400/300-Yard Passing Games 196

200-Yard Receiving Games 196

100-Yard Receiving Games 196

Team Records

Rushing 198

Passing 198

Scoring 198

Punting 199

Kickoff Returns 199

Punt Returns 199

Total Defense 199

Rushing Defense 199

Passing Defense 199

Scoring Defense 200

Plays 200

Miscellaneous Records 200

LSU vs. All Opponents 201

Top Ten Tiger Stadium Crowds 202

LSU Coaching Records 202

Year-by-Year Results 203

Tigers in Pro Football 217

Tigers in the AAFC (All-American Football Conference) 221

Tigers in the NFL, AFL Draft 221

National Award Winners 224

Index 225

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    not bad at all

    this book details the recent history of the LSU football program. i think it is a good buy.

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