Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (33) is tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back DeQuan Menzie (24) and linebacker Jerrell Harris (5) during the BCS National Championship at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

LSU Sports: How do you measure success?

For many Tiger fans Sunday’s 7-2 loss brought back horrible images for the Football team’s 21-0 defeat to Alabama in the BCS title game. Having to watch your favorite team finish a game having that felling in your stomach that they are not going to win is hard to deal with, but what is the correct attitude afterwards? Is it better to immediately remember the victories along the way, or to sulk and try to find blame during the offseason?

Overall it was a great year for LSU athletics, but besides the women’s track and field team winning the national championship most programs fell short…or did they? The softball team made a surprise appearance in the WCWS. The gymnastics team made a deep run in the tournament and made it to the championship round. The men’s track and field team finished second in the country. The women’s basketball team, swimming and diving team both golf teams, men’s tennis, soccer, and cross country teams earned bids for post-season play. Only the volleyball and women’s tennis teams missed post-season play.

It was a remarkable year yet again for LSU athletics. Even the men’s basketball team made a brief appearance in the NIT tournament (I know, I almost forgot). The purpose of writing this is to show just how successful the overall department was in the academic calendar, but it just doesn’t work.

The fact is it still hurts that LSU had to replay Alabama in the national title game and could only gain 92-yards of offense against them. In perhaps the greatest regular season in college football history, it all went away on January 9, 2012. The other dagger is that LSU defeated all three SEC teams that made it to the CWS this year, but missed out because they could only manage six hits in their final 18-innings of the season.

It’s okay to take a couple of days to wallow in the teams short comings, but all can be forgotten due to a new season just around the corner. Both program are coming back loaded and should make serious noise for a national championship. Both softball and women’s basketball showed promise that they are ready to become national contenders on a yearly basis. The men’s basketball team is turning over a new leaf, but new head coach Johnny Jones is bringing over a more up-tempo brand of basketball that should bring about better results than Trent Johnson.

It is still great to be a Tiger, and it is time to start breaking down the 2012 LSU football team. Stay tuned.


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