October 1, 2011; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; A detailed view of a LSU Tigers football in the endzone at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary LSU Tiger's Head Coach Paul Dietzel Passes Away

The LSU family and community mourns the loss of legendary head football coach and athletic director, Paul Dietzel who passed away this morning at the age of 89. The cause of death was not immediately known for the man who led the Tigers to their first national championship when LSU defeated Clemson on New Years Day in 1959 in front of 80,000 fans at Tulane Stadium.

“Looking back at what he accomplished here at LSU, he was way ahead of his time as a football coach. His 1958 national championship set LSU on a path of being what it is today. We will be forever grateful for Coach Dietzel and what he meant to this university. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed.” via Kent Lowe LSUSports

 

 

 

 

Dietzel went 46-24-3 during his seven seasons at LSU including which included coaching Heisman trophy winner Billy Cannon, two SEC titles and the 1958 national championship. He returned to LSU serving as the school’s athletic director from 1978-1982. He would be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

“He was one of the forerunners in terms of bringing so much high quality and notoriety to Louisiana State University,” said Collis Temple Jr., former LSU basketball player. “So, me being an ex-athelte, I didn’t play football, but we all reveled in the fact that he was such a great leader.” via WAFB.com

Related: Sports Illustrated has a phenomenal piece “The Bandits of Baton Rouge” on the 1958 Championship team.

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