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LSU athletics reached new heights under Mike Slive's tenure as SEC commissioner.

Remembering LSU’s athletic successes under Mike Slive’s watch

Nick Suss

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Rest in peace

Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday, ending the life of one of the most revered men in Southeastern Conference history. Slive presided over the SEC from 2002-15, overseeing the most prosperous and successful era in the conference’s history, not just for football, but across most sports.

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LSU was no exception. Under Slive’s tenure, the Tigers’ brand expanded massively in football, continued in baseball and saw grand achievements in various other sports. Here’s a rundown of what LSU was able to do in athletics while Slive was in control:

  • National championships: 12 (Football 2003 and 2007, baseball 2009, men’s golf 2015, men’s indoor track 2004, men’s outdoor track 2002, women’s indoor track 2002-04, women’s outdoor track 2003, 2008, 2012)
  • SEC Championships: 22 (Baseball 4, men’s basketball 2, women’s basketball 3, football 3, men’s golf 1, softball 2, women’s indoor track 3, women’s outdoor track 4)

No matter what you’re using as your barometer, that was a pretty successful era in LSU history. And fans should celebrate not just for the school’s success but for the success of the league. Slive was a huge part of that.

Checkin’ in with the ‘croots

What’s the latest in the world of LSU recruiting? Let’s take a look:

In LSU baseball news

The LSU baseball team takes on Auburn on Thursday for the first game of a three-game SEC series at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU. LSU will send Zack Hess to the mound to face off against Auburn freshman Tanner Burns. LSU is looking to win its first road series of 2018 and has plenty to play for with this being the last weekend of the regular season.

If you need more content to prepare yourself for the series, be sure to catch up:

Watch me, watch me

Fellow SEC Country LSU reporter Alex Hickey and I hopped on Facebook Live for about an hour on Wednesday night, chatting with Tigers fans about the state of the football, basketball, baseball and softball programs. In case you missed it, here’s your chance to watch it below. Skip around for the questions you want answered or settle in for a long lunch break with our beautiful voices.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, May 17 is National Idaho Day. So, take it away, Ralph Wiggum.

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