Louisiana State

, Louisiana (PressExposure) January 23, 2009 -- The Louisiana State University Tigers are perhaps the most successful college sports team that no one outside of Louisiana knows anything about. They've achieved a good deal of success in multiple sports, including baseball, football, basketball, golf, and track and field, and yet continue to fly under the college sports radar. LSU plays in the NCAA's SEC Conference with the Universities of Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, as well as Auburn, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State. Their football team has enjoyed tremendous success of late, and is one of only two teams to have won two BCS Bowl Games, last accomplishing the feat in 2007 in front of a pro-LSU crowd at the Louisiana Superdome. LSU currently has the 14th best record in the nation all-time, with a .640 winning percentage, as well as 701 all time victories, ranking them 12th in that category. LSU has played in 40 bowl games, winning 21 of them, to go with one draw (in the famous 1947 Cotton Bowl against Arkansas that ended in a scoreless tie), and has made 9 straight bowl appearances, winning 7 of them. LSU adorned the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1997 after their huge upset of #1 ranked Florida, to whom they had lost 9 consecutive times to. In the 1966 Cotton Bowl, in a rematch from that scoreless game of 19 years ago with Arkansas, unranked LSU upset the heavily favoured, number 2 ranked Razorbacks 14-7, breaking a 22 game winning streak for Arkansas in the process. Their baseball squad is consistently rated as one of the best in the nation as well, winning multiple conference championships, appearing in 14 college world series', and winning 5 national titles. The baseball squad has won more than 2,000 games, with an impressive .598 winning percentage. Several notable MLB players have come from LSU including Brad Hawpe, Aaron Hill, Paul Byrd, Todd Walker, and Ryan Theriot. The baseball team will play at a new facility called the new Alex Box Stadium beginning in 2009. Their basketball program is most famous for bringing the world its first look at Shaquille O'Neal in the late 1980's and early 1990's, as LSU was in the middle of 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. LSU had little success in the tournament during this span though, making it past the second round only twice. They made it all the way to the Final Four in the 1986 tournament, knocking off the Southeast Regions top 3 seeds along the way, before finally falling in the semi-finals to eventual champion Louisville. The LSU golf team has been especially strong over the years, winning 15 conference and 4 national championships, and producing multiple PGA tour winner David Toms. The indoor and outdoor track and field teams have had by far the most success though, racking up an impressive 45 conference championships, and 31 national titles. Because of their success in multiple sports, LSU has developed heated rivalries with a number of different schools, including Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

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Press Release Submitted On: April 07, 2009 at 5:48 pm
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