But in addition to preparing our flash back to the previous year, we have experienced one of the busiest summers in recent memory. Since our last issue on June 10, LSU has hired a new baseball coach, lost two prominent athletes to the ranks of professional sports, watched a former LSU women's hoops star become a WNBA All-Star, ushered five former LSU star athletes to the hall of fame and rewarded four coaches all with new contracts and lots of money.
While it has been a rather newsworthy summer, there is one storyline that sticks out above all the rest.
Typically, I reserve the pages of Tiger Rag for sports coverage from the campus of LSU. Seldom do I dive off into the deep end of the pool dissecting the bureaucracy surrounding the political side of LSU.
However, there have been developments on the LSU Board of Supervisors that needs to be brought to the attention of Tiger fans everywhere.
Over the course of the past several weeks, the terms of four of the sitting members of the LSU Board of Supervisors have expired and each were due for re-appointment.
Two of those members, Ronnie Anderson and Stewart Slack, were not re-appointed by Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
Two others, Marty Chabert and longtime board member Charlie Cusimano, have not been re-appointed, but have not been replaced as of press time.
"Marty Chabert and Charlie Cusimano are still in limbo," outgoing board member Ronnie Anderson told Tiger Rag. "They have not been re-appointed, but no one has been appointed in their places so they are still serving."
After nine years of service,
"I got a letter from the governor's
office saying ‘sorry,' that I was not being re-appointed to the board,"
Conspiracy theorists everywhere have come out of the woodwork and the rumor mill has heated up in recent months. Since LSU Systems President William Jenkins announced he would retire, a debate ensued over who would replace the highly successfully and wildly popular leader.
"There have been some things going
on with president Jenkins,"
Clausen, president of the
Ronnie Anderson served nine years on LSU's Board of Supervisors.
He was recently relieved of duty by Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco.
"I am, initially, concerned with
Sally Clausen replacing President Jenkins. I am not really in favor of that,"
In the interim period, LSU hired a search firm to detail the qualifications for the new president before the actual search begins.
"There is a search firm that is
putting together some ideas about what the qualifications should be for the next
LSU System president,"
Another major concern
"I do know (Commissioner of Higher Education) Dr. (E. Joseph) Savoy with the (Louisiana) Board of Regents and the past president of our board, Bernie Boudreaux, did visit the UNO, LSU-Alexandria and the LSU-Eunice campuses and talked to them about moving from one system (LSU) to another (UL)," Anderson said. "I am not in favor of that. Those schools were developed and built by the LSU System and it is in theirs' and the LSU System's best interest for them to remain a part of this system."
"I think it is something LSU fans
and backers should watch,"
Anderson, who serves as the
president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Bureau of Louisiana,
said he is proud of the time he served on the board and will always remember
what the board accomplished during his terms of service. Under
The board achieved many notable
accomplishments outside the realm of athletics over the last nine years. The
board reformed and raised admission standards, which resulted in an increase in
average GPA and graduation rates. Also,
"It really has been a tremendous
experience over the last nine years,"
As the clock ticks down on Blanco's term in office, all eyes will be affixed on every move made and how each could affect the LSU System and its future.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag magazine. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.