July 1, 2016
Dear Tiger Fan,
I hope this letters finds you and your family enjoying the summer and looking forward to the Independence Day holiday. All of us at LSU are grateful for the freedoms established by our nation’s founders and for the brave men and women serving in our armed forces to ensure that our great country continues to thrive.
THANK YOU LOUISIANA!
The Louisiana Legislature just completed a series of three sessions designed to address the state’s budget issues, and due to the courageous efforts of Gov. John Bel Edwards and our lawmakers, LSU’s budget remained intact for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
As you know, LSU’s state funding has decreased significantly over the past nine years; however, Gov. Edwards and the Legislature recognized the vital role higher education plays in Louisiana and were able to provide stable funding for our university.
I am extremely pleased to join LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander and all of our faculty, staff, and students in offering a sincere THANK YOU to Gov. Edwards and the Legislature for their commitment to higher education in Louisiana.
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Competition has concluded for the 2016-17 season, which marked another outstanding year for our student-athletes. Of our 21 sports, 15 competed in an NCAA postseason event, and the Tigers finished in the nation’s Top 10 in seven sports – gymnastics, men’s indoor track and field, men’s golf, men’s outdoor track and field, softball, women’s outdoor track and field, and baseball.
Overall, LSU was No. 19 in the annual Learfield Directors’ Cup ranking of the top athletic programs, marking the 22nd straight year the Tigers have placed in the Top 25.
Certainly, we’re proud of our athletic achievements, but I’m also very pleased to report that 83 LSU student-athletes earned their degrees during the fall and spring semesters, and 216 Tigers received SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition this year.
Congratulations to the Tigers, their coaches and the dedicated staff in LSU’s Academic Center for Student-Athletes for their accomplishments in competition and in the classroom.
The Summer Olympics begin in Brazil next month, and LSU has an amazing total of 66 current, former and incoming student-athletes competing in their respective countries’ Olympic Trials. In fact, former LSU soccer player Allysha Chapman has already earned a place on Canada’s Olympic team. Best wishes to all of the Tigers as they seek to represent LSU on the global stage in Rio.
Finally, I know you are all eagerly anticipating the kickoff of the 2016 football season, which is only two months away! Coach Miles and his staff have assembled a dynamic team that will compete at an elite level beginning on September 3 when LSU meets Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
There are many superb intersectional matchups on that first Saturday in September, but the showdown between the Tigers and the Badgers is generating the most buzz around the nation. The contest will be the first college game played in the NFL’s most storied venue, and we can’t wait for our players and fans to arrive in Wisconsin.
The game presents a wonderful opportunity for the Tigers to play where some of football’s greatest names have prospered, including LSU’s very own Jim Taylor, the Packer fullback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976. I hope to see many of you at Lambeau Field very soon!
LSU’s student-athletes are able to excel in a comprehensive, first-class program due to your dedication and passion, and I thank you for your continued devotion to the Fighting Tigers!
As always, we welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately we cannot answer every e-mail we receive, but please be assured they are all read.
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics