Former LSU Tigers football head coach Paul Dietzel passed away this past week on Tuesday at the age of 89, but his legacy that includes a national championship and undefeated season in 1958 lives on today. Dietzel won the first of LSU’s three total national championships, and he turned a three-win team into a team capable of competing- and winning- national championships by the end of his tenure. Dietzel’s last year with the team started a string of five straight bowl appearances, which would have been unprecedented before his tenure as the team’s head football coach.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Jim Kleinpeter, the LSU Tigers will be wearing a decal on their helmets to honor the LSU legend, and the stickers will simply have Dietzel’s initials “PD”. Kickoff is set in just a few minutes, as the Tigers will look to upend another SEC powerhouse in the Georgia Bulldogs for what looks to be today’s biggest game.
Paul Dietzel won two SEC Championships, one additional ACC crown later on in his career with the South Carolina Gamecocks, and he was also the head football coach of Army following his tenure at LSU, which ended in 1982. Dietzel would go on to be the Athletic Director of LSU, among other schools, and he became a painter after his retirement.