All 3 inductees took their respective programs to new levels and left me with great memories.
Seimone Augustus put LSU’s women’s basketball program on the map the 4 years she attended the university. It was exciting watching the women’s program chase the championship during Augustus’ tenure, and I fear the program will never reach those heights again.
Seimone Augustus played basketball at LSU from 2002-06 and was twice named National Player of the Year as she transformed the sport of women’s basketball on the LSU campus and ushered in the most successful era in Lady Tiger history. A three-time All-American, she won virtually every national honor including the Wade Trophy, Naismith Award and Wooden Award.
The Baton Rouge native scored 2,702 points in her career, second-most in LSU history, as she started a school-record 140 games. Augustus led LSU to three straight Final Four appearances, the first in school history, while scoring in double figures in a remarkable 97 straight games. After leading the nation with a scoring average of 22.7 points per game as a senior, she was the No. 1 choice of the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA draft in 2006 and she led the US Olympic Team to a gold medal in Beijing in 2008. A 2006 graduate of LSU, she is in her sixth season with the WNBA’s Lynx.
The Tommy Hodson to Wendell Davis pass catching combo was like watching poetry in motion as they seemed to share a brain at times.
Wendell Davis played football at LSU from 1984-87 and was named All-American in his junior and sophomore seasons. He led the Tigers to the Southeastern Conference championship in 1986 before earning SEC Most Valuable Player honors in 1987. One of the most prolific pass-catchers in the history of Tiger football, Davis holds the LSU mark for most receptions in a career with 183 and is second in school history in receiving yards with 2,708.
Davis teamed with LSU Hall of Fame quarterback Tommy Hodson to create an electrifying pass-catch combination that revolutionized SEC football. The Tigers went 28-6-2 in Davis’ last three seasons with appearances in the Liberty, Sugar and Gator Bowls. He was a first round pick of the Chicago Bears in the 1988 NFL draft and played six seasons, seeing action in 81 games with 207 catches for 3,000 yards and 14 touchdowns before injuries cut short his career. A 2007 graduate of North Park University, he now resides in Mundelein, Illinois.
The great Skip Bertman put LSU’s baseball on such a high plain that anything other than a National Title is considered a failure.
Skip Bertman coached LSU baseball from 1983-2001 and built it into a national powerhouse, winning five national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000) with 11 College World Series appearances, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and seven SEC titles. Bertman took over an LSU baseball program that had enjoyed only sparse success and little local interest and built it into a perennial national contender and the annual attendance leader in college baseball.
Bertman was named National Coach of the Year six times as he led his team to nine 50-win seasons and during his tenure more than 100 players were drafted into professional baseball while 41 reached the major leagues. In 1996 he was head coach of the US Olympic Team in Atlanta that won the bronze medal. After retirement from baseball, he became the athletic director at LSU in 2001 and served in that position until 2008. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. A 1960 graduate of the University of Miami, he still resides in Baton Rouge.
Carl Maddox, Suzette Lee , and Lloyd Peever were also inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame.