For those of you who haven't been on campus in the last few days, it looks like LSU is going to finish up the plaques commemorating the 11 SEC championships. All that remains are the descriptions of the 1935 and 2007 seasons, the latter of which we've all seen before on the National Championship plaque. It's pretty nice to see that they'll be done for the SEC opener.
But something caught my eye about the 1936 season description.
Note the last sentence:
LSU finished runner-up in the first AP poll to Minnesota, but took national championship honors in the Williamson poll for the second straight year.
I have to admit, it sort of threw me off seeing the school actually acknowledge the "mythical" titles of 1935 and 1936. There's no doubt that LSU had tremendous seasons both years, but it seemed like the athletic department had always talked about the seasons for what they were: SEC championships, followed by losses in the Sugar Bowl. It seemed like the fact that these teams were awarded national titles was always going to be an end note on wikipedia.
Then I realized something: this is actually the perfect way to recognize those teams' accomplishments. It's not like we're putting up flags and memorials saying "LSU: 1936 National Champions." By putting up information outside the stadium like that, we get to tell everyone that somebody thought we were the number one team in the country that year, even if the people who did weren't the foremost authorities on college football at the time.
I love it. It's a great memorial to a great team, and it adheres to the cardinal rule: you never go full 'Bama.