Former LSU football coach Dietzel passes away

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Updated: September 24, 2013

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – Paul Dietzel, who led the LSU Tigers to
their first football national championship in 1958, passed away early Tuesday
morning after a brief illness at the age of 89.

Dietzel served as LSU’s football coach from 1955-61 and he returned to LSU in
1978 as athletics director, serving until 1982. He also coached Army (1962-65)
and South Carolina (1966-1974).

Dietzel was the last living member of the 1958 staff that guided LSU to an
undefeated season.

“Coach Dietzel was a man of great honor and integrity. He was the perfect role
model for young people, and I will always cherish the moments that I was able
to spend with him,” said LSU vice chancellor and athletics director Joe
Alleva. “Looking back at what he accomplished here at LSU, he was way ahead of
his time as a football coach. His 1958 national championship set LSU on a path
of being what it is today. We will be forever grateful for Coach Dietzel and
what he meant to this university. Our thoughts and prayers are with his
family. He will be missed.”

His overall record as a college head coach was 109-95-5. He was inducted into
the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame
2010.

Dietzel served as the Gamecocks’ director of athletics from 1966-75. He held
the same position at Indiana from 1975-78.

Dietzel served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and became an
All-American center at Miami (Ohio) University before getting into coaching.