The field at Alex Box Stadium already bears Skip Bertman’s name. Soon there could be a statue constructed in like likeness right outside of the ballpark.
The Tiger Athletic Foundation is seeking permission to build a new Champions Plaza just to the third base side of the ring of champions that honors LSU’s six national title teams, according to the agenda for a Board of Supervisors meeting set for Friday. The new plaza would honor LSU’s various Southeastern Conference championships — both regular season and tournament — and include a statue of Bertman.
According to the proposal, the plaza will be a free-form space of about 3,150 square feet. Work would begin in November, if approved, with the project set to be completed in August 2019. No cost is listed in the proposal, but TAF would cover the full cost.
Bertman led LSU to five national championships between 1991-2000 in a tenure that spanned 1984-2001. He then served as athletic director from 2001-08, hiring three eventual national champions in Les Miles, Paul Mainieri and Dennis Shaver.
LSU already has statues for basketball legends Shaquille O’Neal and Bob Petit on the north side of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Statues are also planned for 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon and all-time college basketball scoring record holder Pete Maravich.