BCS Championship Notes

Just remember, LSU fans … the first president of what became LSU was William T. Sherman …

… and for a good number of people (with apologies to Bart Starr and Ken Stabler), Alabama’s best-known quarterback was from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania … Joe Namath.

So it’s Uncle Billy versus Joe Willie for all the marbles.


18 thoughts on “BCS Championship Notes

  1. Lyle Smith January 8, 2012 / 4:48 pm

    Bah… LSU loves Sherman! Especially since he remained friends with university colleagues and gifted two Confederate Fort Sumter cannons to the university after the war… that are on display outside the Military Science building (maybe they’re replicas now… I’m not sure).

    Does the good professor, or anyone else for that matter, know who else was in contention with Sherman for becoming the first LSU president? That’s another connection of sorts between LSU and Alabama.

    Geaux Tigers! Geaux to hell Alabama!!!

  2. Richard McCormick January 8, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    And it was another Southerner – John Singleton Mosby – who thought college football was too rough a sport and compared it to cock fighting. He claimed that teams were made up of players who were “professional mercenaries who are hired to advertise colleges” (quote from “Gray Ghost” by James A. Ramge, page 330)

  3. Carl Schenker January 9, 2012 / 7:13 am

    (1) I’m sure that some in this group know that there has been a proposal to name an LSU building after Sherman, which has kicked up some controversy. I’m not sure where this stands now.

    (2) A few years ago LSU and Notre Dame played a bowl game — that pitted Uncle Billy against his wife, who spent part of the war at Notre Dame. JaMarcus Russell saw to it that Uncle Billy got the better of things that time.


  4. Robert Gudmestad January 9, 2012 / 7:57 am

    It is true that Uncle Billy was the president of the military academy just prior to the Civil War. I am told that when he was told that South Carolina secede, he wept because he knew that an impending war would be devastating. As an LSU graduate, I hasten to add that there is no Sherman Hall on the campus.

  5. John Foskett January 9, 2012 / 8:34 am

    All true, but what school employed “Fair Catch” Corby, whose statue graces the Second Day’s field at Gettysburg?

    • Dave Jordan January 9, 2012 / 5:47 pm

      There is a copy of that statue on the Notre Dame campus outside (where else? ) Corby Hall. Corby served as President of Notre Dame after the war.

      • John Foskett January 10, 2012 / 9:03 am

        That he did (two different terms) and it does stand in front of Corby Hall. When I was in school, having first been to Gettysburg at the age of 10, I was one of the few who knew that the “real” statue is in southern Pennsylvania. The school’s art museum also has the original of the painting which shows him giving absolution to the Irish Brigade on July 2. He was no longer president when ND took up football in 1887, so I don’t know if he had any views on it before he died in 1897.

  6. Lyle Smith January 9, 2012 / 9:41 am


    I’m not sure there is much of a controversy. If the Louisiana State Senate passes a resolution (authored by a Republican state senator no less) to name a building at LSU after William T. Sherman… he’s loved, I think. So whatever controversy and negativity Professor Hoffman was talking about, it couldn’t have been that great.

    I’m not sure where this issue stands as of now though. Perhaps the university is still waiting for someone to pay them to name a building after Sherman.

    Regardless… the LSU football team hopefully is going to make Sherman proud tonight by marching up, down, and through Alabama.

    Geaux Tigers!

  7. Bill Newcomer January 9, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    So I’m watching this national championship college football game betweeen two universities from southern states that had been part of the Confederacy. I would think that would qualify this game as an event that will become a part of “southern heritage”. I also see that both teams have people playing who are pretty obviously Americans of African descent. Hummmmm……………………….

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 9, 2012 / 7:38 pm

      This fact will clearly upset the folks I will focus on tomorrow.

  8. Lyle Smith January 9, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    It’s Sherman at Manassas tonight for LSU. The might should give Lee a chance. 🙂

  9. Carl Schenker January 10, 2012 / 6:17 am

    Well, I suppose Uncle Billy will now have to revise his memoirs to explain the defeat by reference to George Thomas’s well known slowness. At least, General Sherman University was able to beat Notre Dame when family honors were at stake.

    For anyone interested, here is a link to the book “General Sherman as College President,” a detailed compilation from his LSU days. (There is only one volume.)


  10. Lyle Smith January 10, 2012 / 11:09 am

    Well that was a college football Cannae of sorts… the Tide rolled up the Tigers flanks, center, and rear. That was some kind of whooping. Congratulations Alabama.

    • John Foskett January 10, 2012 / 5:28 pm

      Is it me or does Les Miles look a lot like Joe Johnston? Punting in the 3rd down 15-0….

      • Lyle Smith January 10, 2012 / 9:11 pm

        Oh yeah… there was some defeatism on the sideline, I think.

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