Funeral today for legendary LSU coach Paul Dietzel
BATON ROUGE - Mourners gathered in Baton Rouge this morning to pay their respects to legendary LSU football coach Paul Dietzel, who passed away this week.
The university said Dietzel died earlier this week after a brief illness. He was 89 years old.
Dietzel coached the Tigers to their first national championship in football in 1958, as well as coaching LSU'S only Heisman trophy winner, Billy Cannon. He served as football coach from 1955 through 1961 and he returned to LSU in 1978 as athletic director, serving until 1982.
The funeral is scheduled to begin a 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Dietzel's family asked people to make donations to the Baton Rouge chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes instead of sending flowers.