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Per ESPN:
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The next documentary in the SEC Storied series is “Hold the Rope,” the story of legendary LSU baseball head coach Skip Bertman and his quest to turn the Bayou Bengals into a perennial power. The hour-long film debuts on Monday, May 24 at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network.

When Bertman arrived in Baton Rouge in the summer of 1983, LSU baseball was considered an afterthought. The Tigers were lucky to draw 500 fans per game to aging Alex Box Stadium, a relic of the 1930s. As for the team on the field, it was mired in mediocrity and hadn’t reached the postseason since 1975.

From those beginnings, Bertman turned the program into a powerhouse, winning five national championships from 1991-2000. A new stadium, with the field named after him, stands 200 yards away from where the Tiger baseball dynasty was born, and more than 10,000 fans a game come out to make LSU the NCAA leader in attendance every year for the past two decades. “Hold the Rope” focuses on Bertman’s overhaul of the LSU program inside and out, culminating in the Tigers’ first College World Series title in 1991. Read more.
Filed Under: LSU Baseball
Originally published on TigerDroppings.com

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Can't wait for the sequel about Smoke Laval: Drop the Soap
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its back to 500 now!!!
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That picture looks like it was back when Paul still had his testicles
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It appears the rope has been cut, sad to say.
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Hanging on to the past
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If only we had a winner like that at the helm now.
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I literally sat with MAYBE 15 fans in the 3rd base bleachers during a day game at The Box in 1983
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Finally
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We need another leader like him to revitalize the program. We’re barely holding on these days. Those national championships are getting further and further in the past!!!
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500 fans? I went to some of those games. It was more like 150. When Mississippi State came to town it was about 400 -- and 250 were clearly State fans.
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Paul burned the rope.
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That made me laugh out loud
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First it was smoked. But CPM seriously is a classy guy. He has done an above average job just the rest of the SEC has caught up or passed us. Would still like to see us sweep the bastard gumps
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