LSU Football History Class: Mike Donahue Era (1922-27) 

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Accepting the bid to join the new Southern Conference is the decision point for LSU when it decided to play big-time college football.

Everything that comes after is a result of that decision, which was no sure thing at the time. LSU was still a small school with a reputation as a “third-rate school” according the Association of State Universities, but it was about to experience explosive growth.

LSU planned to leave its original downtown home and move to its current campus home. Construction began in 1922 and the new campus would open in 1926.



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