November 18th, 2013 12:15 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: AD, Joe Dean, SEC, Southeastern Conference
Sunday morning the Southeastern Conference lost a legend. A tremendous basketball player, a promoter via television, and an influential athletic director, Joe Dean was an SEC fixture for more than half a century.
Fans of a certain age will remember Dean as an All-SEC hoopster at LSU from 1949 through 1952. Younger fans across the SEC footprint will remember him as the color analyst for televised SEC basketball games from 1969 through 1987. The words “String music” and “stufferino” — Dean’s signature calls — still resonate with those of us in the late-30s, over-40 crowd.
In ’87, Dean became the athletic director at his alma mater and served in that position through 2001. Dean was AD in Baton Rouge when the Tigers hired some fella from Michigan State named Nick Saban to rebuild their football program.
Dean was instrumental in the SEC expansion that welcomed Arkansas and South Carolina into the conference in 1992. A visionary, he also worked in the 1980s to bring Texas A&M into the league.
Dean’s impact on the SEC would require a book, not a blurb, so instead we’ll just direct you to the headlines of the different obituaries honoring the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee today:
When you’re accomplished in so many fields it becomes difficult to pick just one for a headline. Dean was all of those things — player, AD, broadcaster — and he was more. He was an ambassador for LSU and the Southeastern Conference for decades. And he will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dean’s family and friends.
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