Tigers Win is a place for conversations about excellence. Each episode, we'll pick the brains of LSU coaches, student athletes, staff members, or alumni about the routines, habits, tools, mindsets, and attributes they've utilized to excel in their crafts. Hundreds of champions walk the stately oaks and broad magnolias of the Ole War Skule every year. This is your chance to get inside the mind of world class performers, learn what makes them elite, and how you can apply their lessons to your life and develop your own winning mentality.
Episode 11: Jacob Hester and T-Bob Hebert
There is no shortage of former LSU athletes who have become media stars.
From Shaq and Booger to Ryan Clark and Marcus Spears, LSU practically owns TV.
Those tentacles touch every part of sports media, as today's guests can testify.
Former Tiger football standouts Jacob Hester and T-Bob Hebert parlayed their successes in purple and gold to post-football media careers. After different journeys, they've come together as the hosts of Off The Bench on 104.5/104.9 ESPN in Baton Rouge.
Today, we talk about those journeys -- their shared season during the 2007 national championship, their varied careers after football, and the vulnerability of creating content for a vast audience.
Warning: some slight profanity on this episode. Nothing major, but a heads up.
Episode 10: Brooks Curry
Every path to the Olympics is unique.
Part of that is sheer math. It's highly unlikely that all 10,000+ athlete who represent their countries every fourth summer are going to share tons of biographical overlap.
But Brooks Curry's story is especially interesting. He's the under-recruited, highly-doubted, mullet-haired, jorts-creating-and-sporting surprise of the USA Swimming setup this summer, a Georgia kid who found his way to LSU and then to an SEC Championship and finally to the Olympics.
What a delight this conversation was, from the story of how he dreamed of making the Olympics -- although maybe not quite this soon -- to why he bought thrift store jorts and covered them in purple and gold paint, a perfect fit for national television after shocking the world.
Episode 9: Jay Johnson
Jay Johnson is a great interview. But he's ready to stop talking and get to work.
That's the vibe I got when he wrapped up his home run of a press conference on Monday, impressing the thousands of Tiger fans watching from home as he sold his vision of the program.
But Johnson loves to win, and to him that means What's Important Now. And what's important now is getting his roster and staff finalized and preparing for a run at Omaha. Not in two years or three years. Next year.
Because he's ready to win. And he's ready to work.
Thankfully, we caught him for 25 minutes Monday and asked him about his background in coaching, recruiting and developing Kris Bryant, teaching the mental skills of baseball, and his vision for the Tigers moving forward.
Enjoy this conversation, and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we will be dropping clips from the interview all week.
Episode 8: Jay Clark
I don't envy Jay Clark.
It's difficult enough to replace a legend. Add a global pandemic to the mix, and you couldn't ask for a more difficult stage to debut as LSU's head gymnastics coach.
But Clark took everything in stride in his first year, leading the Tigers back to the national championships and to the brink of Four on the Floor. Only a few minor stumbles prevented LSU from national championship contention on the final day.
That's at the forefront of Clark's thinking as he heads into his first normal-ish off-season at the helm. He'll bring back tons of experience in 2021-22, add a loaded recruiting class, and welcome an incredible home schedule.
All that, and more, on today's episode.
Episode 7: Kim Mulkey
Kim Mulkey is hungry.
Not just for po-boys and Ponchatoula strawberries -- though she's missed them dearly during her time away from Louisiana.
She's hungry to win, and that appetite has never been satiated. Not after three championships as a head coach, two as a player, and one as an assistant. Not after an Olympic gold medal in 1984 or more than 600 career wins since 2000.
Mulkey also senses a hunger in Louisiana, as she comes back home to take over the reins at LSU after 21 years away from her home state.
Why return now? For the same reason she left then: God's timing.
1:09 - Intro
6:00 - Campus security secures a new coach
8:40 - From Player to Coach
10:40 - Title IX Icon?
12:26 - Earning her trust
14:22 - Coming home
16:17 - Leaving Baylor
19:50 - First step vs. final step
20:39 - Kramer's Mom
22:47 - Early LSU memories
23:51 - Getting started
25:00 - Michael Jordan?!?
28:39 - 1 on 1 with Emily Dixon
Episode 6: Kristen Nuss
Here are some facts about Kristen Nuss:
She's arguably the best athlete on LSU's campus, if not the entire country.
She's the winningest collegiate beach volleyball player ever.
She's as competitive and focused as Joe Burrow and as athletically gifted as Ja'Marr Chase.
She never planned any of this.
Nuss' path to historic heights at LSU was unplanned and followed a unique path. But hard work, natural ability, and perfect timing has taken her to places she never imagined. Now, there's one thing left to do: win the whole damn thing.
Watch the full interview on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38mx8XZPbEY
My favorite podcast
I mean. It’s my podcast. So I guess I’m biased. But it’s still my favorite. Being able to pick the brains of champions is a blessing.
This is a show about LIFE
Love these conversations. I feel like these coaches are so relatable and I can steal little parts of their mindset to improve myself
Always produces great content, this new one will be great! Excited for this!