LSU lost one of its own over the weekend. Legendary Joe Dean, the man who coined the basketball phrase “string music” died Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, his adopted home.
Dean was an iconic figure in this state and around the college basketball world. The Indiana native was an all-SEC performer on the court for the tigers and off it. Dean, who came to LSU in the late 40’s as a player, went on to become the Tigers’ Athletic Director nearly 40 years later, in the late 80s. Before that, Dean double dipped as an executive at Converse Rubber Company and as a college basketball color analyst.
Joe Dean loved Louisiana and LSU. You would have thought he was a Louisiana native.
Yes, LSU lost one of its all-time greats yesterday. A kind, gentle, humble man who came down to south Louisiana to play basketball and really never left.
One of LSU’s all-time greats has passed on. Former player and athletic director Joe Dean.