Here's my thinking of why the dark years:
1. LSU was very tight with the money back then and didn't step up to the plate for facilities and coaches pay. Lost at least one recruit because of living conditions at school (dorms) and cafeteria not like FSU's.
2. Arnsbarger was a great coach but didn't recruit worth a crap. He won with Stovall's recruits (Who was a GREAT recruiter but had little coaching experience.)
3. During Archer's era a piece of crap in a wheel chair that represented the NAACP in the Baton Rouge area (think his name was George Eames) called LSU a raciest school and advised blacks not to go there (for some reason think it had something to do with LSU not having black QB). Couple that with Prop 48 and Archer was not able to recruit good talent.
4. Hallman started to get talent but was not a strong coach.
5. Dinardo recruited the talent and got LSU turned around but couldn't hire quality coaches to replace those lost and couldn't get facilities upgraded to compete with elite teams. All about the tight dollar issue again.
6. Saban comes in and they decided to upgrade facilities and pay more for coaches. That was the main reason he was able to turn the program around to what it is today.
The sad part of all this is if they (the Board and Administration) had wanted an ALABAMA type program, this could have been accomplished many, many years ago.
This post was edited on 9/7 at 8:57 am