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I-59 Tiger
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25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
1995 Auburn-LSU Yea, it was time for DiNardo to go with his stubborness. But that Auburn game in 1995 was just awesome.

This was our first home game wearing white since 1982. Packed house playing #5 Auburn (they were overrated but at that time,who cared?). Just a fantastic evening!


Tigerpride18
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
I've gotten about 10 different answers to where exactly "bring back the magic" came from.

Wasn't it just a team or fan motto for the season that year? Kinda like block put the noise or one team one heartbeat


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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
Dinardo probably deserves more credit for taking the program out of the Hallman doldrums.
Got the fanbase back for sure. I sat in some pretty miserable Tiger Stadiums during the Hallman tenure.
He also got some in state players to stay home at a time when most were leaving - Faulk.
One bad hire with Tepper was his downfall along with opening his own restaurant Dinardos now Ruffinos.
He made it a lot more attractive for Saban a couple years later as Saban saw the potential first hand when LSU beat him in the Indy Bowl.


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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
was the video quality really that bad back 25 years ago? HD has me spoiled....


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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
I think a lot of those seem to age poorly because they were stored on film before being transferred to digital. National TV broadcasts weren't near as bad back then.


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I-59 Tiger
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
the game was not on regular television. This clip is from the Auburn produced version of their "Tigervision." The guy calling the game Andy Burcham(sp?) is their radio guy now after Rob Bramlett's tragic passing.


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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
Where's "Nix to Twillie"?


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LSU CRAZY
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
Shedrick Wilson very underrated WR in tiger lore.


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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
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25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"


Paging the user with the handle "Nix to Twillie"


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geauxpurple
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
Yep. I was there.


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I-59 Tiger
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
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Shedrick Wilson


he was a warrior a few weeks later in Columbia vs South Carolina. You're correct, very good player on some poor to mediocre teams.


UrbanBaw
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
lol we rocked both Nix generations in DV


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WillWorkForLSUTicket
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
I remember listening on the radio in our livingroom as a kid. This is the first time I've seen a video of it. Gave me chills and brought back memories of listening to games with my dad. Thanks for posting.


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ATLTiger
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
quote:

I've gotten about 10 different answers to where exactly "bring back the magic" came from.

Wasn't it just a team or fan motto for the season that year?


pretty sure it was a Dinardo thing that he said at his introductory press conference.


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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
Yep, you’re correct


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tigerfootball10
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
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Dinardo probably deserves more credit for taking the program out of the Hallman doldrums.
True

But it all gets taken back when you are reminded what he did with the paint job on the field.


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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
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He also got some in state players to stay home at a time when most were leaving - Faulk.
And Booger.

Grabbing both made a huge impact since they decided the were coming to LSU specifically because it was the homestate and they wanted to impact their home state.

I often wonder what '95 would have looked like if Roosevelt Potts hadn't gotten himself placed on probation and had to go to NLU (ULM) instead of LSU. Potts would have been a Jr. when KFreezy came in.


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TigerBite
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
What DiNardo did right was prioritize Louisiana recruits again, create some excitement with the fanbase, and change the culture and conditioning of the players. What he did wrong was think LSU was Notre Dame or Vanderbilt. He was too stubborn to understand that you have to adapt to succeed.

But he laid the foundation for what was to come next, so I'm still thankful that he did bring back the magic.


lsualum96
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
That was the VERY FIRST LSU game I'd ever attended. Will never forget that night and I was in the student section.


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JohnnyU
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re: 25 years ago tonight Gerry DiNardo "Brought back the Magic"
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One bad hire with Tepper was his downfall


McConnell wasn’t exactly a great hire either.


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