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Signing Day Bash story from days of yore...

Posted on 2/4/20 at 11:12 am
Posted by tbabino
Member since Aug 2014
1537 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 11:12 am
I believe it was 1997. I attended the LSU Signing Day Bash, and Jerry Dinardo was just casually roaming the room, with 2 cell phones going full blast. There was an unoccupied folding chair directly beside me...and I could not believe it, but he sat right beside me. I asked him "Coach, how's it going?"...he had one cell ring at that moment, and he politely pointed at the phone....I was stone cold silent. He put his hand to his forehead, rubbed it, and hung up. He then said "We just lost Travis Minor."
Posted by SallyWheeler
Member since Dec 2007
3221 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 11:22 am to
Legit cool story.
Posted by CBandits82
Lurker since May 2008
Member since May 2012
53993 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 11:31 am to
I really miss the bash.
Posted by Honest Tune
Louisiana
Member since Dec 2011
15484 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 11:58 am to
Cool story, but I didn't realize we were even a longshot for Minor.
Posted by michael corleone
baton rouge
Member since Jun 2005
5804 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 12:15 pm to
They made an announcement that he was on the phone with Travis. The entire field house exploded into the “LSU” chant. Thought for sure that would flip him, but it didn’t.
Posted by TheHarahanian
Actually not Harahan as of 6/2023
Member since May 2017
19488 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 1:00 pm to

I was there. The bash was always fun.
Posted by nicholastiger
Member since Jan 2004
42199 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 1:02 pm to
Faulk better than Minor
Posted by OGTiger
Louisiana
Member since Jul 2005
2067 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 1:19 pm to
I was there as well along with a couple of friends. I remember watching VHS highlight tape on tube televisions that were sitting on metal folding chairs. I think there were only (2) tvs. Dinardo walking around the room like any other fan. Haha! Had jambalaya for lunch. Oh, and based on highlight film alone, we all thought Thomas Dunson was the next Mike Singletary.
Posted by MLCLyons
Member since Nov 2012
4707 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 1:23 pm to
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Faulk better than Minor


is anyone claiming otherwise? Minor was a freshman when Faulk was a senior so clearly he would've been a good get for us.
Posted by bigberg2000
houston, from chalmette
Member since Sep 2005
69997 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 1:57 pm to
I started going in 2000 when it was in the atrium downtown. I was only 20 but they gave me an arm band anyway. God damn we pounded some beers those first few years. I went every year until it moved to the casino. Actually I went the first year it was there but I just gambled until a buddy came down with an extra ticket and went up to listen to Les speak.
Posted by headboard banger
Dark side of the Moon
Member since Jan 2005
2953 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 4:44 pm to
First bash. The honey buns. There were so many left over I took a few home.
Posted by #1TigerFan
Member since Apr 2005
1664 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 4:49 pm to
So many honey buns on the table in front of Hanigriff that he got the nickname Honey Bun that year
Posted by Rouge
Floston Paradise
Member since Oct 2004
136782 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 4:52 pm to
quote:

Minor was a freshman when Faulk was a senior so clearly he would've been a good get for us.
minor was a frosh when faulk was a junior

Faulk was class of 95

Minor was 97 with applewhite, Cecil Collins, Tommy banks, etc.
Posted by 610man
Louisiana
Member since Jun 2005
7326 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 4:56 pm to
Met Buddy Songy one year, top that shite
Posted by montana
Bozeman, MT
Member since Dec 2008
1408 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 4:57 pm to
Another story about the Travis Minor recruitment.

DiNardo sat in the family’s living room. On the coffee table was a camera. Gerry asked Travis if he enjoyed photography, and he replied “No, the camera is on the table because Bobby Bowden visited last night, and my family wanted to take pictures with him”.

DiNardo knew he lost Travis Minor when no one asked him to take pictures with his family.
Posted by Dead End
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2013
21237 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 5:01 pm to
Bash was GOAT. I hate that it sucks now. I still have shirts from a few.
Posted by Lsutigerturner
Member since Dec 2016
5729 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 5:04 pm to
I went to two with my dad n grandfather when i was 15&16yo? Skipped school!!! So fun i think it was Clayton Spears and green? Class idk
This post was edited on 2/4/20 at 5:06 pm
Posted by RileyTime
Gulf Breeze, FL
Member since Oct 2008
6927 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 5:17 pm to
quote:


Faulk better than Minor



To this day, Travis Minor is the best high school running back I have ever seen.

He was so good I vividly still remember him even tho I was only 10-12 years old when he pummeled St Amant every time he played us.
Posted by Rouge
Floston Paradise
Member since Oct 2004
136782 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 5:21 pm to
quote:

Travis Minor is the best high school running back I have ever seen.


And he wasn't even the best running back in the state that year

That honor goes to his future Florida State teammate, Javon Walker.
This post was edited on 2/4/20 at 5:23 pm
Posted by RileyTime
Gulf Breeze, FL
Member since Oct 2008
6927 posts
Posted on 2/4/20 at 5:22 pm to
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And he wasn't even the best running back in the state that year


Then I guess I never saw that guy play haha. Just saying physically saw with my own eyes.
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