The LSU Tigers have been one of the best stories of the early college football season as they have exceeded most analyst’s expectations for them.
Despite a chorus of doubters and haters predicting doom for Ed Orgeron and co., the Tigers have started 3-0 this season, with impressive wins over the University of Miami and Auburn University. And the most impressive of those wins — beating Auburn at Auburn — came in large part thanks to their kicker Cole Tracy.
Tracy hit 3/4 kicks in the upset, including a game-winner as time expired.
And because of Tracy’s kicking heroics, not only did LSU defeat one of their fiercest rivals, but the school that Tracy came from, Assumption College, has received upwards of $6,000 in donations, presumably from LSU fans.
via USA Today:
The gifts made in honor of a recent graduate just keep rolling in. Up to 116 through Tuesday evening, with the total almost $6,000.
“It’s hysterical,” said Tim Stanton, Assumption’s vice president for institutional advancement. “It’s great. It’s terrific.”
And yes, he knows it’s more than a tad bit crazy, LSU fans giving money to a NCAA Division II school in Massachusetts because it’s where their new kicker came from.
And even more motivated to give, it seems, after Tracy’s 42-yard field goal as time expired to beat Auburn last Saturday. But even before LSU played Auburn, Assumption received seven gifts totaling more than $500.
Stanton says that Tracy has requested the donations go to the school’s football program.
While at Assumption College, Tracy won the Fred Mitchell Award, which is given to the best kicker at the NCAA’s FCS, Division II or III levels.