Sept. 25, 2013 04:26

Dietzel led the Tigers to their first football national championship. He died Tuesday at age 89, after a brief illness.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The funeral for former LSU coach Paul Dietzel will be Friday morning at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.

Dietzel led the Tigers to their first football national championship. He died Tuesday at age 89, after a brief illness.

The funeral will begin at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 9 a.m., university sports spokesman Michael Bonnet said Wednesday.

The family asked for donations to the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes rather than flowers.

Dietzel coached LSU from 1955 until 1961, then coached Army and South Carolina. He also broadcast Southern Conference football games and helped create Samford University's athletics department before returning to LSU as athletics director from 1978 until 1982.

He was the last living member of the staff that guided LSU to an undefeated season and national championship in 1958. The Tigers beat Clemson in the 1959 Sugar Bowl.

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