BATON ROUGE - It's not even football or recruiting season, and these are splendid times in the LSU athletic world.
-A superb new baseball stadium just opened that folks will enjoy even if they do not have the slightest interest in what's happening on the field. And for those who love LSU baseball, it is a mecca.
"I'm just walking around with stars in my eyes," said a young employee who works in the pressbox on opening night last week.
And what's happening on the field will be just as excellent as the team's surroundings. The 2009 Tigers are as talented as some of Skip Bertman's best teams and could win the program's first national championship since Bertman this season.
-The men's basketball team is off to one of its best seasons since the best season of all in 1980-81 when the Tigers went 17-1 to win the Southeastern Conference with the only loss on the last day of the season at Kentucky. The 2008-09 LSU team has already won the SEC West and clinched a share of the SEC overall title and can win the SEC outright with a win Saturday at Kentucky in a 3 p.m. game on CBS.
-The football team is coming off a disappointing 8-5 season in 2008, but it just turned in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation earlier this month, and coach Les Miles appears to have made the right calls with some new staff hires, particularly defensive coordinator John Chavis.
-The women's basketball team will not be going to a sixth Final Four, but it is making a late season run and will likely play in the NCAA Tournament. Tonight, the Lady Tigers host Tennessee in a rematch of the 2008 national semifinal that the Lady Vols won in the final seconds.
What's happening at LSU lately is not happening at most places. In fact, LSU established a first in SEC history on Tuesday night when the men's basketball team clinched a share of the SEC crown. That was the team's 10th league title in history, making LSU the only SEC school to win double-figure titles in the big three sports - men's basketball, baseball and football.
The baseball team has won 13 league titles, while the football team has won 10.
Overall, LSU has captured a total of 114 conference championships.
Here is the breakdown of the SEC leaders in double-digit league titles in the big three.
FOOTBALL - Alabama (21), Tennessee (13), Georgia (12), LSU (10-1935, '36, '58, '61, '70, '86, '88, 2001, '03, '07).
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Kentucky (43), LSU (10-1935, '53, '54, '79, '81, '85, '91, 2000, '06, '09).
BASEBALL - LSU (13-1939, '43, '46, '61, '75, '86, '90, '91, '92, '93, '96, '97, 2003.), Alabama (13), Florida (10), Mississippi State (10).