Former LSU two-sport star Benny McArdle, who played on the school’s first Final Four basketball team, died Saturday at the age of 85.
McArdle, who also pitched for the Tigers baseball team, was the point guard for the 1953 basketball team that won the Southeastern Conference title and advanced to the Final Four. That team also included future NBA star Bob Pettit and Ned Clark.
While McArdle was an All-SEC pick in both sports, he was voted the league’s top playmaker in basketball during his junior year when LSU made the first of its four Final Four appearances.
An Air Force veteran, McArdle also taught and coached at Baton Rouge High School and led the Bulldogs to the 1962 state title.
Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Christ the King Church on the LSU campus with a funeral mass at 10 a.m.
McArdle is survived by his wife of 63 years, Boots; sons John, Frank, Brian and Chris; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.