LSU fields teams in 20 varsity sports (9 men's, 11 women's), and is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the SEC.The football team's official nickname, the Fighting Tigers, is derived from a rowdy Confederate Brigade known as the "Louisiana Tigers" that served in the Confederate infantry during the American Civil War. Tigers football was started in 1893 by Dr. Charles E. Coates, a chemistry professor from Baltimore who served as the head football coach during the team's maiden years. The first "season" of LSU football in 1893 consisted of one game against the Tulane Green Wave.
LSU Tigers football began in 1893, with national championship wins in the 1958, 2003, and 2007 seasons. The University is represented on the field by its mascot, Mike the Tiger.