Since the 2007 season, Mike VI has been a fixture at LSU football games. Mike the Tiger (in a suit) is always up to some antics, but the live mascot provides great intimidation and inspiration from the sidelines.
Unfortunately, Mike VI has been diagnosed with cancer. The school announced Monday that swelling in Mike's face has been diagnosed as spindle cell sarcoma, which is "a malignant tumor derived from fibrous connective tissues of the bone."
LSU says that Mike VI's "attitude and demeanor are unchanged, and he does not appear to be in pain" but this is clearly sad news for Tiger fans and tiger enthusiasts everywhere. If there's any good news here, it's that Mike will have smart and capable help nearby. LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the country and they've teamed up with Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in Baton Rouge to help Mike VI battle the cancer.
Fans can follow updates on Mike VI here.