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Auburn G Bobby Buisson
Bobby Buisson (SA '63)

Pat Conroy's best seller My Losing Season tells the story of his senior year as a PG for The Citadel. On December 1, 1966, in the season opener, the Bulldogs hosted the Auburn Tigers whose senior PG was Bobby Buisson (SA '63). Conroy's account of the game focuses on his admiration for Buisson's play. Here are some excerpts.

  • As captain, "I remember shaking hands with the Auburn captain, Bobby Buisson, and noticed that he and I shared the same number, 22. ... Unknown to me, I had just shaken hands with the best point guard I would ever play against."
  • When the game began, "I picked up Bobby Buisson, who carried himself on the court with a brashness and a gambler's instinct that delighted me. ... I knew a natural leader when I saw one. The great engines of the Auburn offense started and ended with this radiant and handsome young man."
  • "Auburn played a fast-paced game but Bobby Buisson controlled the tempo and action of everything the War Eagles did. His bursts toward the basket were rabbit-swift and I started to give him some room. ... Bobby took in the whole floor in a glance, and he got the ball to the player who was open with crisp, split-second passes that landed in his teammates' hands soft as biscuits, and at that exact moment they were ready to shoot."
  • After Conroy is taken out of the game, he studies Buisson from the bench. "Bobby Buisson spent the rest of the night teaching me the great secrets of playing point guard. ... In Bobby Buisson, I had found what I had been looking for my whole life."
  • Auburn led by only seven at the half. Then "Bobby Buisson would begin to cut our hearts out in the second half. ... He was guarding DeBrosse [Conroy's replacement] so closely that Johnny was having difficulty establishing his game. Buisson was quicker, faster, and stronger than either me or DeBrosse ..."
  • "I studied Buisson, dissecting his game and trying to steal as much as I could from him and graft his talents onto my own. First, I saw how much Buisson wanted to be there for his teammates, the joyfulness he took in delivering a pass to an open player ... The final score was an unbelievable 105-83."
  • "I followed the rest of Bobby Buisson's career closely. He proved to be as good as I thought. His nickname was 'Bweets,' and Adolph Rupp [longtime Kentucky coach] was quoted as saying that Buisson was 'one of the finest defensive players we've ever seen.'"
  • "Bobby Buisson. Wherever you are. I was an eyewitness to your mastery, the tender wizardry you brought to my home gym. I dedicated the rest of my year to remaking myself in your image. It was an honor to take the court against you. I was no match for you and for that I apologize. But I took something from your game that would hold me in good stead."

Thanks to Bill Gallagher (BM '71) for these excerpts.

All-SEC Guard
Bobby Buisson
Bobby Buisson (SA '63) played three varsity seasons for Auburn from 1964-7. (Freshmen were not eligible until the 70s.) He played the emerging position of PG and captained the team his senior season. His coach for all four years was Bill Lynn.
  • 1964-5: Auburn was 16-9 (11-5 SEC). The Tigers defeated LSU at home 101-60 and Tulane 87-73. The big victory was 88-69 over Kentucky at home on February 20.
  • 1965-6: 16-10 (8-8 SEC). Auburn played in the Sugar Bowl Tournament in Bobby's hometown, losing to Dayton and Houston. They defeated LSU in BR 74-66 and Tulane (in its last year in the SEC) 92-58 in NO. Bobby scored 29 points against archrival Alabama. For the season, he made 105 of 185 FG for 56.6% to lead the SEC and was 97-126 for a .785 FT%.
  • 1966-7: 17-8 (12-6 SEC). Defeated LSU at home 70-59 and in Baton Rouge 80-63. After losing in Lexington by only two, the War Eagles defeated Kentucky at home 60-49. Buisson was voted to the Coaches All-SEC first team. He averaged 4.2 assists per game.
Bobby ended his career third in FT% (.786) at Auburn although he has since fallen to tenth. He is still 8th in FT% for a season (.840 for 1966-7).
Football in Their Blood - I
Mike Stant
Mike Stant
Mike Stant ('85) wonders if any Crusader siblings have played more football than the Stants. He and his brothers Pat ('87) and Chris ('90) each played four years on college gridirons.

Let's focus on each of them in turn, starting with the oldest.

  • Mike played on the O line for the 1983 Crusader team that went 9-2 and the '84 squad that finished 7-4. Each team lost a post-season game, 7-6 to Slidell in the 1983 Ozone Bowl and 21-13 to Ehret in the first round of the '84 playoffs. Mike was also a member of the BM soccer team.
  • Stant lettered four years at Nicholls State. His favorite college memory is the 1987 game against Southern in Baton Rouge when both teams ranked in the I-AA Top 20. The Colonels won 19-10.
  • After two years as a football graduate assistant at Tulane, Mike coached in high school. He was an assistant on the Amite 2004 state championship team.
  • Mike became principal of Amite High School in 2007. He lives in Hammond with his wife Jessica and their three children.
Football in Their Blood - II
Pat Stant ('87) was the second of the three Stant brothers to play football for Brother Martin. Like his brothers, he also played four years of college football.
  • Pat played as a sophomore with his older brother Mike on the 1984 Crusader team. Then he was an outstanding LB on the '85 team that went 12-2, losing at St. Martinville 14-7 in the semifinals. In Pat's senior year, Bob Conlin's squad won 8 and lost 4, defeating South Lafourche 20-0 in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Fortier 40-28.
  • Pat received a scholarship to Tulane, where he lettered four years. He played in the 1987 LSU game in the Superdome along with five other BM grads on both sides. Right after graduation, he went to one Saints training camp before entering the marine business.
  • Pat resides in Metairie with his wife Lainie and their three children. He credits his BM coaches for his success in football and life, especially Chubby Marks.
Pat Stant
Pat Stant
Football in Their Blood - III
Chris Stant
Chris Stant
Chris Stant ('90) was the third and last of the three Stant brothers to play football for Brother Martin.
  • Chris at 6' 200 lb was one of the "Five Little Pigs," the O line on the 1989 team that defeated Ruston 59-56 in triple OT to propel the Crusaders to the championship game in the Superdome.
  • Chris lettered four years on the D line at Millsaps College in Jackson MS. His junior year, the school won its first ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Association championship.
  • Since graduating with a degree in business administration, Chris has been involved in several business ventures in South Louisiana. He lives in Metairie.
Super Dozen Saders
Just before NCAA Football Signing Day in 2009, the Baton Rouge Advocate celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Super Dozen listing of the best 12 players in Louisiana. Three Crusaders made the lists.
Warde Manuel
1986
Wade Manuel DT,
Michigan
Pat Stant
1987
Pat Stant LB,
Tulane
Chad Larose
1990
Chad Larose QB,
UCLA

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