http://www.nola.com/lsu/t-p/basketball/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/114094166264570.xml I really liked Pokey's fair comments. Augustus good bet to be in that number Jersey expected to be retired after five years Sunday, February 26, 2006By William Kalec Staff writer BATON ROUGE -- As a freshman -- unproven, unpolished and largely unknown even within her home state -- Seimone Augustus gazed upon the sacred trinity of LSU basketball and noticed an obviously similarity among the hanging banners. "It's just men up there," she said. "So maybe you've got to be a man to get your jersey retired?" Even though Augustus directed LSU to consecutive Final Fours, re-arranged the Lady Tigers record book, drastically inflated home attendance averages and changed the national perception of the program and local perception of the sport, the retired-jersey club at the school will remain exclusively male for at least five more years. Although there is no apparent opinion within the LSU athletic department that Augustus doesn't deserve to be the fifth Tigers athlete to receive such an honor -- joining football standout Billy Cannon and basketball stars Bob Pettit, Pete Maravich and Shaquille O'Neal -- university bylaws require a mandatory waiting period. According to guidelines approved Sept. 18, 1995, athletes are not eligible for nomination for a minimum of five years after the expiration of their eligibility and must have demonstrated "truly unusual and outstanding accomplishments, exceeding the criteria used for Hall of Fame selection. Athletic performance should be considered unique, such as the winning of a Heisman Trophy, and should be based on the total LSU career." "I wasn't here when the rule was put into place, but I believe the reasoning behind it is you get a better perspective of a person's career years down the line than you do right when they're leaving," LSU associate athletic director Herb Vincent said. "There's a lot of emotion involved at the end of someone's career. I think Seimone is an exception to the rule. She's a no-brainer. But the waiting period allows you to take the chance to look back and evaluate." LSU coach Pokey Chatman , a member of the Hall of Fame committee that must cast a unanimous vote of support for any number retirement, does not object to the waiting period. "People will not forget," Chatman said. "There are parameters and stipulations that are in place for very good reasons. If Seimone is the most important recruit in the history of LSU athletics -- and she's lived up that billing -- they can wait 20 years and no one will forget." "Each one of those players who came through this university made their mark, made an impact," Augustus said. "And if I joined them, that means that I made an impact in some way and left my mark here for the Sylvia Fowles and future recruits to come in and continue this. And if it goes up there, players can look up there and see it as motivation -- that it can be done."