LSU's legendary mascot, Mike the Tiger, has been making headlines of late, given the multiple reports - and punditry - regarding his treatment for a rare form of cancer.

Well, now Mike is the big story once again, and in a happier way, as he has been named Top Mascot In the Southeast Conference by ESPN.

Says sports top network:

“The SEC has some cool mascots, for sure. But does it get any cooler than a real, live Tiger? Mike the Tiger, LSU’s mascot, resides in a 15,000-square foot habitat on campus (which includes lush planting, a large Live Oak tree, a waterfall and a stream) and before home games, he is escorted in a trailer near the visitors’ locker room to intimidate opponents as they enter. You can even watch Mike on his "Tigercam". When it comes to mascots, a live Tiger is as fierce as they come.”

Congratulations...and long live Mike!