LSU Football ensures that its goal posts are kept intact
Ever since Nick Saban turned Alabama into an NFL talent assembly line, beating his show has become a championship. One win resulted in SEC programs paying large sums for violating conference rules that forbid student divisions from rushing into the field.
LSU had to pay $250,000 last month when their fans stormed out of the stands after their win over Ole Miss then number 7. The fine is progressive, so the bill for Saturday night could be up to $500,000, but surely LSU is ready for that. It’s not like the students were sitting in the backseat of the night’s victory over Alabama.
However, an expense that LSU guarantees it will not incur, is an expense for a new goal. After Tennessee let Alabama down at home in October, fans unloaded a gathering of standers from Neyland Stadium and after an evening as the star of the party in Knoxville, it ended in the Tennessee River.
In case that moment gives LSU students some bright ideas, the school ensures that everything that was supposed to be at Tiger Stadium will still be there. A reserve police officer built like an air conditioner kept one of college football’s most boisterous crowds away with one goal in mind.
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That man is one of the few people not employed by the UFC who I would give a chance in a wrestling match with Ed Orgeron. As wild as people can be after dark in that stadium, there is not enough liquid courage available in the entire state of Louisiana to get a group of co-eds to try and take on that level boss.
To replace its stolen goal post, Tennessee put together a kickstarter campaign that was successful. The goal was to crowdsource $150,000. It was reached in two days and the kickstarter was close at $161,229. Sure, one of the Tennessee boosters might get tax relief for buying the scoring pole themselves, but hey, the public stole it, so make them pay for it.
College football doesn’t have much of an appeal these days, as the business side of it has gone bare with the reorganization of the conference and now the NIL. NCAA President Mark Emmert has made Roger Goodell look like a Salvation Army Santa by comparison over the past 15 years. All the traditions and competitions that make college football such a compelling product, despite its much inferior quality to the NFL, are being masked by cash bills.
Witnessing the scene of a series of students spilling out onto the field after the big win made the world’s heart flutter. Some kids, who aren’t fully aware that games are more of a business than a school spirit, get excited and participate in a moment they will remember for a lifetime. Young people having a good time with some football.
But there should be boundaries, and LSU made that clear. That boundary is the Louisiana men’s mass in front of that scoring post.