Really, there aren’t two more interesting intersections between the worlds of college football and politics than those we’re seeing in Louisiana and Missouri.
In the case of the latter, we’re watching the school struggle to respond to the demands of a hostile legislature and threats from gubernatorial candidates. So there’s this.
Not sure what that means, or why only athletes will be required to enroll. But I’m pretty sure it won’t be more than window dressing.
Meanwhile LSU is doubling down on the threat from state’s budget crisis. Geaux, you Tigahs!
It’s not hyperbole, it’s reality, says LSU President F. King Alexander.
If the mid-year cuts to higher education are deep enough that campuses close early or that summer school is cut, then athletic programs will suffer, he told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday afternoon.
“I know a lot of people will say, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen,’” he said referring to the prospect of LSU football being hurt. “Well, that will happen if we don’t have summer school. We’ll only have half of our football team eligible.”
The recent theme of using football to garner attention for worst-case scenarios to higher education has been widely criticized by many legislators who have stated that the rhetoric is either unrealistic or that it minimizes the importance of cuts to academics.
“It’s not us saying that,” Alexander said. “It’s the NCAA telling us that — that student athletes have to be eligible to play. And yes, classes and sports go together. They’re student athletes, you can’t have one without the other.”
The man is practically begging Mark Emmert, who, if you’ll recall, once occupied his position, to stick his nose in Louisiana’s business. I doubt it’ll work, but you have to give him credit for creativity.