“That will change the entire mood of SEC football games.”

This deal with LSU banning opponents’ marching bands from performing at half time just gets weirder and weirder.  On the one hand, there’s an attempt to make it sound as if something sinister happened.

There have been incidents involving opposing band members, Nunez noted, but he declined to reveal specifics.

“Risk (management officials) looked at this because of a couple of situations that have happened in the past — very close situations, things considered something we needed to keep our eye on,” he said. “They asked us to look at this. If you remember, a year and a half ago, we went and added a fence behind our home team bench. It was part of this whole situation, trying to create a buffer.”

The incidents have not involved LSU band members, Nunez said.

“There are some situations, not between band to band,” he said.

“Usually the band communities are very cordial. They work well with each other. That’s never been a problem. Again, it goes back to some safety issue we’ve had in that small space.”

I said sinister.  Nobody said anything about coherent.

But even with that ominous cloud hanging over LSU’s brave move, there’s still a chance this aggression might not stand.

Eddie Nunez, LSU’s deputy director of athletics, said athletics officials plan to meet with members of the school’s risk management team soon to devise a safer plan for the cramped sidelines, allowing the school to lift the policy — potentially ahead of the upcoming season.

“We’re still looking at this. This is still being assessed,” Nunez said this weekend. “This is not a dead decision. This is something we’re actively looking at, going to be meeting with risk management again. We’re going to try to do what we can to make this work. If we can, we will try to make it work. We would love to continue the pageantry.”

Really, guys, if piped in music is that important to you, just go ahead and say so.  Besides, think of all that extra revenue you can take in when you sell those seats you used to give to other schools’ bands!

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27 responses to ““That will change the entire mood of SEC football games.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    OMG! An Alabama clarinet player threw a used reed and it hit one of our players! Can’t have that.

  2. When in doubt follow the money and while opposing bands don’t sit in the best seats they are usually pretty good seats ….I therefore conclude it is just another 300 to 350 seats they can sell to a rabid fan base. Risk Management/Insurance what in hell does that have to do with an opposing team;s band. Someone might throw something at the opposing team’s band or attack them. Is that the concern? Crap using that logic the LUS people should exclude the opposing teams fans…..most of us have heard stories about those battery throwing coon asses doing that, Out of concern for the safety of the opposing team band and fans Tiger Stadium will now be all Tigers all the time and we sell a million dollars more tickets. College men from LSU went in dumb come out dumb too.

  3. Athens Dog

    Another indication that I’ll be watching more on TV

  4. Russ

    But it’s a safety issue, Senator. Why won’t you think about the kids? It’s always about the kids.

  5. watcher16

    I’m sure it has something to do with protecting band members of the opposing team from drunk, rowdy, obnoxious LSU fans

    • PTC DAWG

      Exactly, I have been two enough games in Red Stick to know how opposing fans are treated…..especially on the late KO games. When I go, I always stay in NOLA….more better that way.

    • adam

      I think that is exactly what is going on here and LSU can’t bring themselves to say it. I went there with Derbies in 2008 and we had a semi-circle of police protecting us as we unloaded instruments from the bus and then they escorted us into the stadium. There isn’t another school in the conference that put nearly that much effort into protecting the visiting band, so LSU clearly knows that it is a problem.

      I honestly think they just don’t want to be bothered with improving these security issues, changing the culture of their crazy fanbase, or spending the extra money on protecting the visiting band. They definitely aren’t willing to say, “LSU fans have a history of assaulting visiting fans (including band members) and we don’t believe that we can stop that. Also, we are unwilling to make any real effort to stop that behaviour. Further, we realize that allowing that sort of thing to continue places us in a precarious legal position and we would prefer to just avoid that altogether instead of risking a lawsuit.”

  6. Snoop Dawgy Dawg

    I can’t really laugh at opposing teams’ administrations doing dumb things, because McGarity.

    In this case, someone probably documented the number and type of items thrown at opposing bands by LSU fans, did some sort of statistical analysis of injury possibility, and then extended that to potential liability. Insurance company informed them that either the policy was going up or the band stayed off the field.

    On a completely different scale, I’ve seen how the insurance companies and lawyers muddy the waters out of fear of lawsuits. Our HOA wants to go to unguarded hours. The lawyer’s solution? A Waiver has to be signed by anyone that steps foot in the pool area. Resident, child, visitor, doesn’t matter.

    lawyers…

  7. ADGM and his tightwad ways will be so happy considering the savings of not having to bring the UGA band to a game.

  8. bird

    it’s just a matter of time before some other athletic department retaliates by forbidding LSU from bringing their band.

  9. Macallanlover

    I always thought the band tickets came out of the visiting team’s allocation and was paid for the school. If so, it might not be revenue related. LSU is all about their music and their band so it may just be not wanting to share the time and reduce their band’s time on the field.

    • adam

      The UGAAA buys the band’s tickets.

      • Macallanlover

        Thanks. But that means there is no financial gain for LSU which some alluded to. Their reasoning seems weak but I have no problem with the home team band providing the half time entertainment for their own games/fans.

        • these tickets are purchased at face value (i.e. without a licensing fee or contribution to the Athletic Association)so this is being done for both revenue and liability concerns. That means “follow the money”

  10. AusDawg85

    Darn LSU! Guess they’ll just have more Song Girls performing instead of opposing team’s bands. That’s terrible. Awful. Imagine being subjected to more of those lovely Song Girls performing. Travesty. In protest, I shall stand the entire halftime and block the view from others so they don’t have to witness such unmitigated aggression from all of those Song Girls dancing on the field. It’s the least I can do for my fellow fans. You’re welcome.

    • Walt

      I think they are called the golden girls

    • Bulldog Joe

      My money is on more halftime commercials on the message board, which will be largely ignored by the corporate PSL owners and clients sitting where the band used to sit.

  11. Bright Idea

    Like everything, money is behind this. More halftime opportunity for LSU to trot out big donors for some recognition in front of the home crowd.

  12. Debby Balcer

    Shame on LSU.