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!