“There are folks who could use a scholarship more than our guys need a TV in their locker…”

Former LSU defensive back Eric Reid reacts to yesterday’s news of the school’s lavish new football facility with a dose of reality.

One has everything to do with the other, and it’s out of whack.

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23 responses to ““There are folks who could use a scholarship more than our guys need a TV in their locker…”

  1. You can buy all sorts of nice shit when you don’t have to pay the labor.

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  2. I’ve been saying this ever since Clemson opened their playground and Texas put in their $10,000 lockers. These guys would rather have extra cash in their pockets than a TV in their locker.

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    • Russ

      How about a reduction in student fees? Or more academic scholarships? Or endowed professors? Or literally anything that supports the students and the educational mission?

      Obscene.

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      • Schools should eliminate student athletic fees or make them an opt-in/out. Using Georgia as the example, a student who opts in has the ability to purchase football/basketball tickets and attend any other event. If you opt out, student tickets shouldn’t be available.

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        • CB

          Yeah, but only a fool would opt out. If you don’t like football you pay your fee, get your discounted tickets and upsell the hell out of them. At least that’s how it was when I was in school.

          Not sure if the new wristband system has done anything to quell the issue.

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          • If you had paper tickets, that was possible. I think it’s much more difficult with electronic student tickets. If you can’t sell your tickets, you put yourself at risk for strikes where you lose the ability to purchase future tickets.

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  3. Godawg

    From the Chronicle of Higher Ed: “Nowhere is this financial contrast more evident than in infrastructure. LSU has a $700-million backlog in deferred maintenance, and on the campus’s academic side, “threadbare buildings” aren’t uncommon, infrastructure is “run-down,” and funding for renovations has “sort of maxed out,” said Robert Mann, a professor of media and public affairs.

    “The library” — prone to flooding since the 1980s — “is decrepit, almost falling in on itself,” he said. “While on the other side of the tracks, you’ve got these Taj Mahal-like facilities for football and basketball and baseball and every other sport.”

    On my recent tour of facilities as a UGA alumni chapter officer, I was happy to see some really nice, new academic facilities and renovations in addition to the athletic stuff. Nice to see we’re not ignoring the student body and success off the field..

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  4. Louisiana really is a third world country within the US.

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    • JCDawg83

      So is SC. Travel through the state and the poverty and economic despair outside of the Columbia, Charleston ,Greenville and coastal resort areas is truly third world like. It is really sad what the rural and smaller town areas are like.

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      • spur21

        One year (a long time ago – the Piss on Pitt bowl) a bunch of us rode the train to N.O. to attend the Sugar Bowl. I’ve never seen such poverty and I spent some time in S.E. Asia. Every whistle stop in Alabama and Mississippi was gut wrenching. Houses made from license plates and other discarded scrap metal – kids looking truly hopeless.
        Maybe things are better now but I have my doubts.

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      • Mick Jagger

        Or Florida away from the coast?

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        • PTC DAWG

          I recently drove up the turnpike from MIA to Orlando…then 75 on home….you’d be amazed at the nice housing developments in many areas…it used to be orange orchards.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        And let’s be honest – Columbia isn’t exactly Charlottesville either, but instead is mostly quite seedy and depressed looking.

        Of my travels over the years to 43 of the 50 states, MS, WV, LA, SC, and AL (in that order) were the worst in terms poverty, poor infrastructure, etc.

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    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      As a friend of mine who was a department chair at LSU used to say, “We have 49 states and one banana republic; we have 49 states that operate under English Common Law and one under the Napoleonic Code.”

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      • Mike Cooley

        Y’all need to get out more if it is truly a revelation that not everybody is a rich city boy or suburban yuppie. Atlanta ain’t the whole world. Most of you boys are transplants aren’t you?

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  5. FlyingPeakDawg

    After seeing those photos, Mike the Tiger is demanding a 75” Ultra HD TV tuned to Wild Kingdom.

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  6. 3rdandGrantham

    Seriously, those locker room seats are on par if not nicer than those first class pods used on long international flights by leading airlines (which typically run 10k+ a seat, depending on the route.)

    And this at a state school which considers itself broke, and in fact still faces a huge budget crises to this day that is affecting academics.

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  7. 79Dawg

    Just goes to show again that we have semi-professional football and basketball teams with institutions of higher learning attached to them, rather than universities sponsoring amateur athletic competitions.
    The baseball (and, per the other post earlier about hockey, which I had no idea about) model can be part of the path forward, even if the revenue takes a dip…
    Physician, heal thyself!

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  8. I agree with him. Seeing this new facility made feel something bad inside.

    LSU recruiter to a recruit: you’ll get your own pod/personal space that has its own tv, sound system and USB ports?

    ((Puke))

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  9. Benny D

    Problematically enough, the school could actually be broke, because like all the other big players, the construction and maintenance of the athletics facilities are funded almost if not entirely by interested non-state-tax dollars. “I’m a lifetime member of the The Boudreaux and Thibodeaux ’Read good’ Library boosters club at LSU” doesn’t have the same social cache.

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