LSU director of athletics and vice chancellor Joe Alleva touched on several timely topics Tuesday afternoon in a statement issued in the aftermath of the Tigers' 10-7 win over Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium.
First on his mind was addressing the fatality of a Tiger fan in the stands late in the ballgame Saturday night.
“Let me begin by offering my condolences to the family of Mr. Brian Tingley, who passed away in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night," said Alleva in a release. "It’s my understanding he was an extremely dedicated Tiger fan, and his presence in our stadium will certainly be missed."
Alleva moved on to the matter of fans rushing the field, which happened this weekend in Baton Rouge for the first time since the Southeastern Conference adopted a uniform policy in 2004. By the letter of that law, LSU was fined $5,000 as it was a first offense, the league office announced Monday.
“Regarding the game, Tiger Stadium was as electric and passionate as it’s ever been, and on behalf of Coach Miles, our players, and the entire football staff, I want to thank our fans for their incredible support," Alleva continued. "Our stadium is a game-changer, and we sincerely appreciate the way our fans can impact the outcome with their energy.
“Having said that, I encourage everyone to celebrate great LSU victories within the seating areas of the stadium, and not on the field. LSU represents the achievement of victory with dignity, and we do not want to sacrifice safety or sportsmanship. We would never endorse the ‘storming of the field’ by our fans – it is a violation of the protocol established by the Southeastern Conference, and serious injuries have occurred at the venues of our member institutions. It is our sincere responsibility to maintain a safe and secure environment for everyone, and we must adhere to the principles set forth by the SEC.
“We have the opportunity to play a very meaningful game in Tiger Stadium on November 8, and I look forward to joining over 100,000 devoted fans for what will be another unforgettable night!”