In-state teams added to future football schedules

LSU athletics director Skip Bertman announced Monday the Tiger football team would be playing one Division I school from the state of Louisiana per season for at least the next eight years. The competition from in-state schools starts next season when LSU hosts Louisiana-Lafayette at Tiger Stadium on Oct. 5.

The Tigers will then play Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Tulane - in that order - the following seasons and repeat the series through 2009. The game against Tulane in 2005 will be played at the Louisiana Superdome as stipulated in the contract the two schools signed in 1996. All other games against in state teams will take place at Tiger Stadium, and a team would lose its right to play LSU if it loses its Division I status.

Bertman also announced that a deal was being reached to add Notre Dame to the LSU schedule in 2008 and 2009, and that Houston would be a non-conference opponent for the Tigers in 2009 and 2011.

"We're excited about the agreement that we have reached with the four other Division I-A schools in Louisiana," Bertman said. "It's in everybody's best interest to play in-state schools. That's what flagship universities do."

Bertman said the desire to keep the money non-conference teams make for coming to Baton Rouge inside the state led him to try and schedule the four Louisiana Division I teams. The payout for them to play at Tiger Stadium will be $400,000, and the programs will net more as a result of not having to pay the expense of traveling out of state for a game.

LSU already has non-conference home-and-home series lined up with Virginia Tech and Arizona State, and Bertman said he is currently in touch with Colorado, Maryland and North Carolina about their respective schedule availabilities.

Bertman did not rule out the possibility of LSU playing one of its in-state opponents away from home but stressed the importance of having seven games a season played in Tiger Stadium. A possible scenario with the Tigers playing elsewhere in Louisiana might involve a game against Tulane at the Superdome or meeting Louisiana Tech or Texas A&M at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

"You'd like to play a game where you recruit," Bertman said.

 Dates for LSU vs. in-state opponents







Oct. 5

Baton Rouge


Louisiana Tech

Nov. 1

Baton Rouge



Sept. 11

Baton Rouge



Sept. 3

New Orleans



Sept. 9

Baton Rouge


Louisiana Tech

Sept. 8

Baton Rouge


Louisiana Monroe

Sept. 13

Baton Rouge



Sept. 5

Baton Rouge

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