LSU's budget is about $30 million more than ULL's. How many stadiums do you want to ski behind?
If Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a ULL graduate, and her husband Raymond "Coach" Blanco, a high ranking ULL administrator for decades, want to let ULL fans tailgate at the Governor's Mansion, so what?
And by the way, the Blancos did not
even attend this little gathering. Therefore, they didn't host it, because you
kind of have to be there to be a host. They were visiting a grandchild in
And when they missed the LSU-Southern national championship parade in 2004, they were at a niece's wedding. Weddings happen nearly every weekend; National championships do not. But she had a good excuse.
The way Blanco finally stood up to the greedy, swindling Tom Benson, where former governors Mike Foster and Edwin Edwards did not, I don't care if she comes to LSU games in a USC cheerleader outfit.
Huey Long was great, and he did a
lot for LSU, but it is not written in the state constitution that the governor
Governors don't stick around that
long. LSU will continue to be the dominant institution in the state even if ULL
baseball coach Tony Robichaux becomes governor, puts LSU under the
Get over it.
It amazes me how LSU people are so
aggravated by ULL. I was sitting next to someone from the LSU athletic
department during the Cajuns' NCAA Tournament basketball game against
It doesn't matter.
ULL is a small school with big dreams. LSU is a big school with a little paranoia problem that often makes it look like a small directional school.
LSU should not concern itself with
ULL or Tulane or any other state school. If LSU is truly a national athletic
power and a great university—not necessarily in that order—and not just another
SEC sports factory that has good runs every other decade or so, it needs to
worry about what USC, and
In the meantime, ULL needs to stick
with a name. And that name should be the
NEEDED?: On Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama unveiled
life-size statues of national championship coaches from its storied and distant
past (that is growing more and more distant by the year). Coaches Wallace Wade
(1925, '26, '30 national champions), Frank Thomas (1934, '41),
This is great, and unlike the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, they did some good planning. They left room for growth. There's a spot for another coach.
"We fully expect Coach Shula to be there pretty soon," said Thad Turnipseed, the director of capital athletic projects, which is a corporate way of saying head of the monkey bars.
I don't know if Thad just fell off
one of the dozens of turnip trucks that roll in and out of
There is no truth to the rumor that
TOP: Rolling Stone magazine writer Janet Reitman is working on a
"I've never covered college football or pro sports," Reitman said.
This is actually good because sportswriters often become one dimensional and can't see the stadium for the yard markers.
"But I have covered the military
and written about the
Dammit Janet, if you're in the SEC, you're in subculture central, sweetheart.
You picked the right school, too. If you don't believe me, just read the words to "Rocky Top." That's all I'm saying.
(Other writers from the SEC notebook exchange contributed to this report.)
Glenn Guilbeau covers LSU and the
Southeastern Conference for Gannett News Service. Read him at www.LSUbeat.com or in the Shreveport Times, Monroe
News-Star, Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Lafayette Advertiser,