“I’m not gonna give the usual ‘the world is your oyster’ speech,” Carville tells Gambit. “I can’t do that when my alma mater is in crisis. I’m hoping to challenge the LSU community — especially the students — to get involved and stay involved in LSU’s future. I’ll have some special words, and even some special effects, for Gov. Jindal.”
Among those special words: “History will hunt you down,” Carville says of the governor. “History is unforgiving and unrelenting. You cannot deflect it or stop it.” Carville adds that the LSU Board of Supervisors shares in the blame for standing idly by while Jindal continued to cut LSU over the past six years.
Rumor has it Carville will incorporate videos and other visual effects into his address, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at LSU’s Maddox Fieldhouse.
State lawmakers who are accustomed to partisan battles are calling a “truce” this Sunday (April 19) to raise money for the families of four Louisiana National Guardsmen who lost their lives when their Blackhawk helicopter crashed during a recent training mission.
The second annual legislative flag football game is dubbed “Truce for the Troops.” It features Democrat and GOP teams donning LSU jerseys bearing their district numbers and doing their best to recall faded glory on the gridiron — and avoid injury. (Last year several lawmakers left the game with sprains, torn muscles and worse.)
Kickoff is at 4 p.m. in LSU’s Tiger Stadium, but gates open at 2 p.m. for pre-game festivities that include food, a cheerleader clinic led by LSU cheerleaders, a behind-the-scenes tour of LSU football facilities and a reception after the game at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $10 for students, with children 12 and under admitted free. Money will be collected through ticket sales, player participation fees and sponsorships.
LSU President F. King Alexander made some bold statements recently about the impact on higher education of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget. Alexander’s warnings are so dire some might call them shrill, which is exactly what Jindal and his few remaining supporters would like everyone to believe. Unfortunately, King is not overreacting. The numbers and the political realities back him up.
Alexander told reporters in several media markets this past week that Jindal’s answer to the state’s looming $1.6 billion budget shortfall contains reductions for LSU that are “so large we’d have to furlough everybody for the entire year.”
Alexander and several members of the Jindal-appointed LSU Board of Supervisors recently met with the governor to discuss the situation, to no apparent avail. Instead, several of the supervisors expressed vague confidence that somehow Jindal and lawmakers would find a way to muddle through. King responded that, yes, there’s always “divine intervention.”
Meanwhile, the earthly realities don’t bode well for higher ed. Here’s why:
Jindal’s proposed budget would reduce state funding to every public college and university in Louisiana by more than 80 percent — on top of the draconian cuts he has implemented over the past seven years. That’s not a misprint. The governor proposes to slash the current pathetic level of direct state support for higher ed by more than 80 percent. Those numbers don’t come from Alexander; they come from the Legislative Fiscal Office, which is nonpartisan.
Former Ole Miss head football coach & USC assistant Ed Orgeron has been hired by LSU, per NBC Sports.
The Larosen native was a defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints in 2008 and for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee in 2009 and USC from 2010-13. When Kiffin was fired in the middle of the 2013 season, Orgeron finished it as USC's interim head coach and led the Trojans to a 6-2 record. He was not retained when interviewing for the full time head coaching job after the 2013 season.
Orgeron has coached the defensive line through his career, and ESPN reports Orgeron will be LSU's defensive line coach.
LSU received some good news today when the Southeastern Conference (SEC) office announced the LSU Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs game on Sat. Sept. 20 will kickoff at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and be televised on ESPN. The game is the first SEC game of the year for LSU.
The Tigers defeated Sam Houston State 56-0 Saturday and will face the University of Louisiana-Monroe Sat. Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. That game also will be played at Tiger Stadium.
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