LSU placed Tiger Band director Roy King on administrative leave on Wednesday, according to Rebekah Allen of The Advocate of Baton Rouge, and King’s attorney wasted no time firing back at the university.
The band director’s attorney, Jill Craft, told Allen that the decision to place King on leave is the result of a “witch hunt” led by LSU’s School of Music. According to Craft, the university’s human resources department is investigating King for his use of athletic funds that go toward the Tiger Band, Color Guard and Golden Girls.
“I hope to God my client isn’t just hanging in the wind like LSU did to its football coach not too long ago,” Craft told Allen. “I get that there’s a budget crisis, but that doesn’t mean you try to destroy someone like Roy King.”
Coach Les Miles was the subject of many rumors near the end of the 2015 season, with reports suggesting he was soon to be fired after more than a decade in charge. Eventually, athletic director Joe Alleva announced that Miles would stay after the Tigers capped the regular season with a 19-7 victory over Texas A&M.
King is an alumni of LSU and has been in the band’s administration since 1996.