Louisiana’s budget crisis has LSU football fans already on their heels.
LSU President F. King Alexander’s comments may have stoked the fire even more.
In an address to the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, Alexander indicated that the concern over a lost LSU football season is not such a far-fetched notion.
In fact, Alexander believes it could definitely happen, explaining that certain cuts could restrict players’ eligibility.
“I know a lot of people will say, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen,’” Alexander said, via The Advocate’s Rebekah Allen. “Well, that will happen if we don’t have summer school. We’ll only have half of our football team eligible.
“It’s not us saying that; it’s the NCAA telling us that — that student athletes have to be eligible to play. And yes, classes and sports go together. They’re student athletes, you can’t have one without the other.”
Whether or not summer classes will be a casualty of budget cuts remains to be seen, but the possibility could jeopardize many LSU football players who rely on those courses.
Last month, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the the state’s financial issues have left it with an estimated $2 billion in debt. As a result, he suggested the statewide scholarship program that covers tuition for in-state students could cost them their scholarships.
That would inevitably include some of the LSU football players on scholarship.