Earlier in the week, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva expressed his displeasure with the idea of playing new rival Texas A&M at home on Thanksgiving night and playing any home game on a Thursday, while also expressing his pleasure with the idea of playing every game at home in the night time hours (giving more LSU fans additional time to indulge on adult beverages).
Alleva is at least back tracking somewhat from the first comment.
While on ESPN Radio Friday, Alleva clarified why he doesn’t want that particular weekday game:
“The reason I said that is not necessarily because it’s a Thursday night game, but it’s Thanksgiving Thursday night and I’m opposed to playing a game on Thanksgiving Day inside the stadium. In my opinion it’s a time when our families need to be with their families and give thanks for all the blessings they have, take a day off and get ready for Friday or Saturday night inside the stadium.”
Asked if that meant LSU would play Texas A&M on a Friday in Tiger Stadium, Alleva said “Yeah, we would play on a Friday, hopefully at night.”
When you put it like that, I don’t mind what he’s saying and it does make sense. Later on, Alleva also gave his comments about the idea of the league going to a nine game conference schedule:
“I hope we don’t get to that, but we’ll see. We may get to that at some point. My personal opinion is this league is very tough and we don’t need to make it tougher by playing another family member in the league and beating each other up more than we already do.”