Football on a Saturday in Baton Rouge, LA., is like nothing else. It’s purple and gold. It’s “Geaux Tigers” tattooed on waves of LSU fans. It’s Les Miles transforming into “the Mad Hatter” in the middle of Death Valley.
But in the mind of LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, football on Saturdays in Baton Rouge is meant to be played at night.
According to The Advocate, Alleva has turned his attention away from fighting the NCAA on cross-divisional opponents and has focused his energy on making sure the Tigers’ home games are all night games like they were last season.
Of course, the SEC and its TV partners will most likely get their way if the variables line up for LSU to not have a primetime game, but that won’t stop Alleva from fighting for it.
“I don’t care what network we’re on as long as we’re playing at night,” stated Alleva.
LSU has four games next season that could possibly be moved to an earlier time: Auburn (September 19), Florida (October 17), Arkansas (November 14), and Texas A&M (November 28).
Alleva believes Auburn and Arkansas are the most likely to be rescheduled to an afternoon time slot.
He also said the networks have been urging to have the Tigers’ game with A&M moved to Thanksgiving, but Alleva refused in a stance against having a home game in Tiger Stadium on a Thursday. There’s a chance the game could be moved to November 27.
“As long as I’m here, we will not play in Tiger Stadium on a Thursday. I guarantee you that,” Alleva said.
A&M used to have a tradition of playing Texas on Thanksgiving Day while LSU used to play Arkansas on the Friday after it.
Alleva has a lot of demands for the Tigers’ schedule. He may not get everything on his wish list though. Sometimes you just have to concede defeat.