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LSU Tigers becoming political football

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February

One of Florida's SEC rivals is becoming a political football in its home state.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned his state that if it doesn't accept some tax hikes to balance the budget, the state's universities could be in trouble. Yes, that includes the LSU Tigers.

"If you are a student attending one of these universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete, many students will not be able to graduate and student athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to play next semester," Edwards said. "That means you can say farewell to college football next fall."

Gulp.

I won't wade into the politics - you can read all about that here in The Times-Picayune.

LSU landed one of the country's top recruiting classes last week and are legitimate contenders to come to Tampa for next year's national title game. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the Tigers will indeed make their scheduled trip to Gainesville on Oct. 8. If Les Miles can survive last year's debacle, I think the Mad Hatter and his team (and the legislators' constituencies) can get them past a budget crisis.

[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 9:05am]

    

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