Early LSU kick off the result of SEC contract conflict
BATON ROUGE- The "Saturday Night in Death Valley" tradition is one LSU says it wants to maintain, but sometimes the SEC, its schedules and its contracts get in the way.
In the case of Saturday's 11:20 a.m. kick-off, SEC's contract with another big network, which is carrying two SEC games, prevents any other SEC games from airing at the same time. So LSU's match-up against Kentucky got bumped to the morning so it could air on another network.
LSU says that's because the SEC makes money off of the showing, but the school makes the same regardless of when it's aired. But the Saturday night tradition gets sacrificed in the switch.
"We don't like playing in the morning anymore than anyone else does, we like all of our games to be at 7 pm on Saturday night, that's when we like to do it," said Associate Vice Chancellor Herb Vincent.
Ditto says the fans.
"I'm a big fan of sleep and a big game of partying as well, but I think part of what makes this the mystique of LSU is the late night on Friday before and then the Saturday all day party," said John Richardson, "So yea, I think just for the extra dollar we should fore-go that and play some football at night."
Student Ross Thompson said, "They gotta make their money some how, I mean they're making millions anyway, but if that's what they wanna do, it's disappointing, but what can you do?"
LSU says the SEC is usually accommodating to the "way of play" in Tiger Town. So early starts like Saturday's will stay rare and likely not occur again this season.