A Letter From Joe Alleva

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Dear Tiger Fans,
We are nearing a date on the calendar that has been anticipated for a very long time.
LSU vs. Alabama.  At night.  On national television. With national title implications.
These are exciting times at LSU and I hope you will be either in Tiger Stadium or in front of your television for this historic football game.
Campus will be crowded because this is the kind of game that attracts thousands of people to campus, even if they don't have tickets to the game.  The tailgating will be rich and the energy will be unparalleled.
I hope you will plan to arrive early, to carpool when possible, to be patient with the crowds and to tailgate with great gusto.  November 3 will be a night to remember.
The Southeastern Conference recently released the football schedule for the 2013 season and it will be a challenging one for your LSU Tigers.  In addition to the usual rigorous Western Division schedule, the Tigers will travel to Georgia and will host Florida.
Some of you have expressed dismay that other schools may benefit from a less challenging non-divisional schedule in 2013.  Scheduling is a complex matter and, though I may not always agree with the outcome, I know the SEC office works diligently in every way to make the best decisions for the league and its members.
There is much debate on issues that affect schedules in years ahead.  Some of it involves traditional matchups that would require a permanent opponent in the opposite division.  LSU is against a permanent opponent because we feel it is most fair to rotate all non-divisional opponents.
We don't know what SEC scheduling will look like from 2014 and beyond.  LSU will always fight for what is best for LSU, but ultimately we are but one vote among 14 in determining what is best for the SEC.
On occasion after a football game, we will send out a promotional email to fans asking for feedback on their experience in Tiger Stadium.  LSU recently gained media attention for a photo that accompanied one of those promotional emails sent after the South Carolina game.
A photo was used of a group of young men called the "Painted Posse."  They paint themselves purple and gold and play a significant role in the energy in the student section.  They also paint crosses on their shoulders as an expression of their religious beliefs.
As a public institution, we are careful not to imply endorsement of any particular religious belief, but a mistake was made in editing the crosses out of the photo before sending it out as part of the promotional photo.
We apologize for making this edit and in the future we will not make this kind of edit.  This was an error in judgment and we have communicated our apologies to the group of young men represented in the photo whose school spirit is second to none.
As always, we welcome your comments at athletics@lsu.edu.  Unfortunately we cannot answer every e-mail we receive, but please be assured they are all read.
Geaux Tigers!
Joe Alleva
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics





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