BATON ROUGE -- Three coaches of LSU men’s teams – Les Miles, Trent Johnson and Paul Mainieri – along with athletic director Joe Alleva, have each contributed $1,000 in an effort to allow LSU students to gain free admission to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, which starts on Sunday night at the Maravich Assembly Center.
Due to restrictions, LSU student are not permitted complimentary admission for NCAA Tournament events. As a result, the three coaches, along with Alleva, have decided to pay the admission for LSU students to attend the event free of charge. In addition, any LSU student who goes to the game will receive a free hot dog and drink.
“We have a great student body; the best in all of college athletics in the way they support our teams here on campus,” Miles said. “This is our way of saying thanks to the LSU students, and at the same time lending some support to Van (Chancellor) and the women’s basketball team.
“Coach Chancellor and his team have had a great year and hopefully we can get a nice turnout by our student body to give the LSU women the home court advantage that they deserve for this event.”
The NCAA Tournament at the Maravich Assembly Center features two games on Sunday and one contest on Monday night. LSU faces Green Bay at 6 p.m. on Sunday followed by the Louisville-Liberty game at 8:30 p.m. The two winners will square off in the second round at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.