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ESPN still playing footsie with LSU over App State

Gonna be a good un!Think all the details in the upcoming Battle Royal in the Bayou are set? Think again.

ESPN wants a piece of the action. Bad.

Alleva, attending the SEC Spring Meeting, said Thursday that ESPN has shown “a lot of interest” in televising the Tigers’ Aug. 30 season opener against Appalachian State in Tiger Stadium.

A sticking point has been the time of kickoff. LSU is pushing for an evening kickoff while ESPN was hoping for an afternoon start.

LSU typically tries to avoid afternoon home games in August and September, though the school did agree to a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS on Sept. 22 against South Carolina last season.

Alleva said he hopes a decision on the game can be made as early as today.

“We’re just trying to work on a time,” Alleva said. “We’d like a night game.”

At night or in the light? Does it matter?


  1. mountaineerdynAsty

    May 30, 2008 at 5:07 am

    A night game would be amazing and only add to the lore. And someone fill me in on this, but the team would leave Friday for the game? So the later the game, the more time to get settled in and prepared. But who am I kidding? Moore would have this bunch ready to play at 4 A.M. if need be. Anybody checked the comments on that Sporting News article posted the other day? Wow, no respect. "Not to take anything away from the great football team from Boone NC but, your exactly right! LSU will not get caught by surprise by Appy State". Also: "I could play quarterback for LSU and App. State would still lose by 30 points". I'll be the first to admit Michigan wasn't ready for us, but LSU fans are delusional if they think once that game started the Wolverines weren't giving us everything they had, and of course it wasn't enough. I don't know who is salivating more at the fact that LSU's QB's have thrown a combined 2 passes in actual competition, myself, Tharrington, or DJ Smith. August 30th needs to get here!

  2. joe

    May 30, 2008 at 6:21 am

    2:30 PM in August, on the gulf coast would be brutal. We will not be ready for the heat and humidity. Hopefully it is a night kick.

  3. Wes

    May 31, 2008 at 9:20 am

    The heat in BR wont be any worse @ 2:30 than it will be @ 7:30. The problem playing there will be the 100% humidity.

  4. Emily

    June 1, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Armanti is All-American caliber without any doubt and DeAndre Pressley is a very good freshman find in the same mold of Edwards. What many App fans are learning recently is App State coaches also recruited another QB who will compete head-to-head with Pressley and, has all of the ability and intelligence to help lead this Mountaineer team.
    Jey Yokeley, a legit 6'4", 215lbs., with very good speed and mobility, will be arriving in July to begin team workouts with every intention to help this team at QB. A highly recruited QB by many D-I schools since his junior year in HS for his passing primarily and running abilities. Yet, truly undervalued during his senior year after transferring to a large public school with a power running attack, which did not take full advantage of Yokeley's skills and talents according to college recruiters. Despite a 74% completion percentage with only two interceptions all senior year, the volume of passing took a back seat to a powerful dbl. wing-T offense that did allow for Yokeley to run more. He is expected to take the already great Edwards' mold to a different level with excellent size/strength added to the mix of speed and arm strength/accuracy. Yokeley is able to take-on any defense in more of a Tebow mold by running past and through defenders, as well as strong passing ability.
    With three talented QBs who can all start at the college level, App State should be in great shape this year and the next four years.

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