Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: I just read an article posted on Facebook that really pissed me off. It was written by a DJ from a radio station in Lafayette and he really should stick to playing music. Don't get me wrong, the guy has a right to his own opinion, but I totally disagree with him 100%.
He's telling LSU fans to be carefully over the next few weeks because the future of the football program is in their hands.
EXCUSE ME!!! WHAT?... HOW?...
Fans have NO responsibility as far as the future of the LSU football program by impressing recruits. Fans are fans. They're not coaches or recruiters. Fans are nothing more than paying customers.
It is the responsibility of the school's AD and the head coach to do their job by putting an exciting, competitive product on the field to draw customers into the stadium.
If LSU wants to charge top dollar for a poor, mediocre product, then the fans will quit coming. It is what it is. I'm not going to pay $12 to go see a movie at the theater that sucks! Why would anyone pay $90 a ticket to go watch their favorite team play sloppy football and get out-coached week after week? For those who still choose to attend, they have every right to boo the coaching staff if what they're watching is painful.
It cost families a small fortune for tickets, gas, parking, concession, and souvenirs to attend one of these games. Not to mention having to deal with ridiculous traffic after the contest.
Everyone knows LSU has a very rich football tradition and that Tiger Stadium is an incredible venue. Recruits know what Tiger Stadium is like when the program is playing at a high level. When the program is struggling, many of them are hungry to come in and be a huge part of helping turn things back around, bringing the fans back, converting Tiger Stadium back into Death Valley.
Recruits care about the success of the program. They understand that their success will fill a stadium. It's the coaching staff's responsibility to host a recruit while selling the program's history and future. It's the athletic director's responsibility to hire the right head coach who will put and keep a competitive, successful product on the field. That my friend is what draws top recruits to your school and puts fans in the stadium. It starts at the top, NOT with the fans.
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