LSU athletics director urges fans to ‘keep it clean’ for upcoming game

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva is asking fans and students to “keep it clean” for this Saturday’s match up against Mississippi State.

Alleva issued the message Thursday on lsusports.net. Alleva asks everyone attending the game “represent LSU with the pride and class it deserves.” The full letter reads:

Saturday’s game was a great win for LSU and a day to forever remember for the LSU family. Coach O had the Tigers running on all cylinders – smart, focused and driven. Our players never blinked and they made us proud. The valley shook and the fans impacted the game from beginning to the very end.

On Saturday, we will return to play under the lights. We will celebrate Homecoming, 125 seasons of LSU football and a team of young men who fight tooth and nail every play for LSU. We all saw what 60 minutes of Death Valley can mean, and I want to encourage our fans to come out early, stay the full game and let the Bulldogs hear us all loud and clear for 60 minutes.

This is the most intimidating place to play football in America. We are Death Valley because of the intensity of our fans and tough style and grit that often characterizes our team. I know we can and will continue the great traditions of Death Valley in a positive way. Our goal is to create a competitive advantage for our team and to inspire our players and each other. Chants and cheers that blatantly offend rather than inspire do not represent what LSU is all about. Be relentless. Be loud. But, I’m asking our fans, and particularly our student section, to keep it clean. We have a diverse group of fans in the stadium and every week we represent the entire LSU family on national television. Let’s represent LSU with the pride and class it deserves.

Looking elsewhere in LSU sports, I want to also congratulate Coach Fran Flory and the volleyball team who have rattled off two big SEC victories in a row. They have faced adversity and fought through it like Tigers. If you’re a Tiger fan, take in the next match against Kentucky on Friday night – it’s a free ticket and a great event for families. That team works hard, represents our university with pride and they are on the right path to more victories.

Like volleyball, our soccer team is also coming off a two-game SEC win streak. Men’s and women’s golf and tennis are in in full swing both finding success at home and on the road. Just around the corner, men’s and women’s basketball and gymnastics will begin their seasons soon.

LSU, this has been a fall season of soaring highs and devastating lows. We have mourned and cried together, celebrated and laughed together. All of it, the highs and the lows, have made it abundantly clear how strong we are as a family and how proud I am to be a part of it. Please keep the Sims’ family in your prayers, and continue to pray for the family of the late Jimmy Taylor whom we will say goodbye to this week.

Thank you to our fans for all that you do for LSU. You make the difference.

Geaux Tigers!

Joe

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