Joe Alleva doesn’t want a replay of last Saturday’s field storming after all.
LSU’s athletic director released a statement through the school on Tuesday asking fans to celebrate victories in the stands.
The Tigers beat then-No. 3 Ole Miss 10-7 last Saturday inciting thousands of fans, mostly students, to flood onto the field – the first field storming at LSU since 2001.
The Southeastern Conference fined the school $5,000 for breaking the conference’s rule prohibiting storming the field.
In an emotionally-charged environment after the game, Alleva, anticipating a fine, told a reporter working for the school that he hoped LSU would get another fine in two weeks.
The 16th-ranked Tigers, on a bye this week, host No. 3 Alabama on Nov. 8.
“I encourage everyone to celebrate great LSU victories within the seating areas of the stadium, and not on the field,” Alleva said in the statement Tuesday. “LSU represents the achievement of victory with dignity, and we do not want to sacrifice safety or sportsmanship. We would never endorse the ‘storming of the field’ by our fans – it is a violation of the protocol established by the Southeastern Conference, and serious injuries have occurred at the venues of our member institutions.
“It is our sincere responsibility to maintain a safe and secure environment for everyone, and we must adhere to the principles set forth by the SEC.”
Alleva credited fans for making Tiger Stadium as “electric and passionate as it’s ever been” in the win over the Rebels. Announced attendance last Saturday was 102,321, a sellout.
The game against Alabama has been sold out for months.