Connor Croll

Connor Croll

An attorney for a former University of Alabama student accused of phoning in a bomb threat to a packed Tiger Stadium during the 2019 LSU-Florida football game said Tuesday he's still trying to resolve the case.

Connor Bruce Croll, 21, who is charged with communicating false information of a planned bombing on school property, a felony, appeared before state District Judge Tiffany Foxworth for a status hearing.

The judge scheduled another hearing for Sept. 2 after Croll's lawyer, James Rothkamm, told the judge he's still in discussions with LSU and others in hopes of reaching a resolution.

"We're working with the LSU Police Department and all the involved parties to try and resolve this matter," Rothkamm said later outside the courtroom.

Rothkamm declined to elaborate on what the resolution might be.

Croll, who now lives in Virginia, pleaded not guilty a week and a half after the Oct. 12, 2019, game and faces up to 20 years in prison.

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A call to the Baton Rouge Police Department's nonemergency line during the high-profile game warned of a bomb in Tiger Stadium and was traced to Croll's phone, authorities have said. He was a freshman at Alabama at the time.

Police say he confessed to making the threat in an effort to halt the game because "his friend was on the verge of losing a large bet," booking records state.

A crowd of 102,321 saw LSU beat Florida 42-28.

ESPN, which televised the game, said it was the network's most-watched college football game in nearly two years and ranked in the top five of ESPN's most-watched October games of the last quarter-century.

The game was viewed by an average of 6,450,000 viewers and peaked at 7,428,000 late in the fourth quarter.

The contest was the most popular sporting event nationwide that day, ESPN said.


Email Joe Gyan Jr. at jgyan@theadvocate.com.

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