LSU is moving this year's Fan Day and all future installments to the spring as part of spring game festivities, the school announced Monday.
The program is making the move this year because of facility renovations. Three of the facilities LSU has used for Fan Day in recent years are unavailable: Construction projects are underway at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Maddox Fieldhouse and the basketball team's practice gym, spokesman Michael Bonnette said. The school is wary of holding the event outdoors because of possible weather complications.
LSU plans to host fans at an event in April on the same day as the spring game as part of a new daylong Fan Day concept.
"It will include current players and former players, as well as opportunities for our other sports to participate," Bonnette said.
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"This move will greatly improve the festivities of that weekend and give our student-athletes more time to really get involved,” Eddie Nunez, LSU's deputy athletic director, said in a statement.
Fan Day was an annual event normally held in early August, providing fans with photo opportunities and autograph sessions with players and coaches. The day normally coincides with a media event where assistant coaches and players are available for interviews. There is no media day planned this year, either.
LSU canceled fan day last August because of the historic flooding that inundated the Baton Rouge area.
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Orgeron on Broyles
LSU coach Ed Orgeron released a statement Monday after the death of longtime Arkansas coach Frank Broyles.
"I had the privilege of working for coach Broyles as a young coach," he posted on Twitter. "My thoughts and prayers are with his family. One of the legends."
Orgeron worked as an assistant strength coach at Arkansas from 1986-87, about 10 years after Broyles retired as coach. Broyles remained around the Razorbacks program in his retirement, serving as an administrator until 2007.
Broyles won a national championship (in 1964) and seven conference titles during his reign atop the Arkansas football program.