Bayou Bash to shift to L’Auberge Casino

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU football coach Les Miles comments on recruits during the Bayou Bash in February 2013. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU football coach Les Miles comments on recruits during the Bayou Bash in February 2013.

The Tiger Gridiron Club’s annual recruiting party on National Signing Day, the Bayou Bash, will have a new location and ticket structure, the organization said Thursday.

The Bash is moving to the L’Auberge Casino’s Event Center, ending its seven-year run at the Baton Rouge River Center. And the event will include a minimum number of free, standing-room-only tickets. It also will start at 10:30 a.m. instead of 8:30.

The new venue will seat 800, a decrease from the 5,000 who could fit in the River Center — a reason for the ticket changes.

No free general admission seats will be sold. About 100 standing-room-only tickets will be available later in the event, when LSU coach Les Miles arrives for his speech at about 5:30 p.m.

Other than that, 50 tables of 10 are available for $1,500 or $2,000, depending on location. Another 300 seats are reserved for Gridiron Club members.

The event is set for Feb. 5. LSU’s current recruiting class is ranked in the top 15 by the major recruiting sites, but the Tigers expect to get a host of late commitments. Most believe the class will finish in the top five nationally.

The move to L’Auberge was made for multiple reasons, said Chuck Goodwin, president of the Tiger Gridiron Club and Bash chairman. L’Auberge is not charging the club to rent the space, and the event will be broadcast live throughout the casino. The event center is located above the casino floor.

Also, the Bash had struggled to get food for the large number of attendees.

“We think it’s a new venue, and it’s exciting,” Goodwin said. “Jazz things up a little bit. We’ll have all the things we had in the past.”

Outside of the event center, former LSU stars will sign autographs and participate in question-and-answer sessions. There will be a silent auction and TVs for viewing the event.

Miles is set to speak about LSU’s signing class, and the Golden Girls and band will be on hand as well.

“We’re hoping people will understand we’re doing this because it gives us a better opportunity to raise more money (for the team),” Goodwin said. “We’re going to do the best we can for those people.

“We expect some feedback from them.”

White on all-freshman team

LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White was the lone Tiger on the coaches’ All-SEC freshman team, announced Thursday.

White started 10 games, had one interception and finished eighth on the team with 52 tackles. He had 2.5 tackles for loss and a team-leading eight pass-breakups.

LSU place-kicker Colby Delahoussaye was passed over for South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry. Delahoussaye, a walk-on redshirt freshman, made 12 of 13 field-goal attempts, his only miss coming immediately after an injury. Fry, a true freshman, hit on 15 of 18 attempts.

Lagniappe

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz were in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday for Outback Bowl Media Day. Cameron stood in for Miles, who spent the day watching his son, Manny, play in the LHSAA Division II championship game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the quarterback for University High. … Starting Friday, the LSU athletic department is giving away one prize per day for the next 14 days to those who buy tickets to the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Iowa. Fans are automatically entered when they purchase a ticket through the LSU ticket office. To order, visit lsutix.net or call the ticket office at (800) 960-8587 or (225) 578-2184 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.