LSU-Mississippi State game will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday
WWL-AM radio analyst Bobby Hebert was kicked out of the Tiger Stadium press box for repeatedly cheering during the fourth quarter of Alabama’s 21-17 victory against the Tigers on Saturday night.
LSU spokesman Herb Vincent confirmed Sunday that he and an LSU campus police officer asked Hebert to leave after Hebert failed to heed repeated requests to stop cheering, which is forbidden in the press box. Vincent said Hebert left without incident.
“We got some complaints from some reporters around him that he was cheering in the press box,” Vincent said. “So I asked him to tone it down. I continued to observe him, and I asked him again, and he said he would comply.”
But, Vincent said, Hebert didn’t comply, and a third request was made by the officer. Hebert again said he would comply.
“But on the last LSU touchdown drive (early in the fourth quarter), he continued to display behavior not appropriate in the press box,” Vincent said. “So I asked him to leave, and the officer asked him to leave.
“He had three warnings. At some point, you have to let the people in the press box do their job.”
LSU officials make an announcement in the press box before the start of every home game that cheering for either team will not be tolerated, per guidelines established by the Football Writers Association of America. Hebert was involved in at least one other similar incident in the Tiger Stadium press box in recent years.
The Tiger Stadium press box was unusually crowded Saturday night, as LSU credentialed nearly 1,000 members of the media to cover the highly-anticipated rematch of last season’s BCS Championship game between the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide and the No. 5 Tigers.
Vincent said LSU officials had not discussed whether Hebert, a former New Orleans Saints quarterback and popular analyst, would continue to be credentialed.
WWL-AM is a New Orleans-based member of the LSU Sports Network and can be heard throughout much of the United States because of its strong signal. Hebert is co-host of pregame show that WWL broadcasts from outside Tiger Stadium before LSU home games.
Hebert received attention in 2009 for his boisterous cheering in the Superdome press box during a Saints victory against the New York Jets.
LSU-State set for 6 p.m.
Make it seven night games in seven home dates this season for LSU.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. next Saturday between LSU and Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium. The game, which is the centerpiece of LSU’s Homecoming weekend, will be televised on ESPN.
ESPN got the Tigers-Bulldogs game after CBS picked Texas A&M at Alabama for its 2:30 p.m. slot. CBS had exercised a six-day hold on both games last Monday.
LSU, which dropped to No. 9 in the AP and USA Today coaches’ polls after Saturday’s 21-17 heartbreaker loss to No. 1 Alabama, has played every home game at night so far this season.
The school will find out Monday the kickoff time for its Nov. 17 home finale with Ole Miss. The Rebels are 5-4 going into a home game Saturday against Vanderbilt.
LSU’s regular-season finale will be Nov. 23 at Arkansas, a 1:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS.
Another ranked opponent
Mississippi State is still ranked despite consecutive lopsided losses against Alabama and Texas A&M the last two weeks. They are No. 22 in the AP poll and will be the fifth consecutive ranked opponent that the Tigers have faced, a school record.
LSU has played No. 10 Florida, No. 3 South carolina, No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 1 Alabama in its last four games. The rankings are where the teams were in the AP poll at the time they played the Tigers.
The only other time LSU has played four consecutive opponents was 2007 when the Tigers faced No. 9 Florida, No. 17 Kentucky, No. 18 Auburn and No. 17 Alabama in succession.
LSU held Alabama scoreless in the first quarter, a period in which the Tide had scored in each of its previous games and outscored its opponents by a combined 104-3. ... Bama had trailed just once all season for a total of 14 seconds before the Tigers held two leads for a total of 25 minutes and one second. LSU held a 7-3 lead for the final 6:11 of the first quarter and first 6:43 of the second as well as a 17-14 lead for all but 2:53 of the fourth quarter. ... Freshman Jeremy Hill (107 yards) had his third consecutive 100-yard game, becoming the first Tiger to do that since Charles Scott did it in four straight games to begin the 2008 season. ... Freshman S Jerqwinick Sandolph made the first fumble recovery of his career in the second quarter.
Scott Rabalais contributed
to this report.