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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the media on Thursday night and suggested that the ongoing budget crisis involving TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) could put college football in jeopardy across the state of Louisiana. Per TheAdvertiser.com
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“The LSU main campus in Baton Rouge will run out of money after April 30,” he said. “There is no money left for payroll after those dates. The Southern University system and the University of Louisiana system are in the same boat. Without legislators approving new revenue this special session, some campuses will be forced to declare financial bankruptcy, which would include massive layoffs and the cancellation of classes. If you are student attending one of those universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete.”

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This guy is an absolute joke
Reply63 months
This man should be tried in the highest of courts for his bull shite scare tactics and lying to the masses.
Reply63 months
this guy is unhinged
Reply63 months
The student/athelete receiving TOPS is in jepardy, not the "program"

Unless the majority of the student/athletes receive TOPS.
Reply63 months
Sounds like a democrat.
Reply63 months
But But, Hookers!
Reply63 months
Does he have something wrong with him? He looks kinda strange
Reply63 months
The fear never ceases. GIVE US YOUR MONEY OR YOUR BELOVED shite WILL DISAPPEAR!!
Reply63 months
I'm still shocked as to how this guy was even voted into office. Louisiana has some dumbass voters.
Reply63 months
Oh yes, the onlt thing that can be cut is higher education and programs such as TOPS which benefit middle class TAXPAYERS. Let's not mention that welfare or daycare for kids of crack whores or other "essential programs" should be cut off.
Reply63 months
Blame the retard republican voters who jettisoned decent candidates in favor of useless vitter.
Reply63 months
It's funny how people say JBE is a joke and a liar when our current fiscal situation is squarely bc of what happened under the previous administration. Unchecked medicaid fraud, unsustainable tax breaks, continued cuts to higher education, etc. yet JBE is the rat ba**ard for trying to submit ideas to fix this in front of the camera. No one said these need to be followed to the letter but it's a starting point for discussions and the man is showing accountability and leadership by laying our problems bare for all to see. Only then can the State do what it needs to prevent disaster.
Reply63 months
Under the previous administration JBE voted for most of the budget proposals and was on the fricken budget conference committee. He is an accessory to this mess.
Reply63 months
B.S While the Governor makes this threat any legislature who votes to kill college football will be out of a job the next election and never ever being electable in LA again. LSU doesn't get tax money for sports.
Reply63 months
Or...he can shutter all the worthless colleges and universities and do minimal cuts at LSU.
Reply63 months
All this from the honorable guy. At least in his on mind.
Reply63 months
So the guy that voted yes on the budget, and on being the honorable candidate is playing scare tactics. The legislature should tell him to geaux f**k himself and see if he has he stomach to do what he said. If so he will be recalled and out of office before football season.
Reply63 months
He is not worried about his health...Lots of people don't live long in Baton Rouge for less...Good luck sucker....
Reply63 months
So does Les get paid or no..
Reply63 months
"One year when I lived in Knoxville they could not settle the state budget and the government shut down on July 1. Nobody cared. State parks and rest stops shut down. Nobody cared. UT said they could not hold classes the second half of summer semester. Nobody cared. People said they would not be able to complete their graduate degrees if the university shut down. Nobody cared. They said a bunch of football players would not be academically eligible if they missed the second summer session. People cared and the budget quickly settled."
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