LSU vs Virginia Tech – Sportsmanlike Conduct

September 6, 2007

TO: Fans, Friends, and Supporters of LSU Athletics
FROM: Skip Bertman, Athletics Director

The excitement surrounding this football season — and this week’s Top 10 match up against Virginia Tech in particular — is at an all-time high. Before I mention some of the things to look for as you come to campus, I am passing along a message from head coach Les Miles and the LSU football team.

WE SALUTE THE HOKIE SPIRIT: A message from the LSU Tigers

“The Virginia Tech community suffered the horrific loss of family and friends in the tragic shootings of April 16. All of us on college campuses across the nation shared in their grief and suffering.

“As students, fans and alumni from Virginia Tech come to the LSU campus for the Hokies’ first road football game of the 2007 season, we know Tiger fans will welcome them with open arms and sympathetic hearts.

“The people of Louisiana are known for their heart-felt compassion and gracious hospitality, and on this occasion we hope everyone will pay particular respect to the Virginia Tech players and their fans.

“The competition on the field will be healthy and fierce, and your Tigers will represent LSU with pride when the ball is kicked off. But in pre-game festivities, let us all be mindful of the difficult road our visitors have traveled since April 16.”

Signed by Matt Flynn, Glenn Dorsey and Craig Steltz (team captains in last week’s season opener) and head coach Les Miles


At the game on Saturday night, it is important that we pay respect to the students and faculty members who were lost in the tragic shootings of April 16, and also to celebrate the spirit shown by Virginia Tech in recovering and moving forward.

We spoke with Virginia Tech officials during the summer as we prepared for this week’s pre-game activities. We wanted to strike the proper tone with any recognition we make of the events of April 16. It is important to be respectful of the individuals who were lost, and to also be encouraging and supportive of our visitors.

We will salute the Hokie Spirit with parachutists who will fly into Tiger Stadium with the flags of Virginia Tech and LSU and the game ball, weather permitting. We will also have a moment of silence in recognition of the students and faculty members who were lost on April 16. And, finally, the Tiger Band – one of the greatest assets we have at LSU – will play the Virginia Tech alma mater. It is believed that this will be the first time in the history of Tiger Stadium that the Tiger Marching Band will honor our visitors by playing their alma mater.


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