Governor Bobby Jindal is proposing $34 million in budget cuts, including mandatory one-week employee furloughs at Louisiana State. That means the LSU coach, who is scheduled to earn $3,251,000 this year, might have to forfeit one week's pay, or $62,520.
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LSU's athletic department is also looking at other cost-cutting moves, including scheduling games against in-state Division I-AA opponents McNeese State and Northwestern State, which was called Louisiana Normal when it last played LSU in 1942.
"For one thing, Northwestern State and McNeese will bring a lot more fans to the game," associate athletic director Verge Ausberry said. "We have trouble selling out games with [I-AA] opponents from out of state. It makes no sense to bring in a Western Carolina when we have great I-AA programs right here."
Meanwhile, a bill that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a gun on Louisiana's college campuses is scheduled for debate Tuesday in the House of Representatives. The bill is backed by the National Rifle Association and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Jindal supports the measure and said he will sign it into law if the Legislature approves it. Miles has joined the opposition.
"I am concerned about this piece of legislation for reasons far greater than sports," Miles said in a statement issued Monday. "Having worked on a college campus for most of my career, I know that firearms do not belong on campus. To allow firearms on campus would be to introduce an element of risk that could compromise all that is good about a university setting."