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|Miss-Lou forgotten by LSU|
I can't wait for Christmas in July.
Although I certainly can't picture anyone dressed up in a Santa suit in Louisiana in July.
Then again, Les Miles may volunteer if the Tiger football team has a four-or-five loss season this fall.
I want to get a jump-start on asking Santa Claus for something the Miss-Lou hasn't received in years —- a decent guest speaker for the Miss-Lou Alumni and Friends dinner.
Heck, we didn't even have anybody last year.
Not that it would have mattered.
While Les Miles have paraded off to places such as Texas, Mississippi and Florida, the Miss-Lou has been fed leftovers.
Two years ago seemed to be the biggest slap in the face to me. Mack Butler, LSU Director of Football Operations, was the guest speaker in Natchez. Nothing against Coach Butler, but let's face it, he's not a big name and he's not the kind of guy who is going to have LSU fans running to scoop up tickets.
Two years ago, tight end and recruiting coordinator Josh Henson was the featured guest. Nice guy. Little more interesting.
In 2005, we had Tiger offensive line coach Stacy Searels.
But still nothing like 2004 when Will Muschamp visited, or 2003 when Jimbo Fisher came along or even in 1999 when John Brady made the first of two appearances (2006 the other), even though I never was a big Brady fan.
In 2001, we had two assistant football coaches at Panola Woods — the always likeable and talented Pete Jenkins and George Yarno.
In 1998, Gerry DiNardo worked the crowd and did what he does best - test the food. (As we found out later, it sure wasn't coaching).
But at least LSU sent the head football coach.
Curly Hallman made an appearance and even Nick Saban graced us with his presence in 2000 at the Ramada Hilltop in Natchez. That was Saban's first year at LSU.
As a matter of fact, Les Miles is the only head football coach not to visit the Miss-Lou. Mike Archer made his way here in 1987.
And I'm not expecting the LSU Tiger Tour to stop by the Miss-Lou.
But having a head coach or top assistant would certainly make me feel better about how LSU feels about this region.
You put Vidalia, Ferriday, Monterey, Jonesville, Natchez and Tensas Parish together, and you would do a good job of filling some seats at Tiger Stadium.
There are a number of LSU fans just directly on both sides of the river.
And we have a beautiful facility in the Bryant Hammett Vidalia Conference and Convention Center to handle such an event.
Even the Miss-Lou Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame has struck out when it comes to bringing an LSU guy.
I even wrote a letter to the Tiger Athletic Foundation asking about Les Miles speaking at a banquet that has seen Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt
So Santa, you may be my last hope. There are some diehard Tiger fans who have been getting ashes and switches lately when it comes to the annual Miss-Lou chapter of the LSU Alumni and Friends event. And many have been very nice to LSU through the years. They deserve better under the tree.
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