The LSU professor who helped ignite arguments around LSU's new football locker room and other improvements said Tuesday morning the issue points up how athletics trumps academics in Louisiana, our media partners at The Advocate report.
Fiery debate about LSU football's renovated ops center erupts: 'No university or taxpayers dollars were used'"It seems to me that academics are even less important to us than they were 20 years ago," said Robert Mann, professor of mass communications at LSU and a veteran of the political arena himself, the paper reports.
"We have largely abandoned higher education in this state compared to where we were 20 years ago," said Mann, who worked for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and U. S. Sen. Russell Long, both Democrats.
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Here's a video showing the new locker room: