Allen Kee / ESPN Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a statewide televised address Thursday that a looming budget crisis could affect Louisiana’s higher education, including its popular college athletics programs.
Edwards said that if state campuses run out of money, they could potentially shut down in April. This means the LSU football team’s 2016 season is on the line.
“If you are a student attending one of these universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete, many students will not be able to graduate, and student-athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to pay next semester,” Edwards said, according to The Times-Picayune newspaper. “This means you can say farewell to college football next fall.”
The Times-Picayune indicates that even if lawmakers find a solution to keep colleges open and save the LSU Tigers’ 2016 season, there will still be a problem in the following fiscal year, when Louisiana is projected to face a $2 billion budget shortfall.
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