Perhaps talk about Grambling potentially being replaced in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans was premature. Perhaps the backlash about the very idea of the idea being discussed was more than anticipated. Whatever the case, the Superdome board member who questioned whether or not Grambling would be able to bring enough fans to stay involved with the annual Bayour Classic is making an attempt to clear the air about the idea.
“Unfortunately, the reason we are discussing this event is that I made the unthinkable suggestion that we may need to replace Grambling if things do not get better,” Robert Bruno, commissioner of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, said in a letter according to The News Star. “… I am going to ask my board to put the discussion of the Classic on the agenda of the next meeting and I hope that we pack the room with supporters with ideas to make this great event great again.”
Earlier in the week Bruno openly questioned if Grambling would be able to keep selling enough tickets to warrant a spot in the Bayou Classic on a permanent basis. The game has been played between Grambling and Southern every year it has been played, so the thought of replacing either one of the schools clearly came as a bit of a shock. Some even thought it was kicking Grambling while it was down as a program, coming off a dismal 2013 season.
This may have been more of a case of just expressing concern for the stability of the game, one of the more iconic games on the college football schedule. At a time when every school and conference looks for ways to keep fans coming to the games instead of watching at home, that concern is shared by the organizers of the Bayou Classic, which has seen attendance dip in recent years for a variety of reasons.
The Bayou Classic without Grambling or Southern just would not be the same. Here’s hoping it remains that way for years to come.