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Louisiana governor threatens demise of college football in Pelican State

GERALD HERBERT/ASSOCIATED PRESS 
 LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) carries against Florida defensive back Keanu Neal (42) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. LSU won 35-28.
GERALD HERBERT/ASSOCIATED PRESS LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) carries against Florida defensive back Keanu Neal (42) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. LSU won 35-28. AP

Gov. John Bel Edwards knows how to get your attention -- threatening the demise of college football in Louisiana.

"You can say farewell to college football," he said in his televised speech about the dire state budget situation Thursday evening.

But before you tear up your coveted season tickets for the Jaguars or the Tigers, here's the unlikely scenario that would have to play out in order for football season to end:

The governor was putting forth a worst-case scenario for higher education in his remarks last night that would play out in the event that no new revenue is raised.

The state is experiencing a midyear budget shortfall of more than $850 million. While Edwards is proposing some one-time money and budget cuts to off set the historic gap, he said more than half of the dollars will need to be plugged with tax increases.

But Edwards is suggesting that if no new money is generated, then college and university campuses won't have enough money for pay their faculty beginning April 30. His point is that you can't force teachers to keep working if there's no money to pay them.

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