Auburn to students: Please don’t boo your team

Published 9:23 pm Thursday, September 18, 2008

AUBURN – Auburn University has a message for its students about Saturday’s game against LSU: Please don’t boo undefeated and No. 10 Auburn.

The dean of students, Johnny Green, sent a mass e-mail this week urging the student body to show good sportsmanship when No. 6 LSU visits Jordan-Hare Stadium. It read in part:

“First, please join me by agreeing to demonstrate your support for, and not criticism of, our football team. That means no booing! Remember, the team isn’t trying to lose the game — the players work hard all spring and during fall camp to be ready to compete in the S.E.C.”

The message followed Auburn’s 3-2 win at Mississippi State last week, a victory that left fans grumbling about the lack of points from Auburn’s new spread offense.

With ESPN’s Gameday show due in Auburn for LSU, Green told students to “remember to have a great time, enjoy the weekend’s activities, watch our language and behavior, and display class, taste, and character in everything we do.”

Green didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday.