11/12 - ASU notebook: Sun Devils finalizing deal to play Louisiana State in ’05, ’08 - East Valley Tribune: Sports

11/12 - ASU notebook: Sun Devils finalizing deal to play Louisiana State in ’05, ’08

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Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 6:39 am | Updated: 1:49 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Arizona State is in the process of finalizing a home-andhome series with Louisiana State.

The Sun Devils would visit Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., Sept. 10, 2005. The Bayou Bengals would play in Sun Devil Stadium Sept. 6, 2008.

LSU coach Nick Saban spilled the beans on the negotiations during his weekly press conference Monday.

ASU and LSU have never played.

LSU visited Arizona in September, defeating the Wildcats 59-13. It was the second time the two teams had played. LSU won a thriller, 27-26 in Baton Rouge in September 1984.

In anticipation of a positive response from its fans, ASU requested 5,000 tickets for the game in 91,600-seat Tiger Stadium. LSU would be replacing Boston College, which has to overhaul its schedule because of its move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

INJURY UPDATE

Starting tailback Loren Wade is still prohibited from contact drills after not passing a concussion test Tuesday, coach Dirk Koetter said.

Tailback Hakim Hill still can’t practice because of a sprained right knee. Wide receiver Terry Richardson also sat out practice with a sprained ankle.

CONCERNED AD

ASU athletic director Gene Smith addressed the team at practice for five minutes Tuesday while Koetter was talking with the media.

Smith offered words of encouragement for the beleaguered team, which now shares the Pac-10 cellar with Arizona. Smith last talked to the Sun Devils during fall camp.

STIFF UPPER LIP

Koetter continues to be quizzed about the morale of the team and fixing the problems that resulted in three successive losses and only one Pac-10 victory.

"Everyone wants me to cry and throw in the towel; that’s never going to work," he said. "Not winning is frustrating. The things we’re doing have worked before. For us to go in a panic mode does us no good."

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