NEW ORLEANS - Managers of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome have discussed the possibility of replacing Grambling as the annual opponent for Southern in the Bayou Classic.
Citing low attendance in recent years, the group said it is possible that Grambling could be replaced by another team, either a team that would play yearly, or the opponent could alternate yearly.
"If Grambling has fallen off that bad, maybe Southern could take the lead and it could be an earned-in game and bring in somebody else," said Robert Bruno, the commissioner of the LSED. "I just don't know if Grambling can carry the load."
Grambling has finished with records of 1-10 and 1-11 the past two years. Even when Grambling was very successful, the game usually featured a much larger crowd of Southern fans.
Another idea bandied about for the game would be moving it from the traditional spot on Thanksgiving weekend to the season's opening weekend.