ESPN devotes entire magazine issue to LSU-Alabama rematch
The LSU-Alabama rematch is being billed as "1 Day, 1 Game" by ESPN The Magazine, which is dedicating an entire issue to the gridiron contest that will be published the following week, says LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette. "Their publication has requested 48 credentials, 25 of which are photographers," Bonnette says. The big SEC West rivalry will also secure the attention of ESPN's College GameDay and ESPN Radio, Bonnette says, as well as media from the East and West coasts: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe and a tabloid or two from London. "It will be an impressive list of people coming to that game," Bonnette says. Herb Vincent, a senior associate athletic director and associate vice chancellor for the Office of Communications & University Relations, says the combined fan base of both teams expected to arrive on the LSU campus Nov. 3 could easily exceed a good average turnout of 120,000. "I think 150,000 is a conservative number," Vincent says. In the meantime, ESPN senior writer Wright Thompson is already tweeting up a storm on his early reporting from Baton Rouge, showing a strong affection for Fleur de Lis Pizza and Pastime Restaurant. —Adam Pearson
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