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03/21/2010
    IF YOU LIKE TO FISH, LSU HAS A PLACE FOR YOU
    Matthew Sigur
LSU Student Media

Published: Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 12:34 a.m.
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BATON ROUGE — Louisiana State University hasn't had a stellar spring semester so far. Budget cuts continue between celebrations for the school's 150th anniversary. The men's basketball team has failed to compete after last year's run.


Yet, there is one future bright spot on campus: the fishing club.

Without university funding, a group of 16 students have performed well in various tournaments over a two-year period in a fast-growing college sport.

This January, 20-year-old wildlife ecology major Logan Mount and 22-year-old animal-science major Blake Carrier won $5,000 for placing second at the Falcon Lake tournament in Zapata, Texas. Last year, the team won $6,000. Half of that money goes back to the university, said club president and Donaldsonville native Tim Morris.

“It would please me to see the university sponsor us,” said Morris, 21. “So far, they haven't done much of anything. Other universities back their teams.”

To become an official team, Morris said, the club would only need some loose change. “We're talking about just enough to cover our travel expenses and hotel rooms. We have sponsors for our gear.”

Those sponsors include Tacklewarehouse.com, Louisiana Sportsman and Hags Tornado.

When requesting university backing, “the university told us they couldn't sponsor us because of budget cuts,” Morris said.

Student Life Director Heath Price said that the team is not like a varsity athletic team certified by the NCAA. The team is also not a club sport within the university recreation ranks.

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