As has become an annual tradition, the SEC Network is once again filling the dead time between the end of SEC Media days and the start of football fall camp with their “SEC Takeover” event, where each of the 14 SEC schools get a 24 hour block of programming to air whatever they wish. Teams have used this in different ways, airing replays of the best games of the previous season, historic games, SEC ESPN documentaries, or in-house productions.
Over the years, the boundary of what can actually get on air has been expanded, and everything from ancient SEC football games to NCAA tournament games have been selected. This year has seen other schools fill their time with gems from the past, new documentaries about classic seasons, and, in South Carolina’s case, a 30 minute loop of Jadeveon Clowney’s famous hit replaying over and over again. No Really.
With all this creativity and variety, it’s highly disappointing to see LSU’s selections. It’s just a bunch of games from the 2016-17 athletic year. If you’re desperate enough of an LSU fan to watch the SEC Network in late July, there’s a good chance that you saw all of these games when they aired live over the past 12 months.
Sure, there are some gems. It’s nice that Gym is getting two spots. Jared Poche’s season opening seven-inning no-hitter v Army is a deep cut from a 2016-17 perspective. And the football games are all the high water marks of Coach O’s tenure so far. But when the other SEC schools are filling their days with some really high quality in-house documentaries and the dulcet tones of Keith Jackson 80’s football, this just seems kinda meh. It feels like either someone rushed to put this lineup together last minute or whoever was picking the games just didn’t really care about the exercise.
Oh well, I guess we can hope for a better lineup next summer. Here’s the full list of the programming.
11 p.m. (July 29)-1 a.m. (July 30)
May 5, 2017 | LSU Softball vs. Tennessee (SEC Tournament)
March 2, 2017 | LSU Women’s Basketball vs. Ole Miss (SEC Tournament)
March 5, 2017 | LSU Gymnastics vs. Florida
Feb. 18, 2017 | LSU Baseball vs. Army (Game Two)
Oct. 22, 2016 | LSU Football vs. Ole Miss
May 28, 2017 | LSU Softball vs. Florida State (Super Regional G3)
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
May 28, 2017 | LSU Baseball vs. Arkansas (SEC Tournament)
November 24, 2016 | LSU Football vs. Texas A&M
March 28, 2017 | LSU Gymnastics at SEC Championships
June 10, 2017 | LSU Baseball vs. Mississippi State (NCAA Super Regional G1)
December 31, 2016 | Football vs. Louisville (Citrus Bowl)