7 Oct 2000: A view of the Florida Gators football helmet taken on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 11-9.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /AllsportFormer Florida and NFL linebacker Neiron Ball reportedly finds himself in a fight for his life tonight. The 26-year-old is in a coma and not responding to stimuli, according to a Facebook post.The Butts County Schools Facebook page shared the information on Bell Monday night, asking for prayers. Ball attended high school in Jackson, Ga.It is unclear as of now what is causing Ball’s condition.The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to see what can be done to help him heal and wake up. This young man has already been through so much in his life, and we know the family would appreciate your love and kindness.Praying for Neiron!The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to… https://t.co/sbq9Tn3H0F— Butts County Schools (@ButtsCoSchools) September 24, 2018Ball graduated from Florida in 2015 and was drafted by the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.He played in six games as a rookie, making two starts. In his only NFL action, Ball recorded nine tackles and a sack.Our thoughts and prayers are with Ball and his family. Let’s hope he is able to recover from whatever is ailing him.
But teachers and students didn’t like so much money and attention being given to the football program, when it’s needed in other areas.One Twitter thread that got a ton of notice involved an LSU professor complaining of having to clean his office with a vacuum he bought himself. This prompted a stern response from LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.Another student pointed to the school library looking like a mess due to donations being given to football over academics.This is our library: https://t.co/ZvqgNa5L8o pic.twitter.com/xHsV5qf5wO— Cat Mckinney (@catcmckinney) July 22, 2019It’s a controversial topic with the discussion often being held at many schools at all levels of education.One thing that isn’t in dispute though is just how darn gorgeous the new LSU football facility is. BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 13: Members of the Louisiana State University Tigers cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown during the game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Warhawks 51-0. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)The new LSU football facility that was unveiled earlier this week attracted a lot of attention. But while most of that attention was directed at how beautiful the facilities were, others criticized it, saying the money (roughly $28 million in donations) could’ve been used better elsewhere (notably: academics).In response to the backlash, LSU revealed that it has done more than just upgrade the football facility. The school announced that renovations have come to several academic buildings as well.LSU is proud of the renovated football operations center, and we are equally proud of academic and student buildings we have recently renovated: Patrick F. Taylor Engineering facility, Ogden Honors College, Business Education Complex and Nicholson Gateway. LSU revealed a $28 million football facility over the weekend. The LSU football came equipped with sleeping pods, an executive chef, special lighting, and countless amenities.LSU is proud of the renovated football operations center, and we are equally proud of academic and student buildings we have recently renovated: Patrick F. Taylor Engineering facility, Ogden Honors College, Business Education Complex and Nicholson Gateway. https://t.co/7IFlqhx6P4 pic.twitter.com/bQeLgMABhZ— LSU (@LSU) July 24, 2019