College football games are littered with iconic chants that makes every game day experience unique across the country. As you’d expect with college-aged kids tightly packed together in an alcohol-fueled student section at football games, there’s going to be some interesting, yet vulgar, chants thrown around the stadium.
Songs like “Dixieland Delight” at Alabama, which Crimson Tide faithful made a few colorful additions of their own to, are making a comeback in the hopes that students will refrain from using their own NSFW (Not Safe For Work) lyrics. At Louisiana State University, “Neck” has been absent at Tiger games after LSU students decided that a few not-so-nice words were needed to enhance the song’s upbeat vibe, but it made a late comeback against Georgia.
The band’s original version is a catchy tune that was banned by the university in 2010. The song is a spin off of Cameo and Dem Franchize Boyz’s rap song “Talkin’ Out Da Side of Ya Neck,” but students added some words to it that a few grandmothers would be slapping the side of their heads for saying.
In the closing minutes of LSU’s 36-16 rout of their second-ranked SEC opponent, the Georgia Bulldogs, “Neck” returned at Tiger Stadium, and Death Valley’s student section wasted no time letting the touchy lyrics fly once again.
WARNING: The video below contains explicit NSFW language.
Whoever made the decision to play the song had to have known what was coming, and I’m sure that they heard more than an earful after LSU’s students responded exactly how you’d expect.
In response to the return of “Neck,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva released a statement about the student’s behavior, one that may or may not actually stick out in the minds of LSU students.
“Our goal is to create a competitive advantage for our team and to inspire our players and each other. Chants and cheers that blatantly offend rather than inspire do not represent what LSU is all about. Be relentless. Be loud. But, I’m asking our fans, and particularly our student section, to keep it clean. We have a diverse group of fans in the stadium and every week we represent the entire LSU family on national television. Let’s represent LSU with the pride and class it deserves.” — Joe Alleva
Alleva, who has been LSU’s athletic director since April 2008 and the school’s vice chancellor since August 2009, went on to commend LSU volleyball coach Flan Flory and her team’s performance that weekend, as well as the other athletic programs wearing purple and gold.
The 1975 Lehigh University graduate, and former quarterback of their football team, added that the “soaring highs and devastating lows” of the fall have brought the university together, referencing the shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims, and the death of NFL Hall of Famer and LSU fullback Jim Taylor.
Even LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron, who’s essentially solidified his job in Baton Rouge for several years with the team’s performance in 2018, made sure to condemn the student lyrics during a press conference.
The LSU student section should be mindful of the other 90,000 Tiger fans who come to the football games on Saturdays. While the chant may be in good fun, it’s wildly inappropriate and puts an ugly stain on the university as a whole, no matter how many people think it might be funny.
You can guarantee that when No. 5 LSU hosts the No. 22 Mississippi State Bulldogs this weekend, “Neck” will likely be no where to be heard.