The LSU Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers will be meeting up on Saturday at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. One of the most iconic parts of playing at the stadium is the “Lambeau Leap,” but it looks the players won’t be allowed to participate in that this weekend.
James Bewers of The Advocate reported on Tuesday that the NCAA bans players from “going into the stands to interact with spectators,” which is exactly what the “Leap” does. This is certainly unfortunate for the two teams as not only do they not get to experience “The Frozen Tundra” in all its freezing glory, but they don’t get celebrate fans eagerly waiting behind the endzone.
Players are either supposed to leave the ball on the ground at the dead-ball spot or give it to an official after each play. If not, they are considered to be performing an “excessive, prolonged or choreographed act” that would delay the game and they would be hit with a 15-yard penalty.
It looks like some LSU players want to risk getting the penalty and try to make the jump, even if the Badgers fans rejected them. Safety Jamal Adams talked about it giving it a shot, but hasn’t talked to Les Miles yet.
“I sure hope not, honestly,” Adams said. “Hopefully, I can just jump high enough just to get up there.”
It will certainly be interesting to see if either team will be willing to give the leap a try or just wait for their opportunity in the NFL.