- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU’s athletic department is putting plans to build a $12 million nutrition center for athletes on hold because of the threat of possible budget cuts across higher education.

Athletics Director Joe Alleva announced the decision Tuesday, saying groundbreaking for the Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center, which had been slated for later this spring, will be delayed.

In a statement, Alleva said the money needed to pay for the project had been raised through private donations. But he added: “The current climate of austerity surrounding our university compels us to move in a more deliberate manner.”

Louisiana’s public colleges are threatened with deep cuts in the budget year that begins July 1. Lawmakers likely won’t decide a final version of the state’s spending plans until June.

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