Connor Bruce Croll was just a couple months into his freshman year at the University of Alabama, a floppy-haired 19-year-old from small-town Virginia who joined a fraternity to ease his transition.
Then at 9:31 p.m. Tuscaloosa time on Saturday, according to authorities, he decided to play what appears to be a joke. Croll told police that, “his friend was on the verge of losing a big bet,” in the Florida-LSU game that was being played at that time.
In an effort to halt the game, he called the non-emergency line of the Baton Rouge police department and stated, “There is a bomb in the stadium.” He then hung up.
There was no bomb and it stands to reason Croll would have no idea, let alone any inclination to ever make or plant one.
As such, perhaps there were laughs back in Tuscaloosa. There were none in Baton Rouge, where such a threat is taken deathly serious.
About 100,000 people were attending the nationally televised game at Tiger Stadium.