Les Miles is ready to coach his first ever game in Tiger Stadium as a visitor.
No, Miles hasn't abruptly left for another SEC school. The Tigers will technically be the road team Saturday when they host South Carolina. Severe flooding in Columbia forced officials from both schools and the SEC to relocate the game to Baton Rouge.
South Carolina will be the home team and collect all ticket and concession revenue after reimbursing LSU for operation costs.
The Tigers will still come out of the same tunnel and occupy the same sideline, but they'll officially be the road team in the box score.
It's an unusual circumstance, certainly. Not since 2005 has an SEC team had a game relocated as a result of weather. That team just so happened to be LSU during Miles' first year in Baton Rouge.
So he understands fully what Steve Spurrier and his Gamecocks are going through.
"It was exactly the right thing to do," Miles said of relocating the game. "This is a member institution of the SEC. We do everything we can to make sure they feel at home."
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LSU will still be the ones "at home" though.
Miles can't deny his team will have a slight advantage in terms of comfort. Their friends and families will be in the stands, instead of rabid fans from the opposing school.
"[The players] also recognize it’s being done for a very specific reason," Miles said. "They understand the difficulty their opponent’s going through.”
Miles said that advantage stops once they step on Tiger Stadium's field.
"As soon as you walk in those white lines, it's 100 yards," Miles said. "It always is. The advantage is to the team that's prepared and comes out of the tunnel fired up. That's certainly the plan."
Miles took a standby approach to the decision-making in determining where this game would be played. He stayed informed but mostly left it up to the administrators from LSU, South Carolina and SEC.
Once the call had been made, he reached out to Spurrier to ensure his team felt welcome in Baton Rouge.
"I had a nice talk with [him]," Miles said. "Obviously it's unusual...but he's handling it very well. They'll be fine."
It's unusual for the fans as well. LSU doesn't expect Tiger Stadium to be filled to capacity based on the short notice.
But Miles does hope enough show to provide that homefield advantage LSU has come to enjoy.
"Put away the fishing rod for this weekend," Miles said. "If this was that weekend you were going to take your wife some place, postpone those plans. Pull the RV up and start cooking. Come back to your comfortable confines and start making a lot of noise."
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