It was announced earlier today the game, which was to be played Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., will be moved to a later date due to the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe was the first to step to the podium and he said the decision did not come easily.
"We wanted to show everyone that we were not going to be beat down (by the storm)," O'Keefe said.
In the aftermath of Katrina, LSU
decided to proceed as usual. But the university, which was a predetermined
triage unit site, was flooded with the injured from
"We were prepared to accommodate 300 per hour," O'Keefe added. "But it has been more like 500."
The initial fallout site was to be
the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse. However, the
With the unexpected number of
casualties arriving from the affected areas, LSU decided it would be best to
keep as few people off the LSU campus as possible. Aside from LSU's season
"We have cancelled all campus events," O'Keefe said.
As for the LSU campus, the sun shone brightly Tuesday afternoon and aside from the occasional limb here and there looked relatively unscathed by the wrath of Katrina.
"We are fortunate," O'Keefe said.
The LSU campus will be converted into a small city of sorts as victims are transported by ambulance and by air to the triage units set up.
"We are expecting over 400 FEMA (Federal Emergency Medical Assistance) workers to show up soon and set up a small city like area outside the natatorium," O'Keefe said.
LSU senior associate athletic
director Dan Radakovich said there are currently talks underway on when to
re-schedule the game. He did stress the fact the contract will be honored and that the game will be played in
"The Sun Belt Conference offices
Thus, the season is tentatively set
to commence on Sept. 10 when the Tigers host
"When we host
LSU football coach Les Miles joined the press conference already in progress, but did take time to speak candidly with the media. Having just met with his team, a shaken Miles spoke slow and steadily trying to find words to talk about the events if the last 36 hours.
Miles compared the events in
"It has that same numbing chill,"
Miles said. "But this is more personal due to the closeness in the state of
A number of LSU football players
are from the greater
"If you would have asked me 24 hours ago, I would have told you our players were handling this pretty good," Miles said. "But as more information comes in, the possible loss of life and so forth, our kids are very affected by all of this."
Miles himself said he was unaware of the magnitude of the devastation.
"I did not know just how bad it was until this morning," Miles said. "I had no grasp of the scope of the loss."
From here, though, Miles said he and his team will move forward.
"We're going to proceed and prepare the team so we will be ready to play when we step between those lines," Miles said. "But we are only between those lines for a short time so we are going to do what we can when we are not (on the field)."
Miles said the players have talked about gathering pillows, blankets, etc. to donate to victims.
The team will practice in shells tomorrow (Wednesday) and go full pads through the weekend.
"Then we will take it from there," Miles said.
said he is expecting further phone conversations with
-- Contrary to rumors circulating,
the New Orleans Saints and LSU have not discussed the possibility of the Saints
playing their home games in Tiger Stadium. The Baton Rouge Business Report said
owner Tom Benson has contacted the Alamo Dome in
-- Longtime Times-Picayune
sportswriter Peter Finney attended Tuesday's press conference. Dressed in
loafers and khaki shorts and looking a bit disheveled, the veteran sports writer
said he remained in his French Quarter home throughout the storm and actually
emerged in the narrow streets following Katrina to find little water at all.
However, following Monday afternoon's levee breach, water flooded the downtown
area and reports of 4-6 feet of water are currently strangling the historic
district. Finney since evacuated to
-- O'Keefe said he has a brother
that lives in the
-- O'Keefe added, on a
personal note, it was somewhat of an ironic situation for him to be in south