Tenn. game to be played Monday

The Southeastern Conference has determined the Tennessee at LSU football game, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, has been moved to Monday, Sept. 26, Commissioner Mike Slive announced.

The change in the date was caused by concerns about Hurricane Rita. The game will be played at 6:30 p.m. CT and televised by ESPN2 from Tiger Stadium on the LSU campus.

"After reviewing all of the information I felt this was the best decision for the game. The safety of our student-athletes, coaches and fans is our priority," said Slive. "I understand this puts a burden on LSU and its administration, however, the travel safety issues necessitate this decision."

LSU Director of Athletics Skip Bertman... "We will abide by the ruling of the SEC commissioner. We will now face significant logistical challenges, but we hope for the continued cooperation of our fans. Naturally our strong preference would have been to play during the weekend, but safety for student-athletes, fans and everyone else involved in a football game was the overriding factor for the commissioner."

LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe... "We certainly respect the SEC commissioner's judgment, but this poses significant issues as we preserve our principal purpose of conducting academic activities on our campus. This will require a lot of flexibility and tolerance to be exerted on the part of our campus community after having been called upon to do so for many weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That said, the overriding safety factors expressed by the commissioner are compelling and understandable."

LSU Coach Les Miles... "This is another turn in the road for this football team. It's something that we have gotten used to over the past month. I think we'll respond very well. The players are excited about getting the opportunity to open the home season on Monday night. I expect our fans to pack Tiger Stadium just as if the game were being played on a Saturday night."

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