More to worry about other than football

Les Miles and the majority of his coaching staff has experience at rescheduling games on the schedule dating back to their first year at LSU in 2005. Back then it was Katrina and now Hurricane Gustav has forced the Tigers to do even more shuffling around again.

“Due to the terrible storm, probably the worst in Baton Rouge history, we have been forced to reschedule the game with Troy to November 15,” said LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva.”


Much of Baton Rouge is still without power and there is debris littered all over the city from the strong winds and rain that ravaged the Capitol City on Monday and into Tuesday.


There was some concern over whether or not the Appalachian State game would be played last Saturday due to the actions the state had to take in anticipation of the arrival of the storm.


After hours upon hours of meetings with state and LSU officials the decision was made to move the game up last Saturday’s game to a 10 a.m. kickoff.


Safety was cited as the reason for moving kickoff up six hours and that is the reason the Troy game will be pushed back to November.   


“There were a lot of factors in that decision. First is safety," Alleva said. “Tiger Stadium suffered a lot of damage. Windows were blown out. We have no power. We don’t know when power will be back on in the stadium. We have to check on the lighting and the scoreboard. It was a university decision and was made early this morning.”


The decision to move a game is never easy because it involves so much planning but both sides came together and realized that there was much more at stake than simply a check mark in the win or loss column.


“There are a lot of logistics that factor into putting on a game, said Alleva. “We were concerned with the safety of our fans. The state troopers have other things to worry about than a football game. They have a community to worry about that needs help.”


Those sentiments were also echoed from Troy Athletic Director Steve Dennis.


“This is a football game, nothing more, and the people have more to worry about right now than a football game,” said Dennis. “Our thought and prayers are with the people of Baton Rouge and LSU and we wish them nothing but the best at they work to overcome the effects of this storm.”


With this out of the way, LSU officials can work on getting campus back to some sense of normalcy while the rest of Louisiana does the same.


LSU will return to action on Sept. 13 when the Tigers host North Texas in Tiger Stadium.

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