LSU game moves to Monday

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive announced Thursday that this weekend's Tennessee-LSU game has been postponed until Monday. The change in date was caused by concerns about Hurricane Rita.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, with ESPN2 providing the telecast.

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

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer, speaking after the team's 90-minute practice Thursday at Haslam Field, said the Vols would be ready to play.

"We've had a good week of preparation," Fulmer said. "We're looking forward to playing the game, whenever it's played. Our kids are going to handle it. Everything we've asked of them they've done so far.

"We've bent over backwards to do everything we can to make this happen."

Fulmer said the UT administration and athletics department were concerned about travel to Louisiana with such a powerful storm approaching -- not to mention the fact that the area already has gone through disastrous effects from Hurricane Katrina earlier this month.

Those effects, including a lack of available hotel rooms, have led Tennessee to delay travel to Baton Rouge until the day of the game.

"I've had a number of parents (call) and rightfully so," Fulmer said. "There's a lot of concern about Hurricane Rita coming in and all the side effects with that.

"We're not going to do anything whatsoever that puts our athletes at risk. Our president will not allow that to happen and I'm sure the conference office would be on the same page. Mike Hamilton is certainly on the same page."

INJURY UPDATE (LSU Week): Probable -- DB Jonathan Hefney (shoulder), FB David Holbert (knee), LB Marvin Mitchell (shoulder), LB Kevin Simon (groin); Questionable -- C David Ligon (ankle); Out -- OG Cody Douglas (ankle/knee), C Richie Gandy (knee), DE Jared Hostetter (knee), DB Jarod Parrish (knee); Out for Season -- QB Jonathan Crompton (shoulder), OL Cameron Mayo (knee), LB Rico McCoy (ankle).


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