10/8/15 5:35 am CDT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
As many of you have heard by now, LSU’s game against South Carolina has been moved to Tiger Stadium due to the catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas, and will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT. As of now, there’s been no word given on TV coverage, but the game is expected to be played on one of the ESPN platforms (SECN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.). I suspect we’ll find out about TV coverage later today, and as soon as I hear something I’ll tweet the news to those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter. (If you don’t use Twitter, please note that you can refer to the twitter feed on this page.)
I know it’s exciting that we get another virtual home game in Tiger Stadium, but under the circumstances of mass devastation and loss to the residents of South Carolina, I encourage Tiger fans to welcome the people of South Carolina with open arms and make them feel at home. I’m sure many of you will remember the hospitality extended to Tiger fans after Hurricane Katrina when the Tigers had to move a home game to Arizona. Well, it’s time for us to “pay it forward” and extend that same generosity and consideration to South Carolina fans this weekend.
Here are a few things to note about Saturday’s game:
• For ticket and parking information, see this article by LSUSports.net.
• Please note that tickets previously issued for the game scheduled to be played in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., will NOT be valid at Tiger Stadium.
• LSU has said that all proceeds generated from ticket sales, minus the expenses LSU will incur for hosting the game, will be given to South Carolina.
• The Red Cross will be setup to accept donations at the gates to help those affected by the disaster in South Carolina.
• Technically speaking, South Carolina will be considered the home team and will wear white. LSU will wear purple jerseys. Sidenote: Here’s a very memorable play from the last time LSU wore purple jerseys for an SEC game. (Hint: Chad Jones is a beast!) Thanks to @HunterPanaigua for bringing this play to mind with a tweet he sent out yesterday.
• South Carolina’s band will not be traveling to Baton, so LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland will play their Alma Mater and Fight Song in their honor. That’s a great gesture, if you ask me.
• Because this is technically an away contest for the Tigers, LSU will not be able to host any recruits for the game.
Now moving on with our normal order of business, here is my weekly recap of Les Miles’ comments from his weekly radio show.
Before Les Miles arrived, LSU Associate Athletic Director and Ticket Manager Brian Broussard spoke with Jim Hawthorne about tickets and parking for Saturday’s game. Rather than trying to summarize the details of what he said, I’ll just redirect you to this page that has all the ticketing information. A few important things to note: Season ticket holders and students can purchase tickets up until 5 p.m. today. Tickets will be available to the general public starting at 6 p.m. Also, those of you with parking passes are instructed to use your Western Kentucky pass for this game. Be sure to save that pass so that you can use it again for the Western Kentucky game.
One of the first callers of the night was Chris from Clinton, Mississippi, who asked Coach Miles about incorporating more short and intermediate passes into the game plan. Miles said he thinks we’ll see more passing in general, and can look forward to a rich passing tree that will include all the throws.
Rickey from Birmingham noted that two players have had penalties for continuing to play once their helmets came off and asked if defenders are getting their hands in their faces. Miles answered affirmatively, saying he thinks there is a propensity for some shorter defensive linemen to get their hands in the faces of his offensive linemen.
Frank from Baker asked about the status of cornerback Jalen Mills and then commented on special teams needing serious help. Miles started by saying he hopes to get Mills and tight end Dillon Gordon back soon and that both were practicing and in pads yesterday. As for special teams play, Miles said the young men on that unit are very motivated and he thinks we’ll see better play there this week.
Jack from Lafayette asked about alternative sites that were considered for the game, and if there would be any changes to the appearance of LSU’s field since it will technically be a home game for South Carolina. Miles said there will be no change to the field. As for other sites considered, Miles named Charlotte and Jacksonville.
Matt from Baton Rouge said he saw a little play action passing in the first half against Eastern Michigan and asked if we would see more of that. Miles suggested that we would, saying, “When you have a guy like Leonard, you look to put the ball in his stomach. That draws a lot of attention.”
A little later, Jimmy from Columbus, Georgia acknowledged that the receiving corps had a rough time catching the ball last week but said he’s been impressed with their point of attack and downfield blocking. He specifically mentioned a big block from Trey Quinn. Miles agreed and said the wide receivers had a very good week of practice and should go out and play extremely well this Saturday.
One of Coach Miles’ most interesting comments came in response to a gentleman from Alexandria asking when we can we expect to see DJ Chark as a wide receiver. Miles called Chark a special athlete and said they have looked at him in several positions, including at cornerback (which was surprising). He concluded by saying we can look forward to seeing Chark not only on special teams, but on offense as well.
Shawn from Natchitoches asked how Brandon Harris’ confidence is holding up after last week’s rough performance. Miles said the receiving staff takes some responsibility for the drops, and that Harris has suffered no lack of confidence. He added that Harris has done everything they’ve asked of him and will only continue to get better.
Joe from Alabama asked what it’s like to play against Coach Spurrier. Miles said his family kind of enjoys Coach Spurrier and that it’s a great honor to lineup against a quality coach like him.
One of the last callers of the night was Brad from West Monroe who asked about wide receiver Trey Quinn and whether we should we expect to see a lot of him this week. Miles said Quinn is having a good year, is preparing well, and we can look forward to seeing him. He added that Quinn had a good practice yesterday and is a hard worker.
Miles concluded the show by advising the listening audience to postpone whatever plans they had for this Saturday and come out and support the teams in Tiger Stadium.
• We all know that LSU has the best fans in the country, but it’s always good to see others recognize it. Yesterday I was made aware of the fact that LSU has taken over the No. 1 spot for The Best College Football Fan Bases in the Country, according to the USA TODAY Sports College Football Fan Index.
• For all of you participating in our Louisiana High School Football Pickem contest, please note that the deadline for picking this week’s games is today at 5 p.m.