LSU was closed on Monday after a weekend filled with flooding in Baton Rouge and other areas across the state, but the team still practiced on Monday after its scrimmage was cancelled on Saturday and Media Day and Fan Day was nixed on Sunday.
The Tigers practiced through helicopters navigating through the sky nearby and the surrounding areas continuing to deal with the aftermath of the flooding. That struck a chord with LSU head coach Les Miles, who told LSUsports.net’s Emily Dixon that the situation reminded him of what occurred in New Orleans 11 years earlier.
“This so reminds you of Katrina,” Miles said. “It would be like LSU to take the lead in the community. Obviously, these facilities have the ability to serve, and the leadership here at this school understands that we are Louisiana and we will participate and you can count on us for whatever we can give you. It is nice that there is a shelter here on campus, and I would bet a number of my staff would volunteer there.”
Miles noted that two current LSU players returned home to help their families deal with the effects of the flooding. The same goes for members of the staff, including video director Doug Aucoin, director of equipment Greg Stringfellow and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger, who had water seep into his house and was forced to help his family move elsewhere.
Miles’ brother and his two nieces were also displaced by flooding, but they informed the coach they were OK. Such comes with the territory of living in Louisiana.
“That really is specific to Louisiana,” Miles said. “I looked at the news where a woman was rescued from her car that was swept into the water, and the person on the rescue boat went in the water after her. I guess that opportunity is prevalent in other places – somebody needs help, they help. But it’s certainly demonstrated routinely here in Louisiana.”
LSU practiced earlier on Monday and will do later in the afternoon. The schedule will resume with a Tuesday morning session and a final two-a-day for Wednesday.
Fall camp will break on Thursday and pick up with a Friday morning practice. LSU will hold a practice in Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon, which will be closed to the media. That is, of course, assuming no more weather-related issues pop up in the area.
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