LSU may be playing a “road” game at Tiger Stadium, but the university is doing its best to give the South Carolina Gamecocks a hometown atmosphere for Saturday’s contest.
According to WAFB’s Jacques Doucet, the LSU marching band will learn South Carolina’s fight song and alma mater, and will play both during the pre-game festivities. Roy M. King, LSU’s athletic band director, confirmed the news on Wednesday.
South Carolina was forced to move the game from Columbia, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La. because of the devastating flooding that took place in Columbia and across the state this week. The South Carolina pep band announced it will be unable to travel to Louisiana for the game.
LSU coach Les Miles offered his support to the university and the state on Wednesday.
“We want to support South Carolina in anything they want to do,” Miles said during the SEC teleconference. “We have been through weather issues here.”
Miles was forced to travel to Tempe, Ariz., 10 years ago for a game against Arizona State after Hurricane Katrina demolished much of Louisiana. The No. 5 Tigers won that game, 35-31, thanks to a touchdown in the waning minutes.
— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) October 7, 2015
UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to time and travel challenges involved, a pep band will not go to LSU.
— USC Bands (@TheCarolinaBand) October 7, 2015