LSU has done a wonderful job of accommodating South Carolina after Saturday’s game was moved from Columbia, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La., because of the flooding that took place in South Carolina last week. However, the NCAA wasn’t quite as accommodating when it came to LSU’s roster limitations.
According to ESPN’s Quint Kessenich, LSU will be allowed to dress only 70 players for Saturday’s “road” game against the Gamecocks. Kessenich said the players who will not be on the sideline during the game will have to buy their own tickets and sit in the student section or with their families. Kessenich said the roster restriction annoyed LSU coach Les Miles and added that Miles is trying to use this as motivation for the players who will dress.
“I think that irked him a little bit,” Kessenich told SEC Nation’s Joe Tessitore. “Their roster is about 110 strong. Guys who practice, guys who put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes and they can’t be rewarded by being on the sideline today. That irked coach Miles and I think he’ll use that as motivation – play for your teammates who should be down on the sideline with you today.”
The players who will have to buy tickets might make the stadium look a bit more full. According to ESPN’s Peter Burns, LSU has sold about 41,000 seats for the game. Tiger Stadium holds over 102,000 people at capacity. Death Valley’s crowd could resemble a spring game on Saturday.
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 10, 2015