HAMMOND, La. — LSU coach Ed Orgeron takes being a dad seriously.
So seriously that he had not heard about SEC commissioner Greg Sankey’s comments about rescheduling Saturday’s canceled LSU-Florida game. Not until getting asked about it after watching his son, Parker, play for McNeese State at Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night.
Sankey did an in-game interview with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson during the Tennessee-Texas A&M game Saturday afternoon on CBS, stating that “the game needs to be played.”
There are many hoops to jump through to make that happen as neither Florida nor LSU have a mutual bye week the rest of the season. Thus, Orgeron was not necessarily expecting to hear the commissioner comment on the matter Saturday.
On Friday, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva publicly stated that the game was not going to happen.
Orgeron was so in the dark that his initial response to Sankey’s comments was “What did he say?”
After getting the recap, Orgeron replied: “Is that right? He said that today?”
He did not offer his own thoughts on how the matter should be handled, iterating that his job is to get the Tigers prepared for the games that actually are on the schedule. If another one should appear, he’ll prepare them for that one, too.
“My job is to coach the team,” Orgeron said. “The administration handles (the logistics).”