LSU coach Les Miles and star running back Leonard Fournette both know what the people of South Carolina are going through. Natural disasters know no state lines; don’t care about mascots, marching bands or even football.
Miles was entering his first season as LSU’s head coach when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Fournette was just 10 years old when his life was turned upside down by the storm. Between Miles, Fournette, LSU and the people of Louisiana, there’s an example for Gamecocks Nation on how to balance strife and SEC football.
Miles was forced to take his team to Tempe, Ariz. to play Arizona State for his first game as LSU’s head coach, while Fournette and his family picked up the pieces and left their native New Orleans temporarily. Miles led the Tigers to a 35-31 win over the Sun Devils, while Fournette eventually came back to Louisiana and became a high school star running back.
Fournette offered his support to the people of South Carolina via Twitter on Wednesday night.
Prayers going out to South Carolina it reminds me something similar that happen to us…… keep faith
— 7⃣ (@_fournette) October 8, 2015
Miles said the situation the Gamecocks are dealing with is unfortunate and said it is somewhat similar to what he faced in 2005.
“How unfortunate it is for South Carolina to have a massive flooding issue,” Miles said during his radio show, according to The Advocate’s Marcus Rodrigue. “They’re going through what we went through with Katrina, in a way.”
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and Gamecocks was relocated to Tiger Stadium due to the extreme flooding that has taken its toll in Columbia and across the state. Kickoff is set for 3:30 E.T. on Saturday.
Miles: "How unfortunate it is for SC to have a massive flooding issue. They're going through what we went through w/Katrina, in a way" #LSU
— Marcus Rodrigue (@RodrigueAdv) October 8, 2015
Les on making USC feel at home: "I think it is exactly the thing to do… It's the right thing to do." #LSU
— James Moran (@SmartestMoran) October 7, 2015