Let me get this out of the way first and foremost: it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that, even in the most primitive scheme of things, how a potentially devastating act of Mother Nature affects a football game or two doesn’t even remotely register on the Gulf Coast’s to-do list.
That said, this is a college football blog, so here goes…
With Tropical Storm Isaac — likely at least Category 2 Hurricane Isaac when it hits land Tuesday/Wednesday — following the same devastating path taken by Hurricane Katrina, the possibility of LSU’s season opener at home against North Texas in Baton Rouge being impacted has been a social media topic of discussion for the past couple of days. As it stands right now, and as inconsequential as it is, the Tigers are still planning on their opener going off as planned.
However, the storm and its ultimate impact on the area will dictate whether “going off as planned” remains a part of LSU’s weekend.
“We are continuously monitoring weather conditions and considering potential impacts as we prepare for this weekend’s football season opener in Tiger Stadium and other athletic events,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “At this time we are planning to hold the game at 6 p.m. on Saturday as scheduled. We will evaluate the impact of the storm and its aftermath as we learn more throughout the week.”
In other Isaac-related college football news, Tulane’s football team, slated to play Rutgers in the Superdome Sept. 1, left campus Monday and headed to Birmingham, Ala., to continue its preparations for the season opener. The school hopes its team will be able to return to campus later this week.