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.
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.