BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU has postponed its football game against Troy after Hurricane Gustav rolled through Louisiana this week.The university made the decision on Wednesday after having a full day to get a handle on damage to Tiger Stadium and around the community, much of which is expected to be without power into next week.
"The welfare of the people of Baton Rouge, the uncertain power issues facing all of us and the condition of Tiger Stadium were all factors in making this decision," LSU director of athletics Joe Alleva said. "We are fortunate that both schools had a common open date later in the year. I am appreciative of the cooperation of the good people at Troy for their understanding of this situation."
The seventh-ranked Tigers’ game versus the Trojans will be played Nov. 15. Classes are canceled through the end of the week, with only part of campus on generator power.
Tropical Storm Hanna is also causing schedule changes this weekend. The Colgate-Coastal Carolina football game has been moved from Saturday night to Sunday at 1 p.m. in Conway, S.C.
Richt spends day watching son
Mark Richt’s day wasn’t over when he completed his postgame obligations after Georgia’s opening win over Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Richt the coach could rest. Richt the proud dad had other plans.
Richt made the 90-minute drive from Athens to Atlanta to watch his son, Jonathan, in uniform for the first time for Clemson as the Tigers opened their season in a loss to Alabama in the Georgia Dome.
He gets VIP treatment at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. At the Georgia Dome, he was just another dad.
"I was up in end zone area kind of high," Richt said. "I really watched more of it on TV. I just couldn’t see quite as good detail as I was hoping. To try to spot Jon on sideline with binoculars was not easy."
Richt said his son, a quarterback, expects to be redshirted.
"It was great to be there and hear his reaction on how it was to be dressed out for his first collegiate game," Richt said.
Richt offered no opinion on Alabama, which visits Georgia (1-0) on Sept. 27.
"No, I didn’t even notice the other team," Richt said before adding "No, they were very impressive, but that’s for another day."
Harvin set to return to Florida
Receiver Percy Harvin, Florida’s most dynamic player, is getting closer to returning.
Harvin, who missed most of preseason practice because of a nagging heel injury, practiced for the third consecutive day Wednesday and said he will be ready to go when the fifth-ranked Gators (1-0) host rival Miami (1-0) on Saturday night.
"It’s going real good, but it’s not definite whether I’m playing or not," Harvin said. "But if it keeps progressing, I definitely will play. I feel like I’m going to play."
Harvin underwent heel surgery in April — doctors shaved off a part of the bone — and had not been able to go full speed in practice until Monday.
He said he’s had no setbacks in his rehab and that he is right on the schedule the doctors and trainers established for his return.
"I’m feeling pretty fast right now, said Harvin, who’s up to 202 pounds. "Looking on tape, I’m looking pretty good. I feel real strong. That’s one of the reasons I feel faster. I’m running with power instead of just running."
Harvin had 764 yards rushing and six touchdowns last season and 858 yards receiving and four scores. He ran for 165 yards in his last game, a 41-35 loss to Michigan in the Capital One Bowl. And he can’t wait to get back on the field.
"I was itching to pad up (for the opener), but coach was like, ‘No,"’ he said.
KENTUCKY: Huffing and puffing 72 yards can take a lot of out a man. On Sunday, it took about six pounds off Kentucky defensive lineman Myron Pryor.
Pryor clinched Kentucky’s 27-2 win over archrival Louisville last week by scooping up a fumble and chugging to the end zone. His celebration was muted, maybe because he couldn’t breathe. Moments after the biggest play of his career, Pryor deposited most of his pregame meal onto the Cardinal Stadium turf.
Pryor’s efforts were rewarded Tuesday with the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week award — the first time since 1992 a Kentucky lineman had achieved that distinction.
As for the run, played on television repeatedly Sunday night and all day Monday, Pryor said he got plenty of congratulations along with a few stylistic tips. Eventually, he took his phone off the hook.
"I was trying to run as fast as I could, and afterward my legs were burned out," he said. "To do that and be in the spotlight on TV makes me proud. Afterward, people kept telling me to kick my knees up to go faster."
Cornerback David Jones joked that he didn’t realize just how slow Pryor’s run was until he saw the replay on TV.
"I thought they had it in slow motion," Jones said. "He did a good job."