LSU Coach Ed Orgeron: "We're Fighting To Play On September 26"

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron says his Tigers are doing everything they can to prepare to defend their national championship this season.

Orgeron also realizes the decision to play football this season is out of his hands, but he left no doubt where he and his players stand on the matter. 

"Our guys are here. They are working hard. Guys are motivated to win championships here, graduate, (and) go to the NFL, Orgeron said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. "That's what our guys want to do. We have never blinked. We have a saying, 'block out the noise.' I told our team, 'as soon as I hear something that's different than our plan, I'll tell you. But right now, our plan is to play on September 26."

The status of the ACC, Big 12 and SEC football seasons remains up in the air, at this point. The Big Ten postponed their season to the spring on Tuesday, and the Pac 12 is expected to vote on whether or not they'll play football in the fall later Tuesday. 

Of the four conferences still in limbo, the SEC has been the most vocal about believing their players will be safe to play during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Greg Sankey said on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday morning that their medical professionals had given the conference the green light to continue with their seasons.

"Our medical advisory group has said, ‘Yes, we can continue to go forward.’ Should that advice change, that would certainly be a stopping point," he said, via CBS Sports. 

Sankey's comments lined up with Coach Orgeron's on LSU's plan moving forward.

"From what I'm hearing, and I talked to our commissioner Sankey, we're fighting to play (on) September 26. We're going to listen to our medical people. And I do believe that our presidents and the SEC commissioner are going to make the best decision for our players and our conference when it's time."