Orgeron: LSU to start modified camp next week


LSU head coach Ed Orgeron joined WWL Sports Talk following announcements that the Big Ten and Pac 12 were cancelling their 2020 seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those leagues have floated the idea of playing this season in the Spring. Orgeron told WWL's Bobby Hebert and Steve Geller that his team remains flexible in case there are more changes to the schedule, but are still planning to and looking forward to playing on Sept. 26.

“I know this...that the players want to play, the coaches want to play, and the medical people…what we’re hearing is they’re saying its safe to play.  So let’s play,” Orgeron said, “You know, there's more problems, Bobby, of not playing than playing. There’s a lot of things that come into play."

He mentioned eligibility concerns as well as players getting the oppurtunity to improve their NFL resumes. Orgeron highlighted Joe Burrow’s 2019 season as an example of the impact a single season could have on a player.

 “He was going to be a 6th-round pick, you know,” Orgeron said. “He plays, he’s the first player picked, Heisman Trophy winner, a national champion… are we going to not afford them the opportunity to go out and compete like they've worked all their lives for and take away their dream?

“I don't want to do that, but no, obviously the medical people make that decision.”

Oregon said LSU is trying to make sure its players remain safe while preparing to play including testing multiple times per week.  He said his team currently only has two positive cases. He also said the team has discussed potentially having players take only online classes to help limit their potential exposure to the virus this semester, although there hasn’t been a final decision.

The Tigers are currently preparing to move to the next phase of their preparation for their opener.

“Camp is going to start Monday,” he said. “We are going to have helmets and we can go full speed finally, but we are only allowed 20 hours per week. It will be like cutting camp time in half. But that’s okay. If that’s the time that they give us, we are going to make the best of it.”