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Tigers Welcome USC to their Den



After the Federal Flood, LSU had to cancel their opener against North Texas and move their Week Two home game against Arizona State University to Tempe. The Tigers did not forgot the experience. After flooding ravaged South Carolina, USC announced that the Gamecocks will have to play a “home game” in Baton Rouge on Saturday (10.10). LSU responded by rolling out the purple carpet.

 

The Tigers lent their United Airlines charter jet to USC for the commute. When the ‘cocks arrived in Louisiana, they a traditional Carolina lunch of barbecue awaited. The Gamecock Equipment Twitter account posted thanks online, noting, “This is what the #SEC is about!!”

The City of Baton Rouge announced that eight digital billboards will be reprogrammed to read “Geaux GAMECOCKS!” When USC fans finally arrive on campus, they will be treated to a free tailgate at the LSU Parade Grounds.

 

Representatives from both schools’ student governments will take the field for a ceremony before the game. The keys to Tiger Stadium will be formally presented to the Carolinans.

 

Then, the Gamecocks will run out of the tunnel first as befitting the home team. The USC Pep Band couldn’t make the trip, but their will still be a soundtrack. The Golden Band from Tigerland spent the last few days learning USC’s fight song and alma mater.

 

For lagniappe, “Sandstorm” will be played over the PA. (For the unfamiliar, the song Finnish DJ Darude is an unofficial anthem for the Gamecocks. It’s sort of like their equivalent of the Saints’ “Get Crunk”).

 

Of course, the hospitality comes after a horrific incident. So, amidst the hoopla, the entire stadium will pause for a moment of silence prior to kickoff.

 

Sophomore sensation Leonard Fournette’s days spent stranded on the Claiborne Overpass after the levee breach are well documented. The Heisman hopeful weighed in today, tweeting, “Prayers going out to South Carolina it reminds me something similar that happen to us...... keep faith.”

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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