Due to floods caused by Hurricane Joaquin, the LSU-South Carolina game had to be moved from Columbia, South Carolina to Death Valley in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Saturday. In a way South Carolina couldn’t had a more perfect host, as 10 years ago the state of Louisiana was hit by Hurricane Katrina, knowing full well what the people of South Carolina are going through.
Those sentiments were echoed by Lauren Beasley, editor for The Last Words sports.
In a piece titled, ‘Open letter to LSU from a Gamecock‘ Beasley wrote, “As soon as it was announced that the game would be moved to Baton Rouge, where LSU would host South Carolina, I was immediately assured that we would be well taken care of. If anyone in the world of college football knows about southern hospitality in a time of storm-related crisis, it was the state of Louisiana.”
On her trip to Baton Rouge, Beasley noted the welcoming response she saw from everyone including the school, administrators and local residents among others.
“Louisiana State University will always have a special place in this little Gamecock heart of mine,” Beasley went on to write.
LSU displayed that famed southern hospitality playing the University of South Carolina fight songs and flying the South Carolina state flag over the stadium. Star running back Leonard Fournette even announced he would be auctioning off his jersey to benefit those affected by the flood immediately after the game.
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