BATON ROUGE - LSU fans will not be able to tell the suspended players without a scorecard this season.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron will be using a "no tell" policy on a player or players he may suspend for a game or games for disciplinary or academic reasons this season, he explained on the Southeastern Conference teleconference Wednesday amid rumblings around the program that several players may be suspended for the season opener Saturday against Brigham Young.
"We're going to have in-house discipline," Orgeron said when asked, in general, how he will handle information on suspended players. "Those things will be decided towards the end of the week. I will not announce before the game any in-house discipline. That's going to happen on a weekly basis."
Asked if he will make an announcement concerning the suspension of any player or players on the day of a game, Orgeron said, "I will not. Will not. Everything will be handled in-house."
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette reiterated later Wednesday there would be no announcement concerning any possible suspended players this week through the beginning of the game Saturday night.
According to various sources, there are six LSU players who have been or are being considered for suspension for the BYU game. Three are reserve players not in the two-deep list on the depth chart, while another is considered either second team or first team in a close battle on defense and two others are defensive starters, but at deep positions.
The No. 13 Tigers host BYU (1-0) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on ESPN in the Advocare Texas Kickoff, which on Tuesday was moved from its original site at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Saturday night because of Hurricane Harvey's impact.
Former LSU coach Les Miles had a similar policy concerning players missing games. Usually, he would not reveal the players who would not play nor respond about players not dressed out for a game because of an injury, academics or discipline until reporters noticed the player or players not on the field or in uniform at a game and then asked afterwards.
LSU star tailback Derrius Guice, meanwhile, is expected to play despite a sore mouth from a wisdom teeth procedure last week.
"My mouth is still a little swollen, but I'm always 100 percent," he said during media interviews on Monday. He practiced on Monday and Tuesday after missing practice last week.
Guice, probably the best interview on the team, does seem to be talking 100 percent of the time, but according to Orgeron, his complete bite is not back yet.
"We have not made a final decision yet, but it looks like he's going to play," Orgeron said on the SEC teleconference. "I don't believe he's 100 percent right now. We will see towards the end of the week, but I do expect him to play."
Orgeron said he thought starting right tackle Toby Weathersby's family was fine in Hurricane Harvey-torn Houston. Weathersby was very concerned about their safety in an interview Monday.
LSU's game with BYU was moved from NRG Stadium in Houston on Tuesday to the Superdome because of Harvey's impact.
"He's doing fine," Orgeron said. "I have not got an update, but I think they're OK. The last time I talked to his mother (Nakia Stokes), she was fine. But she was going to get her mother (Jackie Stokes) out of harm's way. I have not spoken to here since (early in the week), but I think everybody's fine as far as I know. I will say this to you. The guys have done a great job of focusing, but you can see the pain on their face. And we feel for them. We're counseling them. We're doing the things that we need to do."
LSU has four players from Houston proper - true freshman outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, true freshman safety Grant Delpit, redshirt freshman defensive back Eric Monroe and Weathersby in addition to several others from the Houston area.
"These are strong men, and I know they want to play well for their parents and families in Houston on Saturday night," Orgeron said. "We send our thoughts and prayers out to the wonderful people in Houston and South Texas and everyone affected by the hurricane.
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