BATON ROUGE, La. -- On Wednesday, LSU interim football coach Ed Orgeron spoke on the Southeastern Conference teleconference about an empty feeling he experienced Saturday as the Tigers' game at Florida was postponed partly because of Hurricane Matthew.
"I called Pete Jenkins (LSU defensive line coach) and Jack Marucci (LSU trainer), and I just wanted to know if they had that empty feeling in their stomach like I did," he said. "And they did. And I'm sure our team felt that way."
On Monday at his press luncheon, Orgeron said, "There was an empty feeling in all our bellies."
Well, Orgeron should have invited them all over to his house in Mandeville on Saturday.
"Saturday morning, I had a TV show. I came here (to LSU's offices) at 11 o'clock," Orgeron explained. "And then I went home, and we had boudin balls, ribs, dirty rice, shrimp. We ate, and then we went down to Southeastern to see my boy play."
Orgeron's son Parker is a wide receiver for McNeese State, which lost 31-24 at Southeastern Louisiana. Orgeron caught five passes for 67 yards. Parker's twin brother Cody is a backup quarterback at McNeese.
"We had a great time - me and my family," Orgeron said. "Just had a good family day."
And it sounded filling.
"It was a gift to be able to see my son play," Orgeron said. "It was the first time I've seen him in a college football uniform. He had a good game. We just enjoyed watching the team play."
FOURNETTE UPDATE: LSU star tailback Leonard Fournette is expected to miss his second straight game with an ankle injury and his third one this season overall as he also did not play against Jacksonville State in week two.
"I don't think he's going to play," Orgeron said on the SEC teleconference. "Hasn't practiced, and I would not expect him to be ready this Saturday."
No. 25 LSU (3-2, 2-1 SEC) hosts Southern Mississippi (4-2, 2-1 Conference USA) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the SEC Network.
Orgeron was asked if he is keeping Fournette out because Southern Mississippi is a non-conference foe and a 26-point underdog.
"No, he's not ready," Orgeron said. "He's not ready. It's just taking a little bit longer than we thought. I'm sure if he was ready, he'd be playing. But he is not able to even practice right now, so it's just taking a little bit longer than we thought. We're just taking it day-by-day, see how he progresses."
LSU returns to SEC play on October 22 against No. 13 Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1) at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
LSU tailback Derrius Guice is No. 10 in the SEC in rushing with 402 yards on 46 carries in five games. Fournette has gained 386 yards on 67 carries in three games.
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