LSU-BYU game to be moved from Houston, but location still unknown

BATON ROUGE, La. — It’s still game on for LSU and BYU, but right now the location remains anybody’s guess. The season-opening Advocare Texas Kickoff game between the Tigers and Cougars won’t be taking place at Houston’s NRG Stadium, but according to LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, as of Monday afternoon a new location has not been determined.

“Barring something crazy, I expect the game will be played,” Alleva said Monday afternoon. “We’ve been in constant communication with ESPN and the folks in Texas. I’m not prepared to tell you right now where the game is going to be. I hope by tomorrow we will have a site.”

That site is unlikely to be Tiger Stadium.

“It’s been offered up, but frankly I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Alleva said.

ESPN is ultimately in control of the game’s scheduling.

“They’ve been great,” Alleva said. “They’ve been in constant contact with myself and [BYU athletic director] Tom Holmoe.”

Reports surfaced Monday morning that stadiums in Nashville, Orlando, and Jacksonville had become options in addition to the Superdome in New Orleans. Alleva did not confirm or deny any possible sites outside of Tiger Stadium.

The game was scheduled to be played at Houston’s NRG Stadium. That plan began to change Sunday as floodwaters continued to rise throughout Houston, including the stadium’s direct vicinity.

Tropical weather has wreaked constant havoc on LSU’s schedule in recent years. The 2015 season opener against McNeese State was the first LSU game to be cancelled outright since World War I due to a lighting storm that lasted into the early-morning hours. Ironically, LSU made up for that lost home date when South Carolina had to move a game to Baton Rouge after floods ravaged Columbia, S.C. that October.

The theme continued last season when the Florida game was rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. That game was ultimately played at Tiger Stadium in place of a scheduled game against South Alabama. The ramifications are still playing out this season with the Tigers traveling to Florida for a fifth SEC road game.

Weather even interfered with the LSU spring game. Lightning strikes around Tiger Stadium forced the second half of the game to be played at LSU’s indoor practice facility.

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