LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the country “needs football” during a visit by Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday in Baton Rouge.
Orgeron spoke during a roundtable discussion at Tiger Stadium on reopening Louisiana schools in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We need to play. This state needs it. This country needs it,” Ed Orgeron said as Pence applauded.
Louisiana’s confirmed coronavirus caseload is among the fastest growing per capita across the country, and its infection and hospitalization rates are surging, worrying public health experts in a state that previously seemed to be successfully flattening the curve of infections.
“I don’t think we can take this away from our players, take this away from our state and our country,” Orgeron said. “We need football. Football is the lifeblood of our country.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Saturday that his concern for the football season is “high to very high” and acknowledged that “we are running out of time to correct and get things right” during an interview on Marty & McGee on ESPN Radio. Sankey said a decision on playing this fall will be made in late July.