Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

Perhaps no FBS fanbase knows what it feels like to battle Mother Nature more so than LSU fans. Right next to the Gulf of Mexico, they are, unfortunately, one of the prime destinations for hurricanes and tropical storms. They were even forced to cancel their season opener vs. McNeese State due to lightning. So when the state of South Carolina was hit with heavy flooding this week, LSU, and Baton Rouge extended their arms and welcomed the Gamecocks family into their home.

The scheduled LSU @ USC football game was moved from South Carolina to Baton Rouge earlier this week and will be played at Tiger Stadium. But that’s not all LSU is doing to accommodate the Gamecocks as they are also providing air travel to the football team and staff from Columbia to Baton Rouge. LSU will also donate all proceeds from tickets, minus incurred expenses, to USC and the American Red Cross will be collecting donations at gates around the stadium. These donations will then be given to victims of the floods.

Furthermore, with the USC band unable to travel to the game; the LSU band decided to pay homage to the university and the victims of the flood. The LSU band learned the USC alma mater and fight song and will play it during the game. The accommodations even extend beyond the football programs as restaurants in the Baton Rouge area are offering discounts to fans travelling from South Carolina. On your way to one of those restaurants, you also may encounter a billboard or two such as this one:

Southern hospitality at its finest!

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at ross.kelly@cbs.com.

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