Ed Orgeron: LSU's Locker Room at Texas Didn't Have Air Conditioning

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2019

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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LSU football not only had to battle a tough team on the road Saturday, but it also had to survive a hot locker room without air conditioning.

Head coach Ed Orgeron explained the situation Monday following his team's impressive 45-38 win over Texas.

"First of all, I called Louisiana Tech, and they told us about it," Orgeron told reporters, via The Advocate. "So we did some things in the dressing room that were better. It wasn't great, but it was better. At least we had air in there. They didn't have air. We had some blowers in there."

Texas Athletic Director Chris El Conte released a statement responding to Orgeron:

"The comment today about lack of air conditioning in our visiting locker room is the first we've heard of any issues in that area. We provide one of the best visitor setups available and are proud of the efforts we put forth in hosting our guests. Our facilities staff did not receive any complaints from either Louisiana Tech or LSU, and we've confirmed that our air conditioning in the visiting locker room is in good working order."

Numerous LSU players dealt with cramps and other injuries during the game, which had a game-time temperature of 98 degrees, but Orgeron didn't blame the locker room. He instead suggested that players could use more IVs at halftime in the future.

Texas earned a 45-14 win in Week 1 over Louisiana Tech, a squad that was apparently unprepared for the lack of air conditioning. The Longhorns have two more home games in September against Rice and Oklahoma State, programs that should now take precautions for the road trip to Austin.

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