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Orgeron: Most LSU players have had, recovered from COVID-19

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Most of LSU’s football players have contracted and recovered from COVID-19, coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday, leaving the coaching staff hopeful those players will remain eligible to play the bulk of the season before they have to be tested again.

Orgeron made those comments while discussing how he would plan for the possibility of seemingly healthy starters or regulars suddenly being deemed ineligible to suit up for the defending national champions because of a positive COVID-19 test.

The coach explained that because players who have recovered from COVID-19 do not have to be tested again for 90 days under Southeastern Conference protocols, he figures he won’t likely have to worry about those who’ve come back from the virus suddenly being ruled out again because of it.

“I think, not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron said during a video conference, adding later that he did not know the percentage of the roster that had tested positive.

“I think, hopefully, that once you catch it, you don’t get it again,” Orgeron added. “I’m not a doctor. I think they have that 90-day window, so most of the players that have caught it, we do feel like they’ll be eligible for games.

“So we look at the players that have caught it and say, `OK these guys should be eligible,”‘ Orgeron continued. “We look at the players who haven’t caught it; we talk to them about being very, very careful so they’re eligible for games. But we know that the players that haven’t caught it, we have to have some backups in their position ready in case they catch it. So we’re looking at our roster in that manner.”

Orgeron did not go into detail about whether any LSU players who tested positive have experienced symptoms. While COVID-19, which has killed more than 190,000 Americans, is more deadly among older people and people with preexisting conditions, it has caused lingering health problems in some younger, healthy people – including athletes.

The novel coronavirus can affect multiple organs, including the heart. Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who’s 27, is sitting out the entire season while recovering from a heart issue related to the virus.

The SEC’s policy of not requiring testing of recovered players for 90 days is based on medical findings that antibodies developed in fighting off COVID-19 provide at least short-term immunity from contracting it again.

No. 6 LSU hosts Mississippi State on Sept. 26 to open a 10-game, league-only SEC schedule. The SEC canceled all nonconference games because of the pandemic.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced in August they would not play football this fall, partly out of concern for player safety. The Big Ten, however, has been discussing the possibility of allowing its football season to start as early as next month.

LSU officials have declined to make public precise counts or even percentages of players who have tested positive for antibodies or the disease itself. The virus has been spreading at alarming rates on college campuses since students began returning for the fall semester, with some schools scrapping in-person instruction as a result.

Orgeron’s comments Tuesday were narrowly focused on how the virus would affect his ability to field a team rather than the larger implications of a widespread outbreak among his players.

“I told the team, `We need everybody.’ There’s no telling what’s going to happen with the COVID,” Orgeron said. “I think we’ve got a good handle of it, but once a kid gets it, the next man’s got to go up.”

Orgeron said the training staff tells him who has tested positive and who has to quarantine for how long, “and we got to make adjustments.”

Orgeron recounted that about two weeks ago, all but a few offensive linemen were out because of COVID-19 testing or contact tracing, preventing the Tigers from running 11-on-11 drills for a few days.

“We adjusted very well,” Orgeron said.

LSU decides to allow fans at Tiger Stadium

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LSU decided to allow fans to occupy up to 25% of 102,000-seat Tiger Stadium for its home football opener against Mississippi State on Sept. 26.

LSU also said in its announcement on Wednesday that it would ban tailgate parties on its Baton Rouge campus and that all available tickets would go to either season ticket holders or students.

Tailgate parties across campus are a central part of the game-day experience at LSU. Now such gatherings will be forbidden unless they occur within the footprint of a limited number of permitted motor homes and are restricted to members of the traveling party in each recreational vehicle.

Other changes include expanding the perimeter around Tiger Stadium to allow for social distancing among fans entering the venue and a requirement that fans wear masks. Motorist access to campus on game day also will be restricted to those with parking passes.

2019 All-American Bowl FAQs

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All-American Bowl Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is the All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance?

A: The All-American Bowl is the premier high school All-American game played annually in San Antonio, TX, showcasing 100 of the nation’s top high school senior football players.

 

Q: Who is playing in this game?

A: The nation’s premier high school football players. All players move on to major Division I football programs, and then some to the NFL.

 

Q: What dividing line do you use to organize the East and West teams?

A: The Mississippi River is the rough dividing line, pending position needs.

 

Q: Where is the game played?

A:  The game is played annually in San Antonio, TX, at the Alamodome. The game has been played in San Antonio since 2002 and the Alamodome since 2003. The first game, the 2001 game, was played in Dallas, TX.

 

Q: Is this game similar to the McDonald’s All-American Basketball game?

A: Yes, in that both of these games showcase the very best in high school athletes for their respective sports.

                                                                                                               

Q: When is the game?

A: The game is Saturday, January 5th, 2019.

 

Q: Is the game on TV?

A: The game is broadcast live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. Central Time.

 

Q: Who is All American Games?

A: All American Games helps the next generation succeed through America’s finest training and showcase events. Established in 2000, America’s premier youth and prep sports marketing company owns and produces the All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance, Football University (FBU), and the FBU National Championship. We foster a culture of evolution and teamwork, blazing trails and producing opportunity. We create experiences for student-athletes to develop, reach their potentials and realize their successes.

 

Q: Who picks the All-American athletes?

A: All American Games and 247Sports make up the game’s official Selection Committee.

 

Q: Why San Antonio?

A: One of the main attractions of San Antonio is the Alamodome, which is a climate-controlled, covered dome that does not have an NFL team.

 

Q: How many years has this game been played?

A: The 2019 game will be the 19th consecutive game.

 

Q: Where can I get more information on the game?

A: More information on the Bowl and its related activities can be found by logging onto allamericangames.com, or by connecting with the Bowl through its multiple social media accounts.

 

Q: What are the NBC college announcements?

A:  Each year, All-American athletes announce what college they will be attending via a live announcement ceremony during the game’s broadcast. College announcements always add extra excitement to the game. During the course of the game the players select their college live on NBC, with no one from the general public having any previous knowledge of their intentions. In the past high school stars like Reggie Bush, Patrick Peterson, Odell Beckham Jr. and Adrian Peterson have announced their college decision on live television during All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance.

 

Q: Are there any other events associated with the All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance?

A: Yes, they are:

  • The 2019 National Combine at the All-American Bowl, January 4th (the top 600 underclassmen football players from across the country)

 

Q: How do I nominate underclassmen for the National Combine?

 

A: Nominations from football coaches for outstanding juniors and sophomores are accepted year-round. Nominating a player for the combine does not mean he is automatically registered. The game’s selection partners will narrow the list to 600 underclassmen. As a participant in the combine it also does not guarantee a spot in the next year’s Bowl game.

 

Q: Who provides the resources for the players to play the game (i.e. travel, uniforms, etc.)

A: Pursuant to the NCAA, All American Games provides all necessary and reasonable expenses for each athlete to play in the game. Those expenses include round trip airfare, lodging, meals and essential needs.

 

Q: Where are tickets available?

A: Tickets are available through the Alamodome Box Office or through ticketmaster.com, (210) 207-3663, or toll free (800) 884-3663.

 

Q: What is the host hotel for the game?

A: The host hotel is the:

Grand Hyatt

1148 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-1234