COLUMBIA — Right now, the Southeastern Louisiana football team is planning to fly to Columbia on Friday for its game Saturday against the Tigers at Memorial Stadium.
The school has canceled classes for the rest of the week after Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday. Isaac dumped more than six inches of rain on the town of Hammond, where the school is located. Hammond is east of Baton Rouge.
First-year Lions coach Ron Roberts said in a Southland Conference coaches teleconference Tuesday that the team will wait to see what Isaac, now a tropical storm, does. The Lions canceled practice Wednesday.
"We just want to make sure that they're safe," Roberts said. “I don’t think this is in the Coaching 101 manual. They don’t cover the 'What you do in case of a hurricane' bit. There’s always something there to test you, and you just have to deal with it and not let it be too much of a distraction.”
The Lions plan to practice Thursday at noon, said Matt Sullivan, assistant athletics director for media relations. He expects it to be windy, but calm enough for the team to hold practice. The National Weather Service predicts between one and two more inches of rain Thursday in Hammond.
"We think we are OK," Sullivan said Wednesday night confirming the team's Friday travel plans.
The New Orleans airport was closed Wednesday, and all flights have been canceled for Thursday. But Sullivan said if the team is unable to fly out of the New Orleans airport, they will look to fly from Jackson, Miss., or other nearby airports.
The storm is expected to move through Missouri over the weekend, with potential for heavy rainfall on Saturday according to the weather.com.