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Orgeron on LSU's early kickoff: 'Put a little something' in your coffee

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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with running back Derrius Guice (5) following their 40-24 win over Mississippi in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with running back Derrius Guice (5) following their 40-24 win over Mississippi in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis))

By Chelsea Brasted

cbrasted@nola.com,

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Coach Orgeron knows what's up. 

The first LSU game I ever attended was a 10 a.m. kickoff -- the result of rearranged schedules in advance of Hurricane Gustav  -- and it was miserable. The student section was in full, late-August sun, and I remember pounding $8 water bottles like I was doing a keg stand and Sen. Mary Landrieu was holding the nozzle. The Tigers wrecked Appalachian State, and other, more enterprising students than me had begun drinking early and were already nursing hangovers by dinner. 

This weekend, LSU faces its earliest regular season kickoff at home since that game in 2008. The Tigers will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday (Nov. 11) at 11 a.m. (For all you statistics nerds out there, the next closest was in 2011 against Kentucky at 11:21 a.m.)

And let's be honest: Death Valley is not made for it. 

As Ed Orgeron mentioned Monday when talking about the early kickoff, the Tigers "need our fans," but getting LSU fans into the stadium before Dan Borne can have the joy of saying "It's Saturday night in Death Valley" is like turning the lights on in a Tigerland bar before the 2 a.m. last call. You never assumed the place would stand up under its yellow-tinged fluorescents, but it sure is harsh to come face-to-face with the reality. 

Screaming insults at 19-year-old opposing team-members (and their mothers), sneaking bourbon into the stadium in your socks and singing the racy version of Tiger Band songs just isn't the same under the full light of sun.

But good ol' Ed didn't stop there: "Get some coffee and put a little something in it." 

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Chelsea Brasted is a metro columnist covering the New Orleans area. Send story ideas, tips, complaints and fan mail to cbrasted@nola.com. You can also text or call 225.460.1350, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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