LSU coach Ed Orgeron -- 'Most' of team has contracted coronavirus

Ross Houston
September 17, 2020

It's not clear exactly how many players on the roster have had COVID-19, as most SEC schools have avoided reporting those numbers publicly.

When asked about whether the players contracted the virus before or after they returned to campus, Orgeron said, "it's been a process", adding later that most of the cases on the team came after players attended bars in the local, student-focused nightlife area called Tigerland.

"I'm not a doctor". "So hopefully they won't catch it again, and hopefully they're not out for games". "So, I think hopefully they don't catch it again and hopefully they're not out for games". "So we're looking at our roster in that manner". 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.

LSU opens their season with the rest of their conference on Saturday facing off against Mississippi State. The other two, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, have postponed their seasons.

Two weeks ago, Orgeron said all but 2-3 offensive lineman missed practice because of testing.

The university began to report aggregate positive coronavirus on August 15, when students began returning to campus.

"That's why I told the team we need everybody - there's no telling what's gonna happen with the COVID". "I think we've got a good handle of it, but once a kid gets it, the next man's got to go up".

"You have to make adjustments", he said.

"We couldn't go any team, [but] we adjusted very well".

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