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Friday, June 5, 2020

Ed Orgeron, LSU doctor share message about social distancing

Ed Orgeron

There has been a lot of talk about the college football season potentially being delayed or canceled altogether, and the defending national champions want everyone to know that decision rests in our hands.

In a video posted on the Tigers’ official Twitter account, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron asked team doctor Brent Bankston if he believes the 2020 season will start on time. Bankston said that depends upon how seriously everyone takes the social distancing guidelines put in place by the CDC and the White House.

While death numbers have increased rapidly in recent days, there has been some positive news with the coronavirus outbreak. New cases and hospitalizations in New York — which has been the epicenter of the disease in the United States — appear to be flattening. Italy and Spain, which have been hit extremely hard by COVID-19, are also trending in the right direction and appear to have gotten through the worst of their respective curves.

Some governors have been using the threat of a delayed or canceled college football season as a way to urge people to follow social distancing guidelines, and LSU is taking the same approach. While one prominent analyst seems to think there will not be a college football season, it is far too early to make that call.

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