Last October, LSU was scheduled to play at the South Carolina Gamecocks stadium, but widespread flooding forced a cancellation. So LSU hosted the game instead and then donated all the net proceeds to South Carolina flood victims. LSU running back Leonard Fournette even auctioned off his autographed game jersey for the cause.
“What they are going through reminds me of what we went through, my people in New Orleans, Louisiana, went through 10 years ago with Hurricane Katrina,” Fournette said. “We played a game today, but the people in South Carolina right now are in need.” Fournette also said he sent his prayers and condolences.
So this year the Gamecocks are stepping up and returning the favor as Louisiana deals with flooding in Baton Rouge. The university has set up several spots to collect donated items that will be sent for flood relief. Organizers are asking for diapers, baby formula, canned food, packaged crackers, socks, underwear, towels and blankets.
South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said, “I would like to encourage everyone to donate to help our friends in the Baton Rouge area that need our assistance.” And South Carolina president Harris Pastides added, “LSU was so gracious to assist us in our time of need. Now it is our turn to help our SEC friends. I encourage all Gamecocks to drop off items needed for the Baton Rouge flood relief.”
South Carolina and LSU have a history going back to 1930. Their overall win-loss record is in LSU’s favor, at 17-2-1 www.tigerdroppings.com. But the Gamecocks bear no ill will. When their in-division rivals need them, both schools are ready to wade in and help.