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LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire breaks away from Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: CFP204

If you’re trying to make plans based on what times LSU’s early season football games are supposed to kick off, you’re going to wait a bit longer.

The networks that televise college football announced Tuesday they have reached an agreement to push back the announcement of college football early season games that will be shown.

The statement was released by CBS, ESPN, Fox and their affiliated networks, including the SEC Network which is run by ESPN, on behalf of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences.

The networks say announcement on their games will come at a later, unspecified date. Traditionally the deadline for such games to be announced is June 1. In the Southeastern Conference, some early season kickoff times and networks are typically announced during the SEC Spring Meeting, which was scheduled for this week but was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Collectively, the conferences and television networks have agreed to an extension for determining college football’s early season game times beyond the standard June 1 deadline,” the statement reads. “These kickoff times and network designations will be announced at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.”

A source with knowledge of the decision said this should not be construed as an indication of whether or not the college football season will begin as scheduled. The main issue prompting the announcement is the fact the sports calendar is in flux, with the anticipated return of major sports such as the NBA and Major League Baseball, when that may occur and how that may impact TV scheduling.

LSU, along with other SEC schools, is allowed to bring student-athletes back to campus June 8 and is scheduled to begin its season Sept. 5 in Tiger Stadium against Texas San Antonio. The only kickoff time set for the reigning national champions so far is at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston against Rice.


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