LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger and his family evacuated their home over the weekend as it experienced flooding, and at least two LSU football players missed practice to be with their families, affected by a historic and destructive flood in the Baton Rouge area.
"Well, certainly it’s been everything but normal,” LSU coach Les Miles said, according to a story posted on the school's website Monday. “Any time that your community feels ill effects of a storm, it affects the team. I can just tell you that we are so thankful these last few days we’ve been able to see sunshine and it hasn’t been raining.
“We lost (from practice) two players who went home to service their families,” Miles continued. “To be honest with you, I was very mad at them because I didn’t know where they were at. I didn’t want one of my guys to be in jeopardy of his life and his family not even know."
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The families of video coordinator Doug Aucoin, director of equipment Greg Stringfellow and Ensminger were "water-threatened," the coach said. Ensminger evacuated his family after water began flowing into his home, and Aucoin's son's home flooded.
Aucoin, in his 19th year at LSU, spent much of Monday ripping up flooring and sheet rock from his son's home. Miles' two nieces and his brother were displaced, too, he said. LSU's field house is serving as a shelter, reminding Miles of the university's outreach when Huricane Katrina barreled through the state in 2005.
"It’s a different time. Unusual at best," the coach said. "This so reminds you of Katrina. It would be like LSU to take the lead in the community. Obviously, these facilities have the ability to serve, and the leadership here at this school understands that we are Louisiana and we will participate and you can count on us for whatever we can give you."
Despite the destructive flooding, the Tigers practiced over the weekend, conducting their first camp scrimmage Saturday. Their second round of two-a-days was scheduled for Monday. Another round is planned for Wednesday, and camp ends Thursday.
Miles is scheduled to address the media Tuesday.
"I pray that we don’t have rain," Miles said. "I pray that the major damage is done and that the surroundings and that healing take place. Again, it’s another great opportunity for Louisiana to demonstrate that it’s a special place to live."