Alleva on Radio: 'On Tuesday afternoon, we'll probably roll out what we're going to do for our fans'

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Thousands of LSU fans were left wondering what's next after the season opener was canceled this weekend.

A four-hour weather delay that started early in the first quarter Saturday night spoiled the party in Death Valley.

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva was on ESPN 104.5's "The Morning Drive" on Monday and updated fans on the possibility of a refund.

"On Tuesday afternoon, we'll probably roll out what we're going to do for our fans," Alleva said. "We're going to be very fair and we understand there is a mechanism that's coming that will make them whole for this situation. So, that's what we're planning on doing."

On Saturday, officials from LSU and McNeese State waited and waited into the evening before finally deciding to call the game because playing after midnight would be a risky move from a player safety perspective.

LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette said they will draw inspiration from the University of Florida when dealing with refunds. Last year, the Gators were forced to cancel a game against the University of Idaho after a single play also because of a thunderstorm.

They refunded all tickets, including those part of student season-ticket packages and other group packages. Those purchased with a credit card were automatically refunded. Those who paid in cash or with a check received a refund check in the mail.

Many die-hard Tiger fans were frustrated by the decision to cancel the game – even if they may be reimbursed.

"I was disappointed they didn't make an attempt to play the game yesterday," said one caller on the Baton Rouge ESPN station's evening drive show, "After Further Review."

Many said they wanted to see the game made up on Sunday, in hopes that it would allow younger athletes to get adjusted to the spotlight.

"It's disappointing absolutely, but my bigger concern moving forward is playing at Mississippi State with Brandon Harris, whose only true start was at Auburn," said another caller.

Harris, a sophomore, was set to start as quarterback for  LSU's season opener and is expected to start again on Saturday.

LSU student Ramon Hardy and his father Ronald were both in Tiger Stadium Saturday and echoed the radio callers.

"I thought it was pivotal to play that game, it was sort a tune up game. Everyone is kind of working out the kinks," Ramon said.

"I would have preferred them play the game the next day because it was more about the players. I really wanted them to get some experience in game one," Ronald said.

On the radio, Alleva said all options were on the table Saturday night, but ultimately player welfare was the primary concern.

"We discussed moving it to the indoor facility, we discussed moving it to Sunday.We discussed everything you can imagine, but at the end of the day, none of them were feasible," Alleva said. "If we did play on Sunday, it would put us at a competitive disadvantage going into next week against Mississippi."

LSU will still fulfill the school's $500,000 financial obligations to McNeese State.

Both schools now head into week two without a game under their belt as they have to gear up for conference play.

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