By now, Louisiana State coach Les Miles knows as well as anyone that football isn't entirely weatherproof, even if it can be played in rain or snow.
The midweek relocation of No. 7 LSU's scheduled road game Saturday from South Carolina to Baton Rouge, La., is only the latest of a handful of weather-affected LSU games since Miles became the Tigers coach in 2005.
"We certainly understand the whims of weather," Miles said this week as he offered words of encouragement to those dealing with flooding in and around Columbia, S.C.
Miles' first three games with LSU were affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. In 2008, Hurricane Gustav caused a game to be moved up six hours; Gustav then damaged Tiger Stadium enough to postpone the following game until later that season.
This season, LSU's home opener against McNeese State was called off just minutes after it began because of persistent lightning.
Now the Tigers (4-0, 2-0 SEC) are getting a home game back, in a sense. Technically, the Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3) will be the home team.
It's hardly ideal for the Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3) to have a home game against the already-favored Tigers moved to Louisiana. But coach Steve Spurrier emphasized that the competitive concerns of his program were "on the back burner of what's best for our community."
"What's best for the victims of the flood is something we all have to take into very serious consideration," Spurrier said.
UCLA punter arrested
A walk-on punter for No. 20 UCLA was arrested for investigation of rape, police and school officials said.
Los Angeles police said Adam Searl's arrest came after an investigation lasting nearly a year. The 20-year-old was arrested on campus Thursday and booked on suspicion of three counts of rape.
Bruins coach Jim Mora said in a statement that Searl has been suspended indefinitely while the legal process plays out.