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Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer 9d

Orgeron: LSU locker room lacking A/C at Texas

College Football, LSU Tigers, Texas Longhorns

LSU's victory on the road against Texas on Saturday night came without the benefit of an air-conditioned visitors locker room, according to Tigers coach Ed Orgeron.

Orgeron said he was tipped off to the lack of air conditioning by Louisiana Tech, which played at Texas a week earlier, and brought fans as a supplement.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday about the 45-38 win, Orgeron said he had LSU bring air conditioners and fans in advance to make the room as comfortable as possible.

"I did talk to somebody on Louisiana's Tech staff, and they felt it was very hot. All I did was make sure we had air conditioners and blowers," the coach said. "We put air conditioners and blowers, I don't know about air conditioners but put blowers on the floor [of the locker room]. Saturday, it was fine, it was a little stuffy in there. Whether the air conditioner was on or not, I'm not sure."

Orgeron laughed when asked what LSU would do when Texas visits next year: "I'm sure we have a plan or two to make them as comfortable as they can possibly be."

Orgeron said Monday that the air conditioners and blowers helped.

"It wasn't great, but it was better. At least we had air in there," Orgeron said. "[Louisiana Tech] didn't have air. We had some blowers in there. I don't think that caused as much as going out there and having to play 93 plays on defense. I think that had a lot to do with it."

The temperature at kickoff was upward of 95 degrees, and several LSU players had to leave the game due to cramping and other injuries.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte issued a statement following Orgeron's comments, saying it was the "first we've heard of any issues in that area."

"We provide one of the best visitor setups available and are proud of the efforts we put forth in hosting our guests," the statement read. "Our facilities staff did not receive any complaints from either Louisiana Tech or LSU, and we've confirmed that our air conditioning in the visiting locker room is in good working order."

Orgeron said that although it was hot, the humidity "wasn't like Louisiana." Moving forward, he said the team will use more IVs at halftime as a preventative measure.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.

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