As evacuees poured into Baton Rouge, making it Louisiana's largest city, the university turned its basketball arena into a hospital and its ballpark into a processing center. With the Tigers' football opener against North Texas postponed, players logged long hours as emergency volunteers (page 78).
Fall sports were canceled at three historically black schools in New Orleans (Dillard, Xavier and Southern at New Orleans) and also at Loyola. Tulane's football team moved to Dallas and had its game at Southern Miss (whose team fled to Memphis) called off. Other football postponements included Southern-- McNeese State and Alcorn State-- Grambling.
BCS officials are debating where the Jan. 2, 2006, game will be played if--as expected--the Superdome is unusable. Possible locations for the bowl's 72nd rendition: LSU's Tiger Stadium, Independence Stadium in Shreveport and the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Virtually every school sports event from New Orleans to Mobile was canceled last week. More than 250 football games were called off, including 163 in Mississippi. Louisiana officials said Katrina could wipe out all fall sports for New Orleans area schools. Thousands of displaced athletes began transferring to schools across the Southeast.
The 30-year-old stadium--which has hosted four Final Fours and six Super Bowls--has become a symbol of disaster and death: The 25,000 evacuees housed there couldn't wait to escape. Using it for future games seems unthinkable. But is anyone willing to build the Saints a new home, at a cost of up to $600 million?