Truckin’ with the Tigers: LSU

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Football By: Jeff Shearer

What’s it like to travel with Auburn football? Senior writer Jeff Shearer is giving fans a look behind the curtain this season as he tags along with the team for road games in a new series called “Truckin’ with the Tigers.”

This weekend, it’s on to Louisiana for a battle with LSU at Tiger Stadium. The game itself won’t kick off until 8 p.m. CT (ESPN), but stay locked in here for updates. 

Football: Travel to LSU


Equipment truck drivers Mark Sheppard and Gary Dodd departed the Auburn Athletic Complex at 6 a.m. Friday, embarking on a 420-mile, six-hour journey to Baton Rouge.

By 4 p.m., setup in the Tiger Stadium visitors’ locker room was complete, uniforms and equipment awaiting Auburn’s arrival on campus 26 hours later.

Originally scheduled to stay in Baton Rouge, cleanup efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida necessitated a change of plans, with Auburn spending Friday night in Lafayette, 55 miles west of LSU.

In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage on the Gulf Coast, Auburn spent the Friday before the game in Montgomery, flying to Baton Rouge in the morning on game day. 

Two weeks ago, Central Michigan flew in on game day when it played LSU, an option Auburn considered before settling on Lafayette, where Auburn director of football operations Joshua Thompson had previously worked and knew of properties that could accommodate the team’s lodging and meeting space needs.

Auburn flew out of Columbus, Georgia Friday afternoon, with a meal, meetings and a movie on the agenda upon arrival. 

Football: Travel to LSU
Delta Air Lines lead flight attendant David Johnson has worked Auburn football’s charter flights for 10 seasons.

Football: Travel to LSU

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