LSU notebook: Doug Moreau takes leave of absence from radio duties

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Colby Delahoussaye kicks LSU's first field goal Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in AT&T Stadium to open the season against TCU.
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Colby Delahoussaye kicks LSU's first field goal Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in AT&T Stadium to open the season against TCU.

Longtime LSU football radio analyst and former Tigers All-American Doug Moreau will take a temporary leave of absence from the LSU Sports Radio Network for medical reasons, the school announced Thursday.

Moreau, who has called games on the network for 35 seasons, missed the Tigers’ season opener against TCU on Saturday.

No timetable was announced for his return, and Moreau’s ailment was not disclosed. LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said the condition is not life-threatening.

“I’m hoping to have these health matters resolved very soon,” Moreau said in a news release. “I hope this is only a temporary arrangement for the radio network. I do appreciate LSU’s support and willingness to accommodate me during this time.”

Former Tiger Gordy Rush filled in as Moreau’s replacement for the TCU game and will continue to serve as color analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne, Bonnette said. Rush has been the network’s sideline reporter the past two seasons.

Bill Franques is filling in for Rush as sideline reporter. Franques, team publicist for LSU baseball, also serves as color analyst for LSU road baseball games and public address announcer at Alex Box Stadium.

Moreau, who played for LSU from 1963-65, worked as part of the LSU radio crew from 1972-81. He was analyst on TigerVision broadcasts from 1982-87 before returning to the radio booth in 1988.

Moreau also played for the Miami Dolphins from 1966-70 and served as a judge and district attorney in Baton Rouge.

Fan reminders

Fans attending Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against UAB who sit in the south end zone of Tiger Stadium are reminded to use gates 1-3. Portal B has been eliminated because of construction on the south stadium addition.

LSU also has changed football parking lot names from an alphabetical to a numerical system based on 100s, 200s, 300s and 400s. Each lot number is marked by temporary gold signage.

Outside food and drinks are not permitted in Tiger Stadium. The same goes for backpacks or bags larger than 8.5 by 11 inches.

Gates for suites and club seats open at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by student gates at 3:15 p.m. and all remaining gates at 3:30.

Home in Death Valley

LSU has won seven straight home openers in Tiger Stadium, its last loss in 2005 against Tennessee.

LSU opens its 90th season in Tiger Stadium with an overall record of 392-144-18 (.725). The Tigers’ winning percentage is .784 (227-61-4) in night home games since 1960.

Turf connoisseur

Redshirt freshman kicker Colby Delahoussaye was perfect in his college debut against TCU, making all four extra-point attempts and going 3-for-3 on field-goal tries from 23, 28 and 23 yards.

That was on the perfectly manicured artificial turf of enclosed AT&T Stadium. Still, Delahoussaye isn’t worried about his debut on the real grass of Tiger Stadium.

“It’s perfect,” he said. “I know I can kick on that field.”

LSU replaces its turf every summer following the Bayou Country Superfest concert and, by all indications, it has grown in without any problems.

Barrow, Santos on watch list

LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow and Tulane place-kicker Cairo Santos are among 30 players named as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. Candidates must be a senior at a Football Bowl Subdivision school and have notable achievements in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Other candidates include Jake Matthews of Texas A&M, AJ McCarron of Alabama, Cary Spear of Vanderbilt, Travis Swanson of Arkansas and Avery Williamson of Kentucky.

Lagniappe

Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst) and Dawn Davenport (sideline) will call Saturday’s game on ESPNU. … LSU is 51-4 against unranked teams under coach Les Miles. The Tigers have won 26 straight September games dating to a 7-3 loss at Auburn in 2006. … Speaking of 2006, Zach Mettenberger’s 251 passing yards against TCU were the most in an LSU season opener since JaMarcus Russell threw for 253 against UL-Lafayette seven years ago.