The field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium isn’t the only place where opponents have dealt with the heat in Austin, at least according to LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron, who accused the Texas Longhorns of not providing air conditioning in the visitor’s locker room.
And it wasn’t the first time it’s happened this season, either.
“First of all, I called Louisiana Tech, and they told us about it,” Orgeron said on Monday, according to the Advocate. “So we did some things in the dressing room that were better. It wasn’t great, but it was better. At least we had air in there. They 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.”
Oregeron was referencing the numerous cramping issues experienced by the Tigers, which drew the ire of Longhorns fans and prompted Texas head coach Tom Herman to say that the stoppages of play had an impact on his offense.
On Monday, Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte responded to the accusations.
“The comment today about lack of air conditioning in our visiting locker room is the first we’ve heard of any issues in that area,” Del Conte said in a statement released by the school.
“We provide one of the best visitor setups available and are proud of the efforts we put forth in hosting our guests. 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.”