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LSU cancels practice as hurricane nears land

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Les Miles canceled Monday's 3 p.m. practice on Sunday afternoon and will wait out Hurricane Katrina like the rest of south Louisiana.

Miles said his main concern was players whose families live in the path of the dangerous storm, which was expected to hit land Monday.

LSU's roster has 26 players from the New Orleans area.

Miles and his staff spent Sunday in the office, treating the day like a Monday because they expected to miss work Monday. Miles' first press luncheon of the season had been scheduled for Monday but was postponed with no new date set.

LSU is scheduled to open the season at 7 p.m. Saturday against North Texas in Tiger Stadium, which was still undergoing construction Sunday afternoon on a new west upper deck.

"They're going to work as long as they can on Monday," LSU assistant athletic director Herb Vincent said Sunday. "They will also secure all possible projectiles around the stadium and batten down all other construction and equipment around the stadium for the storm."