Some players unable to contact families

Updated: September 1, 2005, 12:03 AM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

A few Tulane players who had families in the path of Hurricane Katrina have not been able to reach their relatives.

Football players at LSU, Southeast Louisiana and Southern have also been affected.

Tulane's football camp has relocated from Jackson, Miss., to Dallas, but team spokesman John Sudsbury said several players are still concerned they have not been able to reach family and friends. "They're sure they've lost their homes but they don't know what else they may have lost," Sudsbury said.

Linebacker Brandon Spincer (New Orleans) cannot reach his brother, quarterback Lester Ricard (Denham Springs, La.) cannot reach his uncle and wide receiver Kenneth Guidroz (Port Sulphur, La.) is trying to reach his family and has heard that his uncle was rescued from a roof.

"We've got a bunch of kids who know they won't have homes to return to," Bonnette said. "There is no way to communicate. We have kids who don't know if their families are alive or dead. We see the pictures. They see their streets and they think their house is under water. But they really don't know."

A handful of LSU players were unable to reach relatives until Wednesday.

Running back Shyrone Carey (New Orleans), tight end Mit Cole (Picayune, Miss.), and fullback Steve Korte (Mandeville, La.) all were able to contact their respective relatives.

Korte's father, Steve, was an All-America offensive lineman at Arkansas who also played for the New Orleans Saints.

Southern University spokesman Kevin Manns said that there are only one or two players on his team that have not heard from family members. "And we have about 20 or 25 players on our team from the hurricane devastated areas," Manns said.

Southern has turned its gymnasium into a Red Cross center.

"To see this first hand -- to speak with people who have been on their roofs for two days -- and who now have nothing, is nothing short of amazing," Manns said. "I have a newfound respect for hurricanes. I think we all do."

Southern's game at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., has been canceled.

At least 91 players and other students in addition to coaches for the Southeast Louisiana football team are staying at the schools athletic center in Hammond, Louisiana.

Some of the coaches have gone out to search for food and water as supplies were running low. The National Guard has told them to stay put. Southeast Louisiana was to begin its season at home Thursday in a game versus Jacksonville, but that has been postponed.

NCAA president Myles Brand said his organization would accomodate the unique circumstances of athletes affected by the hurricane.

"The first priority of those schools caught in Katrina's path is the students, staff and families who have been put in harm's way," Brand said. "The NCAA will be working with conference offices to deal with reduced or lost athletics schedules, the ability of teams to host or travel for competition, and championship qualification."

LSU will practice at 7 p.m. today and also on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, even though the home game against North Texas has been postponed. At 2 p.m. today, LSU's football team will visit the Baton Rouge River Center, a shelter for people who have lost their homes.

Tulane is expected to train in Dallas later today, even though its game at Southern Mississippi has been postponed and the team has a bye week on Sept. 10. Tulane is scheduled to play at home against Mississippi State on Sept. 17. "But we're not expecting to have power in the city by the 17th, let alone have the Superdome be considered playable," Sudsbury said.

Joe Schad is ESPN TV's national college football reporter.

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