Even with a solid 3-0 start to the season, drama always seems to find LSU football. On Monday morning at 11:32 AM, 35,000 students, faculty, and staff evacuated LSU’s campus due to a bomb threat. Coach Miles and some of his staff had to evacuate their own children from University High (a K-12 school on LSU campus). With practice cancelled and media delayed, the coaches met for lunch, and Coach Miles didn’t speak with the media until Monday night.
“Certainly our team will respond and our preparation won’t be hurt, but these things are real issues. Morally, you cannot stay in the building… There was some confusion and tense moments. I hope they find the guy who did this and certainly make him pay a price.”
“You rationalize that it’s not a sincere threat, but I can’t make a determination about who works in this building. We kept away until they gave us a reason to believe that the building was not under threat.”
All campus activities were cancelled until the all clear was given at 10:49 PM on Monday night. On Wednesday morning, LSU Police Department spokesperson said the suspect, William Bouvay, 42, of Baton Rouge, has been charged in connection with the bomb threat. William Bouvay is not an LSU student. It seems Coach Miles again will get his wish.
In an interesting aside, only a handful of bomb sniffing dogs were available to cover all of campus. Held back by constraints of the workload of the dogs and the limited knowledge of all the ins and outs of the massive campus, building administrators were asked to come back to campus to survey the buildings themselves to expedite the process.
It is unknown if Coach Miles was able to tell police if there was anything out of place on the practice field.