Nicholls at LSU football game canceled

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THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University football team’s first-ever meeting with LSU has been canceled as a result of the Southeastern Conference announcing Thursday it will play a conference-only 2020 schedule due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Nicholls was scheduled to play at Tiger Stadium on Oct. 3.

“The first thing, I just feel for our football players and staff who won’t have the opportunity to compete against LSU,” said Jonathan Terrell, Nicholls Director of Athletics. “We have never played them in football and I know our fans and alumni were looking forward to seeing Nicholls take on one of top programs in the country. Obviously, this is a unique situation but we can only control what we can control. We will continue to look for other games this season and hopefully we can reschedule LSU in the near future.”

It marks the second game canceled for the Colonels this season after Mississippi Valley State’s conference (SWAC) postponed its fall competition until next spring. The Colonels were set to host MVSU for the season opener on Sept. 5.

LSU, coming off a 15-0 record and an FBS national title, would have been the third SEC program to play against Nicholls under six-year head coach Tim Rebowe. The Colonels lost to No. 9 Georgia, 26-24, in 2016 before suffering a 24-14 defeat at Texas A&M in ’17.

The SEC is the third FBS conference to reduce its schedule to conference-only, joining the Pac-12 and Big Ten. The ACC announced Wednesday it would play 10 conference games and one nonconference.

The Southland Conference has not canceled competition this fall, but did push back the start of volleyball and soccer to Sept. 1. To see the league’s full statement released on July 24, click here.

Season tickets for the 2020 Nicholls football campaign are available by visiting For more information, please visit the season ticket info page here.

The Colonels are coming off back-to-back Southland Conference championships – a first in school history. Nicholls has made the FCS playoffs three straight years, highlighted by home games in each of the three appearances.

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