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Texas Checks LSU Claims of Faulty Locker Room AC

Andy Berg

The climate was just right in the visiting locker rooms at the Longhorn’s Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium last Saturday when the LSU Tigers arrived. 

An internal investigation into whether the locker room was too hot for the visiting team concluded there wasn’t any air-conditioning malfunction. The temperature in the room was 68 degrees when the Tigers arrived and 74 degrees after the game. 

According to Horn247.com, the investigation was ordered by the Texas athletic director after LSU head coach Ed Ogeron this week suggested the air conditioning in the locker room wasn’t working during the game.

Texas executive senior associate athletic director Arthur Johnson gathered information on the locker room temps based on information from air-conditioning sensors. 

The HVAC hubbub came to light after Ogeron said he’d talked to someone at Louisiana Tech who said the air conditioning at Darrell K Royal didn’t work, which prompted LSU to bring its own “blowers.”

However, Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz this week denied that he had any contact with anyone at LSU and went so far as to say he thought the temperature in UT’s visiting locker room was fine. 

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte refuted all of Ogeron’s claims in a statement.

"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. "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." 

The Tigers ended up beating the Longhorns 45-38.

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