LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - We're still a few weeks away from the start of McNeese State Football training camp. But the Cowboys coaching staff was still out on the practice field recently.
The MSU Cowboy football camp ran from July 11th through the 13th. Kids from all over Southwest Louisiana learned from the MSU coaches and some other area coaches as well.
Cowboys' defensive coordinator Lark Hebert says this camp is great practice for what's to come with MSU training camp in August.
"It's a little warm up," Hebert said. "Get our voices tuned up. Coach Collins will lose his voice then he'll get it back and be tuned up, getting acclimated to the heat, some new drills we've maybe been thinking about. We use it as a tune up."
Former McNeese assistant and Lane Kiffin's top assistant at USC Ed Orgeron was also at the camp. His two sons were participating this year. Orgeron talked about the sanctions sent down by the NCAA against the USC program, including a two year postseason ban. Those alleged violations happened under Pete Carroll, who is now the head coach of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Orgeron says the Trojan football program is resilient.
"I know we're going to appeal," Orgeron said. "We don't know what's going to happen with the appeal but I know that USC is a powerful place. Some schools, this might've choked them pretty hard. USC, we can overcome what they gave us, we have some great recruiters on our staff, we expect to have a great season."
"We moved on," Orgeron said. "Our staff is great. We moved on. We're galvanized. We've faced adversity before. I'm from south Louisiana. We've faced hurricanes. We've faced everything. We've come out of it. I really think this is going to be a great story in the end."