BATON ROUGE — It would have been a lot easier on Katrina Richardson, if her son Trent had just gone to LSU.
That way her older son Terrell Richardson, a senior starting defensive end at Louisiana-Lafayette who is among the team leaders with three tackles for losses, would be much closer to his brother Trent Richardson, a tailback at Alabama who leads the Crimson Tide with 606 yards rushing.
And she would have much easier travel plans to see both play in person.
“Oh, it’s so hard,” she said from her home in Pensacola, Fla. “I’ve only done it once on the same day. Terrell was playing at Troy this season, and Trent was playing in Tuscaloosa. I saw parts of each game, but I was about crazy trying to get there.”Tuscaloosa, Ala., is about two-and-a-half hours from Troy, Ala., but the ULL-Troy game on Oct. 16 started at 6 p.m.
Alabama and Ole Miss did not kick off until 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Her first drive was from Pensacola, Fla., where the sons grew up, to Troy, which is another two hours.
She went 1-1 on the day as ULL lost 31-24 to Troy before Alabama beat Ole Miss 23-10.
“I went to a little bit of Terrell’s game in Troy, and then I went to watch Trent’s game,” she said. “I was tired, but I love to see them play. It was a long day. I just wish Trent had gone to LSU because they’d be with each other, and it wouldn’t be as much driving. But that’s just how it ended up. I like Terrell’s school and Trent’s school.”
Trent will be at LSU Saturday. No. 6 Alabama (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) plays No. 10 LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC) in a 2:30 p.m. CBS game in Tiger Stadium. As luck would have it, Terrell will not be 45 minutes away in Lafayette for a game. Instead, kickoff for the Cajuns (2-6, 2-3 Sun Belt) will be nearly 300 miles away at 6 p.m. at Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4 SEC).
“It’s just too far to try to go to both of them,” Mrs. Richardson said. “If ULL was at home, it would’ve worked out great.”She does catch a break this weekend, though. ULL will be playing Ole Miss on ESPNU television.”That’s what happens a lot with Trent’s games. I watch them on TV in the hotel after Terrell’s game,” she said. “But this week they’ll both be on.”
Terrell and Trent are not as close geographically as they could be, but they talk as much as neighbors.
“Not every day, but just about every day,” Terrell said. “He hears something, and he’ll call me. Or I’ll hear something, and he’ll call me. We’ve been talking a lot about Ole Miss this week since Alabama already played them. He’s been trying to get some of his teammates to tell me what Ole Miss might do on offense. This is a huge game for us. It’s on national TV. We don’t want to go out there and look bad. We don’t get a