We’ve got some awful, awful news ahead of tonight’s Peach Bowl contest between LSU and Oklahoma. Five people are confirmed dead after a plane, en route to Atlanta for the contest, crashed into a parking lot of a post office in Lafayette, Louisiana.
While names have yet to be released, the Associated Press has confirmed that sports reporter Carley McCord, who is the daughter-in-law of LSU co-offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, is among the dead. McCord’s husband, Steve Ensminger Jr., confirmed the news to the outlet.
McCord was an up-and-coming talent in the sports media field. She graduated from LSU in 2013 and held positions with WDSU, the New Orleans Pelicans, the New Orleans Saints and COX.
She also did some sideline work for ESPN.
BREAKING: The @AP has confirmed Louisiana sports reporter, Carley McCord, has died in a plane crash in Lafayette Saturday. She's married to Steven Ensminger, Jr., the son of LSU's offensive coordinator. https://t.co/o1ssy7SqC1
— Chenue Her (@ChenueHer) December 28, 2019
WDSU offered a tribute in her honor on Saturday afternoon:
It is with broken hearts that we share that WDSU lost a beloved member of our team today. Our hearts are with the McCord and Ensminger families at this time. https://t.co/H76Mvjkooj
— wdsu (@wdsu) December 28, 2019
Ensminger will reportedly coach in the Peach Bowl.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 28, 2019
There were reportedly six people on the plane. One survived the crash and is being treated for injuries in the hospital. There were also three people on the ground who were injured as a result of the crash.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the LSU family and anyone affected by this horrible tragedy.