The LSU Tigers and Florida Gators will get a chance to play, after all.
Saturday’s scheduled battle between the two SEC football teams in Gainesville, Florida, was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew, but the teams will now play Nov. 19.
Pete Yanity of WSPA7 reported the game will occur at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, toward the end of the season, replacing a pair of nonconference opponents that were on their respective schedules:
This is the Gators’ second year in a row playing at LSU, but they will face the Tigers at home in both 2017 and 2018, according to Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement Thursday, per the league’s official website:
It was important for us to come to a resolution. Each university had its own set of concerns throughout this process, however existing SEC regulations did not provide an avenue to resolve conflicting issues in a more timely manner. As I have repeatedly said, this game needed to be played. In the end, I want to give credit to the University of Florida for making concessions to move this year’s game to Baton Rouge.
Meanwhile, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley was not happy with the way the process was handled, per Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee:
“Looking back gets us nothing,” Foley said, per Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel. “We’re trying to look forward.”
“I was surprised it became difficult,” Foley continued, per Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. “Again, Florida wanted to do what we felt was in the best interest for the SEC.” He told reporters sometimes members of a family, being the SEC, have to make decisions in the best interest of that family.
“Hopefully time will heal any wounds that exist,” Foley said, per Thompson.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva released a statement on the rescheduling, per Ross Dellenger of the Advocate:
Still, the two sides were able to come to a resolution to reschedule a conference game that could have postseason implications.
LSU is 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in the SEC. Florida is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The postponed battle will be the Gators’ last league game, followed by their rivalry matchup against Florida State to close out the regular season.
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