LSU reschedules Florida game to Nov. 19
BATON ROUGE – LSU will face the University of Florida on Nov. 19 in Tiger Stadium, WBRZ confirmed Thursday.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey made the announcement Thursday afternoon. The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Fla. but was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
“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,” Sankey said. “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.”
Sankey said both LSU and Florida will exercise cancellation clauses for their respective games.
In a separate statement, the University of Florida said the game will be played no later than 2:30 p.m. central time.
The Tigers have agreed to play the 2017 game against Florida in Gainesville. LSU will also return to Gainesville in 2018 when the normal schedule rotation resumes.
Sankey said regulations require each football team to play all eight SEC games in the season to be eligible to compete for the division title and SEC championship game. If Florida and LSU did not reschedule, both teams would be ineligible to compete for the SEC title.
Despite Alleva saying that the LSU had made multiple attempts to salvage the original Oct. 8 date, Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley told reporters Thursday that "LSU was never a true partner in our discussions."
“The conference office asked us to find a solution in working with LSU, yet LSU was never a true partner in our discussions."--Jeremy Foley— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) October 13, 2016
Alleva released his own statement Thursday afternoon saying that he was happy with the decision to reschedule the game.
"As we previously reported, it was our wish to have played the game last weekend, but all options that we put on the table were declined," Alleva said. "Historically, we have always enjoyed a great relationship with Florida. We have great respect for their institution and their football program. I hope that we can all learn from this experience and as a league, be in a better position to deal with these situations in the future."
The move comes just days after LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva stressed that LSU would not cancel its home game slated for Nov. 19 against South Alabama. There were rumblings that Florida and LSU could make up that game then.