By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Southeastern Conference has announced that the Saturday game involving the LSU Tigers and the Florida Gators has been postponed indefinitely. The game was supposed to take place in Gainesville, Florida, but Hurricane Matthew is heading for the state.
The conference, along with the schools, is working to make up the game on a later day.
“We had a very productive phone call today with a great spirit of cooperation between the universities’ presidents and athletic directors — and it became clear that the University of Florida could neither host nor travel to a game this weekend considering the circumstances,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “The developments of the hurricane in the last 24 hours, the projected magnitude of its impact, and the unknown aftermath of this storm have resulted in this decision to seek another date to play the LSU-Florida game. We have to be sensitive to the possible imminent disruption to the state of Florida and in particular the Gainesville and surrounding area.”
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Neither team has a common open date, so rescheduling the game this season will be tricky. According to the conference, they’ll make every effort to re-schedule it this year, as it makes impact their potential bowl games.
The conference tried to re-schedule the game on Friday and even tried to find another host city. However, “ultimately it was determined that the likelihood of damage from the storm, lack of available emergency personnel and the uncertainty of the impact of the storm on people, facilities and travel necessitated a postponement.”
“The timing of this storm on a Friday and the uncertainty of its aftermath in the ensuing days make it particularly difficult to project the conditions for the remainder of the weekend as well as the opportunity for travel of teams and fans to or from Gainesville and other cities in Florida,” Sankey added. “I am appreciative of the cooperation of our universities on this matter.”
The 4-1 Gators and the 3-2 Tigers were supposed to kick off at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at noon. The only possibility to play this season would be to get out of their Nov. 19th game.
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The Tigers host South Alabama, while the Gators host Presbyterian. Both games are their only non-conference game before Florida ends with rival Florida State and LSU concludes its season with Texas A&M.
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