Rescheduling LSU-Florida game could be problematic for SEC

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LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has doubts whether Saturday's LSU-Florida game - postponed indefinitely on Thursday as Hurricane Matthew approached the Florida coast - will ever be played.

So what are the options now?

LSU has multiple issues against rescheduling the game on November 19, starting with the $1.5 million buyout it would owe South Alabama.

This one moved to ESPN from the SEC Network because the Florida game got postponed. This shouldn't be SEC baseball, which has games routinely cancelled without good reason. The league will work on those things.

"Well, the game needs to be played", Sankey said. This is about $4 million.

Florida said on Wednesday in a statement that no plans were being made to move the game out of Gainesville. It also would be nice if the SEC offered to pay for Presbyterian to play at South Alabama on that day (or vice versa) and let the teams split the gate.

Arkansas is flaky in a big, physical, somewhat insane but entertaining sort of way, proving that a team plays like its coach.

Florida has three injured lineman and were likely to be without starting QB Luke Del Rio vs LSU this weekend. If not, it could affect both division races down the stretch. It also would mean giving up a home game and losing revenue for the school and the city. But that was also true two days ago, and the fact that now, this game can't be played at all is a disappointing failure on multiple levels.

If LSU were to win out, a 6-1 SEC record versus a 7-1 SEC record of say, Alabama, would not get LSU to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, per an SEC bylaw. Even though the Tigers would have two losses, they'd be the hottest team in America. "Face it, Coach Orgeron has been known everywhere he's been in the coaching ranks as a players' coach".

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Last year, the South Carolina-LSU game was relocated to Tiger Stadium after heavy rain caused flooding in Columbia, SC.

A major issue with games in Florida this weekend isn't the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday, because those days look to be generally fine around the state. "It's safety first. It's not about football", said Rick Wells Sr.in the column, the father of Florida's receiver with the same name. Although that seems par for the course when LSU is involved in a conference decision, doesn't it? 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.

Getting out of the way of a hurricane and the people who have to deal with it is one of those things.

A similar situation could arise in the SEC East. Since Thursday, years of scheduling angst have bubbled to the surface.

The game was a longshot on Monday and was even more of a longshot on Thursday.

SC will still host Georgia, but moved the kickoff to Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, and the game is set to be televised on SEC Network.

"This is a potentially catastrophic event for the state", Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said, "and public resources need to be employed where they're most needed".

"We need to come together", Sankey said. "There's a point at which you need to make some decisions". The show will move to a studio in North Carolina, away from the storm.

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