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LSU's postponed football game against Florida has been rescheduled for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge, according to officials.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, October 8, but it had to be postponed because of 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," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "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."
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said the university originally offered to travel to Florida or host the game before it was postponed. He added that he suggested playing the game on Sunday, October 9 in front of no one if law enforcement was not available and LSU would also have considered Monday, October 10 as well.
"We were willing to go there, and we had a plane. We had buses and we were willing to go. That's my point I want to make here. We would've done anything to play the game," Alleva said during a press conference after the postponement was announced.
Florida officials originally said the game would still be played in Gainesville before postponing the game the next day. Florida athletic director Jeremy previously said neutral sites were not an option.
Foley addressed the media about the reschedule change. (Watch the video from YouTube at the end of the story)
Alleva did not speak at a press conference, but instead released the following statement:
The Tigers have also agreed to play their 2017 game against Florida in Gainesville. It was originally scheduled to be played in Baton Rouge. LSU will then return to Gainesville again in 2018, resuming the normal schedule rotation.
LSU was originally scheduled to play South Alabama on November 19 in Tiger Stadium, while Florida was scheduled to host Presbyterian in Gainesville. Officials said both universities will exercise cancellation clauses for those non-conference games.
"Lastly, I send thanks to Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson and his membership which worked in collaboration and a great spirit of cooperation in presenting options as we worked through this process," Sankey said.
Officials said the tickets that LSU issued for the South Alabama contest will be good for the Tigers' matchup with Florida.
If the game had not been rescheduled, LSU and Florida would have been ineligible to play for the SEC football title as the conference requires each team to play all eight SEC games in order to compete.
The existing conference policy is expected to be revised, better outlining the process dealing with postponed or interrupted games. The revised policy could also allow the SEC commissioner the authority to step in if the two schools cannot agree on terms and determine the date and location for rescheduled games.
WAFB Sports will have more about what this all means on 9News at 10.
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