NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After a week of finger pointing and denials, Florida and LSU have finally come together and rescheduled their football game for November 19 in Baton Rouge.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play Saturday, October 8, but the game was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
If the game had not been rescheduled, it could have had a profound impact on the SEC East championship race. Florida could have won the division by virtue of playing one less game than Tennessee.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced the new date Thursday afternoon and SEC presidents and chancellors established the expectation for existing conference policy to be revised to better define the process for completing postponed or interrupted contests and to grant authority to the commissioner to determine the date and location of future games that may need to be rescheduled if the two involved institutions cannot mutually identify a date.
“It was important for us to come to a resolution. Each university had its own set of concerns throughout this process,” SEC Commissioner Greg 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.”
LSU has also agreed to play the 2017 in Gainesville, which was originally scheduled to be played in Baton Rouge.
The SEC Commissioner’s Regulations requires each football team play all eight Conference games in a season in order to be eligible to compete for a divisional title and play in the SEC Championship Game.
LSU was forced to cancel a game with South Alabama and Florida a game with Presbyterian to accommodate the schedule change.