SEC commissioner Greg Sankey joined Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson during the Tennessee-Texas A&M game to discuss the reasoning behind LSU and Florida not playing this weekend in Gainesville.
Sankey claims that, “the game needs to be played,” but the fact of the matter is this shouldn’t have been an issue at all. Had Sankey taken a stance and either moved the game to Sunday or Monday in Gainesville, there would be no discussions regarding “the game needs to be played” to uphold the integrity of the league.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey with the latest on the status of the postponed LSU-Florida game: https://t.co/C5AJfxXhKN
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LSU offered to fly in to Gainesville and play on Sunday after Hurricane Matthew had moved past Gainesville. Obviously, safety is the main concern, but with the hurricane completely past the state of Florida on Saturday afternoon, there is no reason the game could not have been played this week.
Gary Danielson also pointed out that several other games have not only taken place today in the state of Florida, but some are taking place in the weather itself.
It now feels as though Sankey is going to force the game to be played at some point. There is only one day in which that can happen, November 19th. Florida faces Presbyterian and LSU faces South Alabama. This would mean LSU would be not only giving up a home game and the revenue that comes along with it, the SEC does have an insurance policy that covers lost game revenue, but it is unclear whether that would cover LSU’s lost revenue in moving a game. That also means that LSU would be facing Ole Miss and Alabama at home before playing Arkansas, Florida, and then Texas A&M on a short week all on the road.
Not everything in life is fair, but if the SEC forces the game on November 19th, LSU is definitely getting the short end of the stick.