Report: Jim McElwain ended Florida-LSU stalemate
Florida and LSU were stuck on when and where to play the game until Gators coach Jim McElwain signed off on a compromise, according to an article by Fox Sports’ columnist Clay Travis.
As was widely reported and suggested, LSU sought to either the play on Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge or move one of the Florida-Georgia or SEC Championship games to play on Oct. 29 or Dec. 3. Moving either of the games proposed by LSU was not an option, and UF remained adamant about playing in Gainesville on Nov. 19.
McElwain finally agreed to a compromise that would give the Gators back-to-back home games against the Tigers in 2017 and 2018:
Finally, on Thursday, five days after the game would have initially been played, came a major breakthrough: Florida head coach Jim McElwain was the SEC’s savior, agreeing to travel to Baton Rouge to play at LSU this season in exchange for the Gators getting the home game back in 2017.
For more of Travis’ detailed account of both sides’ negotiation tactics and frustrations with the situation, check out the full article here.