LSU AD Joe Alleva issues statement on rescheduled Florida game
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has released a statement following the SEC’s announcement that Florida-LSU, originally scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Fla., will now be played on Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge:
“We are happy with the decision to have our game against Florida rescheduled for November 19 in Tiger Stadium. As previously reported, it was our wish to have played the game last weekend but all options that we put on the table were declined. After extensive discussion, the University of Florida agreed to play the 2016 contest in Baton Rouge and LSU agreed to play the 2017 game in Gainesville.
“I want to thank the Southeastern Conference, in particular Commissioner Greg Sankey, for his efforts to make sure that we found a place on the schedule to play the game. This is a game that our players and fans look forward to each year and we are appreciative of the lengths that our league office went to in order to make this game happen.
“Historically, we have always enjoyed a great relationship with Florida. We have great respect for their institution and their football program. I hope that we can all learn from this experience and as a league, be in a better position to deal with these situations in the future.”
Florida AD Jeremy Foley is scheduled to address the media at 7:05 p.m. ET. He has already publicly commented that LSU was not helpful in getting the game rescheduled.
“The conference office asked us to find a solution in working with LSU, yet LSU was never a true partner in our discussions."–Jeremy Foley
— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) October 13, 2016