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Joe Alleva adamant that LSU will have a home game Nov. 19; Florida game still very difficult to reschedule

LSU AD Joe Alleva met with the media before coach Ed Orgeron took the podium and talked about LSU and Florida's potential options for rescheduling the game, but maintained, "it will be very difficult" to play.

"Our fans and our city deserve a home game," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said on Monday.

LSU's football game against Florida may have been postponed, but Alleva was adamant that he believes it will be "very difficult" to reschedule. It begins with LSU wanting to keep its scheduled game against South Alabama as is on Nov. 19. 

"We will play a home game on November 19. We're playing at home November 19," Alleva said. 

One option that Alleva mentioned was LSU's open date on Oct. 29 prior to the Alabama game, but Alleva said unless Alabama plays that week, LSU doesn't want to.

"We have an open date before the Alabama game. I'm not in favor of playing a game on that day unless Alabama does."

When asked about other games being rescheduled like Georgia vs. South Carolina, Alleva admitted he would have liked to have seen LSU been playing this weekend.

"I watched UGA-USC yesterday. I was wishing we were playing."

Alleva mentioned moving the SEC Championship game, but admitted with TV contracts that might be difficult as well.

Biggest takeaway from Monday? Alleva said LSU will not give up a home game on Nov. 19 and said so, multiple times.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will have the final say at the end of the day and said on Saturday that, "the game needs to be played."

"We need to come together. I'm in a position to lead that," Sankey said. 

Florida issued this statement on Alleva's comments.

Stay tuned to Tiger Blitz as LSU and Florida continue to explore options for rescheduling their game.

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