LSU will host Florida on Nov. 19 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Game time has not been announced, but it will not be later that 2:30 pm CT according to a release from Florida.
The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Fla. Instead, Florida will play in Baton Rouge for the second straight season. In return for Florida giving up its home game this year, LSU will play at Florida in 2017, instead of hosting the Gators as originally planned. The rotation will return to normal in 2018, when LSU plays a regularly scheduled game at Florida.
“It was important for us to come to a resolution. Each university had its own set of concerns throughout this process, however existing SEC regulations did not provide an avenue to resolve conflicting issues in a more timely manner,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “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 coach Ed Orgeron didn't tell the team yet when he met with the media, but was happy the way it worked out especially being able to keep an open date before Alabama.
"I want to thank our administration, especially Joe Alleva, for fighting for us to play that game," Orgeron said. "I'm happy and the team is going to be happy. Had to focus on that and Southern Miss. There's a lot been said back and forth. We're going to enjoy the competition. What happened, has happened. It's down the road a little bit."
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is apparently not as thrilled about the rescheduling process.
Foley said that it was apparent it was going to be difficult to negotiate to reschedule the game.
"LSU had drawn a line in the sand and was simply refusing to consider any options presented except [theirs]," Foley said at a press conference on Thursday. "This is far less than a perfect solution for a lot of people."
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement that Sankey was a key in coming together and being able to play the game.
?“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.”
Both LSU and Florida had to give up home games against non-conference opponents to create the free weekend because the teams did not have a common bye week. LSU's original Nov. 19 opponent was South Alabama, while Florida was scheduled to host FCS Presbyterian. Both LSU and Florida used cancelation clauses to buy out their respective games.
“Lastly, I send thanks to Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson and his membership which worked in collaboration and a great spirit of cooperation in presenting options as we worked through this process,” Sankey said. “I also thank Presbyterian for its understanding of this situation.”
According to a report from Pete Yanity of WSPA7 News (S.C.), Presbyterian hopes to play South Alabama on Nov. 19.
LSU's November schedule now consists of four opponents currently ranked in the AP Top 25. The Tigers will host Alabama on Nov. 5, travel to Arkansas on Nov. 12, play Florida on Nov. 19 and close the regular season at Texas A&M on Nov. 24.