The Southeastern Conference announced on Thursday that this weekend’s tilt between the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The game will be made up at a later date this season, if possible.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has issued an official statement on behalf of the conference regarding the matter at hand:
“We had a very productive phone call today with a great spirit of cooperation between the universities’ presidents and athletic directors and it became clear that the University of Florida could neither host nor travel to a game this weekend considering the circumstances. The developments of the hurricane in the last 24 hours, the projected magnitude of its impact and the unknown aftermath of this storm have resulted in this decision to seek another date to play the LSU-Florida game. We have to be sensitive to the possible imminent disruption to the state of Florida and in particular the Gainesville and surrounding area.”
The game was originally slated to take place at noon on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. The two teams do not share a common off week for the remainder of the season, which may make rescheduling the game difficult. The SEC had been exploring alternative options, including holding the game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but ultimately came to the conclusion that postponement was the best course of action.
The storm is expected to hit the state of Florida in the coming days and governor Rick Scott has already called for mass evacuations. Hurricane Matthew is expected to be one of the strongest storms to make landfall in the United States in the better part of a decade.