FLORIDA (USA TODAY) - Saturday's college football game between the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators has been postponed as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the schools announced Thursday.
Both programs and the Southeastern Conferenceare expected to decide on a rescheduled date — for the 2016 season — at a later time.
They do not have a common open date to reschedule. LSU had offered to host the game.
“We had a very productive phone call today with a great spirit of cooperation between the universities’ presidents and athletics directors and it became clear that theUniversity of Florida could neither host nor travel to a game this weekend considering the circumstances,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “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 timing of this storm on a Friday and the uncertainly of its aftermath in the ensuing days make it particularly difficult to project the conditions for the remainder of the weekend as well as the opportunity for travel of teams and fans to or from Gainesville and other cities in Florida. I am appreciative of the cooperation of our universities on this matter.”
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said the SEC made the final call on postponing the game.
“I know there will be a lot of opinions about how we came to this conclusion and when we came to the conclusion, but this is the right decision,” Foley said.