Allen Kee/ESPN Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) — The game between Louisiana State University (LSU) and the University of Florida that was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew is scheduled to be played on Nov. 19.
The LSU Tigers were scheduled to play a road game against the Florida Gators in Gainsville, Florida on Oct. 8. The matchup will now be hosted by LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The negotiations between the two schools and Southeastern Conference (SEC) officials to reschedule the game were intense. LSU was scheduled to host nonconference opponent South Alabama on Nov. 19 and did not want to give up a home game. Meanwhile, Florida was scheduled to also play a nonconference game against Presbyterian the same day.
The schools agreed to buy out the those nonconference games and play each other. LSU will pay out $1.5 million and Florida will play $500,000.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley called the process “painful,” but “necessary.”
LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron says the agreement is a “win” for the program, noting that the school will keep its bye week open on Oct. 22 before facing top-ranked University of Alabama the following Saturday.
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